Many people make the mistake of adopting a street or feral, cat. But is it really a good idea?
I bet you’ve seen at least two feral cats in your street. Maybe you even feed them. But they are not meant to be pets. Most of the street cats you’ve seen are not friendly. They usually run away if you try to pick it up, or pet it. But there is a difference between a street/feral cat, and a stray cat. A feral cat is a cat that has had very little or no contact with humans. Unless they are socialized by fourteen weeks of age, the cat is officially feral. A stray cat is a cat that was abandoned or lost by their owner. Basically if the cat has had enough human contact to be used to them, they’re stray. Stray cats can usually be put in animal shelters, but don’t expect them not to be a bit timid. After all, they’ve probably had a hard life.
In my articles; “World of Cats”, (http://thefelineuniverse.com/world-of-cats/) and “Saving the Felines!” (http://thefelineuniverse.com/saving-the-felines/) I mention TNR. I’m eventually gonna dig deeper on that topic later on. But TNR is an amazing way to make sure that the feral cats living in your area are healthy and happy. If you didn’t know what TNR was, then here’s the answer: TNR is a process where you trap a feral cat, bring it to the vet and have it neutered or spayed so it can’t have kittens, and then returned to where it was found. After TNR it’s safe to feed them without being scared of producing more kittens.
The more feral cats that don’t go through the TNR process, the more cats that are born and end up being feral. Even if a feral cat ends up being neutered or spayed, there are still many hardships or living in the wild. But feral cats will not be happy living in an animal shelter. What they consider freedom is not what pet cats consider freedom. Feral cats are also usually either aggressive, timid, or, both.
“The Feeling Universe?” Jellybean echoed. “What’s that?” The tom scowled. “The Feline Universe. A place where all felines go.” “Like heaven for cats?” Snow chimed in. “NO! Of course not. Just a place felines like to hang out a lot.” Snow nodded thoughtfully. “And whyare you bringing us there?” Jellybean asked. “We have to bring you to our “Feline Queen.” The tom answered. OK, I’m not going to ask. Nope, not a single question. Snow thought. But Jellybean beat her to it. “The Feline Queen? What is that? And who is the Feline Queen?”
“You’ll speak of our queen respectfully!” The tom suddenly snarled. “Okay, okay. Sorry!” Jellybean apologized nervously. Not only were Jellybean and Snow outnumbered, they had no experience of fighting. So they didn’t want to provoke the fierce tom. “Come on.” One of the other cats, a calico, said. As Jellybean started to follow the tom, the calico whispered in her ear. “Sorry about Grey. He can be a bit harsh at first. But he’s not all bad!” Then she bounded off towards Grey.
Snow and Jellybean were led into a small clearing. There, something magically beautiful sat. It was a bright star with a rainbow tint to it. The star hummed with power. “Woah.” Snow whispered, awestruck. Grey smirked. “That’s the portal to The Feline Universe.” Although Snow wasn’t sure how exactly the star was going to bring them to this “Feline Universe”, but she kept on walking. Then, Grey walked straight into the star. Jellybean yelped. But instead of burning into a fiery crisp, he simply disappeared. “Go on.” The calico nudged her gently. Jellybean stepped into the star, and everything went black.
“J-Jellybean? JELLYBEAN! Come on, wake up!” Jellybean woke with a start. “Ugh. I don’t feel so good…” She groaned. Snow nudged her gently. “Come on. The others are waiting for us.” Jellybean groggily got to her feet and followed Snow. “About time.” Grey growled. “Come.”
Jellybean gasped. A whole galaxy stood before her. Different planets representing different felines floated. In the middle, just like the sun, sat a glowing purple planet. Grey led Snow and Jellybean toward it. With a start, Jellybean realized that they were walking on a glass path, with no sides. “Is this safe?” She asked Grey. “If you’re truly a cat, yes.” He replied. Jellybean shivered at the thought of what waited ahead. She wondered if escaping from The Claw had been a good idea. Only one way to find out, Jellybean thought. She trudged along the path, towards her unknown faith.
“Wow…” Snow had never been outside the small world of The Claw before. That was what she and Jellybean had been calling the animal shelter they’d escaped from last night. Sure, there were windows in The Claw, but they weren’t always open, and it was hard getting up there! The beautiful sunrise slowly faded into the clear blue sky. Snow heard Jellybean’s belly rumble. “What will we eat?” Jellybean asked. “We’ll…catch something.” Snow replied bluntly. Jellybean snorted. No one visiting The Claw had ever played with them. At least, not when they were adults. They all just wanted to look at the annoying young -lings, only paying attention to the adults when they were willing to be picked up. “Snow…are you sure this was the right decision? Escaping from The Claw, I mean?” Jellybean asked Snow worriedly. Since Snow had been born just a few minutes before the jumpy calico, she was technically Jellybean’s “big sister”. To Jellybean, Snow was her best friend and hero. Most siblings didn’t stay close when they grew up. But Jellybean followed Snow everywhere, looking up to Snow.
Suddenly something rustled in the bush only a few feet away from them. “Get down!” Snow hissed. Jellybean did as told, her eyes darting around her surroundings. An enormous rat came scurrying out of the greenery. The rodent’s fat body suggested it wasn’t very bright. Snow waited until the rat was a few millimetres away. Wait…wait…almost there… Snow lashed out and flipped the rat onto into it’s back. She quickly bit its neck, trying not to flinch as the rat jerked suddenly. But when Snow stepped back to look at her kill, the rat’s eyes were staring blankly at the sky.
“Woah! You made your first kill!” Jellybean exclaimed. Snow stepped aside. “Eat. There’s enough for both of us.” Soon both cats were comfortably full, and Snow began to feel drowsy. “Sleep, sister. I’m not as tired as you.” That was all Snow heard before she closed her eyes, and fell into quiet darkness.
“Snow! WAKE UP!!” Jellybean’s terrified shriek confused Snow. What was there to fear in The Claw? But then Snow remembered. They weren’t in The Claw. All kinds of dangers lurked nearby. Snow groggily raised her head. “Wha-” The words stuck in her throat. Five huge cats loomed over Jellybean and Snow. “You’re under arrest.” The cat at the front announced. “You’ve trespassed onto our territory. Now, we must bring you to The Feline Universe.”
Our imagination is one very powerful tool. Whether it’s used to create a new and creative invention or to write a bestseller story, we all have to admit our lives would be much more boring if we didn’t have an imagination.
So what is this section about? Ever since I heard about what I like to call “The Black Cat Massacre”, I’ve been determined to help other people see felines in a positive light. But I didn’t know how to accomplish my new goal. Now I do. When I write fiction stories about felines, I try to make my stories funny and exciting. I found it helped distract people who dislike cats and help them be more willing to have a good laugh. So yeah, I hope you enjoy!
Cats are such interesting creatures that if I were to write about them, you’d probably age fifty years. That’s why today I’m going to write about something else. YOUR cat. I don’t even know if you have a cat, but if you do, I’m going to teach you something really helpful!
Your Cat’s Favorites
In order to learn what your cat’s favorites are, you’ll have to feed your cat, play with your cat, or even just hang out with your cat. When feeding your cat, look closely on what flavor or type of food your cat eats the most of. Maybe your cat likes “Fancy Feast”. Maybe your cat loves to eat everything! This is helpful because if you want your cat to eat more of their food, then just feed them their favorite. It also helps when you’re trying to give medicine to a cat. Me and my mom sometimes feed my cats their favorite food as an reward for doing something really good, like going to the vet.
Now, next is your cat’s favorite toys. This can help when you’re trying to lure your cat into doing something, like going to the vet. This also makes your cat more willing to exercise and play with you. In order to find out what your cat’s favorites toy is, just play with your cat and see what toy your cat is more “enthusiastic” with. My cats love springs, and they’re also up for a good game of “Find the Lil’ Bee!”
Last but not least, your cat’s favorite petting spots. This is very easy. Just see where your cat purrs louder or encourages you to keep being her slave. This just helps your cat calm down when going to the vet or somewhere else. It’s also a good stress reliever for you!
Now, I know you might not want to do all this, but it can be really helpful. Learning all of this can help you bond more closely with your kitty. So please try it!
Hi! My name is Catalina. I am a young blogger who has a reputation as The Feline Queen. I love felines so much that I started this website, The Feline Universe, so I could let other people learn about felines! I’ve been writing since August of 2018, and I’ve managed to make quite a lot of posts! Anyways, here’s a bit of info about me.
I have two awesome kitties, Shadow and Domino. (I wrote two articles about them, go check them out!) They’re the main reason I started studying and writing about felines. I realized how unique and beautiful they can be. And they need our help and support. This website, The Feline Universe, is my prized work. At first, I wasn’t such a great writer, but I’ve improved since then. I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished here so far, and I plan to keep on adding to it. Even when I’m busy, I still try to work on my website. I want to help save the felines, and so should YOU! Remember, anything is possible! We can do it!
Cats aren’t really thought of much…YOU can change that!
One way to spread the word is first spreading the word of cats such as Lil BUB, Nanakuli, or even Grumpy Cat! When people find kitty celebs interesting, they might want to study these cats more, making them learn more about the cat’s…situation. This is really effective, because most people have heard of popular cat celebs like Grumpy Cat.
Now, here’s where the fun comes in! Are you just great at being annoying? Well, this is a job for you! In every single conversation, with your parents or friends, mention cats. Try to make cats seem very interesting. (Which they are.) If they seem interested, go deeper. Explain how cats are sadly suffering, and how we can help. If they’re not interested, just keep talking about them until they finally give in. Another way is writing about the kitties, like me. This is also very effective, since the whole world is able to see this. If you want to be VERY loud, then…start a march! Or, you could educate your friends and family! Even a 7 year old can help!
Today I’ll be telling you about something very helpful. I can’t guarantee that this’ll work, but it might!
The Not-So-Hopeless Journey
There are many strategies for convincing your family, so I’ll be showing you what I did. I managed to adopt two cats because of my awesome skills! I’m currently working on getting a third cat in fact, with no luck so far. Anyways, let’s start!
My first strategy is being very annoying. What I mean are things like this: Everyday, no matter how long it takes, ask your family for a cat. You can also put little signs everywhere for your family to know you’re not giving up. Even if this takes a long time, it’ll probably work.
My second strategy is a bit harder if you’re used to misbehaving. My strategy is acting responsible. Don’t argue with your family, help with the family chores, listen to what your family says, and automatically do things when you’re supposed to. If you already have a cat, help take care of it so your family knows you’re there to help taking care of another cat.
My third and last strategy is very hard if no one needs your help. My strategy is to pet-sit another cat. If you do a good job and the owner is satisfied, your family will probably be satisfied about adopting another cat.
I hope these methods will help you! They helped make me the luckiest cat-loving person in the UNIVERSE!
This feline is thought to be extinct. I thought it was extinct too. Now one has been spotted at last, and it’s up to us to make sure the Zanzibar leopards don’t go extinct.
Learning About The Zanzibar Leopard
Before we get all crazy and start whooping about how awesome this is, let’s learn about this mysterious feline. Scientists didn’t get the chance to study the zanzibar leopard much before it went “extinct”. But let’s talk about the history of this feline. Unlike most big cats, many people were very glad the Zanzibar leopard was extinct. This is because many people living in the island Zanzibar, where the Zanzibar leopard lived, thought this big cat had been sent by witches and other types of evil stuff to harass the villagers. They were hunted to the point where not one was seen anymore…until a few months ago.
The Zanzibar leopard doesn’t look like a regular leopard, with a fierce face and a scary snarl. But I can assure you that it is a feline. It’s very rare feline. The Zanzibar leopard looks like a regular leopard, except for what I mentioned earlier. Nothing is really known about this leopard, because scientists didn’t get the chance to study them before they soon became “extinct”.
Now that you know a bit about the Zanzibar leopard, let’s talk about the main point. If the Zanzibar leopard was really alive all this time, why didn’t anyone see them? I searched up which other felines lived in Zanzibar, but all that came up was the Zanzibar leopard, and a fox, which is completely irrelevant. So I’m sure that they didn’t mistake the Zanzibar leopard for another type of feline. Now, my question is; Did the crew of “Extinct Or Alive” simply photoshop it to make it seem like there was a Zanzibar leopard? I don’t mean any harm, and I’m fairly sure that they didn’t photoshop it. It just seems very… unlikely that the Zanzibar leopard wasn’t extinct this whole time. But then, it seems very unlikely that the hunters in Zanzibar hunted down all the Zanzibar leopards. I just can’t decide. In my opinion, I think that the Zanzibar leopard is still alive. I hope that it still is, because all felines are very precious to me, and I’ve heard of too many extinct animals for a lifetime. Please stop hunting down all the felines…
According to “The Encyclopedia of The CAT”, by Bruce Fogle, big cats were considered protectors, and therefore strong and proud. Today we’ll learn more about the tiger, the biggest of the feline family.
Tigers, in case you didn’t know, are big, yet graceful felines with orange fur and black stripes. In some very rare cases, tigers with albino (an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair or eyes), which is only caused in Bengal tigers, are white with brown stripes and blue eyes. Beautiful, yet it comes with many health problems. Like I already mentioned, tigers are the biggest of the felines. Adult tigers are 2.3 to 4 feet tall. Adult male tigers are 8.2 to 13 feet long, and females are 6.6 to 9 feet long. Amazingly, a male tiger can weigh 200 to 670 pounds. A female can weigh 140 to 370 pounds.
A tiger’s lifespan can range from 16 – 18 years in captivity. In the wild, a tiger can live from 10–15 years. A female tiger can give birth to two to four cubs at a time on average, and can do so every two years. Survival is very difficult to tiger cubs, as there are many predators in the wild. The oldest tiger has been recorded to live to 26 impressive years.
Tigers live in the many rain forests, grasslands, savannas and mangrove swamps of Asia. Tigers don’t mind the water as much as most other felines, and like to swim to cool off. There are currently six subspecies of tiger, including the Sumatran tiger, Amur tiger, Bengal tiger, Indochinese tiger, South China tiger, and Malayan tiger. Tigers are endangered and need our help. Donate, spread the word, or even help out in zoos! There are so many ways to help tigers. Together, we can make a difference.