Friday, June 30, 2017

Cat item of the day

ABC News (Au): Tabby cats and other discoveries.

related item: Viking Cats.

ah but what about the Norwegian forest cat and the Main Coon Cat?
Mentalfloss article here.

Norwegian Forest cats aren’t just any pedestrian pet—they’re the stuff of legend. Norwegian myths tell of the skogkatt, a large, long-haired "mountain-dwelling fairy cat with an ability to climb sheer rock faces that other cats could not manage.” Thanks to their size, coats, and tree-climbing prowess, the Norwegian Forest cat may have served as the real-life inspiration for the skogkatt (which translates to “forest cat”).
The skogkatt was beloved by Freya, the Norse goddess of love and beauty, who some say traveled in a feline-drawn chariot. And in one Norwegian tale, Thor loses a contest of strength to the tricky god Jormungand, who’s disguised as a skogkatt. Thanks to these legends, some breeders today refer to the Norwegian Forest cat as the “Norse skogkatt.”

I have two cats and Kuya has two cats upstairs, but the black ninja cats that used to catch mice in the nearby supermarket migrated here when the supermarket closed. So now we end up feeding six "black ninjas" wandering around, all semi feral.

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