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Garley the Persian cat
Image by arash_rk
The Persian (Persian: گربه ایرانی ) is one of the oldest breeds of cat. In Britain, it is called the Longhair or Persian Longhair. A Persian without an established and registered pedigree is classed as a domestic longhair cat.
The first documented ancestors of the Persian were imported from Persia into Italy in 1620 by Pietro della Valle, and from Turkey into France by Nicholas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc at around the same time[1]. From France they soon reached Britain. The longhaired cats from Persia were interbred with Turkish Angoras[2]. Their appearance then differed greatly from today’s standard[3]. Hundreds of years of selective breeding made Persians cobbier cats with drastically shorter muzzle. It’s not clear when longhair cats (in general) first appeared, as there are no African Wildcats (believed to be ancestors of domesticated cats) with that kind of fur. There have been claims that the gene responsible for long hair was introduced through hybridization with Pallas cat. Recent research however refutes this theory[4].
Source: Wikipedia

Bad, bad black and white cat
Image by Kerri Lee Smith
This no-longer-cute black and white cat attacked Mack. I won’t go into all the details, but this picture was taken a couple evenings ago just seconds before he attacked an unsuspecting Mack who was no more than five feet from me. I broke it up instantly (ever-present squirt bottle, charging and screaming) and Mack wasn’t hurt – just scared. However, last night, Ella, who can open anything, opened the back screen door and Mack got out. This morning he was hiding in the basement and when I found him, his left arm was swollen. I’ve kept him home today instead of taking him to the vet. If it’s a soft tissue injury, there’s nothing much they can do. If it’s a bite, I’ll know by tonight or tomorrow morning, and if it is, I’ll take him in then. Poor Mack.

Explored August 11, 2013

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