Mews: Ardnamurchan scottish wildcat ‘safe haven’ set up

Wildcat (Felis silvestris), juvenile in winter, jumpingHi everyone,

After a previous post on wild cats in Europe (you can find this one here) we actually did some research to find out if there any of those left in the UK and there are! We found the below article on Wildlife Extra:

A Scottish wildcat sanctuary has been created on the Ardnamurchan and Sunart peninsula on Scotland’s west coast in a bid to save the endangered species, which experts believe could number as few as 35.

The species is threatened from hybridising with domestic cats, and to help alleviate this threat all domestic and feral cats in the area have been neutered over the last five years.

“Cats of any kind are notoriously difficult to survey,” said the project scientific adviser, Dr Paul O’Donoghue, of the University of Chester.

“However, over the last six months we’ve really saturated the area with live traps, cameras, vets and ecologists, and had lots of people from the local community out looking as well.”

“The only feral cats seen have already been neutered, which means the population should collapse naturally within the next couple of years.”

This is thought to be the first time feral cats have been managed in such a large mainland area anywhere in the world.

The wildcats of Ardnamurchan, which could number fewer than 10, will then be trapped and DNA tested to check they are pure breds. If they are, they will be left to thrive and monitored.

However, if DNA proves the population to be made up of hybrids, then pure wildcats could be brought to Ardnamurchan from other areas of Scotland.

Dr O’Donoghue said: “Our goal is to establish populations of genetically pure wildcats. We are determined not to settle for second best, or to settle for a bunch of tabbies that bear a resemblance to wildcats.

“Protecting anything less than the pure Scottish wildcat will condemn the species to extinction.

“The behaviour of feral cats and pure wildcats is very different. Scotland’s ecology needs the true wildcat and, outside of a wildlife park enclosure, this is the only place in the UK where they are safe from hybridisation.”

Thanks for reading and find the original one on Wildlife Extra by clicking here.

And interesting extra read on the BBC is here.

And what are your thoughts! I personally would love to go there to take some photos of them :)

KATZENWORLDLOGOnowords

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Mews: MEOW – A book of happiness for cat lovers

Hi everyone,

On the 27th of October Anouska Jones a cat loving book editor will be releasing her latest book!

The book is called MEOW: A book of happiness for cat lovers

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The book comes in a Hard back format and has super high quality glossy photo pages.

Each page of the book contains an amazing cat photo with an accompanying quote. Anouska has carefully sourced these from a variety of sources and we have got to say her collection is superb!

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Over-all verdict?

The book comes with 160 pages filled with cuteness of cats to brighten up your day and is a must have for any cat lovers and cat owners alike! The photos alone would already be awesome but together with the quotes they are just purrfect. :)

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More info on the book from the publisher:

MEOW

A book of happiness for cat lovers
By Anouska Jones
Publication date: 27th October 2014

Cats have a way of walking into our lives and making themselves right at home. No cat lover can imagine life without a feline presence — even if it is only as fleeting as the occasional conversation with a neighbourhood stray. Meow: A book of happiness for cat lovers is a compendium of delightful quotes that capture the essence of this fascination. Some are by famous people (Mark Twain, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway), others not; some are philosophical, others light-hearted — all are memorable.
Accompanied by beautiful photography, and presented in a high-quality gift format, this is a collection of quotes to treasure.

Anouska Jones is a cat-loving book editor, who has worked in publishing for over twenty years. She compiled the quotes from a range of sources, while her own cat kept close watch from her vantage point on Anouska’s desk.

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If you would like to get the book yourself it is published by Exile Publishing and is available in the UK for £12.95 through the publisher website by clicking here.

For our readers in New Zealand it is available on the publisher website here or for Australia on the same publisher’s website here. ($29.99 on either page)

For other countries please check out Amazon or your local bookshop!

Thanks,

Marc

Oliver & Nubia: Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday Latest photos + ongoing challenge! (Week 12)

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Hi friends and followers!

It is time for Week 12 of tummy rub tuesday! :D

(To find out how to enter your own cats please scroll down to the bottom of the post or to make it easier for you leave a comment with a link to your photo!)

This weeks entrances are below:

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We found this super cute neko in Matsuyama in Fuji Grand Mall :D

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And this one we found in the Tokyu Hands department store in Ikebukero – Tokyo.

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Shiva and…

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… Jaya from their blog with the same name that you can find here.

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Findus! He belongs to Alex one of our Facebook admins. :)

Last weeks entries for those of you that may have missed them!:

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Meet Hank our friend from the scratching post. :)

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This is Teddy who you can visit here.

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And meet Frankie a very special guest who’s whole story you can find here.

Now we need ALL of you! You want to see your cat featured and join our fun blog roll? Follow the steps below. :D

All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your furfriend on your own Blog and add your link onto our linky app by clicking on the below photo or by clicking here or by leaving a comment with a link back to your post.

Should you not have an own Blog you can even participate by sending us an email with your photo to info@katzenworld.co.uk – just let us know what you would like to have listed as source! :)

And to make it fair your cat photos don’t have to be a tummy shot we do understand that not all cats like showing off their belly! So any fun photo story will be fine but tummy ones will be even better :D

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And on next weeks #TRT we will be posting photos with links back to all you guys in the weekly Tummy Rub Tuesday post!!!

Lil Miss Nubia would like to say thanks:

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And not to forget Oliver! with his famous TRT video! :D

For once again entering our #TRT. :)

Thanks,

KATZENWORLDLOGOnowords

Oliver: Cuddle times!

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Oi! You human!

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What are you doing!!!! That’s not what I want

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I need some belly rubs *purr*

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Pretty please? I promise I won’t bite <3!

And don’t forget to enter your own tummy photo shots for tomorrow’s tummy rub tuesday by leaving a comment here with a link to your entry or sending us an email with your photo!

More details on Tummy Rub Tuesday can be found here.

Signed by

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His Meowjesty King Oliver the Maker of Mischief

Guest Star : Angel’s Eyes

Hello Katzenworld readers.

My name is Lisa Knicely and I started Angel’s Eyes a few weeks ago.
Angel is almost 1 year old (on September 24th!). She was born in Chicago, and I found her in an online advert. I drove for 3 and a half hours to meet her! She was the runt of the litter, weighing only 1 pound at 9 weeks old.
When we first met, she looked me straight in the eyes and I immediately fell in love.

We weren’t intending to get a cat, as it hadn’t been long since we lost our previous furry friend. I named her Angel, ’cause she’s as sweet as pie and I hoped our other angel kitty would look after her. She’s a spunky little lady – super funny, patient, kind and very polite. She’ll move if she’s in your way, and waits to make sure you’ve allowed her outside before she heads out. She also loves to play hide and seek, and make people laugh!
We play ball or fetch, and we high five! She’s super smart and learns really fast.

She has one unusual trait – she loves water! Toilet flushing is one of her favorite things to watch, and she always asks you to flush over and over and over! We bath her sometimes, which she doesn’t mind, but she hates being dried. She much prefers sitting in front of the fire to dry! Even in summer!!

Her tail is long and fluffy, and she uses it to hug you when she cuddles you! It wraps around your arm, and she holds it curled on her back like a squirrel!
Her meow is so soft, we bought her a bell collar so we don’t lose her haha ! She has even learned to paw the bell to ask to come in or go out!

She’s such a sweetheart and I think you’ll agree! :-)

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Thanks for reading our guest star post.

To find out more about Angel and see more pretty photos head over to their facebook page by clicking here.

Thanks,

KATZENWORLDLOGOnowords

Oliver: She won’t get them up here!

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Oliver: Wooohoo my toy collection will be safe up here from Nubes. :D No more slobbery over my toys. :p

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Oliver: Mouse? check! Two teddies? check as well!

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Oliver: *purr* zzzZzzzZzzzZ…

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Oliver: *Wakes up* I feel like I forgot something o.o”

Nubia: Yes Mr smart-cat I CAN climb up there you know…

Signed by

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His Meowjesty King Oliver the Maker of Mischief