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10. The Egyptian Maus are fairly rare, with only a few naturally spotted breeds of this domesticated cat. They are a small to medium-sized cat that is one of the fastest known, clocked at being able to run more than 30 mph, which is faster than my car. The Maus were really popular in Europe until World War II, when the popularity of everything started going down hill, and it even started going extinct, until Russian Princess Natalie Trubetskaya began breeding them. Their lifespan is between 13 and 16 years. Hey, test your knowledge. What does Mau mean in Egyptian? It simply means…cat. Now you know.
9. The Chartreux, which is even funner to say than Mau, is a rare domestic cat from France recognized by many worldwide registries. They are known for their smiles because their tapered muzzles appear to be smiling. Farmer love them because their good hunters and they can be very, very quiet – seldom a meow or cry. And they’re smart… they can operate on/off buttons and open latched screen doors. Some of them can even fetch like dogs. They’re good with children and other animals and their lifespan is from 11 to 15 years.
8. The Turkish Angora have been long breeded … ohhh-kaaay…bred (breeded’s funner though…) from ancient central Turkey. They are known for their silky and elegant coats, as well as having one eye blue and the other amber or green. They are playful, smart and athletic, and they tend to bond with one particular member of a family. They are very protective of that person from then on. Their lifespan is 12 to 18 years.
7. Ojos Azules – I like that so much I may change my name to it – were discovered in New Mexico around 1984, back when I could actually move like a cat, and it’s Spanish name means “Blue Eyes.” But by the time 1992 rolled around, there were only 10 of these cats around. Only the cats with the deep blue eye gene are considered Ojos Azules. What little is known about these rare creatures is that they are active, friendly and affectionate. Their lifespan is 10 to 12 years.
6. The Serengeti cat was developed by crossing a Bengal (that’s of the cat world) and an Oriental Shorthair. Serengeti’s are spotted cats with long legs and very large, round-tipped ears. They have a long neck that doesn’t even taper when it gets to the skull. They are rare but gaining popularity because of their fun and outgoing personalities – like me. And they resemble wild cats from Africa. Their lifespan is 10 years.
5. The black-footed cat – ya know, you’d think they could give it an actual name, like Ojos Azules…. Only with black… and feet… Anyway, these South African creatures are the smallest of the wild cat species in the world, with the adult male weighing just over 4 pounds. They are big-time nocturnal animals and will travel some 5 miles during a night just to find food. And it usually only gets moisture from its food… no water needed. It has become rare due to poaching, traffic accidents and predatory animals. Its lifespan is 10-12 years. Are you memorizing these lifespans? There will be a quiz at the end of this, you know…
4. The Japanese Bobtail has a tail that strongly resembles that of a rabbit. Wouldn’t it be a Japanese Cottontail then? But, like snowflakes, no two tails are exactly alike. Ok… so why does it not have a normal cat tail, you ask. I’m glad you asked. Here’s the legend: Long, long ago, in a faraway land, a sleeping cat’s tail caught fire. The feline reacted, of course, by running, and it ended up setting the entire town on fire. Well, a really pissed off Emperor decreed that all cats have their tails chopped off to prevent similar blazing disasters. In reality, though, it’s a natural genetic mutation. BORING! Let’s go with the pissed off emperor. Tell your friends that one for sure. Their lifespan is 14 to 16 years. Probably half that if their tails catch on fire.
3. The Scottish Fold cat looks like an owl because a natural gene mutation – ugghh – affects the cartilage and makes the ears bend forward. This change from normal ears occurs when it is between 2 to 4 weeks old. It was originally called the Lop-eared cat, but its name was changed to the Scottish Fold in 1966. These Scottish Folds can sit, stand and lay in almost human-like positions. They can even sit on their haunches and look like Buddha. Their lifespan is around 15 years.
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