- Larry (cat)
Larry with Rt Hon David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Barack Obama, President of the United States.
Queen Elizabeth II
Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office
15 February 2011–present
Larry is the name of the current 10 Downing Street cat popularly known as the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office.
A white tabby, believed to be between three and five years old, Larry is a rescue cat from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and was chosen by Downing Street staff. Media speculation had raised the possibility of a new feline arriving in Downing Street after rats had been seen on two occasions behind television news correspondents reporting live, with a Downing Street 'pro-cat faction' having apparently won the argument. The cat is also intended to be a pet for the children of David and Samantha [read more...]
- Cymric (cat)
Isle of Man
TICA and ACF consider Cymrics a variety of Manx
Cat (Felis catus)
The Cymric ( // or // ) is a breed of domestic cat. Some cat registries consider the Cymric a long-haired variety of the Manx breed from the Isle of Man, rather than a separate breed: except for the length of fur, in all other respects the two varieties are the same, and kittens of either sort may appear in the same litter. The name comes from Cymru ([ˈkəm.rɨ], ), the indigenous Welsh name of Wales, though the breed is not associated with Wales, and the name was possibly given as an attempt to provide a "Celtic"-sounding name for the breed.
According to Isle of Man records, the taillessness trait of the Manx (and ultimately the Cymric) began as a mutation among the island's domestic cat population. Given the island's [read more...]
Rusik was the first and only Russian police sniffer cat at Stavropol near the Caspian sea. He made an important contribution in the search for hidden illegal cargoes of Sturgeon fish, an endangered animal species.
Rusik began his crimefighting career when he appeared at the police checkpoint in 2002. Following his adoption by the staff, Rusik demonstrated his ability to sniff out sturgeon-smugglers' stashes with astonishing accuracy. His talent for sniffing out poached fish soon found him taking over the job of the police's canine team member.
Rusik died in the line of duty on 12 July 2003, when he was hit by a car during an inspection. He had apparently found smuggled sturgeon in the same car some time before, according to personnel at the police checkpoint where Rusik worked. Some local sources expressed their belief that Rusik was the object of a contract killing, but the truth is still unclear. Rusik was a siamese with only a year's service. He died a few weeks after Barsik, [read more...]
- Australian Mist
A Blue Spotted Australian Mist female
Cat (Felis catus)
The Australian Mist (formerly known as the Spotted Mist) is a breed of cat developed in Australia.
This breed was developed by Dr Truda Straede in Australia commencing in 1976, hence its name. The breed was developed by crossing the Burmese, Abyssinian, and Domestic shorthair cats to create a shorthaired cat with a spotted coat. The name was changed from 'Spotted Mist' to 'Australian Mist' in 1998 when cats with marbled coats, rather than spots, were accepted as part of the breed.
Australian Mists are medium-sized shorthaired cats, with a round head and large, expressive eyes. The coat patterns have three levels of definition; (1) ground colour, paler than pattern; (2) pattern, delicate though distinct from ground colour; (3) appears to wear a misted veil, caused by random ticking in [read more...]
- American Curl
Cat (Felis catus)
The American Curl is a breed of cat characterized by its unusual ears, which curl back from the face toward the center of the back of the skull. An American Curl's ears should be handled carefully because rough handling may damage the cartilage in the ear. The breed originated in Lakewood, California, as the result of a spontaneous mutation. In June, 1981, two stray kittens were found and taken in by the Ruga family. The kittens were both longhaired, one black and the other black and white. The family named them Shulamith and Panda respectively, but Panda disappeared several weeks later, making Shulamith the foundation female of the American Curl breed.
In 1983, an American Curl was exhibited at a cat show for the first time, and in 1987, the longhaired American Curl was given championship status by The International Cat [read more...]
- Peter, the Lord's cat
Peter, the Lord's cat (1950 – 5 November 1964), also known as The Marylebone mog, was a cat who lived at Lord's Cricket Ground in London from 1952 to 1964. He is the only animal to be given an obituary in the standard cricket reference book, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
The obituary appeared in the 1965 edition of Wisden, under the name "CAT, PETER". It described him as "a well-known cricket-watcher" who "could often be seen prowling on the field of play"; he "loved publicity" and "frequently appeared on the television". Despite this, it seems that no photographs of him are known, although his successor, Sinbad, was snapped during a Southern Schools v The Rest match in 1963
Peter is mentioned in the title of a 2006 anthology of Wisden obituaries, Peter, the Lord's Cat: And Other Unexpected Obituaries from Wisden.