Smeagol lives with Strider, a tan and white bicolor, Gizmo, a tiger tabby, and Mystery, a giant green Iguana. He can be found at Tails of Two Kitties. Here he is painted up, along with his "precious" sparkle toy. Although I must say, those Temptations are pretty precious as well.
Saturday is Caturday with the cats at Coats of Many Colors.
It's also Photo Hunt day. This week's theme is "Party!" and we Felines sure know how to throw one!
Find Weekend Cat Blogging (#143 Mar 1-2) with Mog and Meowza at The Mind of Mog
Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos 03-10-2008 Chandra & Samantha at New Tuxedo Gang Hideout
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COMING THIS WEEKEND TO A CAT BLOGOSPHERE NEAR YOU:
Squillions, The Contest! Big contest. Big purrizes — including prizes for the winners and prizes that help out our furriends in need. Stop by Cat BlogoSphere to give it a whack.
The prize package from KC & Company: a collector’s 2007 Original Squillions poster calendar; a Squillions tee shirt (XL); a KC reepurrter button; a Squillions button; a Kitty Cats Treat Kit (with recipe, catnip and fish-shaped cutter); sign (Lord, help me be the person my cat thinks I am) from Not The Mama’s Wren’s Nest; Nip Ravioli; Kitty Stickers; Cat Blogosphere 2007 postcard; a huge bag of kitty grass seeds from Poopsie Cats; plus cool stuff from Prairieland Herbs).
Domestic Cats' Origin Many people know what dogs were domesticated from wolves, but what about cats? How did we come to live with humans? A study published in the July 2007 issue of the journal "Science" helps answer that question. Using genetic methods, scientists from the National Cancer Institute and the University of Oxford report that the origins of the common household cat can be traced back 100,000 years to ancestors in the Middle East. This much earlier than the earliest archaeological evidence of feline domestication that dates back 9,500 years to Cyprus.
By looking at the DNA of wildcats and domestic cats, the research team found five matriarchal lines from which all modern domestic cats have descended. Their ancestors, the Near Eastern wildcat, still lives in Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. It is believed that the domestic cat's ancestors become helpful to early farmers by hunting rodents and that domestication evolved out of the relationship between humans and cats. In turn, cats followed their human companions as they migrated across the globe.
Pepper Needs Help! Pepper, a Russian Blue, has Cholangitis (inflammation of the bile ducts) and can't keep food down. She also has Hepatic Lipidosis from not eating and must be force fed with a feeding tube in her neck. He medical care and recovery is both expensive and lengthy.
You can read more about Pepper on Pepper's Page.
If you can help in any way, they really need to raise some funds to help Pepper. Thanks to Jan's Funny Farm for bringing this very serious matter to our attention.
Our fellow House Panther Alexi is a Russian Blue, so it would be great to help out this House Panther in need!