Love at First Purr!
You Had Me At Meow! by our good friend and artist Missy Johnson caught my eye and it was love at first purr. Missy is the creative force behind Dogs for the Paws; art making a difference for animals. Even though the name is Dogs for the Paws, Missy cares deeply for cats too. In fact, just like us, she loves all animals. When I saw her You Had Me at Meow! I became super excited because I thought you would love it too!
Missy Johnson, Artist and Creator of Dogs for the Paws
Born to be a Cat!
Did you know the house cat is a direct descendant of the African Wildcat? House cats are in the same family, the Felidae
family, as the big cats. The family tree branches out to include the different subfamilies. The Pantherinae subfamily includes the Tiger, (Panthera tigris), the Lion, (Panthera leo), the Jaguar, (Panthera onca) and the Leopard, (Panthera pardus).
House cats belong to the Felinae subfamily. Within this subfamily is the genus known as Felis. The African Wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) is the house cats (Felis silvestris catus) closest relative. Did you know that our African Wildcat cousins are still living the wild life?
My stunt double Flat Gracey and my mom have just returned from meeting with the Purina One Cat Team in St. Louis where they discussed a new and exciting program to understand the true nature of cats. The Purina One team traveled to South Africa to learn more about our wild cousins, the African Wildcat, to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a cat. They asked me, Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger and my mom, to join the journey with them. We will be observing, asking questions and learning together how to better understand the cats in our lives.
As you know, I get into trouble from time to time and I tell you that I just can’t help myself. Through this discovery journey I will show you that it is really true! I can’t help myself because I was born to be a cat. I think that all of the things that make a cat a cat are all the same reasons our human parents love us.
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