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1 Morticia on Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:52 pm

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Hey everyone, meet my new kitty cat, Moticia (Morti for short)!!! SHE is 7 yrs old, and was NOT up for adoption at the Beaumont Animal Shelter!! NOTE: NEVER underestimate Andi when she wants something!



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2 Re: Morticia on Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:54 pm

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Now, look at Kitty...who died last October:

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3 Re: Morticia on Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:13 pm

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So pretty and sweet. I love Siamese cats and have had a few.
How did you manage to get her when she wasn't available?
I'm so glad you were able to adopt her however you did it.


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4 Re: Morticia on Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:59 pm

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nice kitty. I've heard that siamese are quite vocal.


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5 Re: Morticia on Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:01 pm

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Andi's hubby saw her first and made the mistake of telling Andi all about how loving she is. His next mistake was telling Andi she couldn't adopt her! NEVER tell Andi there is something she can't do! I'm so glad you got her, Andi. Looks like hubby is coming around too.

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6 Study Traces Cat's Ancestry to Middle East on Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:32 pm

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I thought it would be interesting to find out where scientists now think domesticated cats came from. jw

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June 29, 2007
Study Traces Cat’s Ancestry to Middle East
By NICHOLAS WADE

Some 10,000 years ago, somewhere in the Near East, an audacious wildcat crept into one of the crude villages of early human settlers, the first to domesticate wheat and barley. There she felt safe from her many predators in the region, such as hyenas and larger cats.

The rodents that infested the settlers’ homes and granaries were sufficient prey. Seeing that she was earning her keep, the settlers tolerated her, and their children greeted her kittens with delight.

At least five females of the wildcat subspecies known as Felis silvestris lybica accomplished this delicate transition from forest to village. And from these five matriarchs all the world’s 600 million house cats are descended.

A scientific basis for this scenario has been established by Carlos A. Driscoll of the National Cancer Institute and his colleagues. He spent more than six years collecting species of wildcat in places as far apart as Scotland, Israel, Namibia and Mongolia. He then analyzed the DNA of the wildcats and of many house cats and fancy cats.

Five subspecies of wildcat are distributed across the Old World. They are known as the European wildcat, the Near Eastern wildcat, the Southern African wildcat, the Central Asian wildcat and the Chinese desert cat. Their patterns of DNA fall into five clusters. The DNA of all house cats and fancy cats falls within the Near Eastern wildcat cluster, making clear that this subspecies is their ancestor, Dr. Driscoll and his colleagues said in a report published Thursday on the Web site of the journal Science.

The wildcat DNA closest to that of house cats came from 15 individuals collected in the deserts of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, the researchers say. The house cats in the study fell into five lineages, based on analysis of their mitochondrial DNA, a type that is passed down through the female line. Since the oldest archaeological site with a cat burial is about 9,500 years old, the geneticists suggest that the founders of the five lineages lived around this time and were the first cats to be domesticated.

Wheat, rye and barley had been domesticated in the Near East by 10,000 years ago, so it seems likely that the granaries of early Neolithic villages harbored mice and rats, and that the settlers welcomed the cats’ help in controlling them.

Unlike other domestic animals, which were tamed by people, cats probably domesticated themselves, which could account for the haughty independence of their descendants. “The cats were adapting themselves to a new environment, so the push for domestication came from the cat side, not the human side,” Dr. Driscoll said.

Cats are “indicators of human cultural adolescence,” he remarked, since they entered human experience as people were making the difficult transition from hunting and gathering, their way of life for millions of years, to settled communities.

Until recently the cat was commonly believed to have been domesticated in ancient Egypt, where it was a cult animal. But three years ago a group of French archaeologists led by Jean-Denis Vigne discovered the remains of an 8-month-old cat buried with its human owner at a Neolithic site in Cyprus. The Mediterranean island was settled by farmers from Turkey who brought their domesticated animals with them, presumably including cats, because there is no evidence of native wildcats in Cyprus.

The date of the burial far precedes Egyptian civilization. Together with the new genetic evidence, it places the domestication of the cat in a different context, the beginnings of agriculture in the Near East, and probably in the villages of the Fertile Crescent, the belt of land that stretches up through the countries of the eastern Mediterranean and down through what is now Iraq.

Dr. Stephen O’Brien, an expert on the genetics of the cat family and a co-author of the Science report, described the domestication of the cat as “the beginning of one of the major experiments in biological history” because the number of house cats in the world now exceeds half a billion while most of the 36 other species of cat, and many wildcats, are now threatened with extinction.

So a valuable outcome of the new study is the discovery of genetic markers in the DNA that distinguish native wildcats from the house cats and feral domestic cats with which they often interbreed. In Britain and other countries, true wildcats may be highly protected by law.

David Macdonald of Oxford University, a co-author of the report, has spent 10 years trying to preserve the Scottish wildcat, of which only 400 or so remain. “We can use some of the genetic markers to talk to conservation agencies like the Scottish Natural Heritage,” he said.

Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company


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7 Re: Morticia on Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:13 am

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How did you manage to get her when she wasn't available?


rosebud wrote:Andi's hubby saw her first and made the mistake of telling Andi all about how loving she is. His next mistake was telling Andi she couldn't adopt her! NEVER tell Andi there is something she can't do! I'm so glad you got her, Andi. Looks like hubby is coming around too.

Yep, in a nutshell, what Rosie said!!I believe that Kitty had a hand in it. SOOOO many people have tried to give me kitties, but none of them just felt "right". I mean, sure, I would have been happy to take one, but I could (and did) live over not getting it. Then Morti came along... She changed everything! All the rules, everything!! It was just meant to be!!

JW, I just called the director, and told him I WANTED her, and that she WAS going to come home with me. He laughed! es[uhuh] I repeated myself, and told him to listen up and pay attention!! ex[zipped] Then I gave him my number and asked him to call me when he was ready for me to come pick her up. I called him around 1030 or 11, and he called me around 2pm. Morti is now the princess baby girl in this house!!

Rosebud, Kenneth couldn't even fake being mad AT the shelter once he walked in! Then when he got home, she was all over him. He "stole" her from me the first night, because she was all over the couch where he was. Now she sleeps right beside my head--allllllllllll night long! Even right now, she is laying at my feet! Oh... SHE SNORES!!! It was so funny when I realize that today!! She lays upside down, and she snores!!

Yes Esther, she is quite verbal when she wants to hug you! JW, thanks for the article, that is quite interesting.

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8 Re: Morticia on Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:18 am

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Morti and Coco ---dinner meeting! ex[wink1]

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9 Re: Morticia on Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:29 am

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Uh oh! I hope that last photo doesn't mean trouble is brewing!

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