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New cat breed!

  
Cedric S.- McGonigals

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Purred: Sun May 23, '10 12:19pm PST 
It may not be a new breed, but there is basically a breed of cat in Kerguelen that is long haired and black and white. The odds are 35:1 that one of the cats there is black and white and long haired. They are similar to the Maine Coon, but they have different head shapes and the fur seems longer. I found out about this when looking on information on Kerguelen Island on Wikipedia. You can find to pictures of the "Kerguelen cat" on google images. They feed on birds, rabbits, and penguins. Rabbits feed on on Kerguelen cabbage and grasses. The cats live among the northern and western areas of Kerguelen Island along with other parts. There is about 1,000 of this cat here, oddly. I will look more on these Antarctic cats.
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Harvey

Has been COTD!
 
 
Purred: Sun May 23, '10 4:50pm PST 
News to me. I wasn't able to come up with any Wikipedia images except one on a stamp, but I did learn that "The islands are home to a population of feral cats descended from ships' cats kept by sailors to control the rat population. The cats live mainly on rabbits and seabirds." The origin of the Maine Coon is in dispute, as is their relationship to Norwegian Forest Cats and Siberian Forest Cats. No, I have not researched this, but I suspect that somehow long haired cats from Northern Europe--who are naturally protected against cold climates--traveled with sailors to places like the Eastern Coast of the U.S. and Antarctic regions. The head shape difference intrigues me, because this is what distinguishes Norwegian Forest Cats from Maine Coons. I'd like to see some photos of these cats, and see how much they do/do not resemble Maine Coons and/or Norwegian Forest Cats. I suspect that they are somehow related in an obscure way, but am in no position to do any DNA testing...MOL. Thanks for my factoid of the day!
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kaya skye

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Purred: Sun May 23, '10 9:40pm PST 
the location certainly fits the bill for the emergence of a new breed, though-a unique, isolated environment. so...hmmm.thinking
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Cedric S.- McGonigals

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Purred: Tue May 25, '10 1:29pm PST 
http://www.bankofantarctica.com/kerg-1.jpg
Here is an article about the cats in Kerguelen.
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en &ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.institut-polaire.fr%2Fi pev%2Fprogrammes_de_recherche%2Fen_cours%2F279_determinisme_biotique _et_abiotique_de_la_synchronie_des_populations_de_chats_dans_un_rese au_trophique_simplifie_sur_l_archipel_des_kerguelen&sl=fr&tl=en

M aybe we can contact them about the Kerguelen "breed" and we will have a new awesome Tux breed.
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