Sand Cat

Sandcat

Humans and cats having been hanging out for like 10,000 years. Maybe it’s because humans aren’t fond of vermin and cats are fond of eating them, therefore creating a beneficial relationship. I’ve been living with cats for about 20 years, and I can tell you that they enhance my life with their furry butts, sparkling eyes, meowing faces, and overall cat magic. I admire their ability to sleep all day and their “devil may care” attitude: you can train a cat, but even when you do it feels more like they are doing something because they want to, not because you asked them.

Sand cats live in the desert where all cats, domesticated and wild, are thought to come from. They live reclusive lives, eating heir vermin desert snacks, living in underground burrows, and being nocturnal. They look like house cats but with super furry feet, which protect their paws from the hot sand of the desert and help them leave no tracks. What also makes them different is they avoid humans and are not interested in being pets or friends or partners or a trophy. They just want to do their own desert-cat thing.

 

Near Threatened

Maine Coon


Maine Coon

 

Who is large, in charge, and a total poof? The American Longhair or Maine Coon, that’s who.

Maine Coons are giant, talkative, smart, loyal, playful, and affectionate. There are a few stories about how this breed of feline came to be, mostly involving cats on ships mating with shore cats. My favorite theory is that, in the 11th century when the Vikings discovered America, they brought with them Norwegian Forest Cats (to rid their ships of rats and because cats are awesome), and the Norwegian Forest Cats bred with the local short-haired cats in North America, and–DONG!–you’ve got yourself a fluffernutter Maine Coon. I mean, the proof is in the POOF:

main coon

 

Least Concern