By Franny Syufy
People who love cats enjoy nothing better than exchanging stories about their own cats. Our mutual respect for cats often forges lifelong bonds of friendships and it's only natural that we gravitate together to talk about our cats.
At About.com our Show & Tell application makes it easy to share true stories about cats on a variety of topics. Featured below are several of the popular subjects with selected readers' true stories and photos. After you've read them take the opportunity to publish your own true cat story. You are encouraged to post up to two photos of your cat, as well.
Do you share your home with a purebred cat, domestic cat, or mixed-breed cat? Do you have special experience with certain cat breeds?
Here's the place to tell your cat breed stories complete with pictures of your cat in your own article on this site. Share your tale of what it's like to live with a specific breed of cat - or even a moggie or mixed breed. Your story will help prospective owners decide what cat breed is right for them. To get started, just find your breed in the alphabetical list below to submit your story or to read about the breed.
Domestic cats are rich in history, and there is no one-size-fits-all description of them. Domestic cats can be large, small, fat, or thin, depending on their lineage, diet, and degree of care.
Their colors and color patterns are myriad, with all the colors of the rainbow, including black, white, gray, red (aka "orange), with all the shades between. Color patterns include: tabby, calico, tortoiseshell,and tuxedo, to name a few.
White cats have long been loved for their pristine beauty. Their snow-white brilliance, often coupled with blue, green, or golden makes them stand out among multi-colored cats, such as tabbies, calicoes, and tortoiseshells. We celebrate white cats in February, because their pristine, snow-white coloring reminds us of the snow in February. This also accounts for the many white cats named Snowball or Snowy.
Black cats pose an enigma to people who have never been up close and personal with one. People who share their homes with one or more black cats love them beyond measure. Others who may or may not have crossed paths with a black cat sometimes fear them to the point of irrationality, no doubt due to ancient superstitions about black cat and witchcraft.
Today, lovers of black cats bear no resemblance to witches, but are normal men and women who happen to love the stark beauty of all-black cats, along with their personalities, which seem to vary from cat to cat.
Red cats range in shades from the palest beige to the most vibrant dark orange, and can be either shorthair or longhair. They are most often male, but many red female cats can be found. They have warm, loving personalities, but also can be very strong-willed, and are often the alpha cat in a household. We celebrate red cats in December because their color reminds us of cozy fireplaces and holiday colors.
Calicoes share that personality trait of tortoiseshell cats commonly described as "tortitude." They are sassy, spunky, and very independent. On the other hand, calicoes are sweet, loving, and loyal cats. If you hunger for unconditional love, a colorful calico cat will willingly and enthusiastically fulfill that need.
Tabbies are so ubiquitous that many people think of them as a breed. Not so; the tabby is a color pattern - most often stripes, but sometimes stripes and whorls, or even spots and stripes. The tabby pattern is so popular that it can be found in many pedigreed cats today, and is accepted in a number of breeds by the most popular registries.
The tuxedo pattern is very formal, named by the attire human men wear for formal occasions. Nothing is so dramatic as seeing a "tuxie," as they are affectionately called, dressed in his best bib and tucker. Some tuxies also wear "spats," or white boots. Tuxedo cats are truly the gentlemen of cat color patterns. And of course, females can wear tuxedos too!
Tortoiseshell cats are commonly described as sharing a distinct personality trait described as "tortitude." I've seen similar comments about other cat colors and patterns. We're exploring further to see if there really is some kind of connection between cat color and personality. "Zakallen" describes his Big Kitty, a red-striped tabby: <P>The friendliest cat God ever made - he liked everyone. I used to be amazed at how many people would say "Is this your cat?" They would scratch his ears and say "he sure is friendly". Several of my neighbors told me flat out "I don't like cats never have, except for Big Kitty of course". I used to call him the "the peacemaker."