This resource has been created for anyone who would like to learn more about cats, and contains sites with historical information, biological info, articles, recipe suggestions, craft ideas, and videos.
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Science Daily: Oldest Known Evidence Of Cat Taming Found In Cyprus – Article about discovery – long.
Feline Forever: Prehistory of Cats – Read about where archaeologists have found cat remains. (Short)
Smithsonian: A Brief History of House Cats – According to this article, cats have been with humans much longer than we once believed.
National Geographic News: House Cat Origin Traced to Middle Eastern Wildcat Ancestor – Article that talks about how scientist have identified and traced back the ‘maternal ancestors’ of house cats.
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses: Egyptian Gods: Bastet – Information about the cat godess, Bastet.
Wikipedia: Bastet – History and information about cat goddess.
Cat Museum of San Fransisco: Welcome to the Temple of Bastet – Article talks about some of the earlier Egyptian feline godesses including Bastet.
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses – Egyptian Gods: Bastet – Historical information about the feline goddesses, Bastet, Mafdet and Sekhmet.
Live Science: Ancient Egyptian Kitten Skeletons Hint at Cat Domestication – Article about skeletal remains of cats and kittens dating back to 3600 B.C..
National Geographic: The Evolution of Big Cats – Learn about big cats and how they evolved. This site offers an informative 4 minute video. There is an article about The Oldest Big Cat, From the Roof of the World on this site as well.
BigCats2: Extinct Big Cats – Information about some of the oldest known big cats.
Defenders of Wildlife: Florida Panther – Find out more about the Florida panther.
BigCatsWildCats: International Wild Cat Conservation Directory – List of big and small wild cats and information about each one, including their endangerment level.
Big Cat Rescue: This site has a few areas that may be of interest: Wildcat Facts, Big Cat Photos & Facts, and Big Cat Videos.
Wikipedia: Florida Panther – Description, taxonomic, diet, early life, disease, threats and more. Information about big cats that are part off felidae, a biological family of cats can be found on this site as well. Feliformia is the suborder cats are a part of, and information about the other animals that in this category can be found on this site as well.
ongolia. This site also offers information about the African Wildcat, Chinese Mountain Cat, Jungle Cat, Sand Cat, Black-footed Cat, Manul (aka Pallas’s Cat) and the European Wildcat.
BigCatsWildCats: International Wild Cat Conservation Directory – List of big and small wild cats, information about each one and their endangerment level.
MessyBeast: Small Wild Cats Species – Site offers a list of small wild cats and a little bit of information about each one.
Buzz Feed: 9 Rare Cats from Around the World – Photo gallery of cats from different countries.
Wikipedia: Ship’s Cats – Famous cats that traveled on ships. Plus why cats traveled on ships. Aegean Cats – One of the oldest naturally occurring breeds in the world.
U.S. Naval Institute: Cats in the Sea Service – Article about how cats were used on naval ships.
Ailurophilia.wordpress: Cats on Coins – Look at an array of coins with cats on them.
Feline Forever: History & Mythology: Ancient Egypt (with photos), Ashanti, Babylonian, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, Norse, Finnish
What’s Your Sign: Animal Symbolism: Meaning of the Cat – Find out what the cat symbolizes to different cultures and in general.
CCMR: Why Are Cats So Flexible – Cornell Center for Materials Research’s Ask a Scientist answers the question.
The Daily Cat: How Do Cats Jump? – Explains why cats always seem to land on their feet.
Wikipedia: Cat Righting Reflex – Explains why cats always seem to land on their feet and offers an animation of the motion involved.
Cat Health Detective: Cat Balance – This site offers a long explanation as to why a cat can balance so well.
Pet Education.com: Respiratory System: Anatomy and Function in Cats – Site briefly explains how a cats respiratory system works.
How Stuff Works: Cat Anatomy – This article talks briefly about a cats bones, paws, coat, whiskers, and eyes. This site also has more info about whiskers, purring and info about handling injured cats.
Wikipedia: Cat Anatomy – Pictures and information about cat anatomy.
About: Cats: Feline Anatomy – Parts of the cat.
College of Veterinarian Medicine: Anatomy of the Dog and Cat – Interactive diagram of a cat’s anatomy. Click on the organ you want to learn more about.
Kenyon College: Cat Anatomy Tutorial – Designed for college students, some areas of this site may be too graphic for some viewers.
Anatomy Corner – Virtual Cat Dissection – WARNING this site has very graphic pictures and may not be suitable for all viewers. Parental discretion is advised. This link will take you to the intro page of the dissection, to view the photos, look on the panel to the left and choose what you would like to look at.
Cat Health and Diet
Feline Forever: Cleaning Your Cat’s Teeth – Offer some suggestions for taking care of a cat’s teeth. You will also find information about diets on this site.
Pet Education – Offer a chart of what foods cats can not eat.
Web MD: People Foods Your Can Can Eat – Slideshow of choices offered.
Joy the Baker: Chewy Cat Treats for Cats
Food.com: Grain-Free Fish Treats for Dogs and Cats
Off Beat Home and Life: Make your own tasty treats for your cat friends
Life From Scratch: Four Leg-ed Hunter Snacks: Homemade grain free treats for dogs and cats
CatInfo.org: Making Cat Food – This page offers detailed information about making your own cat food.
Vaping Around Pets – Are E-Cigs Toxic for Your Pet? – This article talks about the dangers of vaping around your pets and what can happen.
WikiHow: 8 Ways to Make Cat Toys – Site offers pictures and written suggestions for easy to make cat toys.
WikiHow- How to make a scratching post – Page offers pictures and instructions for making a cat scratching post.
Purina-One: Make a DIY Scratch Post – Instructions for making a scratching post.
Paw-Rescue: Training your cat to use a scratching post – Tips for encouraging a cat to use a scratching post instead of your furniture!
Breeding-Cat.com: – Offers a lot of information about breeding cats and cats in general.
Metal_Floss: 8 Cat Breeds with Wild Roots – Article about crossbreeding.
Care2: Study Finds Cats Hunt More Critters Than Thought – Article about a study done with “KittyCams” to see what cats really do when they are let outside.
ASPCA: Cats Who Play Rough – This article can help you decide if a cat, or kitten, is playing to rough, and tips for helping overly aggressive behavior. It also gives you reasons why play is important for a kitten/cat.
The Spruce: 8 Tips to Help Cats Enjoy Car Travel – Offers advice for traveling with cats. This site also offers answers to How and Why Cats Play?
Organic Authority: The Cat’s Meow: 4 Sustainable Kitty Litter Alternatives – Article offers some alternatives to clay-based cat litter.
Wikipedia: Feral Cat – Information about domesticated cats that return to the wild.
Cats: About: Site offers advice about having cats as a pet, breeding information, having fun with them and much more.
National Geographic: Domestic Cats – Brief history of cat domestication.
Alley Cat Allies: The Natural History of Cats – Brief history of cat domestication and some info about cats traveling the world, and the invention of the cat door.
Wikipedia: Cat – General overview of cat information.
Holiday and Observances: Pet Holiday Information – Days and months that feature something to do with a cat. Includes Hug your cat day, National cat health month and more.
HowStuffWorks: Cats – Offers a little history and a few facts about cats. Check out the rest of the pages in this section to learn more about behavior, choosing a cat, basic care, issues, feline fanatics and how cat shows work.
Animal Planet: Pets 101: Cats – A guide to cats. Includes tips, breeds, games, cat care and preparing for cats.
CatsInfo: Site offers information about cats and kitten care, historic information, quotes, facts and more. The site doesn’t look like it is being maintained any longer, but has a lot of valuable information.
Purr ‘n’ Fur: Félicette – Learn about the first cat in space.
DLTK: Cats – DLTK offers coloring pages, cat crafts, puzzles that can be done online and printed, plus you will find cat rhymes here.
First School: Cats – This site offers cat themed activities for young children. Activities include: printables, craft ideas, fairy tales, coloring page, rhymes and much more.
Enchanted Learning: Cats – Cat related rhymes, crafts, and information about house and big cats. Members have access to more information.
Origami-Instructions: Origami Cat – Photo instructions for an origami cat in two parts, a head and body.
Origami Way: Orig
ami Cat Instructions and Diagram – Photo and written instructions provided.
Origami-Make: How to make origami cats – Site offers two cat projects: An Easy Origami Cat and Sitting Origami Cat.
My How To Draw: How to Draw a Cat – Site offers a variety of cats in different positions to draw. Step by step instructions provided.
DragoArt: How to Draw a Cat – Step by step instructions show how to draw a cat lying down, sketch a cat, a realistic cat head, a fun kitten and more. Search for more cats to draw on this site too!
Fran’s World of Discovery: Black Cats – Find out why some people consider black cats good luck or bad and get instructions for a balancing activity in addition to link related to black cats.
Warning: Cats have not always been respected in history.
The following videos have information about their negative history.
4-H Youth Projects & Publications Cats
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