Thursday, February 3, 2011

Formerly Feral and Forever Friday

Hey everybody - Ivy here today to focus on formerly feral and forever homes.  Mom thinks I am about 12 years old.  Even tho I am a mushball lap cat, I have only been indoors for 5 of those years.  Ferals can be tamed and I am proof! I wouldn't let nobody near me when I lived outdoors! Boy have I changed with lots of love.

Did you know us cats are all descended from tabbies?  Experts think that black cats were the first color variety to arise from the ancestral tabby genes.  Since we are all really tabbies, sometimes under our apparent color, the tabby markings show up as ghost markings in kittens ands some adult black cats. 

Not all black is the same  - some black cats with age and sun turn to a rust color like me!  And black is not always called black.  Oriental cats are called ebony or in color points, seal.  OK - enough info - let me get back to my nap in the sun and I will turn you over to Tux!

Last week we mentioned that one of our local shelters was featuring black cats for the month of February as part of their Black Tie Affair. Black cats get a bad rep and they don't deserve it! Meet Tux here from Animal Compassion Network in Asheville, NC.

According to the Black Tie Affair promotion Tux qualifies for a collarship where a local business assists with the adoption fee.  Tux is a black and white gentleman from a family of 7 cats. He is about 3 years old. His person lost her home, so Tux is out scouting for a new one. He has been around cats and dogs, and is quite friendly. Young enough to have some play, but old enough to not be a silly kitten, Tux will make a great family pet, and qualifies for the Black Cat Blitz adoption gift!  Call 828 274-3647 or visit Animal Compassion Network online.

(Mom got all the cat info from a book called Cat Biz by Amanda O'Neill)


Miss Kitty said...


It is always good to learn when a ferrel cat becomes part of a forever home. I was once ferrel but I have forgotten that life and I am very happy with dad.

Warmest regards,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Cheyenne -Millie said...

We think that is really interesting! We are going to be looking closer at Jazzie to see if she has any of those ghost markings!

Mr Puddy said...

Sweet Ivy, Thanks for great information..Me and my mom think it's really interesting !!!

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

A very good message my friend.

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful Ivy!!! Me and Charlie are so glad you are formerly feral!!! You are a sweetie! And you have the most gorgeous coloured velvetty coat too!!!

We are so amazed that all cats descend from tabbies!! That's just so cool!! Lovely!!!

We think Tux is a sweetie too. We hope he gets a forever home! He's adorable!!!

We love your valentine's blog look! :-) Take care

Brian's Home Blog said...

That was quite interesting, I didn't know the tabby thing, I feel purrty impawtant now! Y'all have a great weekend!!!

Marg said...

Ivy, you do look like a great cat. We totally agree that almost all cats can become tame with some patience. You sure are a pretty one.
That was interesting info about the tabby cats.
We sure hope Tux gets a home really soon. Take care and hope you have a great week end.

Unknown said...

Yous is both beautiful cats! We is purring for all cats (ferel and those in shelters) that they gets furever homes (like us).

JC said...

I hope Tux finds a good home soon.

I love black cats. I'm on my 4th or is it 5th. They've always been big love bugs.

Luscious Lucy said...

Ivy, you are one smart cookie! We love little bits of information like this and when we tell our mom, she's going to say, "Where do you get all this news??" We'll tell her, "From that smart Ivy over at Wildcat Woods!" See, she doesn't know we sneak in computer time without her ;)
We are crossing paws for Tux. He is a fine looking young mancat.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are hoping that Tux finds a loving furever home soon - a warm bed, cuddles and delicious foods.
Luv Hannah & Lucy xx xx

Cat said...

I just love black cats but think it is really neat how Ivy went from black to rust!

The Island Cats said...

Hi Ivy, we think you are a smart former feral!! You knew that being inside was much better than being outside!!

And I think black cats rule!! I mean, how could I not??!?


Anonymous said...

Tux is beautiful! I love black cats. Sure hope Tux has a forever home real soon. Hugs and nose kisses

Julia Williams said...

One of my black cats has a lot of brown on his long fur too, on the sides mostly. And on his belly, he has some gray. My other black cat is the color of ink, and I don't think his fur will get lighter since he's already 11 and it's always been the same.

Miss Kitty said...


Please stop by our blog on Saturday as he have something for you.

Enjoy the weekend,
Miss Kitty and Egmont

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We love to hear that yoo were feral and now enjoy a loving home. Cats are very adaptable ~ and yoo are proof of this.
Lots of interesting facts in yoor post today! Fanks.

Unknown said...

That was so interesting about the tabby gene and new to me. But I have seen those ghost markings myslef in my girls so it makes total sense. Lovely Ivy and wishing Tux a home soon.



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