Many amazing and unique big cats are sadly critically endangered, and the Amur leopard is one of them. Here you’ll learn more about this graceful feline.
Where Amur Leopards Live
The Amur Leopard, also called the Far Eastern Leopard, lives in the temperate forests of Far Eastern Russia, where they face harsh winters and hot summers. They’re found in Southwest Primorye in the Russian Far East, and along the Russian border with Heilongjiang (a mouthful), Province and Jilin Province in North East China. It’s possible that a few leopards also exist in North Korea, but no one has been allowed to check out this area so far. The Amur leopard is the northernmost (another mouthful) of all of the leopard subspecies. Its historic range extended throughout northeastern (“Manchurian”) China, the southern part of Primorsky Krai in Russia and the Korean Peninsula. Amur Leopards disappeared sadly in this area during the 20th century, because of habitat loss and hunting. The first accurate estimate of Amur Leopards was made by Dmitry Pikunov and Vladimir Abramov at the turn of the 20th century. Dmitry and Vladimir estimated about 38 to 46 Amur leopard still alive in Russia. The point is, less than 50 Amur Leopards are still alive today. In fact, the Amur leopard are one of the most endangered animals in the world.
An Amur Leopard’s Life
An Amur Leopard’s lifespan can range from 10 to 15 years in the wild. Amur leopards mature at two to three years of age. They mostly breed in January and February. Amur Leopards can have up to 6 cubs in a litter, but they usually have 2-3 after a gestation period of 90-105 days. Like most felines, Amur Leopards are born blind and helpless. They weigh around one pound, and they don’t open their eyes until they’re ten days old. When the cubs are six to eight weeks old they start to follow their mother out of the den. By three months the cubs are weaned, but they shall stay with their mother learning how to hunt until they are 18-24 months old. The Amur leopard can live up to 12 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in captivity. That’s a lot for a big cat!
That’s all for today! I hoped you liked learning about the Amur Leopard!
I hope you liked learning about how Shadow was adopted! Today I’ll be telling you the story of Domino, my other kitty!
Domino the Crazy Kitty
About half a year after I adopted Shadow, I realized so many people had multiple cats. I wanted to be one of those people. So I started my long journey of asking my parents for another cat. I asked them everyday, I made little signs saying; ADOPT A CAT!! , and I came up with a list of reasons to adopt another cat. Eventually, my parents decided to go look at some kitties. This time we were going to go to two places. The first one was good old Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS), which had become our local animal shelter. There were more kittens than when we went to adopt Shadow, but I didn’t feel any connection towards then as I had with Shadow. I did see a young 4 month old kitten named Rose. She was strikingly beautiful, with patched of black, orange, and a bit of white. I noticed that her eye seemed a bit swollen, and I asked a volunteer was that was about. She told me it was because there was something wrong with her eye, and since they were going to give her surgery, we couldn’t adopt her. I felt disappointed, but I wished her well and me and my family then drove to the next place.
It was called Cameron Small Animal Hospital (CAH), but they had cats up for adoption too. When we came in, we waited for the nurse to finish her appointment. Finally we were called to enter. She asked us what type of cat we were looking for, so we described it. The nurse then left to get to first group of cats. Excited, I talked to my family about what we could name the cat. We came up with names like Muffin, Sam, Kitty, and many others. After a few minutes, the nurse came back with another assistant. I tried to resist jumping up and down, for the nurse and the assistant were carrying two kittens each. They all looked like they were siblings, because they were all black and white. “There are 1 male and 3 females in this litter.” The nurse told us. “The male is the most affectionate, so I would recommend him.” The kittens were VERY CUTE, but one in particular caught my eye. She was one of the females, with white paws, the ones in the back slightly longer so it looked like she had boots.
After spending a good 20 minutes with the litter, the nurse and assistant brought in another kitty. She was actually not as young as the 4 month old litter we had just saw. Her name was Jellybean, and she was beautiful! Jellybean had patches of orange and black over her white fur. To be honest, the patches really did look like jellybeans! She wasn’t as shy as the last group, and she loved those belly rubs! The nurse sadly told us that Jellybean, who was about 7 months old, had lived here ever since she was born. The reason for this was because Jellybean hadn’t been as friendly like now. I wanted to adopt her, but I could tell she was going to get adopted soon.
After we left, we went to Domino’s Pizza to order some yummy pizza! While we waited, I told my family that I was interested in the kitty with the white boots. It was decided. We would try to get in touch with the nurse as soon as we can. We tried to come up with some more names. We looked around and tried to find names that we could name her. Marble, Cookie, Pizza, and even Chicken didn’t fit. Suddenly my dad grinned. “The cat is black and white, right? What about Domino?” I clapped my hands excitedly. It was perfect. A domino is usually black and white, like the cat! Plus we would always know that we ate pizza after looking at all these kitties. We adopted Domino a few days after, and all was well…
One of the reasons I’m so intent on saving the felines is because I know they’re suffering. I can compare my cats’ feelings with their cousins’ feelings, and I feel sympathy for them. Today I’ll tell you a bit more about my cats, and how I came to adopt them.
Shadow, The Shy Guardian Angel
First things first, Shadow is VERY shy. That’s one of the reasons I adopted her. I’d started to study cats that year, and I became a bit motivated to adopt one. I begged my family until they finally decided to only SEE the cats, not adopt any, as a late birthday present. So we went to Montclair Township Animal Shelter, also called M.T.AS. It was a shelter that had their own website, so I checked out some of the cats on the website the day before we visited them. I had noticed a cat called Espresso, who was said to be very shy and prefers to be adopted with her sister. I felt bad for her, so I decided to keep an eye out for her and her sister. When we first arrived, I was in a state of shock and excitement. Why? Because there were SO MANY CATS!!! I wished I could adopt all of them. The cats seemed to be sleeping, and there weren’t many kittens. I suddenly noticed a black fur of ball race across the room and under one of the cages. I crouched and immediately knew that was Expresso. I didn’t see her sister…but I didn’t concentrate on that though. I was too amazed by the beauty of Espresso to be worried that moment. She was warmed by the deep black coat of hers, turning a dark caramel in the sunlight. As she stared at me in fear, her dark pupils widened and her emerald eyes became the cutest thing I had ever seen. I held out my hand for her to sniff, and she lashed out and gave me a thin scratch. Okay, maybe it wasn’t love at first sight for her, but I was still determined to make her trust me. I decided to leave her alone for now and check out some other cats.
Now that I had left Expresso, I had become a bit worried about her sister. “Where’s Expresso’s sister?” I asked one of the volunteers standing there. “I don’t know, she might’ve already been adopted, in the other room, or…other reasons…” Me being a very young 8 year old, the volunteer probably thought I didn’t suspect the other reason, which was the shelter thought there were too many cats and had to euthanize some of them, including Expresso’s sister. Even though that wasn’t that likely, I now realize, because if Espresso is shyer than her sister, wouldn’t she have gotten euthanized too? As I pondered where Expresso’s sister could be, I heard a closet door open. I noticed an elegant grey tabby cat with long hair sitting on top of one of the cabinets inside the closet.
I slowly approached the cat to find the cat rubbing it’s hand against mine. I started petting her slowly, scratching her chin like most cats liked. After a while of me petting her, she let out a sound that sounded like she was blowing a kiss. I asked the same volunteer what that meant. “She’s actually blowing you a kiss!” The volunteer announced cheerfully. Me not knowing what to make of that, I went back to the cat, who I found was named Velour and was 3 years old. I made the same sound that she had made to me. As I continued petting her, I wondered who I should adopt. Expresso had turned out to be only 4 months old, and I knew nothing about her sister. My heart grew heavy as I made my choice. If I left Espresso and adopted Velour, she would most likely get euthanized. If I adopted Expresso, Velour would probably get adopted. I told my parents what I had decided, and to my surprise they said we could adopt Expresso today! We told the people at the shelter, and then we left them while we bought supplies for Espresso. When we came back they were still struggling to trap Espresso and put her in the carrier, but they finally managed it. As we rode home, I told my parents how guilty I felt about leaving Velour, but my mom assured me that she would continue to volunteer and wouldn’t let them euthanize Velour. A few days later, she told me that Velour had been adopted, and all the sadness that I’d been feeling went away. As months went by, I grew a close bond with Espresso, who we renamed Shadow. She would sleep with me at night, and I would be her loyal human forever! The only thing that still bothers me is what happened to her sister…
This took longer than I expected to write, so I’ll be cutting this article into two parts. This is the first part, about Shadow! I’ll be making part two as soon as I can, but right now I hope you enjoyed!
Today, we’re gonna be talking about showing love to your kitty. To be more specific, giving her more love and attention. As you can see, we have a very lovable text color. So, let’s get started!
I understand if you’re a bit confused, but I’m here to explain. Christmas is VERY soon, so you’re thinking about giving your WHOLE family different presents. Except for your cats. Hmm…that sounds a bit mean, doesn’t it? I know, I know. You might be reading this and are getting a bit annoyed. I know that most of you love your cats, but do you treat them like family all the time? I know my family doesn’t always treat them like family. Sometimes they get very confused when they do something unusual. Sometimes they call them things like alien or creature. But treating them like family doesn’t always mean making them sound like part of your family. Also, they don’t have to act like a human. You can’t just be like, huh, it’s time to feed my cats, but I’m eating my bread! Oh well, I can feed them a bit later. I know I do this sometimes. But imagine this. The only thing you’ve been able to eat all day is banana, but now that it’s dinner time your mom is eating so you have to starve a few minutes more! That’s basically like what cats feel if you do that. If you think this was a bit short, well that’s because there isn’t much to say. Better get Kitty a gift!
This is a bit outdated, but at least you can be very prepared next time!
All Hail The Senior Pets!
The meaning for Adopt A Senior Pet Month is a bit obvious, but I’ll still explain. Adopt A Senior Pet Month is the whole month of November, so you have lots of time to prepare. Adopt A Senior Pet Month is all about adopting a senior pet. Most senior pets in shelters are more at risk of getting euthanized because of their old age. They aren’t jumping balls of fur like young pets are. But having a senior pet can be very relaxing. They have more patience, and are easier to teach. Senior pets are very loyal to you, and are mostly more independent. They’re gonna love you forever, and are only gonna love you more each year.
The Rejected Seniors…
Most reasons people try to avoid senior pets are:
It’s very possible that the person has recently lost a pet and sadly aren’t looking forward to losing another in a few years.
They don’t seem as playful or funny as a younger cat
They aren’t as “cute”
They don’t wanna adopt at all
They don’t like the thought of the senior pet easily getting sick
They wanna be jerks and ignore the helpless call of senior pets
Have you ever been watching the news, when you see something like: BREAKING NEWS: SCIENTISTS WORRY THAT AMUR LEOPARDS MAY BECOME EXTINCT IN LESS THAN A YEAR!!! Have you ever wished you could DO something? I feel just like you, and that’s why I made this website. I want to spread the word that our amazing feline friends are disappearing. You can do something to help, and I’m here to tell you how.
Overpopulation of Cats
This is a HUGE problem. The cats aren’t the main problem. Humans are actually the cause of overpopulation of cats. Humans are deciding to not neuter cats, and instead breed them. Some kittens are even abandoned because their owners didn’t have enough resources to be able to have them! Overpopulation of cats lead to problems like this. Cats become strays, or are even born feral and stay like that for the rest of their life. Cats suffer when the cold season comes, or when there’s a big heat wave. They starve, yet people decide to ignore it. I wrote about this in one of my older articles, but I have a feeling I didn’t include much info. Feeding your stray or feral cats in your area doesn’t help unless they’re neutered. It’ll just make them mate and give birth to even more kittens, which is what we don’t want.
Instead, do TNR, which I find very frustrating when a cat lover doesn’t know about, by the way. Anyways, TNR stands for trap-neuter-return. This is a process where first, you trap the feral cat. Next, you bring the cat to the vet and have the vet neuter and sometimes vaccinate. Last, you return the cat where it was trapped or found. If the cat is a kitten, sometimes the vet would put it up for adoption if it’s young but old enough. One more way is to encourage others to do TNR, if you don’t have enough resources. This is how to help the problem of… Overpopulation of Cats!
Now this is a serious problem, because these felines could become extinct. Almost every feline is endangered, some critically endangered. There isn’t much to explain, only how to help. But main reasons of felines being endangered are: Poaching, deforestation, pollution, natural disasters, or more. One of the most endangered felines is the amur leopard. Scientists think there are only about 50 left in the wild. One REALLY endangered feline is the zanzibar leopard. The zanzibar leopard is so endangered that some people think it’s extinct. Sadly, that’s very possible. The zanzibar leopard hasn’t been seen since the early 1980s. That is, until a few months ago, when a show called Extinct or Alive spotted this rare beauty. Since then, more people have been trying to save this feline. Ways to help are: donate, encourage protection for these felines, or more. You CAN make a difference, just don’t give up.
Ok, so you’re just doing your homework when your cat starts being annoying. (ok well not annoying cats can’t be annoying its impossible) You shoo the poor kitty, but it keeps coming back. Why? Well, maybe school decieded to take over your life!
The Annoying Battle…
Welp, you now know that school has taken over your life, but you can’t quit school! It’s important to know your limits. On a school day, I would reccomend going home, do your homework, eat something, and then play with your cat(s). But it’s not that simple. You want to know how much time you should play with them. Playing physically with them and a toy should take 10 to 20 minutes. Giving them heaven (petting them) can take at least 5 minutes. Maybe you help take care of your cat(s). Doing your cat chores takes as much time as you need it to. You just can’t forget your cats, they’re like your guardian angel, (or devil) but very cuddly and sweet. You have to remember these are actual beings. Not are they living things, they have feelings, and you have to respect them like you would with any other person. I’m sorry if this article was a bit short, I hope you liked it!
NYAN CAT! A rainbow tailed-poptart body-space cat that likes to speak gibberish and fly in space. What a fun cat to learn about!
So…I know this isn’t actually a real cat, BUT it’s fun to write about and Nyan Cat is basically a cat. ANYWAYS, let me tell you more about Nyan Cat. Nyan Cat was created on April 2, 2011 (It’s not THAT old) when a man called Christopher Torres decided to put a random picture of a rainbow tailed- I’m not doing that again, on his place called LOL-comics. How did Torres come up with Nyan? Well, two different people told him to make a picture of food and the other one told him to make a picture of a cat. Since Torres was probably one of those people that are going places he made a combination of BOTH! A few days later he made Nyan move a bit, later turning into a video when a youtuber who called herself called saraj00n took the moving kitty pic and made it into a video. (By the way, Torres wanted to call Nyan “Poptart Cat” but saraj00n called it Nyan Cat, so that’s why people call it Nyan Cat.) The video that saraj00n made was seen 90,000,000 times since January 1, 2013. Soon the world was overtaken by Nyan Cats! People made games, even MORE videos, and other random stuff. BUT WHY IS THERE NO NYAN CAT EMOJI?!
Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas is on it’s way! But your cats are BEGGING for your food. Sometimes you decide that’s it’s ok to give them a bit, but soon it will become VERY chaotic!
I know, I know. You’re probably like, “HOW IS IT CHAOTIC?!” Well, here’s why. When you give a cat a tiny bit of food, (after a lot of suffering) your cat will keep asking for more, encouraged by the fact that you did give them a bit of food.
It’s ok if you give them some tidbits once in a while, but imagine this: You’re eating tuna, and your cat loves it and is asking for some. You think, it’s tuna, how will it hurt my cat? Well, maybe the tuna was mixed with onions, and you decide to leave them there. Onions are poisonous to cats, and if you don’t make it to the vet in time, your cat will probably die. Even if you’re sure that it’s not bad for your cat, keep in mind that it’s human food. You are a human, but a cat is a cat. Too much of something (ANYTHING, not just human food.) can be bad for your cat.
Now let’s say it’s still Thanksgiving and you decide to give them more Fancy Feast for the whole week. When that week is over, your cat might decide you just forgot that you gave them an extra can for now on. So they would start asking you for more food, and you would eventually give them more food. But it doesn’t mean you should never give them treats, it just means you should be aware of how much food you give your cat. Well, now you know!
Ever heard of a grey tabby with huge eyes and a tongue sticking out? Well, meet Lil BUB! She is a one of a kind, a cute kind! Get ready to learn more about this interesting kitty!
The Lil Story!
BUB was found in July of 2011, in a feral cat litter. Even though the rest of the litter was healthy, BUB was not. She was only a few weeks old when they took her in as a rescue cat. The reason BUB looks so cute is because of many reasons. First, she has an extreme case of dwarfism, which makes her limbs small compared to the rest of her body. Next, she is a perma-kitten, meaning she will stay with the features of a kitten forever. BUB’s lower jaw is shorter than her upper jaw, and her teeth failed to grow in, so her tongue is always sticking out.
Anyways…Lil BUB is still very healthy despite the fact that she was born with about 3 deformations, and many people love to see pics of her! (LIKE ME!!)