Purr-n-Fur


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About Purr 'n' Fur

Now completing our tenth year, Purr 'n' Fur developed in late 2003 from ideas my sister and I had, and it's gradually expanded since then to the extensive site it is now. We are both lifelong cat aficionados, first as a result of cats our parents had over the years, and later of course from having our own. I have two tabby 'girls', Maggie and Midge, and they are to be found as 'mascots' on the Fragments and Mini Fragments pages respectively. In 2007 I took on also two black, male brothers as kittens. Tragically I lost one of them to a road accident in 2011; there's a tribute to the much missed Tinker here. Brother Timmie has yet to make an appearance on the site, but surely will at some point. My sister has Puss, a black formerly feral female of indeterminate age, and her three offspring, born 'in the wild' sometime in the spring of 2011: little Tillie and her much larger brothers Tux and Indie.

I do the writing at Purr 'n' Fur and much of the research, while Sis looks after producing the pages. Until recently I worked as a professional proofreader and copy-editor, so things are checked carefully and I hope you find the writing to be of a good standard! (See The Cat's Whiskers for more information about me or my work; I still take on occasional jobs.)


There are numerous other excellent sites devoted to cats and cat lore, so we aim to provide at least a few features that aren't found elsewhere. One of our most visited sections is Famous Felines, where we relate the real-life stories of cats that have become better known than the average feline for one reason or another, such as Socks Clinton and his Downing Street counterpart Humphrey; but undoubtedly the most celebrated of them is Simon, ship's cat of HMS Amethyst and the only cat to have been awarded the prestigious Dickin Medal. This section is now supplemented, under Featuring Felines, by shorter tales of cats that aren't necessarily world-famous but perhaps well known in their local area, or have had interesting adventures. It includes numerous cats that are, or were, to be found in churches, museums, libraries and similar establishments, as well as other cats working in hotels, on railways, in shops and the like.

We're very proud of our Feline Philately pages about domestic cats on postage stamps, which are updated thrice yearly and fully illustrated; and also of our gallery of UK inn signs picturing cats (in Feline Fun); you won't find these topics treated so comprehensively anywhere else. In the Fun section there are also some cat jigsaw puzzles; a collection of quotes about cats, with many pictures; a crossword puzzle and a memory game; and a gallery of photos of amusing cat situations.

Fabled Felines consists of pages about cats in fairy tales, legends and festivals, with a good collection of photos from two of the three-yearly Cat Festivals (Kattenstoet) held in Ypres, Belgium. Feline Fragments is a miscellany of mostly short 'cat stuff' we feel is worth passing on, while the Mini Fragments section covers some even shorter stories both old and newer. Feline Folios takes a look at a wide selection of books we've enjoyed about cats, and Feline Flotsam has a few unique desktop wallpapers for download together with a small collection of fonts. The Fans of Felines pages give brief details of famous and well-known people from all eras who were cat lovers — as well as mentioning a few who definitely were not. Most sections have a cat picture, or 'mascot', at the top of the page to 'keep you company' throughout that section, with a brief account of them in a 'Featured Feline' paragraph at the foot of each page.

Most sections will expand as time permits, although our collection of inn signs is now almost complete. There are also plans for new topics further on down the line. We recommend that you visit from time to time so as not to miss anything! As well as our main site, there is now a Purr 'n' Fur Facebook page where we frequently post images and other items of interest to cat lovers

Patrick


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