NATURAL HISTORY; DOMESTIC
VARIETIES; MANAGEMENT AND
WITH AN ESSAY ON FELINE
BY BERNARD PEREZ.
of the domestic cat (Felis domestica) is a
subject about which there has been much conjecture and
scientific discussion, but without any positive issue.
Very long before the cat was kept in this country as a
domesticated animal it was possessed by the ancient
Egyptians in a tame state, and was, moreover, held in
reverence by that remarkable and superstitious
people, being regarded sacred to the goddess Pasht. At
death the body was embalmed with devout care, and
specimens of cat mummies may be seen in the British
Museum. The Egyptian cat (Felis maniculata) may,
however, be regarded as probably the original source of
our familiar puss. This wild cat is of a sandy-grey or
tawny colour, and with more or less indistinct markings
of the tabby character. It is of about ordinary size;
the tail is in form somewhat like that of most of our
cats, and the ...................