When I was young, my grandmother would invariably say, "Cats Z scholar." Cats Z scholar is German for "Bad Cat". My grandmother believed that cats who misbehaved were possessed by the devil and therefore should be confined or chained up. Needless to say, it didn't go over very well with the neighbors and so, she died a sad death.
Recently, in an effort to save the declining German animal industry, the government is attempting to tighten the no kill policy. The result is that more cats will be euthanized rather than put to sleep. It is too bad because in Germany we loved our cats, but it seems the country has lost its way.
The other day, I was at a friend's house and a couple of children were visiting. The children asked the grandma if they could watch the cats. She said sure, so they all walked up to the kennel and watched while the cat was being put to sleep. It was not pretty to see. Just another day in Silesia.
The vet called us and confirmed that the cats Z scholar were indeed euthanized. He explained that the cats had been found in their last home alive, which was surprising because it is so popular in Germany and they do have many stray cats. The owner had no idea that such a large animal could be living there. They were only two cats and they looked like they were a breeding pair. The vet explained that this was a thriving business in Germany and they were quite well cared for.
I thought at first that this was going to be an awful story. Then I remembered that this happened all over Europe. I had never been to Germany before and it was so comforting to know that someone cared about them. I decided to write about it on my blog. It was not pleasant reading, but it was enlightening. In the end, I realized that while Germans do not like tourists, at least they have money.
The German writer and illustrator told me that he had paid thousands of dollars to cover the vet bills for the cat. He did not care about the cat. In fact, he made a living drawing cats. I was glad that I could draw pictures for him.
After reading this interesting article, I realized that I should look up the world's oldest indoor cats. My search led me to the Cat Fanciers Museum in Dusseldorf, Germany. Here, the world's oldest cats are on display. They are much older than my cats Z scholar. There are several breeds on display including Felis silvestris, and the world's oldest domestic cat, called Neofelis berberis. These cats lived along the same path as our German friend the Z scholar.
While in Dusseldorf, I took a ride on the local train. On board the train were many tourists from the US and Great Britain. As I looked out the window, I could see a number of cats sleeping at the windows. I wondered how long they had been there, if they were domesticated or bred from other countries. One day, I will write about these amazing cats.
During my trip to Germany, I met a number of interesting characters. A woman who was working as a tour guide was excited to share with me her cats, which were much older than the Z scholar. She told me that she got them from Europe in the late 1800s. She named them after her cats, which she said were the first cats to greet visitors at the castle in Dusseldorf. At one time, there were about 40 cats living there.
In addition to the cats mentioned above, the museum has a number of other exotic cats. Among these are the Siamese, the Persian, and the Bobcat. The Bobcat is probably the most famous European feline, a fact that I found out while I was there.
As you can see, cats like the Z scholar can be found all over the place. Germany has provided me with many fascinating stories about cats. Next I will write about the cats of the United Kingdom. I hope that you will be inspired by what I have to tell.