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Identifier: systemofnaturalh00goul
Title: A System of natural history : containing scientifci [sic] and popular descriptions of man, quadrupeds, birds, fishes, reptiles and insects
Year: 1834 (1830s)
Authors: Gould, Augustus A. (Augustus Addison), 1805-1866 Cuvier, Georges, baron, 1769-1832 Stark, J. (John) Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978, former owner. DSI Bishop, Louis Bennett, former owner. DSI
Subjects: Zoology Animals
Publisher: Boston : Carter, Hendee, & Co. Brattleboro' [Vt.] : Published by Peck & Wood
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
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n a living specimen inBoston, from which the above accurate likeness was taken, and which ena-bles us to testify to the accuracy of the following description from Shaw. This animal is extremely brilliant in color, it being of the brightest ful-vous yellow, with jet black stripes and spots; the chin, throat, and breast,pale ash color; along the back are black stripes ; on the sides of the neck,and on the breast, numerous small crescent shaped spots pointing upwards;on the legs numerous roundish spots; and the tail very strongly and dis-tinctly annulated with black and yellow. The specimen of the cape cat to which we have referred, was certainlyone of the most beautiful animals we have ever seen. Its motions wereexceedingly quick and graceful, and its countenance mild, lively, and pleas-ing. Its form was very slender; the head and body not being larger thanthose of a domestic cat; yet its height and length were nearly twice as great. Fdis capensis. 200 MAMMALIA—CAT. THE DOMESTIC CAT,i

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Though an animal of prey, is a useful domestic. It is neither wanting insagacity nor sentiment; but its attachments are stronger to places than topersons. The form of its body corresponds with its disposition. The catis handsome, light, adroit, cleanly, and voluptuous : he loves ease, andsearches out the softest furniture in order to repose on, and rest himself. Young cats are gay, lively, pretty, and would be very proper to amusechildren, if the strokes of their paws were not to be feared. Their dispo-sition, which is an enemy to all restraint, renders them incapable of aregular education. We are told, nevertheless, of the Greek friars of Cyprushaving taught cats to hunt, take, catch, and destroy the serpents withAvhich that island was infested ; their scent, which in the dog is an eminentquality, is far from being good, and therefore they do not pursue animalswhich ,they no longer see; they do not hunt, but wait and attack them bysurprise. The most immediate physical cause of this i


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