Wednesday, May 21, 2014

5/21/2014

Official State Cats of the United States
By Jill Anne Sparapany

Most people know their states have an official State Bird. Many states have an official State Fish, State Mammal and State Flower. Their official state mammals usually are native to the state, such as, Florida’s Official State Animal-Mammal is the Florida panther, California the California Grizzly Bear, and Missouri the Missouri Mule. Some animals are Official State Mammals for more than one state – the white-tailed deer represents Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

What about our beloved cats? Do any states have an Official State Cat? YES!


Maine’s Official State Cat should be no surprise – It’s the Maine Coon. They are one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, established more than 100 years ago. Of all the officially designated State Cats, the Maine Coon is the only one that is a recognized breed of cat.

They are large muscular cats with long, smooth, heavy water-resistant coats and long bushy tails. Ears are heavily furred inside and on tips to prevent hypothermic injury. Big round and tufted feet act as snowshoes to make travel in the deep snows of Maine easier. All these characteristics make them well-suited for the long, cold, snowy Maine winters! When curled up sleeping, they use their long bushy tails to protect their faces in snowy weather. Males weigh 13 to 18 lbs, but may reach up to 25 lbs.  Females weigh 9 to 12 lbs. 

Snicker

Massachusetts’ Official State Cat is the Tabby Cat. Tabbies are not a breed as “tabby cat” refers to the fur color pattern. In 1988, in response to the wishes of the state’s school children, the tabby was officially designated the State Cat. There are five tabby patterns but one characteristic common to all tabbies is the “M” above their eyebrows.


BCR's Tabby Cat: Molly



Maryland’s Official State Cat is the Calico Cat. Calico is not a breed, but a very unusual color pattern. They are tri-color with the colors in distinct patches of the colors, not mixed like a tortie. The calico pattern is determined by a gene on the X chromosomes. Females have XX chromosomes so most calico's are female. If a male has the calico pattern, his chromosomes will be XXY and most will be infertile.


Emily

Colorado’s Official State Pets are Shelter Dogs and Cats! In May 2013, the Governor signed a bill designating shelter dogs and cats as the Official State Pet at the Denver animal shelter. The Governor was accompanied by his dog, Sky, which was a shelter dog. This proposal was made by Colorado school children. There was much controversy surrounding this proposal, but supporters said the school children learned about the legislative process.
At the signing ceremony, Gov. John Hickenlooper said, “these pets become a huge part of people’s lives.”


Colorado's official state pets are shelter dogs and cats!




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