Felis zylandian

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A wild living "Plattlandkatt" in a town-park

The Felis zylandian (zylandian "Plattlandkatt", ingerish "Flatlandcat") is a small cat and near related to the normal housecat Felis silvestris. The male animal weights 6 kg, the female 5 kg. The coat is orange with brown or other red colour. Sometimes a Felis zylandian is plain black.

This cat was endemic in Zylanda and western Archanta. She first was seen from the settlers in the grassland and woods of the zylandian province "Dat Plattland" (the flatland). So it gets the name from the first settlers there. But her habitat is the whole land and too the woods on the mountains.

In other manner as the Felis silvestris, who is hunting alone, the Felis zylandian hunts like the lions in groups. Here are always two specific sorts of groups. Groups of female animals (most mother and daughters) hunts in one group and groups of male animals (brothers, but too animals, who found together in friendship) build the second sort of hunting groups. The zylandian Flatlandcat did not only go on mouses or little birds, but too at small gazelles and antelopes and - as Zylanda was colonisized - they then hunt lambs and little pigs, as the antelopes become rare. Some of them live at the coast, looking for lonely goose.

A "Plattlandkatt" playing with its "owner"

The young male cats live with the mothergroup til 6 or 8 month, then the mothercat bite them away and the young boys seek a group of other male cats. Normally the animals born in one certain year build new gropus, because the established male-groups did only accept few new young members without practical knowledge. This first year for the young male cats can be hard and for to find a new group, they may run 50 km or more from the place of birth, as biologists had noted at chipped wild cats. In this time the animal must hunt, what it can kill alone, as mice or little birds.

Every group has her area. The areas of the female groups are nearly ever bound at one place and from the male animal this place normally is respected, because the female cats are not soft, if they fight for theyr territory. The area of a male group may change and often one group is fighting with an other for the better places. This fights can be deadly, but in most cases the losing group runs away and seek a new place.

The sexual behavoir is the meeting of one group of male and female animals - very loud and violent. But as other cats the female animal takes more as one male partner, to make the genetic risk lesser. Most 3 to 6 kitten are born.

For the lost of lambs and little pigs the settlers killed many of the zylandian cats. Too there are some wild stories, that group of cats has killed little babies. But only one of this case is really documented: 1834 was hurt a baby in a farm near the Swattnalf, laying alone in the garden.

As the settlers landed in Zylanda, they had its own shipcats on board. So from the beginning the Felis silvestris and the Felis zylandian mixed another, as it is often possible at the felidae over the boundary of the species (see "Bengalcat" with Prionailurus bengalensis). Therefore today the few genetic unmixed animals of Felis zylandian are under special protection. Til today there are groups of Felis zylandian, who live away from the men in theyr own world.

Many Flatlandcats - so as the Felis silvestris some 1000 years before - see theyr ressources at the farms and the other cats there and so at 1600 the first of the Felis zylandian are tamed (more or less). Today most of all domestic cats in Zylanda are a mixture of both species. If a cat has more of the Felis zylandian you see it at her feeling for independence. This cats may sleep in the house of the owner, but if they can not go free, her agressivity is heavy. You often see, that cats in the forenoon or evening come out of the different houses, meet together in groups, go together over the day or at night on the trail and at the evening or the early morning they go back each in "his" house to his men.

So in Zylanda is sayd, that the Felis zylandian is a cat for men, if it is a male cat. The man for this cat is a sort of friend in a group and such an animal is connected to "his" man in true friendship. And ever then you can think over the words, written of Montaigne: "Quand je joue avec mon chat, qui sait s’il ne s’amuse pas plus de moi que je le fais de lui ?" (If I play with my cat - who know, that she did not amuse more about me as I do about her).