Nonesuch, the Cat-Dog


In 1937, the Journal of Heredity (vol 28, no. 3). published an article about an unusual kitten that looked very much like a dog. The kitten was called "Nonesuch."

this little animal — now about two months old — is about the queerest looking creature one could hope to set eyes upon. Its face is that of a black, white, and yellow spotted dog. Its ears are quite long and sharp-pointed. It has the short whiskers of a puppy. The hind legs are amusingly bowed. It has a stub tail. What makes the nonesuch even more unusual appearing is the short smooth dog hair all over its cat-like body.

From the very moment of its birth, which was about twelve hours after the rest of the litter, the nonesuch was surprisingly independent in its actions. It was born with its eyes open, and was able to crawl a little — two characteristics quite unknown to new-born kittens.

The nonesuch acts both like a cat and a dog. While it makes a noise like a cat, it sniffs its food like a dog. Nothing delights the nonesuch more than gnawing a bone in a very dog-like manner.

However, although Nonesuch looked like a dog, she was definitely a cat, which she proved by giving birth to a litter of kittens a year later.

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 13, 2014
Category: Animals, Cats, Dogs, 1930s





Comments
Ever seen a Basenji?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/13/14 at 10:00 AM
Sphinx, Cornish rex, and Devon rex cats are naturally 'hairless', but they have only been around as breeds about 50 years or so.
Posted by tadchem on 05/13/14 at 11:27 AM
One fine day with a woof and a purr
a baby was born and it cause a little stir
no blue bug
no three-eyed frog
just a feline canine little catdog
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 05/13/14 at 12:58 PM
I wonder if it sounded like THIS! LOL cool smile
Posted by Tyrusguy on 05/13/14 at 02:59 PM
'The Bride of Frankenstein' came out in 1935. HMM grin
Posted by BMN on 05/14/14 at 01:56 AM
Awww so cute!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/14/14 at 07:58 PM
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