Our Cats

The first Our Cats periodicals were published weekly starting November 1st 1899.  The British Newspaper Library has a collection of them from November 1st 1899 to July 13 1900.  At a later point in time Our Cats reappears as a monthly publication.  The original Our Cats talked about shows, cats, and had many letters to the editor and articles debating issues of the time.  When it reappears as a monthly publication, the articles still report on shows and cats but there are more articles about how to breed, veterinary advances and a focus on the genetics involved with the cat fancy.  Here are copies of the later periodicals that we have been able to locate:

What's new for October, 2017?
1) New layout to make it easier to access issues without paging down
2) Issues open in a new window so you can cross-reference to different issues more easily
3) All issues from January 1949 through mid 1966.
4) Thanks to Sarah Hartwell for her scanning and teamwork to deliver all these issues to you!

1949
January
February  March
April
May
June July
August
September
October
November
December
1950
January February March April May June July August September
October November December
1951
January February March April May June July/Aug
September October  November December
1952
January February March/April
May June July August September October
Part 2
November December
1953
January February March
Part 2
April May June July August September October November December
1954
January February March April May June July August September October November December
1955 January February March April May June July August September October November December
1956 January February March April May June July August September October November December
1957 January February March April May June July August September October November December
1958 January February March April May June July August September October November December

HARRISON WEIR
Cat fancy founder.

Considered the Father of the Cat Fancy, Harrison Weir judged the first cat show at London's Crystal Palace in 1871 organized by Fred Wilson, the Crystal Palace naturalist.  Harrison Weir wrote the standards by which the cats were judged and served as one of the 3 judges, along with his brother John Jenner Weir.  Harrison Weir also founded the National Cat Club in 1887 which  served as a registry until 1910.



1959 January February March April May June July August September October November December
1960 January February March April May June July August September October November December
1961 January February March April May June July August September October November December
1962 January February March April May June July August September October November/December
1963 January February March April May June July August September October/November December
1964 January February March April May June July August September October November December
1965 January February March April May June July August September October November December
1966 January February March April May June






In addition to my own scans the following people have provided scans from their libraries and have my sincere thanks in helping complete this project:

  • Julia Craig-McFeely
  • Donna Evans
  • Sarah Hartwell
  • Lesley Morgan
  • Trudy Wessel

If you can help with earlier or later issues we'd love to hear from you.  Please email us so together we can preserve this piece of cat fancy heritage.