A note about The Cuddlywumps Chronicles

This blog is written and maintained by Miss Cuddlywumps, a fluffy-tailed calico cat who is both classically educated and familiar with mysteries. She receives creative input from the Real Cats and clerical assistance from She of Little Talent (old SoLT, a.k.a. Roby Sweet). Comments or complaints should be addressed to Miss C rather than to old SoLt (Ms. Sweet). Ms. Sweet accepts no responsibility for Miss C's opinions.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Words with Webster: Felis silvestris lybica, Plus Friendly Fill-Ins

We have two fun features for you this Friday. First up is Words with Webster, in which he tells us something scientific. This is followed by Friendly Fill-Ins.

Words with Webster

Words with Webster badge

Hi, all! It’s me, Real Cat Webster. Welcome to Words with Me. Today’s word is Felis silvestris lybica. This is the scientific name for the African Wildcat, which is the wildcat that all us modern domestic cats are descended from. These cats live in Africa, obviously, but are also found from the Arabian Peninsula all the way up to the Caspian Sea. They live in all kinds of habitats. If you want to know a lot more about them, visit the International Society for Endangered Cats. We’ll also have more about them next Thursday, so stay tuned.

But today we’re talking about words, so let's look at the actual name, Felis silvestris lybica (F.s. lybica for short). These three words are the genus, species, and subspecies for the African Wildcat. I checked in Mommy’s Latin and Greek dictionaries to find out what they mean:
  • Felis: Latin for “cat”
  • silvestris: Latin for “wild, untamed” (this word also means “wooded” or “living in woodlands”)
  • lybica: From Libya, which is from the Greek for Africa north of the Sahara. The ancient Greeks got this name from a tribe that lived on the coast of what we call Libya today.

So, basically, the name means “cat, wild, African,” except we usually say it backwards: African wild cat.

Friendly Fill-Ins badgeFriendly Fill-Ins

And now it’s time for Friendly Fill-Ins, from 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader. They are a fun way to learn a little bit about the authors of the blogs you read. The first two questions, answered by old SoLT this week, are from Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the next two, answered by Real Cat Paisley, are from Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.

Old SoLT’s answers:
1. A recurring dream I have is…Well, I don’t really have any anymore. Years ago I used to have plane crash dreams, in which I’d be on the ground and see an airliner crash near me. So that was sort of recurring, but the details were always different. Sometimes I’d be helping rescue people, sometimes there were no survivors. It was always distressing. I also used to have “docu-dreams” that were like little documentaries, with a narrator. And cartoon dreams. These days, I rarely remember my dreams.

2. Turn your ideas into actual blog posts (I keep telling myself)!

Real Cat Paisley’s answers:
3. Mommy is driving me crazy! (He he! You thought I was going to say “the dog,” didn’t you?)

4. Lately, I have been having to get drops in my ears every day, and I do not like it, at all, and that is why Mommy is driving me crazy.


  1. Thanks for the word lesson, Webster. :)

    I'm sorry that you have to get drops in your ears, Paisley. I don't like those either. Eye drops are even worse. I have to practically be tied down to get eye drops into my eyes.

    #2 is a great thought! Way easier said than done, though, isn't it? haha

    The plane crash dreams sound very upsetting. I think "docu-dreams" is interesting. Sometimes mine are like that, too. Mostly, mine are like a television that someone neglected to turn off. I wake up more tired than when I went to bed on dream-filled nights.

    Have a blessed weekend!

  2. Drops are annoying but they're better than shots.

  3. Thank you both for your fill-in answers and for teaching me a new word ( 3 actually). I am sorry you need ear drops- are they the cold ones? Joanie has to have those at the beginning of ever month and she hates them. Turning your ideas into blog posts is a good idea. I am glad I don't dream of plane crashes, that would be scary. Have a nice weekend!

  4. Here's hoping that those ear drops are helping to make Paisley feel better!

  5. I finally saw, "That Darn Cat!" Thank you for talking about it on Monday. I'm completely in awe of Syn the Siamese - the only feline actor that even comes close to his genius is the cat who plays Jake in The Cat From Outer Space. I read a book a couple years ago that went through the evolution of the common house cat and their relation to current day wild cats. That part was fascinating - but I was sorely disappointed in the rest of the book. For someone who claimed to love cats, he didn't set a good example in terms of standards of care.

  6. It would be great if we could get all the ideas that pop into our heads actually into posts. It seems that once we get to start writing them, they don't sound as good as they did in our head. Have a great week.

  7. Ear drops are no fun, Webster, but they are for your own good! Thanks for teaching us a new word today, that was very interesting.
    I used to have long drawn out dreams that were like mini-movies. I don't much anymore though. I kind of miss them...it was fun to be entertained while I slept (maybe it's because I don't sleep as well as I did when I was younger!).

  8. Cool words, Webster! I love how they come out backwards. I thought only the French language did that? Hope those pesky ear drops are done soon!

  9. I love your answer to #2! I used to be so good about that, and somehow, just get sidetracked with too much to do, now. I need to work on that. I hope those ears get better. Eardrops are NO FUN! Hugs.