Winged Cat Sightings

In 2008 a cat sprouted a pair of fur-covered wings on his back during a hot-weather spell in Sichuan province, China. The cat owner said, “At first they were just two bumps, but they started to grow quickly and after a month there were two wings.” Winged cats do seem to exist, but what are they? Based on reports, out of about 138 sightings of winged cats, over 30 of them have been scientifically documented. Genetic experts claim there is nothing angelic or magical about the condition, which doesn't hinder the cat's quality of life. They say the wings can form through poor grooming, a genetic defect or a hereditary skin condition.

Here are several sightings of winged cat throughout the world:

In India in the 1860s, Alexander Gibson shot a Winged cat whose dried skin was exhibited at a meeting of the Bombay Asiatic Society.

In 1894 as reported in the Inde­pendent Press, a winged cat was being displayed to those who paid two pen­nies. David Badcock, who owned the Ship Inn in Cambridge, England, also took the cat to nearby villages.

In 1899, Strand Magazine carried a photograph of a cat belonging to a woman in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, England, that had two furcovered growths coming out of its back. They flapped about whenever the cat moved.

In 1934 Mrs. Hughes Griffiths, of Oxford, England, found a winged black and white cat in her stables. The Oxford Zoo soon ar­rived on scene, captured the cat with a net, and took it back to the zoo. The cat had six-inch wings protrud­ing from its back.

Winged cat that lived in a builder’s yard in Trafford Park, Manchester, England.

In 1936 On a farm near Port­patrick, Wigtownshire, Scotland, a winged cat was found that had white hair and wings on its back. As the cat would run about, the wings flapped up and down.

In June 1949, a cat with a wingspan of 23 inches was shot and killed in northern Sweden after it rushed at a child.

In 1950s Madrid newspapers reported that one resident’s grey Angora cat had grown a pair of large, fluffy wings.

In May 1959, 15-year-old Doug­las Shelton captured a cat while he was hunting near Pinesville, West Virginia. The cat was not feral but acted friendly. And . . . it had wings! The only time the cat got angry was when the wings were pulled.

On June 24, 1966, Jean-Jacque Revers shot a cat with a wingspan of 14 inches that was attacking other animals near Alfred, Ontario. It was said to be able to make gliding jumps of 50–60 feet with wings extended. A veterinarian determined that the wings were long growths of thick, matted, black fur. An autopsy confirmed that it had been rabid.

In 2004 near Kursk, Central Russia, the local newspaper, Komso­molskaya Pravda, resident Nadezhda Medvedeva found a rather strange cat on her property. The cat was a ginger Tomcat, twice as large as a normal cat, and the cat had wings.

In 2008 according to the Huashang newspaper, in the Sichuan province, in China a one-year-old Tomcat grew wings after being sexually harassed by other cats.

During the early 1990s, British zoologist and cryptozoologist Dr Karl Shuker, who has a longstanding interest in the winged cat phenomenon, became the first person to make the link between winged cat reports in the popular media and reports of FCA in the veterinary literature. According to Shuker, domestic cats (Felis silvestris catus) with a rare condition have abnormally loose skin that stretches easily along the shoulders or back known as feline cutaneous asthenia (FCA). This can result in the creation of furry outgrowths like wings. Although the first cases of winged cats were reported in the 1800s, FCA was not discovered until the 1970s.

Sources :
Mysterious Creatures: “A Guide to Cryptozoology” by George M. Eberhart;
Paranormal Underground Magazine Vol. 3, Issue 10: “Do Winged Cats Exist? Mutants, Cryptids, Hoaxes, or Real?” by Jill Stefko, Ph.D.;;

Pic Source:
Mysterious Creatures: “A Guide to Cryptozoology” by George M. Eberhart page 590


Rational νεόφυτος said...

If my cat had wings, it would constantly be flying over the fence into the neighbor's yard...

Tripzibit said...

(@Lavender Darwin) Lol...thanks for dropping by :)

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