Ozzie, a Cornish Rex Bonds with Disabled Navy Veteran

It was love at first site when Ozzie, a Cornish Rex, first saw disabled Navy veteran, Pedro Rodriguez.  Rodriguez and his mother were hoping to get a companion cat who would not affect Rodriguez’s asthma and went to a local CFA Cat Show to learn more about the various breeds.

The 51-year-old Navy veteran who is disabled due to a spinal cord injury suffered while serving at Naval Air Station Oceana in the 1980s, traveled to a show in Richmond, Virginia last year and met breeder Kathy Pritchard who invited them to come to her home to check out the kittens. The seven pound Ozzie immediately jumped up on Pedro’s shoulder and the rest is history.

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Photo: Cindy Butler Focke

Cornish Rex are very loyal and friendly cats who are known for their unique, single layer of coat that lays in tight, soft-to-the-touch, even waves. Their bodies are all curves–large ears, egg-shaped head, arched back, high tucked-up waist and long, whippy tail. Affectionate, intelligent, energetic and inquisitive, Cornish Rex often act like kittens well into old age.

Kathy gave them Ozzie at no charge because she said the connection reminded her of her daughter, Kaitlyn. The 23-year-old with autism “shines through her cats,”

 

 

Did You Know – There Actually IS a Scientific Reason Why Cats Love Boxes

How many times have you received a shipment, left the box on the floor only to find later that your cat has managed to squeeze himself into a tiny box? It happens all of the time here!

Dr. Claudia Vinke, a Netherlands-based ethologist, who led a study on how stress affects  cats at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands has found four main reasons as to why your cat will choose to sit in a box rather than on the floor:  they feel safe in a confined area, boxes encourages their play so they can stalk and pounce, boxes keep your cat warm and they also help avoid conflict with other animals. Check out Maru below as he tries to fit in a small box.

When in doubt, be sure to get a box your cat can enjoy.

Music for Cats

Your cat will soon have a chance to listen to music created just for her!

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Photo credit: <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/swanksalot/16318505812/”>swanksalot</a> / <a href=”http://foter.com”>Foter</a> / <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/”>CC BY-NC-SA</a>

Kitty Diddies, Feline Airs and Cat Ballads are some of the types of music created just for cats. The music is chosen based on its appeal to our favorite felines as each style creates a certain mood.

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Photo credit: <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/anderaz/600346730/”>Anderaz</a> / <a href=”http://foter.com”>Foter</a> / <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/”>CC BY-ND</a>

Goodnewsforpets Announces Contest Series for 15th Anniversary Celebration

Goodnewsforpets.com (GNFP) today announced the launch of the first of its 15th anniversary contests at Global Pet Expo under the Contests section of the goodnewsforpets website. The first contest consists of three prizes each for nine winners, a giveaway of a versatile sterling silver Heart-Paw charm, designed by Elena Kriegner exclusively for GNFP, a copy of ACVB’s Decoding Your Dog book, and a donation. To register for this contest, visit the Contest page on goodnewsforpets.

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All of the GNFP anniversary contests will include donations to the local shelter or rescue group of choice for winners, reflecting the goodnewsforpets dedication for giving back to organizations that support pets in their community.

Launched in 2000, www.goodnewsforpets.com (GNFP) is a leading nationally recognized platform, curating news of interest for pet parents, and the pet industry and veterinary profession.