For some inspiration setting your own New Year’s Resolutions, let’s take a look at what your cat has decided on…
The behavioral studies team of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis needs your help!
Please participate in their survey of cat behaviors – the survey is short and completely anonymous.
Click here for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LifeWithYourCat
Coming this weekend, November 19 and 20!
If you are in the Novi, Michigan area this weekend, be sure to come see the CFA International Cat Show, being held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi, MI.
In addition to the judging rings, the show offers a variety of activities for the entire family. Spectators can enjoy watching the feline agility competition. And for those wanting more in-depth information about the different breeds of cats, there is an education ring.
The first 250 adult attendees purchasing a ticket at the show will receive a coupon good for a free sample of Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter, redeemable only at Dr. Elsey’s show booth the days of the show.
The show is open to the public on Saturday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm and on Sunday from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm.
View our Press Release for a link to a coupon good for $1 off the price of admission!
October 29th is National Cat Day!!! (Although really, isn’t EVERY day “cat day”?)
So, give your feline friends a special treat today, or some extra cuddles…. Because life just isn’t the same without a cat in it!!
Today is Pet Obesity Awareness day!
As you can see from the infographic below, provided by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), obesity is a serious concern for our furry friends.
You can help out by participating in their annual survey – visit http://petobesityprevention.org/2016-national-pet-obesity-awareness-day/ for all the details.
The first look at the Balinese brings to mind a Siamese cat except for the length of its coat. Under that long, silky ermine coat he wears so proudly, this beautiful cat is all Siamese, and that includes his personality. The Balinese has a long, fine, silky coat, covering its long, hard tubular body.
Balinese cats come in the four colors: seal point (dark brown), chocolate point (a warmer, milk-chocolate brown), blue point (slate grey), and lilac point (rosy grey). These colors are restricted to the points of the cat, which are the tail, the feet, the mask (entire face) and the ears.
Very little is known about when or how the first Balinese appeared, although it is generally accepted that the breed originated as a spontaneous mutation of the Siamese cat. Siamese kittens with longer hair began appearing in Siamese litters in the early 1900’s. Because their longer coats were not acceptable for cat shows or desirable for breeding show cats, breeders would place them in pet homes . It was not until the 1940’s that serious efforts were made to promote them as a recognized breed.
Balinese cats are active, intelligent, social and vocal. They want to be an everyday part of the lives of their human family. This includes “helping” you with your everyday chores, sleeping under the covers at night, and enjoying energetic play.
Because the long, fine silky coat of the Balinese does not have an undercoat, they shed very little hair. This also means that the coat will not mat and consequently little grooming is required for the pet Balinese except for occasional brushing and a bath when it appears to be necessary.
Catios are a great way to give your feline friends some fresh air and time in the outdoors, while keeping them safe from harm. They’re also a great way to keep the wildlife and birds safe from being hunted by your kitty while outside.
Several companies have started offering catios commercially (for example, “Catio Spaces” in Seattle, WA), but if you’re handy, it’s a great DIY project as well. You can find plans available for sale (for example, at Catio Spaces – https://www.catiospaces.com/diy-catio-plans-overview.html), or on various blogs (for example https://catioblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/portable-catio-idea/)
Some communities have gotten into the spirit and put together home tours featuring catios, such as the partnership between the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Portland Audobon Society, which featured a tour on Sept 10 of Portland, OR area home catios.
To help you get started, as part of the September “Happy Cat Month”, EasyPetFence.com is offering 5% off their Kitty Corral Cat Fencing Systems until September 30, 2016 with discount code “HCM16” at checkout.
In this game, you have to outwit your fellow feline fanatics as you lure cats onto your property, move cats into your house, and steal cats from your neighbors. All’s fair in love and cat collecting!
Use your “Catlike Reflexes” to avoid “Stray Dogs” and “Hairballs,” and you might just “Land on Your Feet!”
3-6 players can participate, and it’s designed for ages 10 and up.
Check it out! https://firesidegames.com/games/here-kitty-kitty/
The American Wirehair breed is a newcomer to the sport of pedigreed cat exhibiting, in the sense that it has only been in existence since 1964. This breed has the distinction of being among the first American spontaneous mutations recognized for registration and championship exhibition in the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
The first American Wirehairs were born in a barn on the Council Rock Farm, Upstate New York, where four wire-coated kittens appeared in a litter as a spontaneous, natural mutation. The litter’s parents were named Fluffy and Bootsie and were ordinary barn cats.
The coat, which is not only springy, dense, and resilient, but also coarse and hard to the touch, distinguishes the American Wirehair from all other breeds. Individual hairs are crimped, hooked, or bent, including hair within the ears.
Wirehair temperament can be described as warm happiness. There has never been a Wirehair that does not like to rub its head or leg against its significant human. American Wirehairs are easy to care for and resistant to disease. Pet owners delight with their quiet, reserved and loving ways. Even when they are busy they make the time to pay great attention to all family members. However, everyone must pet them, hug them and tell them how wonderful they are.