Meet the Chartreux

Chatreux-1Old as antiquity, the robust and muscular French Chartreux (pronounced: shar trew) is built for survival. Its physical appearance still reflects its ancient origin in the harsh arid cold of mountainous Asia Minor. Its large body mass conserves heat, aided by a dense woolly coat that repels dew and seasonal weather. Small, fur-covered appendages-ears, legs, and tail-prevent heat loss and resist frostbite.

 

The Chartreux is a study in contrasts. Often described as a “potato on toothpicks,” the Chartreux has a robust body, broad shoulders and a deep chest, all complemented by medium short, finely boned legs. The Chartreux is also known for its smile. The rounded head with its softly contoured forehead tapers to a narrowed muzzle. This gives the Chartreux an image of smiling.

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Chartreux are highly communicative. Very active tails, ear movements, ever-changing facial expressions, and a vast repertoire of trills, chirps, and coos speak volumes to the observant owner.

 

Chartreux are named according to the French convention of using the letter of the alphabet assigned to a given year. For example, kittens born during calendar year 2005 have names beginning with the letter A; 2006, B; 2007, C; and so on. The letters K, Q, W, X, Y, Z are not used, so letters repeat every 20 years. As a result, fanciers can tell the age of a Chartreux simply by knowing its name.

 

Learn more about the Chartreux…

 

Family Pets Aid Child Development

Kids-And-PetsIn a newly published study, the University of Liverpool examined the benefits to children growing up with pets.

The study concluded that youngsters with pets tend to have greater self-esteem, less loneliness, and enhanced social skills –  research that adds strength to claims that household pets can help support healthy child development.

“The patterns among sub-populations and age groups suggests that companion animals have the potential to promote healthy child and adolescent development,” says WALTHAM researcher Nancy Gee, a co-author of the study. “This is an exciting field of study and there is still much to learn about the processes through which pet ownership may impact healthy child development.”

I don’t think the conclusion of this study is any surprise to those of us who have grown up with pets…  :-)

New Film Opens: Kedi

KediJust opening recently is the new film Kedi – the Turkish word for “cat”.

The filmmaker takes us to Istanbul, and provides us a cats-eye view of the city.

“Hundreds of thousands of cats have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.”

Find a local screening here:  https://www.kedifilm.com/

Meet the Burmilla

Burmilla-1While the Burmilla is the newest breed to grace the cat fancy as a CFA breed, the origin to this breed dates back over 30 years ago, as a cross between a Burmese and a Chinchilla Silver Persian.

The Burmilla is medium sized cat with a muscular yet elegant body. The head is sculptured in appearance, where the rounded top head, nose profile, medium broad muzzle and well-developed chin set the balance. The eyes can be any shade of green and are often greenish gold to yellowish in youth, with the green coming in as they mature.

Burmilla-2 Their distinguishing feature is their sparkling silver coat, and distinctive “make up” lining the nose, lips and eyes. The Burmilla comes in two coat lengths, semi longhair and shorthair.

The Burmilla is an irreverent and independent cat that adores its owner and displays many kitten-like characteristics even into adulthood. Fun loving, yet quiet and gentle, this sweet natured cat gets along well with children and other animals.

Learn more about the Burmilla…

Affordable DNA Testing Available

The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) unveils CatDNAtest.org, an affordable feline DNA testing tool to effectively provide valuable health information, enabling early diagnosis and treatment of genetic disease. Health impacts are measurable.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Cat Fanciers’ Association to provide cat owners and caregivers the numerous benefits that advanced DNA testing technology can offer,” said GeneSeek’s Lindsey Kock, DVM. “As we’ve found through our many years of working with various animal species and their associated breed registries, DNA testing provides significant opportunities to both improve the overall health of the population through more informed breeding decisions, and provides valuable information about the health and traits of an individual enabling earlier diagnosis and treatment. In both cases, the impact on animal health is significant.”

CatDNAtest.org is a cooperative effort by CFA and GeneSeek, the world’s largest animal genetic testing laboratory. The state-of-the-art testing procedures uses SNP Array Genetic Evaluation (pronounced “snips”). The testing helps identify genetic diseases and traits such as color. Not only does genetic testing offer insights to the health of an individual cat, it also provides genetic information that can be used to make informed breeding decisions and improve the health of future off-spring and long-term viability of a breed.

Cats can be tested at any age via a cheek swab. Participants will receive an officially certified SNP DNA Testing Certificate, which shows all the genetic information obtained from the test.

The service is available to all those who seek feline DNA testing, including breeders, veterinarians, and cat lovers.

For more information, including costs and step-by-step instructions, visit www.catdnatest.org.

Meet the Burmese

BurmeseThe overall impression of the ideal Burmese would be a cat of medium size with substantial bone structure, good muscular development and a surprising weight for its size.

The facial expression of a Burmese is sweet, innocent and unique among pedigreed cats. It has been said that when the Burmese looks at you, it feels like it is “looking into your soul.”

BurmeseThis little bundle is clothed in a shiny, close-lying coat that feels like satin. The Burmese coat come in four colors: sable, champagne, blue and platinum. Sable is the most common of the four, and is a deep chocolate brown color.

These are the ultimate companion cats. They love being with people, playing with them, and keeping them entertained. They crave close physical contact and are referred to by some breeders as “Velcro cats.” They abhor an empty lap, will follow their humans from room to room, and sleep in bed with them, preferably under the covers, cuddled as close as possible.

Learn more about the Burmese…

The Twelve Days of Catmas, part 1

If you aren’t following us on our Facebook Page, we’ve been sharing the 12 Days of Catmas!  (Yes, traditionally the 12 Days of Christmas happen AFTER December 25, but these are cats, and they don’t follow the rules….  :-)

Here’s our first 6 days:

On the sixth day of Catmas, my true love gave to me:
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Six Maine Coon Cats


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Five Russian Blues


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Four Siamese


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Three Devon Rexes


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Two Orientals


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and a sweet little Somali girl

Meet the British Shorthair

British ShorthairThe British Shorthair, probably the oldest English breed of cat, traces its ancestry back to the domestic cat of Rome. Although first known as the British Blue, due to the breed’s original color, its native country incorporated a wide variety of colors under the term British Shorthair in the 1950’s. CFA also recognizes the British Shorthair in many different colors and patterns.

The British Shorthair is a medium to large cat of compact build, powerful and well balanced. Taking years to mature, British Shorthairs often do not reach full size and development until the age of three.

British ShorthairThe British Shorthair coat is like no other; short and as dense as deep pile carpet. Their coats are another factor that serves them well in English gardens during the winter. No other breed of cat has as dense a coat with more hairs per square inch, than the British Shorthair. Running your fingers through the coat is so pleasurable that breeders often extend this courtesy, when politely asked. Though luxurious to pet, the short coat needs minimal care.

Living with British Shorthairs is relaxing. They are not overly active cats, which is why they are comfortable in apartments as well as houses. With true British reserve, they will wait for an invitation to join you at your side on a couch or chair.

Learn more about the British Shorthair…