In one of the sweetest stories of the week, we learn about Oreo.
Oreo was a black & white stray kitty, living near St. Augustine Health Ministries in Cleveland, OH.
She kept returning to the nursing home, and pretty soon had worked her way into being part of the “staff”. Now she spends her days bringing joy to residents and staff.
Old 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.
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…
In 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…
Just 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/
While 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.
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…
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.
The 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.”
This 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…
For some inspiration setting your own New Year’s Resolutions, let’s take a look at what your cat has decided on…
Finishing up our 12 Days of Catmas…..
On the twelfth day of Catmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve sweet Exotics
Eleven Cornish Rexes
Ten British Shorthairs
Nine playful Abys
Eight fluffy Persians
Seven blue Chartreux
You can find days 1-6 here….
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:
Six Maine Coon Cats
Five Russian Blues
Three Devon Rexes
and a sweet little Somali girl