Beware of Holiday Plants with Kitty

It’s that time of year when we like to bring holiday foliage into the house.  Cat owners need to be aware of which plants can cause harm to their cats.

Poinsettia leaves contain a sap that will irritate.  Most animals stop long before they begin vomiting.

Mistletoe is very dangerous, more than the Holly Berry plant which can cause intestinal upset.  When ingested, Mistletoe can cause seizures and even death.

The oils produced by fir trees can be irritating to your  cat’s mouth and stomach, causing excessive vomiting or drooling. Beware of the pine needles which can also cause gastrointestinal irritation or worse can obstruct digestion or even puncture an organ.

Also, you will want to watch electric cords and lights and make sure your kitty is supervised.

Keep your kitty safe from harm this holiday season and beware of harmful plants and situations and have a Meow-y Christmas and Happy Mew Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GC Belamy Desiderata of Cinema Named Best in Show at 2013 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show

The excitement of the two day event came to a colorful end on Sunday with the selection of Best in Show Winner, a 1 year and four month old Calico Persian Female was named Best in Show of 1,000 cats at the 2013 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show on November 24, 2013.  

Desi is bred by M. Vowe and Owned by Connie Stewart, Blake Mayes, and Dennis Adler.  

One cat from each show (Red and Purple) was chosen in each of the three categories in Kitten, Championship and Premiership.  Selection was based on total points earned. The six cats were judged by CFA All Breed Judge Wayne Trevathan of Hollywood, Florida who selected his first and second runner up and named his Best in Show.  

FIRST RUNNER-UP

DOTDOTDOT BORNINTHEUSA of WILDRAIN

Chocolate Spotted Male Ocicat

B/O: Roger & Nancy Brown and David & Carol Freels

SECOND RUNNER-UP

GP SANDESOX JUSTSWEETNESS of WHITESOX

Blue Point Neuter Birman

B: Karen Lane / Sandy Faust

Highest Scoring Cats in Each Category

 

Kitten  

DOTDOTDOT REFLECTIONS OF WILD RAIN

Chocolate Spotted Male Ocicat Kitten

B/O: Roger & Nancy Brown and David & Carol Freels

 

Championship

GC BOBERAN MY FAIR LADY OF LOX-NOTT

Copper-Eyed White Female Persian

B: Randy Primmer/Robert Farber

O: Yoonai and Sophia Staples, Randy Primmer, Robert Farber

Premiership

GP SUAVARE’S DARK SECRET OF PENOBSCOTT

Black Persian Neuter

B: Carolyn-Stephen Vogel

O: Ginger Gunlock, Jo Ann McKinster, Carolyn and Stephen Vogel

Cat Commutes into London for a Happy Ending

How many times have you seen this happen in a subway, no less?

With many animals roaming around the streets without a home, the holidays are especially hard.  It goes to show that getting cats into forever homes is a global issue.

Take time to donate to your local shelter this season.

A cat named Oyster was making his way into Central London via the Tube when passengers spotted him sitting on a seat.  A volunteer from a local animal shelter, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, was able to get him into a carrier and transport him to the shelter where she worked.  Quick thinking! We hope Oyster now has a forever home of his own!

International Fund for Animal Welfare Launches New Global Educational Program

On every continent and in every culture, dogs and cats continue to be subject to cruel and inhumane treatment.

There is a growing body of research which has shown that violence against animals is connected to violence against people. Numerous studies have shown that integrating humane education into the classroom can lead to a reduction in violence and bullying, enhancing the students’ moral development while instilling a sense of responsibility for both animals and people.

Photo credit: Antonello De Rosa / Foter / CC BY-NC

To help address the root causes of animal cruelty, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) is launching a new global educational program, Cats, Dogs and Us which introduces students ages 5-14 around the world to the many different ways that people live with cats and dogs and helps develop knowledge, skills, and empathy and respect.

“IFAW’s education programs don’t just benefit animals. They are good for people and communities too,” said IFAW President and CEO Azzedine Downes.

Cats, Dogs and Us is the newest addition to IFAW’s library of educational resources on a wide range of animal welfare and conservation themes. All the resources are aligned with local, regional and national curricula in literacy, language arts, science, social studies, citizenship and other core subject areas taught in schools worldwide.

New Cat Apparel Line is a Fan Favorite!

From time-to-time we find new gift type items to bring to your attention.

Beloved Shirts is proud to unveil a new line geared toward individuals who are passionate about their feline friends.

“Our new apparel is a means for people to expresses their fondness & appreciation for cats in a fun & visually captivating way.” Said Beloved Shirts Founder Jeremiah Robison.

In addition to apparel about cats, Beloved Shirts has other lines that are equally visually intensive. Launched in 2013, Beloved Shirts (www.belovedshirts.com) gives individuals a choice of over 100+ full panoramic (printing on 100% of fabric) pictures & designs that range from nature, pop culture, food, entertainment, animals to galaxies. Apparel includes: shirts, crewneck sweatshirts, hoodies, and hats.

 

Bring the Outdoor Experience Indoors with New Litter From Precious Cat Litters

 Precious Cat, Inc. announces Touch of Outdoors™ litter.  ”Touch of Outdoors™ will bring the outdoor experience in for your cat with litter that adds natural chemical free prairie grasses grown in our own fields. “

Do you have a cat that wants to go outside or you would like to provide additional enrichment in your cat’s environment?  You may have observed stress behaviors like pacing, scratching furniture or rugs, intercat aggression, increased vocalization, excessive grooming or urine marking.  The Touch of Outdoors™ with natural chemical free prairie grasses can help your cat feel less anxious, bored and depressed which translates into a happier cat environment.

Kathy Elsey, co-owner/founder of Precious Cat, Inc., grew up on a farm – where exposure to agriculture and other chemicals can cause an increase in cancer. In 2009, Kathy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer. This devastating disease is incurable and also occurs in cats. The Elsey family and Precious Cat have played a critical role in helping the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), the world’s largest private funder of myeloma research, to improve and enrich lives by bringing innovative new treatments to lead to a cure.

Touch of Outdoors™ is a hard clumping multi-cat litter that has natural chlorophyll for continuous odor control and has no airborne dust.

You can find Touch of Outdoors™ Litter at PetCo and other independent retailers.  For more information call 877-311-2287 or visit the website at www.preciouscat.com.

 

Past WINN Feline Foundation President, Susan Little Honored

WINN FELINE FOUNDATION PAST PRESIDENT AND BOARD MEMBER SUSAN LITTLE RECEIVES AWARD

 

Susan Little, DVM, DABVP, was presented with the International Society of Feline  Medicine (ISFM)/Hill’s Pet Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions to feline medicine at the ISFM’s World Feline Veterinary Congress (WFVC) in Barcelona on June 29. The Award was given to Dr. Little just as she was  about to give her final lecture at the event, and the presentation coincided with her birthday!

Dr. Little served as President of Winn Feline Foundation and currently continues with the foundation as a Board Member. “Winn Feline Foundation congratulates Dr. Little on this important recognition of the major contributions she has made to the advancement of feline health and well-being. Her dedication to our organization and cause is as much a part of her outstanding work and we are proud to see her receive this honor”, stated Vicki Thayer, DVM, DABVP (feline), Winn Board President. Little was keynote speaker at the WFVC, which was attended by 650 veterinarians from 37 countries and held in conjunction with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and ISFM’s Spanish National Partner, GEMFE. Under the theme of pediatrics and geriatrics, she gave seven lively and engaging lectures and led a master class on neonatology and pediatrics.

Dr. Little has been exclusively in feline practice in Canada since 1990 and is also AAFP’s President Elect. She is editor and contributor to the new feline textbook ‘The Cat – Clinical Medicine and Management’, published in 2012 and also for the upcoming 7th edition of August’s Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine (both published
by Elsevier).

 

Barcelona Tourist Project Helps Cats in Need

 

If you are visiting Barcelona, Spain in the near future you may want to check out the BCN Loves Cats Project which is an initiative of SOS Cats and LAMS with the support of volunteers promotes and raises funds for street cats in Spain.

What a great idea to involve tourists in assisting feral cat colonies!  Find out more!

Photo credit k.h y o Foter.com CC BY-NCl

A Letter to My Cat

A Letter To My Cat celebrates one-of-a-kind cats and their dedicated owners.   The editors Melissa Vanderwyst and Lisa Erspamer Entertainment are looking for cat owners of all ages to submit a letter written to their cats in order to potentially be featured in the book.  This is a unique opportunity for cat owners to express what makes their relationship with their cat(s) so special and to explore the love, joy, laughter and selflessness (or maybe selfishness) our furry friends treat us to every day.  The book will include gorgeous photography and personal letters from cat owners written to their cats.  We are looking for letters from prominent individuals as well as everyday cat owners.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Best Friends Animal Society.

The goal is to help bring an end to the euthanization of shelter cats. We want to show people how wonderful and cool cats really are! Our hope is that readers will see how much joy the cats featured in the book bring to their owners, and in turn, go out and adopt a cat.

A Letter To My Cat will follow the hugely successful book, A Letter To My Dog, which featured a compilation of stunning portraits, accompanied by personal letters to each dog from devoted owners including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Tony Bennett, Tyler Perry, Chelsea Handler, Robin Roberts and Kristin Chenoweth among others.

 

“While it’s easy to say ‘I love you’ out loud to our children and loved ones every day, sometimes we take for granted the non-verbal exchange of emotion we share with our cats,” creator Lisa Erspamer (formerly of The Oprah Show/OWN) said. “Taking the time to sit down and put into words what it is we really feel for our felines – I think even the most devoted cat lover can be taken aback.

The book team requires the following for submission:

•    Your letter: Please start it “Dear XXX,” and remember to sign it (Love, Mom / Dad…etc.). The length should be under 500 words.

•    Photos: We need you to submit a few photos of your cat alone, no people. Ideally, these would be your own photos, but if they are professional, please include photographer information so we can contact them for the rights if necessary.

•    Contact Info: Please include your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address and any website/blog/social media info.

Remember to include any stories that highlight your cat’s unique personality and expresses how much he/she means to you!

Deadline for letter submissions is 9/1/2013.