Meet the Balinese

sept28-2The 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 sept28-1the 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.

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sept21Catios – short for Cat Patios – are one of the latest home trends.

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 –, or on various blogs (for example

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”, is offering 5% off their Kitty Corral Cat Fencing Systems until September 30, 2016 with discount code “HCM16” at checkout.

Here, Kitty, Kitty

Here Kitty KittyHere’s a cute game from Fireside Games – Here, Kitty, Kitty!

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!

Meet the American Wirehair


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.

sept7-1The 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.

sept7-2Wirehair 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.

Learn more about the American Wirehair …

Food Puzzles for Your Cat

A very interesting study was published the Sept 2016 issue of Feline Medicine and Surgery. The study examined the use of
food puzzles as a way to provide environmental enrichment for our cats.

Food puzzles are a relatively new area of study, and take advantage of cats’ natural instinct to hunt and work for their food – the benefits it provides are mental stimulation, as well as increased physical activity. There are a variety of styles available, and options for both purchasing and DIY.

The article covers some tips on how to introduce food puzzles to your cat, as well as a chart to help you determine the best starter puzzle. There are also tips for troubleshooting potential challenges, such as owner concerns about night-time noise or having food scattered around the home.

Given time, patience and appropriate introduction, most, if not all, cats can adjust to food puzzles.

Read the full article

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

We are all used to making regular visits to the dentist, doctor and optician for our own health, but many cat owners forget to do the same for their feline family!

A routine annual visit can help identify problems with your furry friend early, and help keep them in tip-top shape.

Royal Canin has issued a special challenge today – pledge to take your cat to the vet, and they will donate a bowl of food to a shelter cat in need.   Simply visit their link below to take the pledge, as well as read some great articles.


Meet the American Shorthair

Aug-ASH1Originally known as the Domestic Shorthair, this breed was renamed “American Shorthair” in 1966 to better represent its “All American” character and to differentiate it from any other shorthaired breed. The name “American Shorthair” also reinforces the idea that our native North American shorthaired cat is distinctly different from what may be found in streets, neighborhoods and barnyards.

American Shorthairs are low-maintenance cats. These beautiful cats are not only lovely to look at, but healthy, easy-going and affectionate. Males are significantly larger than females, weighing eleven to fifteen pounds when fully grown. Mature females weigh eight to twelve pounds when they achieve full growth at three to four years of age.

Aug-ASH2Known as a cat of many colors, the American Shorthair has more than eighty different colors and patterns. Ranging from handsome brown tabby to glistening blue-eyed white, shimmering shaded cameo to flashy calico, striking tabby and white to subtle dilute, and many colors in between, the American has made its mark in the cat fancy. The most widely recognized American Shorthair color and pattern is the silver classic tabby with dense black markings on a sparkling silver background. Consistently in the top ten most popular breeds of cat, the American Shorthair has truly come into its own.

Although the breed is very affectionate, they do not require constant attention. They are very adept at entertaining themselves. An American frequently finds imaginary friends with whom to play.

Learn more about the American Shorthair…

Don’t Forget to Watch the Kitten Summer Games, August 5

hallmarkTune in to the Hallmark Channel for the Kitten Summer Games – Friday, August 5, 2016
The event will be hosted by Beth Stern, television personality and spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League America.  Announcers will by Mary Carillo and David Frei, of Westminster Dog Show Fame
cat tvThe Kitten Bowl and this year’s Summer Kitten Games espouse goals of animal adoption and shelter awareness.

All 90 of the participating “cat-thletes” in August’s event, which was produced in partnership with the North Shore Animal League America, have been adopted—and 1,000 cat adoptions have resulted from additional drives connected to the event.

Meet the American Curl

Shorthair American Curl

Shorthair American Curl

The distinctive feature of the American Curl is their attractive, uniquely curled-back ears.

The original American Curl, a longhaired female named Shulamith, was first noted in Southern California in 1981. Selective breeding began in 1983. Curls are elegant, well balanced, moderately muscled, slender rather than massive in build.
When Curls are born, their ears are straight. In three to five days they start to curl back staying in a tight rosebud position, unfurling gradually until permanently set at around sixteen weeks. Although the distinctive feature of the American Curl is their uniquely curled ears, the medium-sized rectangular body, silky flat-lying coat, and expressive walnut-shaped eyes are equally indicative of the breed.

Longhair American Curl

Longhair American Curl

Due to their diverse domestic ancestry, Curls are available in both coat lengths, and can be any color or coat pattern, including the rare colorpoint.
American Curls are very people-oriented, faithful, affectionate soulmates adjusting remarkably fast to other pets, children, and new situations. People say they are very dog-like in their attentiveness to their owners, following them around so not to miss anything.

When introduced into a new home, Curl’s seem to have an inherent respect for the current pet occupants, giving them plenty of room to adjust to the new kid on the block. Not overly talkative, the Curl’s curiosity and intelligence is expressed through little trill-like cooing sounds. Because they retain their kitten-like personality well throughout adulthood, they are referred to as the Peter Pan of felines.

Learn more about the American Curl…