Top Five Tips for Working with a Breeder

So, good for you! You have decided you want a pedigreed cat?

Research the behaviors and characteristics of pedigreed cat breeds so you can see what breeds fit in with your family, your lifestyle and personalities.  There has to be a match on all levels.

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Attending a CFA cat show in your area is the best way to observe the different breeds and to talk to breeders about their cats.

Remember, do not be offended if the breeder wants more information from you about your search, what you are looking for a male or female kitten or retired adult.  The breeder may also want to know information about your household, your lifestyle, veterinary and pet sitter information and how many animals you have currently.  They are placing one of their babies into your home and just want to make sure their cats are going to be taken care of.

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Below are some good questions/discussions with the breeder:

  1. Cost-depends upon the breed and is determined by the value the breeder places on the pedigree.  The cost  is really a contract between the two of you and is no one else’s business.
  2. Quality-Top show, show quality, breeder quality, pet quality.  If you are interested in showing the cat, be sure that the breeder knows you are interested.
  3. Spay/neuter requirement-is the expectation that the kitten will come to you without being neutered or spayed? Be sure you understand what this requirement is so you can include in any costs/budgeting.
  4. Vet visits for shots and health check
  5. Age for release-  Most breeders release their kittens anywhere from 12-16 weeks of age.

If you have never purchased a pedigreed cat, you will want to understand the protocols ahead of time to make your journey a lot less stressful and a process you will treasure and remember for years to come!

 

 

 

 

Caring for the Senior Cat

I have an almost 13 year old who is in failing health. We are in constant communication with his vet and it does reassure me that I am doing the right thing.  My last cat was 19 when he passed and I had forgotten how different it is to care for a senior citizen.   In many cases, nature will take its course and at each stage, most likely, there will be an opportunity to assess your cat’s health with your vet and make decisions accordingly.  It is never easy saying good-by, but by paying special attention to your cat’s needs now, you can make him more comfortable and even happy in his senior years and perhaps, extend his life and your time with him, that much longer.

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Generally, any cat over the age of 7-10, a cat is considered to be a senior. Here are some tips to help you care for your senior cat:

  1. Schedule regular check-ups with your vet.  Rather than the yearly check up, consider quarterly or twice a year so that your vet can make adjustments as necessary, especially with diet and nutrition.  Working with your vet on proper diet and nutrition can really make a big difference. I regularly email my vet with questions or observations to make sure I am not ignoring any signs.
  2. Make sure your cat has plenty of water.  I am now leaving water bowls around the house so that he does not have to go too far to drink.  He still likes drinking from the bathroom faucet, but needs our assistance to get up on the sink to drink.
  3. He is urinating more which is a sign that his kidneys are showing signs of age. We have also purchased litter boxes that have lower sides so that he does not have to climb over the sides.  Of course, the other cats use these litter boxes as well!
  4. I also monitor my other cats with my senior cat.  I want to make sure that they are not rough-housing or bullying him.  I do have one that is showing signs of being the “alpha” male…and I am constantly monitoring his actions with the older cat.  You may see the dynamic with your other cats’behavior and reactions change as well.
  5. While he has little interest in playing with toys, he does still like our attention. We have noticed some vision loss but can still follow a toy if it is up close.  Both my husband and I make sure we spend some time each day talking and sitting and petting him without any interruption from our other cats.  A retired show cat, we have now also decreased the number of baths we give him and instead have focused on combing, and washing his face on a daily basis.  We also make sure his nails are trimmed regularly as well.

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Trusted and faithful companions, it is our responsibility to monitor our cat’s health and take care of them as their needs change due to age.  You will find the process very rewarding and your cat will show you his love and loyalty that will stay in your heart forever.

Origami Owl Celebrates National Cat Day on October 29th

In honor of National Cat Day on Thursday, October 29th, Origami Owl is providing five fun things you can do with your feline friend that are entertaining and purr-fect for every kind of cat lover!

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  • Show Your Love with an Origami Owl Living Locket custom-inscribed for your cat. Whether you want to wear your cat’s name or birthday around your neck, or like a cheeky display of affection like this punctuated Inscriptions Locket, Origami Owl has unique and fun charms that can create a kitty-themed piece easily.  You can even create a one of a kind blinged-out collar!
  • Compete for a Year’s Worth of Kitty Litter by submitting a photo of your cat loving you to the National Cat Day’s “Most Cuddly Cat” Photo Contest! Get your furry friend ready for their close-up soon, because the contest only runs through October 29th (National Cat Day).
  • Go Fishing with Your Feline – Virtually: Download free games like Cat-Fishing 2 or Friskies Jitterbug and play with your kitty! Even older cats who aren’t as active will love the minimal screen tapping on these games. And bonus—it keeps kitty occupied for hours.
  • Create Custom Feline Treats: Get fluffy in on the baking game with some homemade cat treats. Even kick it up a notch with this personalized cat treat cookie cutter made with their name on it.
  • No Cat? You Can Still Celebrate!  Stop by one of the 24 currently open and upcoming cat cafes where you can drink coffee, eat, read or just hang out with furry friends. At most of these locations, the cats are up for adoption, so you can celebrate National Cat Day by doing the best thing, finding a home for the many homeless felines out there.

Photo: Origami Owl

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Cat May Have Saved Owner’s Life

A San Francisco man was hanging from a San Francisco building during a stand-off with police has his cat to thank for saving his life.  The owner of the cat was most likely in a car that he stole which is probably why he took off running on foot.

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Photo: California Highway Patrol

Television station, KRON-TV news reported that the driver jumped a fence and into a two-story building where he remained for a few hours perched shirtless, barefoot and threatening to jump.

A crowd gathered as police attempted to talk the man down with no luck. Finally, a family member brought the owner’s red tabby cat to the scene and he came off the ledge and was taken into custody without incident.

 

Can Cats Drink Milk?

 

We were asked a question this past week as to whether or not it is a good idea for a grown cat to drink milk.

So, we went to the experts at Vet Street.  “Cats do not gain anything nutritionally from milk that is not present in a well-balanced commercial [cat food] diet,” explains Dr. Heinze, adding that it should be treated more like a very occasional high-calorie treat than an everyday food.

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The best liquid for your cat is water.  Be sure to have plenty of fresh water around for your cat to drink.   Always consult with your vet as to his or her recommendations for your cat’s diet and overall health.

Check Out the 2015 Chicago Internet Cat Video Festival

Cats are back for a third consecutive year!

The Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society are bringing Walker Art Center’s (MN) wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival back to Chicago with a 75 minute film featuring the best cat videos on the internet.

This year’s all-new film is curated by Will Braden, the creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and recipient of the festival’s first Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award.

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Festival attendees will have the opportunity to find their forever friend – adoptable cats and kittens from Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society, socialize with Alana and Kris, hosts of the CATastrophes Web Series, and meet festival hosts Mike Bridavsky and his special needs celebrity cat, Lil Bub, who stars in Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary, and Lil Bub’s Big Show on Animal Planet.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Go to http://www.tailsinc.com/2015/09/the-2015-chicago-internet-cat-video-fest-is-september-19/ for show times and information.

Take this Survey and Tell Tufts University Researches What Foods You Feed Your Cat

Researchers at Tufts University are looking for volunteers to complete a brief, 15 minute survey about feeding practices for dogs and cats. This survey will ask questions about your pet, what food you purchase for your pet, how you feed your pet, and your relationship with your pet.

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You may be eligible to participate if you over the age of 18 and currently own a dog or cat.  If you are interested in participating, please click here.  Your responses to survey question will be kept confidential.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association Releases Most Popular Registered Cat Names

 

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Did your cat’s name make the list?  

Pedigreed cat owners are following an on-going trend of selecting cute and cuddly human cat names along with the names of pop culture characters as names for their beloved felines.

Based on CFA registration statistics from 2014, the top names are:

  1. Coco
  2. Bella
  3. Luna
  4. Daisy
  5. Alice
  6. Lily
  7. Candy
  8. Lucky

Based on CFA registration statistics over the last 30 years, the top names are:

  1. Gizmo
  2. Samantha
  3. Tiffany
  4. Sasha
  5. Princess
  6. Cleopatra
  7. Jasmine
  8. Angel
  9. Chloe
  10. Sabrina

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Names are selected by the breeder and/or owner when a cat is registered with CFA.  The breeder’s cattery name is on the prefix and the owner’s cattery name is on the suffix.  Following a naming trend of the past several years, what we choose to name our pets indicate our preference for making our cats members of our family.  Names such as Coco, Alice and Bella are reminiscent of days gone by.  Names that end in ly such as Daisy, Candy, Chloe and Lucky are cute and cuddly and demonstrate the personal affinity we have for our cats.  Gizmo is from the film, Gremlins and Luna is most likely named after Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter book series.