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American Bobtail

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American Bobtail – Read more about this cat breed at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The American Bobtail is a relatively new and uncommon breed of cat most notable for its stubby “bobbed” tail about half the length of a normal cat’s tail. This is the result of a genetic mutation affecting the tail development, similar to that of a Manx. The cat is not related to the Japanese Bobtail despite the similar name and physical type — the breeding programs are entirely unrelated and the gene causing the mutation is entirely different.

American bobtails are a very sturdy breed, with both short or longhaired coats. Their coat is shaggy rather than dense or fluffy. They can have any colour of eyes and fur, with a strong emphasis on the “wild” tabby appearance in show animals.

According to legend, bobtails are the result of a crossbreeding between a domestic tabby cat and a bobcat. Although this IS genetically possible, the unusual tail is actually the result of a random genetic mutation. The breed was recognised by the International Cat Association in 1989.

Bengal Cats the Lap Leopards of Today to the Legend Of The Marble Cat

Bengal Cats the Lap Leopards of Today to the Legend Of The Marble Cat

By Jody Hewitt

Bengal’s are Beautiful and exotic cats that are loved by so many people around the world. With their graceful movements and unusual intricate markings its like having part of the wild in your own living room. Staring up at you with their green or golden eyes as they are true Lap Leopards to be enjoyed by everyone of any age. In my findings these beautiful cats are every bit the same in behavior as your average house cat with normal litter box habits. They are inquisitive, curious, and explorative and adapt well to other household pets. They have the same nutritional and immunization requirements as regular domestic cats. Bengal’s are relatively large cats with a short haired coat. Males can range from 18-25 pounds and females 7-15 pounds. The face has a feral look with small rounded ears and exotic facial features. with colors ranging from Snow which are varying shade of white cream background with light brown pattern, to the Brown which is various degrees of Rufus, Golden, Light Brown to Black-Brown Carmel colors, and the new accepted color the Silver which is a white back ground with a black pattern. There are various other degrees of colors not recognized yet which are Blues, Chocolates.

The Bengal Cat is a wonderful cat to own and love. They have wonderful temperaments while retaining beautiful exotics feral patterns and characteristic that is unique to only the Bengal Cats. These beautiful creatures have a few unique qualities for instance they love water and don’t have a problem jumping right into the shower with you. And they love to go on long walks on a leash or car rides to go shopping. Mainly they love to be with people they are very social and like most cats they are very entertaining.

Bengal Cats range from highly exotic being closer in generation to their hybrid ancestors The Asian Leopard Cat all the way to being domesticated with exotic markings.

The Bengal Cat is a cross from the Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic cat. The most commonly used domestic crosses were the Abyssinian, Egyptian Mau and the Ocicat. This was done to preserve the effort of retaining the stunning beauty of the Asian Leopard Cat. The first three generations are called foundation cats. By the time they reach the fourth generation they are considered SBT which is the domestic cat resembling characteristics of the Asian Leopard Cat. The first documented cross between the Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic cat in the United States is recorded in 1963 by Jean Mill.

The Asian Leopard Cat is a small wild spotted cat, weighing about twenty pounds. The general build of the Asian Leopard Cat (Felis Bengalensis) is similar to a normal domestic cat, but with somewhat longer legs and a longer back. They have a fairly small head with a short narrow muzzle, large eyes and a thick tail. Body length varies between 25-32 inches, and they weigh between 7-25 pounds. There are around ten sub-species all showing different variations in body color and can be found in southern Asia, across India, threw China, Korea and the Soviet Far East. It can be also found on islands such a Sumatra, Philippines, Taiwan, Borneo, Bali and Java. Since the Asian Leopard cat dwells in so many regions they have acquired many different names such as the Javan cat, Wagati cat, Chinese cat or “money cat”, because of the so called spots resembling Chinese coins.

Here is a short Fictional story to explain where the Bengal Cat received its markings – enjoy.

Legend Of The Marble Cat

The Legend of the Marble Cat … Deep, deep in the rainforest, a very long time ago, a jungle mother gave birth to six, perfect little kittens and the Spirit of the Forest was pleased. Four of them looked just like their mother, soft and gold and spotted all over, like tiny leopards, a pattern designed by nature to hide them in the deep forest from ancient and fearful enemies who liked kittens for lunch. The other two, however, were different. They, too, had coats as soft as velvet, but one of them was all gold, as bright as the sun and the other was as white as the full moon! Mother named them Sunlight and Moonbeam. She named her other kittens more traditional names, names that had been passed from mother cat to daughter cat, on and on, down through the generations: Panthera, Tiger Lily, Orchid and Raven.

Deep in the nest, hidden in the secret glen behind the waterfall, in the thickest part of the rainforest where the trailing orchids bloomed in a wild and colorful profusion, Mother cared for her kittens and worried. She knew that her son Moonbeam and her daughter Sunshine would soon be exposed to a very dangerous world and with their beautiful, bright coats, they would stand out like lights on the jungle floor, easy for enemies to see. As the kittens grew and the day approached when they would be venturing from the safety of the den, Mother began to council them in the ways of concealment: To Sunshine and Moonbeam she said: “Now, remember, until you are grown and can run very fast, you must stay under leaves and vines so you will be hidden from above. Never venture into the open jungle unless you can sit in a spot of bright sun or a beam of the full moon, for that is what you look like.

To her spotted children she said: “You must also be cautious, but you may use the pattern of the forest floor as your camouflage. When stalking your prey, move only when they look away and when you freeze in place, your spots will help you to disappear into the sun dappled jungle. And so it was that the two kittens learned to hide their special beauty, venturing out from beneath the leaves and vines only rarely, while their spotted brothers and sisters came and went as they pleased, carrying their concealment with them. The Spirit of the Forest was pleased.

One bright, sunny day, Mother took her four tiny leopards on a hunting lesson, warning Sunlight and Moonbeam to stay hidden until they returned. “I don’t want to stay here all day.” complained Sunshine, “Me either. I want to watch Mother.” replied Moonbeam. “Why don’t we just creep from plant to plant and keep hidden. She will never know we’re there.” suggested Sunshine. Off they went, excited to be on an adventure, and, being the good kittens they were, preceding cautiously as well, remembering all the lessons their mother had taught them. They could smell the scent of their family and followed it. They scampered on, always under the leaves of low growing plants, while the sunlight painted beautiful, undulating patterns of deep shade on their bright coats.

Suddenly, the smell of danger raised the hairs on their backs and they froze like statues even before they saw the horrible sight. As their eyes adjusted to the pure sunlight, the kittens saw they were at the edge of a brightly lit clearing, filled with dry weeds and golden grasses. Up against a rock wall were their brothers and sisters, cringing in the presence of… Jackal! A very large Jackal! He was in between Mother and her kittens. Mother was crouched and snarling behind him. Everyone knew Jackals eat kittens! Glancing back and forth between the kittens and their mother, Jackal sneered and boasted to her, “You know I’m going to get at least one of them, maybe even two. Why, I’ll be out of here with my lunch before you can reach me. I just don’t know which one to take first. They are all so fat and yummy looking.”

Under the cover of a leaf, Sunshine and Moonbeam looked at each other and passed a single thought between them. “Mother’s lessons!” They silently circled the small clearing, keeping to the cover of the forest. Now they were on opposite sides of Jackal and entered the dry weeds. Softly. Quietly. Keeping as flat to the ground as the dry, dusty rocks, they inched toward their ancient enemy, each moving only when he turned his attention to gloat to Mother or frighten the kittens. As they neared the Jackal, Mother’s crouching posture changed just slightly, subtlety. She knew they were there! She couldn’t smell them because they had wisely placed themselves down wind of the enemy, but she could just barely see her bright and beautiful children in the bright sunlight of the field!

Intent on the kittens he had cornered, Jackal was oblivious; he never knew what hit him. Jackal took half a step toward the frightened kittens frozen against the rock face and Wham! The earth before him erupted in a squalling, screaming fury of knives and teeth! Stunned and frightened, Jackal felt Mother’s teeth sink deeply into his rear haunches and her claws rack his sides. Slashing, screaming demons were fastened to his head! Leaping madly about the clearing and crashing into trees and rocks, Jackal finally managed to dislodge his attackers and all he could see with the eye that was still open, was the tail end of Mother, as she disappeared into the jungle.

Panthera, Tiger Lily, Orchid and Raven had been stunned by the apparently sudden appearance of their brother and sister, but wasted no time streaking past the besieged Jackal, into the safety of the rainforest. They were followed shortly by Sun, Moon and Mother. Together, they ran swiftly through the jungle, to the safety of their hidden den, in the secret glen, behind the waterfall, in the thickest part of the rainforest where the trailing orchids bloomed. It had been a miracle. Nothing needed to be said. Mother cleaned her kittens and purred them to sleep. Sunlight and Moonbeam awoke at dusk, from a deep slumber of complete exhaustion. They crept out of the den, called by a silent summons. There! Under the big tree, or was it part of it? They thought they could see the faint form of the Spirit of the Forest. They knew it was she who had summoned them. Her voice was like the whisper of the leaves or maybe the passing breeze, but the kittens could hear her plainly in their heads.

This was strange, indeed. Not in the time of any ancestor they could remember, had anyone actually seen the Spirit of the Forest, but, oddly, they were not frightened. She spoke, “You are all my children and I love you. Even the Jackal is one of my children, but it was not his destiny to eat kitten for lunch today. You have performed a selfless act of incredible bravery and shall be rewarded. I give you something you have always wanted, the gift of concealment.” To Moonbeam she said: “You will be a cat of the night: I bless you with the misty shadows of the leaves and vines, falling across your back by the light of the full moon. You will be able to pass by unnoticed in the night jungle.” To Sunshine she said: “You are to be a cat of the day, wearing the deep shadows of the leaves and twisting creepers across your body, letting your glittering sunlit coat sparkle through in bits and swirls. You will be impossible to see in the jungle on a sunny day. Step forward now.”

The kittens stepped out from under the leaves they had instinctively stood under and were amazed to see that their coats now had the patterns of the vines and leaves. As her image and voice began to fade, The Spirit of the Forest said, “From now on, your names will be Secret Sun and Hiding Moon. All of your unspotted descendants will be blessed with these marking as well, to conceal them safely in either sun or moonlight. I am pleased.” To this day, marbled kittens carry with them the patterns of the leaves and vines of that long ago jungle, the reward of their ancestors’ uncommon courage: the shadows cast upon them through the trees, by the sun and the moonlight.

Thank You Susan Dunsworth for letting me share your story with everyone.

My name is Jody Hewitt I breed, raise, and show Bengal Cats I am located in Gilbert Arizona with a passion for all animals wild or domestic. Please come visit me anytime http://www.DreamersLegacy.com.

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How to Photograph Pets

Why It Is Important To Know How To Take Good Pictures Of Your Pet

Here is a picture of our Maxxie, taken in 2002 by a professional photographer.

We ordered pizza one night on my wife’s birthday, and I put my business card inside a “bin”. Next thing you know, $300.00 later with our ‘Free Pictures’ and other pictures, we finally had some family pictures .. me, my wife and Maxxie! Maxxie was the most photogenic of the lot, as if you can’t tell! I call this picture .. “Maxxie – Formal – Smiling”

May 2002 - Hello .. This is another formal picture of me, smiling

Here is a picture of our Sophie, with my current digital camera

I had a reasonable nice camera for taking pictures, but it wasn’t too clear on the detail and on the closeups. So, in 2005 I went out and purchased one of the Olympus Stylus 300 Digital camera’s at Future Shop and started to take pictures. Well, I forgot about those double-flashes the camera does (to prepare or reduce the Red-Eye effect) … and this is the picture I took. I call this picture .. “Sophie – Oops – Yawning”

Sophie Biiiig Yaaaaawn

Believe It Or Not ..

… I try to take pictures every day of our two pet papillon dogs Maxxie and Sophie, and of our cat Zeussie Pussy
Cat .. so I can upload pictures onto our Pet site .. http://PapillonLvr.com/blog/ . Unfortunately, not all of them come out okay and I’ve been either neglecting to put up ANY pictures at all on the site, or I have been posting some nice pictures of Papillon dogs found on Flickr or YouTube.

You can see all the pictures of our pet Papillon dogs over at http://PapillonLvr.com/blog/

So Why Not Learn How To Take Great Pictures Yourself?

Darren Rowse of Digital Photography School writes some great tips on How to Photograph Pets.

Of his Top 10 tips … I like his last tip the best…

10. Catch them Unawares – Posed shots can be fun and effective but one thing I love to do (whether it be with animals or people) is to photograph them candidly paparazzi style. I have very fond memories of stalking a friend’s dog as he played in a back yard one day. I took shots while he dug up flowers, as he buried a bone, as he fell chased a bee around and ask he sat contentedly with his head sticking out of his dog house. The whole time I photographed him he was barely aware of my presence so the shots were very natural without me distracting the dog from his ‘business’.

If you have a camera .. I suggest that you browse the Digital Photography School for many tips and techniques how to get better pictures out of your camera .. so you don’t have to hire a professional to take good pictures of your pets. And .. does it really help? Well, I still have a pretty basic camera, and I’m still a lousy picture taker .. but, it’s not that I don’t recognize a good photo opportunity if I see one!

For instance, if I want to take pictures of Maxxie and Sophie .. all I have to say is .. “Papillon Pictures, Papillon Pictures” .. and, then they stop and pose for me, most likely looking away from the camera and the flash. Using Darren Rowse’s “Paparazzi” style tip .. I sometimes get cool pictures .. like, the following – watching our dogs roll over!

Maxxie puts on a great show and rolls over on command!

Sophie rolls over on command, but is so fast it’s hard to take a great picture!

An Introduction to Pet Photography

An Introduction to Pet Photography

By Stan Beck

Introduction

Photographing your pet can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Done well, it will allow you to immortalize Fluffy or Spot – that significant member of your family – the pet that shared you food, chewed your shoes, and brought you the newspaper. In fact, the act of seriously photographing your pet will bring you both closer because the process opens you to noticing the small, wonderful things that you might have missed before – the way he wags his tail, etc. This is a grand adventure.

Goal

As with anything, it’s best to proceed with a goal in mind so you know where to start. What are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to capture your pet’s playful side? Are you trying to setup a funny photo using a prop such as a birthday hat? Is this an interactive portrait between your pet and your child? Sit down and put on paper this goal, because it will help you in preparing properly. Nothing is worse than spending an hour going to your favorite scene with equipment in hand and realizing your forgot a favorite toy – do your self a favor, do not skip this step.

Setting

Now that you have decided on your goal, it’s now time to decide the proper setting. Indoors vs. outdoors. Near the fireplace with an open fire in the background, or in a studio. At the beach or in the woods. As you think about the proper setting, think about how your pet will respond to that setting. If you decide the public park is the perfect place, you must think about your pet’s resistance to distractions. Is he/she able to resist running after another animal or person? The more you know your pet and look through his/her eyes, the better off you will be.

Preparation

Now you are at the critical preparation stage. You’ve set your goal, you’ve decided on the appropriate setting – let’s try to anticipate all that can (and will) go wrong. I use the word ‘wrong’ loosely – try not be too rigid and to have fun – we will talk more about that in a minute. Write out on paper every possible thing you can think of. Here are some suggestions: • Exercise your pet – just enough so they are still alert, but not hyper

• Lighting – outdoor is best, but flash will work too – should be natural lighting

• Grooming – only if it doesn’t adversely affect your pet’s mood – then do it days beforehand

• Props/Toys – favorite of the pet

• Food – favorite of the pet

• Be prepared for sudden movement – shutter speed about 1/125th and use iso 400 or 800 film (if indoors)

• Watch the scene clutter

• Have pet at least 6 feet away from background to reduce shadows

• Bring an assistant to help manage your pet

• Zoom Lens

• Camera, Film, Tripod, Equipment, etc.

Etc., etc. Are you getting the idea? The first time you make out your list, the process will be a little tedious, but the beauty is that once the list is made, all you need to do is modify it slightly for the next sessions.

On Location

Whew, you’ve made to shooting location – congratulations. Hopefully, you’ve brought everything you are going to need, right? Right! Now, it’s time for setup. Be organized; get everything laid out in a logical fashion. The last thing you want to be doing is fiddling around with equipment when you need to be shooting pictures – an animal has a zero attention span and you have got to be ready to snap that picture when the moment is there. How is you animal’s demeanor? Is he/she super wound up? If yes, then perhaps some light exercise would be in order – nothing too heavy, but just enough to help him/her calm down. How are you? Are you stressed? Relax, and go with the flow – animals are super sensitive to your mood. Give your pet some last minute grooming – just touch-ups. If you are outdoors, how is the wind? Is it too strong? Is the sun too bright? Remember, overcast is much better for exposure. Make sure that your pet is far enough away from your background so as to not cast any shadows.

The Photographer’s Mindset

Your mindset should be one of peace and serenity. I can’t overstate that enough. Also, you need to climb into the mind of your pet as best you can. What are they thinking and feeling? Align your expectations properly. If you have never done this before, don’t expect perfection the first time out – that will just raise your anxiety level and will stress out your pet.

Shooting

One of the most important things to remember is to get down on your pet’s level, physically, as much as possible. A shot from above doesn’t portray intimacy. In addition, when you are at your pet’s level, it’s easier for you to empathize with it. If you’ve never crawled around on the ground before, you might feel a bit foolish, but trust me, it makes all the difference in the world. Make sure that you and your handler work with each other – you have got to be in charge, but also try to be flexible – you have a lot of variables that you are managing.

Be patient, and have a lot of fun!!!

www.Kitten-Pictures.com

Stan Beck is a self-proclaimed animal lover. He also runs the website http://Kitten-Pictures.com.

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How to Tame Wild Kittens

How to Tame Wild Kittens

By LeAnn R. Ralph

Over the past several years, the wild mother cat who has taken up residence in our barn in rural Wisconsin has given me many opportunities to figure out how to tame wild kittens. The mother cat always hides her kittens very well, and then, when they are big enough to leave the nest and are big enough to eat kitty food, she brings them out and expects me to feed them.

When the wild mother cat brings her kittens out of the nest, it is the first time in their lives they have seen a human being, and they tend to be hissing, spitting bits of fluff that really look as though they mean business. And since they already have teeth and claws, I would rather not push the issue. I also would rather not let them remain wild, living in my barn, having kittens of their own. Six kittens, within a year or two, could turn into 56.

As of early 2005, the wild mother cat has had more than 20 kittens in our barn, and I have managed to tame them and to find homes for most of them (unfortunately, several were lost when the wild momma kitty took them out to teach them how to hunt).

Here are some tips for taming wild kittens:

* Buy some canned kitty food — In my experience, kittens are always hungry and are always interested in canned kitty food. I have noticed it doesn’t matter what brand, just so long as it has fish in it. The smell of fish seems irresistible to kittens.

* Let the kittens smell the canned kitty food — Open the can and then try to get as close to them as possible so they can smell the food. Once they get a whiff of it, and this is especially true of younger kittens that are anywhere from four weeks old to a few months old, they will be so interested in the canned kitty food they will forget (somewhat) that you are right next to them.

* Use a fork (or spoon) to scoop out some of the food and let the kittens eat off the end of the fork (spoon) — This is an important step. Do NOT put a forkful of food down and then back off. From the very first, hold the fork toward the kitten and let the kitten eat off the end of the fork. Stick to your guns and do not give up. If the kitten wants canned kitty food, the kitten MUST eat it off the end of the fork or the spoon. This is the first step in getting the kitten used to being close to you and in growing accustomed to your hand coming closer. This will be useful later on when you are trying to pet the kittens. After the kitten has eaten food off the end of the fork/spoon, THEN you can put a little food down for the kitten to eat on its own.

* Repeat step 3 every time you offer the kittens some canned food — At first, the kittens are going to be cautious about your hand coming toward them. The fork with the food will help to overcome that resistance. After you have done this a couple of times, the kittens will look forward to eating off the fork and will start to lose their fear of you and your hand.

* Stay right there while the kittens are eating — After you have put out some canned food for the kittens, stay there and don’t move off. Let them eat with you next to them. This will help teach them to associate human beings with “good things.”

* Carefully start to pet the kittens — After feeding them a couple of times without trying to pet them, which will begin to teach them that they can trust you, put food out and let the kittens start to eat. Then slowly reach down and pet them a little bit. Continue to sit there while they finish eating.

* Carefully start to pick up the kittens — After you can successfully put out food and remain there while the kittens eat and can pet them a little bit, try picking up a kitten. If you can, grasp the kitten by the scruff of the neck. This is how mother cats carry their kittens, and when you do this, the kitten will go limp. Hold the kitten against your shoulder and talk softly to it, but don’t say “Hi kitten” or anything starting with an “h” sound. To a kitten, this sounds like a cat hissing, and the kitten will become frightened. Hold the kitten for a minute or so and then, grasping it by the scruff of the neck, set it down. After you have done this several times, the kitten will realize that no harms come to it from being picked up and handled.

Depending upon the age of the kittens and basic personality traits, the whole process, from starting with canned kitty food on the fork to being able to pet them and pick them up, could be accomplished in a few days or it might take a few weeks. Eventually, the kittens will know that people mean good things, and when they see you coming, they will come running to meet you. It has been my experience that cats quickly recognize when a situation is to their advantage, and once the kittens know you are a source of good things to eat and that you mean them no harm, they will want to be friends.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to send me an e-mail at — bigpines(at)ruralroute2.com (replace (at) with @)

If you would like to read an article about feeding and caring for orphaned kittens, go to the “articles” section of my website at http://ruralroute2.com — or if you would like to read more stories about cats and kittens from my book, “Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam” (free shipping (!) on copies ordered from the author) — visit http://ruralroute2.com and click on sample chapters.

About The Author
LeAnn R. Ralph is the author of the books “Christmas in Dairyland (True Stories from a Wisconsin Farm)” and “Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam.” You are invited to read sample chapters and to sign up for Rural Route 2 News, the FREE monthly newsletter from Rural Route 2. Visit — http://ruralroute2.com.

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Siamese Cats

Siamese Cats

By Robin Darch

So you are thinking of adding a cat to your family? Have you thought about which breed of cat is right for you? Each breed of cat is different. In this article I will be telling you about the Siamese Cat, the most popular cat in the world.

The Siamese Cat is a mysterious looking breed that originated in Siam, hence the name, Siamese Cat. Siam, which is now Thailand calls them Wichian Maat. There are many breeds of cat that are offshoots of the Siamese Cat. The Burmese, Balinese, Colorpoint Shorthair, Ocicat, Tonkinese, Himalayan, Javanese, and the Oriental Shorthair and Longhair are all derived from the Siamese Cat.

For cat shows there are certain standards for Siamese Cats. Balance is the first thing to look for in a Siamese Cat you intend to show. Long, slender, and tall are features that every Siamese Cat that you wish to show must have.

The head of your Siamese Cat should be long and balanced. The points at the ears down to the muzzle should be aligned symmetrically. The muzzle should be straight. They should not have an uneven bite and a strong chin is a plus.

Their expression should be alert and their eyes should be a piercing blue color. The eyes of your Siamese Cat should be oriental in shape but there should be space between them and the nose. Deepset eyes are not a sign of a good show cat for the Siamese breed. The haw should not cover more than just the corner of the eye. Their ears should be large and wedge shaped. (Large at the base tapering up to the tip).

The hind legs of your Siamese Cat should be slightly longer or higher than the front legs. The feet should be oval shaped and not too large. The overall length and shape of your Siamese Cat should be well-balanced. A long tapering tail is also desired. Any kinks in the tail will likely mean your Siamese Cat should not participate in shows or at least you should not expect to win.

The mask should be complete unless you are showing Siamese Kittens. All points should be clearly defined, a clear contrast between the points and the color of the body. All points should be the same basic color as well.

Your Siamese Cat’s coat should be short, have a fine texture and should be glossy. Proper care and feeding of your Siamese Cat will help you achieve this.

Even if you are not planning to participate in cat shows, a Siamese Cat is a wonderful pet and the guidelines above will help you determine the value of the cat you choose to adopt.

One thing you should know about owning a Siamese Cat is that they can be as loud as a siren with a voice that sounds like a crying baby. They demand your attention and will do whatever it takes to get it. They are playful, fun-loving pets that you will come to love. Their dependence on you for attention is a sign of love you will be more than happy to return.

Robin Darch, of PRT Specialised Services Limited has a website, My Pet Cat to help you find all the information you need about pet cats,grooming and training.

http://www.mypetcat.org

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Comparing Cat Breeds

Comparing Cat Breeds

By Kim Babcock

There are two basic American breeds of cat. The shorthair and the wirehair. I would like to compare the two, and list their subtle differences. Remember, this is only a comparison between the two most common American breeds.

Originally known as the Domestic Shorthair, the 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.

Ideal American Shorthairs exude symmetry, with the breed standard calling for them to be slightly longer than tall. Females tend to be smaller than males. The American Shorthair’s face should be full-cheeked with an open expression. Eyes are medium to large in size and mostly round with an almond-like curve at the top. The breed’s coat comes in a variety of colors and designs; however, the silver classic tabby is perhaps the best known.

The American Wirehair breed is uniquely American. It began as a spontaneous mutation in a litter of upstate New York farm cats in 1966. A spontaneous mutation is an uncommon, although not rare, happening. The American Wirehair sports an exceptional coat, as each hair is bent or hooked, producing a dense, springy coat, with whiskers of the same texture. This breed was developed from the American Shorthair, so apart from the coat, the two display many similarities.

There seems to be some debate as far as ear shaping between the experts. Some believe it is the wirehair that sports the short, curved ears; while others believe this is a trait of the shorthair. Pictures of both breeds found on sites all over the world wide web show either breed displaying both traits..

Whatever the case, I find both to be beautiful breeds.

My cat, Thomas, seems to be a combination of the two breeds. He sports the long, pointed ears (that are still under debate), a luxuriously soft short coat, and silverish blue and white markings. His eyes are the almond shaped, goldish-green, all-seeing, mysterious eyes of the typical cat. Thomas is also the typical cat in that he displays the aloof independence found in all breeds.

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Do You Want To Find a Purebred Cat?

Do You Want To Find a Purebred Cat?

by Niall Kennedy

For some of us, a common-or-garden Tom cat is not enough. We want quality feline company with a pedigree and the only way to guarantee that a cat is a purebreed is to contact one of the national cat associations or similar organisations in other countries.

To find a purebred cat, you may start with the Cat Fancier’s Association. The CFA was created to maintain breed standards and to register litters as purebreds. The association also holds cat shows and judges them based on how closely they adhere to the standards. They recognize only 41 breeds of cats.

The breeder registers a litter of kittens with the Cat Fancier’s Association. Then they have the option of deciding whether or not to allow the kitten to be bred. Only cats with a pin number on their registration forms will be eligible to have their kittens registered. This allows the breeders to continue to better their breeds. Once the litter is registered, each kitten will need to be individually registered by its new owner.

There are three categories of recognized cats. They are the Championship Class, the Provisional Class, and the Miscellaneous Class. Each bred that the CFA recognizes is in one of these groups. They must win first place in their breed and then their class before they can compete for the title of best in show.

The Championship Class are those cats who are established cat breeds. The breeds in the Provisional Class have been more recently established. They are still being watched to insure that they conform to the new breed standard. Finally, the one breed currently in the Miscellaneous Class is still having a breed standard created and cannot actually compete for the best in show title.

In Canada, you can register your cat in the Canadian Cat Association. This association was formed by Canadians who did not want to register their cats with an association in another country. There are other popular cat registries including the Traditional Cat Association, which supports original breed standards and does not uphold current trends that exaggerate breed characteristics, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, which is the United Kingdom’s cat registry, and the Fédération Internationale Féline, which is the European cat registry.

All cats fit into one of two categories. They are either short hair or long haired. Short haired are breeds like the Abyssinian and British Shorthair. The long haired beads include Turkish Angora and Norwegian Forest Cats. The most popular of them all is the American Shorthair which has been in the US for over 300 years. They have been carefully bred for generations to develop characteristics that would appear in each kitten born. Others include the Siamese, the Rex, the Main Coon, the Ragdoll and the Persian.

Choosing a cat with a pedigree allows you to choose a cat that has the characteristics that you want it to have. They are no more affectionate than other cats but they can be a prized possession no matter what.

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The Maine Coon Cat Breed

The Maine Coon Cat Breed

By Neil Groom

Are you a dog lover who wants to own a cat? If so, you may want to take a look at the extraordinary Maine Coon cat breed. This breed is extraordinary intelligent and has a personality that is not exactly cat like. If you think all cats act the same, you probably haven’t seen a Maine Coon decide to take a leisurely dip in your family’s wading pool.

The Maine Coon is known as a gentle giant, which is not surprising, since these lovely cats weigh in at anywhere from nine to twenty two pounds. The breed has a squarish face, a thick neck, large ears, big, rounded eyes, and a large, muscular body. The tail is long and quite bushy.

This cat breed was first seen in Maine in the late eighteen hundreds and most likely developed its thick coat as a way to protect itself from the bitterly cold winters in that area. When the breed was first established, only the brown tabby color was recognized. This coat color and the Maine Coon’s bushy tail gave it the look of a raccoon, and it is probably this appearance that gave these cats their name. Today, this breed comes in many more recognized colors, including black, blue, cream, red, tortoiseshell, blue tortoiseshell, white, smoke, silver tabby, brown tabby, red tabby, blue tabby, cream tabby, and bicolors. Cats can have green or gold eyes, unless they are white, in which case, eyes can also be blue or mismatched.

The Maine Coon gets along well with other cats, dogs, children, and just about every other type of animal, except mice. This breed is notorious for its excellent hunting abilities. These cats have a wonderful personality and are the perfect cat breed for families. However, they are also content being the only animal in a quiet household.

If you want an extremely quiet cat, then the Maine Coon may not be the perfect choice for you. These cats are a bit on the vocal side. However, the mewling these cats make is a pleasant chirping sound that few people find to be annoying.

With the long coat this breed has, it is no surprise that the Maine Coon needs frequent grooming. You should be prepared to thoroughly comb out your cat’s coat at least twice a week. If the coat begins to develop knots and snarls, you may need to groom him even more frequently.

Overall, this descendant of hardy farm cats is a healthy breed. If your cat seems to be feeling under the weather, he most likely has a hairball problem. Of course, you should seek veterinary care to be sure he does not have any more serious problems. While you are talking to your veterinarian, you may want to consult him about feeding your cat a cat food with hairball control.

Since the Maine Coon is said to be the most popular breed in the world, it would be no surprise if you decided that you wanted to own one of these beautiful animals. If you want an intelligent and loving cat, this breed may be the perfect choice for you.

I would love to share my secrets with you and my new special articles on cat training do just that! Everything you need to know to train your cat is included in these special reports: See our section on Cat Breads.

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