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9.27.2007 – Blogging For A Cause – Over on PetLvr.com Blog

I’m Looking For Amazing Stories How You Saved One Animal’s Life

Having many blogs in my network, I feel completely justified in promoting this event on every domain and blog that I have at my disposal! Please help me pass the word around the internet, and if you can contribute .. please do!

9.27.2007 Blogging For A Cause - Stop Animal Cruelty and Pet Abuse On September 27, 2007 .. a wonderful thing will happen. Bloggers from all around the world will be “Blogging For A Cause”. I will be participating with my fellow bloggers, and am asking you to help me participate in this event. I will be blogging to .. Stop Animal Cruelty and Pet Abuse – over at PetLvr.com – [The Blog]

I’ve done three posts so far for this event

1) An Introduction Post

2) A Clarification Post

3) How we rescued Zeus the Cat

To paraphrase from the PetLvr Site …

You Too Can Participate on September 27, 2007

I will be posting letters from “PetLvr Readers” around the world that have rescued an animal and made a positive difference in the life of one animal. YOU are the hero! I would like you to email me your story. Every story I receive on and before this Thursday will be published and permanently maintained on the PetLvr website, under a new page called “PetLvr Rescue Stories”. I will also link your website if you have one, and post a picture of your pet if you provide it to me.

* Did you rescue an animal from the humane society?
* Did you take a stray dog in and give it a home?
* Did you know any animal being abused and reported its owners to the authorities?
* Did you save any animal from natural disasters, such as Katrina or the Peru Earthquake?
* Do you work for any non-profit agency and helped save the life of an animal?
* If you are a non-profit agency and would like to be linked to your website 9.27.2007

Then … PLEASE! Email me your stories to: hart (at) PetLvr (dot) com with the subject: 9.27.2007

* If you have a blog, you too can join in with thousand’s of other blogs around the world. You can stop the abuse about any topic (elder abuse, children abuse, spousal abuse, environmental abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, abuse in the workplace, etc) .. it’s up to you!
Just follow the link from clicking the above graphic, and if you are not already a member of BlogCatalog.com .. well, join in and add me (PetLvr) as your friend! and you will be able to see your image in the widget in the sidebar when you come back here on September 27, 2007!

* If you do NOT have a blog .. feel free to start a *FREE* blog at PetLvr.com/mypet/ made available by PetLvr.com and start blogging! I will link all participating posts from there back over onto the main PetLvr blog … so start blogging!

cc’ed around the HART-Empire Network!

About the Turkish Van

If you are looking for a rare, distinctive looking longhair cat, then you may want to take a close look at the Turkish Van. This cat breed is also known as the swimming cat, since the Van, unlike other cats, actually enjoys taking a leisurely swim. With their love of water, it is no wonder that these cats are named after the Lake Van region of Turkey, which is where the breed originated.

The Turkish Van was developed before the seventeen hundreds from local cats. The Van is used to fending for itself in its natural environment, so it is no surprise that this breed is a bit aloof and independent compared to other breeds. If you have other pets, you may not want to add a Van to your household. These cats don’t always get along well with dogs or even other cats. This breed may also not be the ideal choice for families, as the Van is not interested in riding in doll carriages or attending tea parties.

While the Turkish Van enjoys spending some time alone, the breed is still quite playful and enjoys having a variety of toys to play with. In addition, although he may not pine for you during the day, your Van will enjoy spending time with you in the mornings and evenings. Just don’t expect him to curl up in your lap for hours on end while you watch the news.

The Turkish Van is a large, muscular cat with a wedge shaped head and large, round eyes. These cats can have eyes that are golden or blue, and eyes that are mismatched are also common. Lately, some green eyed cats are also appearing in this breed. This green color is not highly favored. This cat breed’s striking appearance is completed by a long, bushy tail.

The most distinctive characteristic of the Turkish Van is the breed’s unique marking pattern. These cats can only have color on their heads and tails. The rest of their bodies must be pure white. The colored portions of the Van’s body can be Auburn, Cream, Black, Blue and Tortoiseshell. Although all of these colors are allowed by the Cat Fanciers Association, some other associations are much stricter and only accept Auburn and Cream colors.

Although the Turkish Van has a longhair coat and a very long and bushy tail, this breed does not need a ton of grooming. The coat is very silky and rarely tangles. You should still plan to brush your Van once a week to remove loose hair before it ends up on your upholstered furniture. In addition, grooming your cat can help prevent problems with hairballs, as hairballs are most often formed when cats swallow loose hair while they are grooming themselves.

If you do decide that the Turkish Van is right for you, you should be prepared to wait for a kitten to become available. Although this breed is not rare in its native Turkey, the Van is rarely exported to other countries. The country of Turkey values the Van too much to freely send the breed to other countries.

Is the Turkish Angora Right For You?

If you want a longhair cat breed that is as intelligent as it is beautiful, you may want to take a look at the beautiful Turkish Angora. This breed is one of the oldest cat breeds, originating in the fourteen hundreds in Turkey. For some time, cat fanciers thought that the Angora was extinct, since imported cats had been bred so frequently to Persians to improve the Persian coat that Angoras in other countries died out. Luckily, Turkey was more careful to preserve this ancient breed. At first, this country refused to part with any Angoras. However, finally Turkey agreed to sell a few cats and some pure Turkish Angoras were imported to Europe and America after World War II.

The Turkish Angora is an elegant, graceful looking cat breed. This cat has a long, muscular body that is covered with a silky coat of long, luxurious hair. The Angora has a triangular face, big, slightly slanted eyes, and a long, fluffy tail. This breed can have eyes of any color, including mismatched eyes. These cats weigh six to eleven pounds.

You can find a Turkish Angora in almost any color or pattern. However, not all variations in pattern are recognized by the different breed organizations, so if you want to show your cat, you should be sure that that particular color is acceptable.

If you want a quiet, placid cat breed, then the Turkish Angora may be the wrong choice for you. These cats are fairly vocal and love to communicate with their family members. They tend to suddenly leap up to race around the house after some imaginary pest. The Angora is quite playful and loves to spend time romping with family members. However, if you give your cat a ball, he will amuse himself for hours, as well.

The Turkish Angora loves to explore his surroundings and is very curious. This means that these cats can really get into trouble if they are unsupervised. If you decide that an Angora kitten is right for you, you should really make every effort to cat proof your home. After all, even though these cats don’t make the same mistake twice, sometimes one mistake is simply one too many. If you are not home for most of the day, your cat can entertain himself and will not be desolate to find that he is alone. However, he will be happier with the company of a second cat.

While the Turkish Angora has a long coat, you do not have to spend hours grooming your cat. This breed has a silky coat that tends to stay tangle free. Combing your cat’s hair two to three times a week should be frequent enough to keep it from tangling and matting. In addition, regular grooming helps remove loose hair and will alleviate the chance of your cat developing hairballs.

If you want a graceful, playful cat with a long, silky coat, then the Turkish Angora may be the perfect cat breed for you.

About the Tonkinese Cat Breed

If you just can’t decide whether you want a Burmese cat or a Siamese cat, then you may want to consider a cat that is the descendant of both of these wonderful breeds, the Tonkinese. The Tonkinese cat breed was officially created in the nineteen sixties in North America when a Burmese cat was crossed with a Siamese. However, for many years before the breed was created, cat fanciers crossed the two breeds unofficially.

The Tonkinese was created to combine the best traits of both of its parent breeds. Unlike many other breeds created from a cross, this breed was designed to have a body, character, and coat that combined traits from both the Burmese and the Siamese. Usually, a cross breed is only created to establish a specific color or coat trait.

Since the Tonkinese is such a balanced cross breed, it is no surprise that these cats have a wonderful personality. This breed is very loving and affectionate. These cats are the ideal choice for families or multiple cat homes. They even are tolerant of dogs and other pets. These cats actually seem to enjoy children and don’t mind a bit of undignified play.

Your cat may even be willing to attend your child’s tea party in fancy dress. When you sit on the couch, your cat will either leap onto your shoulder or curl up in your lap. When you climb into bed at night, he will snuggle under the covers with you. If you don’t want a cat that is cuddly, this breed is not right for you.

The Tonkinese also has a playful nature. These cats love to play hide and seek or launch sneak attacks on their unsuspecting family members. Be sure to give your cat plenty of toys to keep him happy and occupied. With its outgoing and affectionate personality, the Tonkinese is not a good choice for people who spend a lot of time away from home. If you work long hours and own one of these cats, you should consider adding a second Tonkinese or a similarly playful cat to your household.

These cats are extremely intelligent and easily trainable. You can teach your Tonkinese to come when he is called, to play fetch, and even to walk on a leash.

The Tonkinese weighs six to twelve pounds and has a wedge shaped head, slightly slanted eyes, a muscular body, and a long, graceful tail. This breed comes in Brown, Chocolate, Red, Blue, Lilac, Cream, Cinnamon, and Fawn colors, with Tortoiseshell Mink, self, and tabby patterns. However, only the Mink patterned cats are able to enter shows. These Mink cats must have striking blue eyes, but the other coat colors can have either blue or green eyes.

If a Siamese cat is a bit too chatty for you and the Burmese is a bit too shy, then the Tonkinese may be just right.

About the Mysterious Sphynx

If you’ve always had a secret longing to own that charming little alien in the ET movie, you will probably fall in love with the Sphynx cat breed. This cat’s wrinkly small face, huge ears, and enormous eyes definitely give it a very similar appearance. When you add in its whisker free appearance and a coat so fine that the Sphynx appears to be bald, it is no wonder that this unusual little cat breed gets plenty of attention at cat shows.

Surprisingly enough, the popular Sphynx cat breed is only recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association. Other breed associations are concerned that this unique cat breed will have genetic health problems in the future and do not want to encourage breeders to continue developing the breed.

The Sphynx breed was actually developed twice, once in the nineteen sixties and again in the nineteen seventies. Although the first line of Sphynx cats vanished completely, the second discovery of the breed was more successful. Surprisingly enough, this second line of cats came from a stray longhair cat. This cat’s kittens were outcrossed to Devon Rex cats. The kittens from this cross had the traditional Sphynx coat and physical characteristics.

Although the Sphynx does not have a coat of hair, this breed’s light coat of fuzz still comes in a wide range of colors. In fact, these cats come in every color and pattern available. This cat breed’s powerful body is extremely muscular. The breed weighs in at eight to fifteen pounds.

While the Sphynx is certainly prized for its extraordinary appearance, cat lovers also have another reason for loving this fascinating breed. These cats are incredibly mischievous and fun loving pets. They have a monkey like agility and playfulness and will romp for hours. Be sure to provide your cat with plenty of toys and be prepared to spend a lot of quality time with him.

Since the Sphynx enjoys spending time with his family, this breed really does not do well when left alone for long periods of time. If you pick up a lot of overtime at work, you may not want to own one of these cats. People who do spend a lot of time away from home should consider adding a second Sphynx to the household so that the cats can keep each other company.

Although you would think a virtually hairless cat would need no grooming, the Sphynx actually needs to be groomed once a day. These cats produce a lot of oil from their hair follicles, just as cats with hair do. However, there is no hair to absorb the oil and their skin grows quite greasy. Instead, you will need to wipe down your cat’s body every day with a soft cloth to remove the oil.

One other concern for Sphynx owners is that the lack of a thick coat of hair leaves these cats vulnerable to drafts and cold temperatures. Keep your cat warm and out of drafts to be sure he doesn’t become ill.

If you want a cat that looks like an alien and acts like a monkey, then you may want to consider the Sphynx.

Is the Somali Cat Breed Right For You?

If you love the Abyssinian cat breed, but prefer longhair cats, then you may want to take a close look at the striking Somali. This cat breed is a descendant of the Abyssinian and has many of the same traits.

While longhair cats occasionally were born in Abyssinian litters for many generations, it was not until the nineteen sixties that a Canadian breeder decided to develop a cat breed from these longhair kittens. The Somali was soon quite popular and rapidly spread to the United States and Europe. Because these cats were developed without using any breed but the Abyssinian, they are also known as Longhair Abyssinians.

The Somali’s most striking characteristic is its facial markings. Many cat fanciers say that these markings look like heavily applied stage makeup. The breed’s eyes are especially striking, since the cats appear to be wearing kohl around their eyes. Right outside these dark rims, this breed has light colored hair. All together, these markings make the Somali look a bit like he is wearing eye makeup and glasses. This breed has a wedge shaped head, big ears, large, expressive eyes, and a well muscled body. The tail is quite long and bushy. These lovely cats come in Ruddy, Chocolate, Sorrel, Red, Blue, Lilac, Fawn, or Cream colors, with tabby, Tortoiseshell tabby, or Silver tabby patterns.

The Somali’s medium length coat does need to be brushed at least once a week or it will become tangled and matted. If you do not have the time to groom your cat on a regular basis, you may want to consider choosing a shorthair cat breed instead, since a matted cat is not a happy cat. As you groom your cat, you will need to pay particular attention to the ruff of hair around his neck and his tail, as these areas have longer hair than the rest of his body.

Like the Abyssinian, the Somali is a very playful breed and will need plenty of toys. However, as far as this breed is concerned, a paper bag or a box are wonderful toys, so you do not need to worry about breaking the piggy bank open to keep your cat amused. The playful nature of the Somali makes it an ideal choice for families or for people with multiple cat homes. If you are away from home a good part of the day, you may want to seriously consider adding a second cat to your household to keep your little guy from becoming lonely and unhappy.

The Somali is extremely intelligent and very trainable. You should be able to easily teach your cat to come when he is called, to fetch toys, and to walk on a leash. Of course, he will also be content to just sit in your lap and cuddle while you watch the evening news.

Since the Somali is a longhair cat breed, you may want to consult your veterinarian about feeding him a hairball control food. Other than occasional hairball problems this breed is extremely healthy.

If you want a playful, intelligent cat breed, the Somali may be the perfect breed for you.

About the Singapura Cat Breed

Out of the many cat breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association, the Singapura is probably the breed with the strongest will to survive. These tough little cats have endured almost impossible conditions to grow and thrive. This breed is also called the drain cat because the cats originally lived in the water culverts of Singapore. Luckily, several cats were imported to the United States before Singapore’s officials decided to control their feral cat population and cleaned out the drains, or these plucky cats would no longer exist.

The Singapura is one of the smallest cat breeds, weighing only four to nine pounds. Many cat fanciers think that the Singapura is such a small breed because it is easier for a cat to escape from predators when he can squeeze into tiny spaces to hide. Also, larger cats were probably unable to hide their kittens as easily, and the cats that were able to successfully raise kittens became smaller and smaller with each generation.

Although the diminutive Singapura now often lives in much less dangerous surroundings, it still is a very quiet cat. More than one cat lover has fallen for this sweet little cat’s quiet disposition and soft voice. However, don’t let this breed’s demure appearance fool you. These cats are quite adept at wrapping their owners around their paws and can easily become so used to getting exactly what they want that they become quiet, but loving little tyrants. After all, it is very hard to be firm with such a tiny cat, especially when he looks up at you with enormous, soft eyes.

This breed has a slightly rounded head, a short Ticked Tabby or Agouti colored coat, and slightly almond shaped hazel, green, or gold eyes. The Singapura’s tail is medium length and gracefully tapers to a point. One of the most distinctive characteristics of the breed is the markings that extend from the inner corner of the eyes to the whiskers. These markings are called ‘cheetah lines’.

The Singapura has a reputation for being quite playful. While most cats become much less playful as they mature, these little cats continue to romp and pounce about as if they are still kittens. Of course, this could be because this breed can take up to four years to become mature, so they are still kittens long after other cats have moved on to adulthood. These cats are the Peter Pans of the cat world.

With its playful nature, it is no surprise that the Singapura breed is a good choice for a multiple cat household. For this breed, it truly seems to be a case of ‘The more, the merrier’. Even un-neutered tomcats will get along with each other, which is very unusual. If you have several Singapuras, don’t be surprised if you find your cats all piled into the same cat bed. Of course, given this breed’s affectionate nature, it is more likely that you will find them all snuggled under your covers with you when you awaken each morning.

The Singapura is the ideal cat breed for anyone who wants a kitten that never grows up.

So You’d Like to Own a Siberian Cat

It is no surprise that any cat that was created in the bitter cold temperatures of Siberia has a thick, long coat that helps protect it from the weather. The Siberian cat breed is a large cat, weighing up to twenty pounds, with an insulating coat of slightly oily hair.

While the Siberian is actually an extremely old breed, it has only recently been considered a breed by cat organizations. In the nineteen eighties, a cat fancier began importing these big cats from Russia to the United States. Interestingly enough, although they have the same ancestry, American Siberians are developing a slightly different body shape than the cats that are still being bred in Russia, perhaps because the cats that were imported to the United States were not the best representatives of the breed.

The Siberian cat has a wedge shaped head with a wider than average top, large, slightly slanted eyes and ears that point out slightly from the head. In addition, this cat breed has a short, thick neck, a rectangular, powerfully muscled body, big rounded paws, and a broad tail that tapers slightly at the tip. American Siberians are a bit rounder and softer looking than Russian cats and have a gentle expression. Russian Siberians have a wilder expression and look more like the dangerous big cats than sweet domesticated animals. You can find this beautiful cat breed in a wide range of colors and patterns in the United States, but only Black or Red colors are permitted in its homeland.

Since the Siberian cat is the descendant of farm cats, it is no surprise that this breed is able to take care of itself better than most other cat breeds. These cats are good hunters and have enough common sense to keep out of trouble. In addition, they are very graceful and agile.

Since the Siberian is very dog like, it is the ideal cat breed for people who want a dog but can not own one. These cats become extremely attached to their owners and are very affectionate and loyal animals. They love to help their families do chores around the house and are equally content to just hang out with the kids and watch television. This breed is playful and needs a lot of stimulation to stay happy. However, don’t worry if you can’t afford to buy a ton of toys, as these cats consider empty boxes, paper bags, balled up pieces of paper, or feathers to be fabulous toys.

Since the Siberian cat is a longhair breed, you will need to groom your cat at least two or three times a week. Grooming your cat removes debris and helps keep his coat from matting up. In addition, grooming can be important for your cat’s health, as it helps prevent hairballs, since loose hair is removed.

If you decide that a Siberian is the cat breed for you, you should be prepared to spend some time looking for a kitten. Unless you are living in Russia, this cat breed is still quite rare. However, once you find a Siberian, you will probably agree that owning this wonderful breed is well worth the wait.

About the Popular Siamese Cat Breed

Even people who do not like cats have heard of the Siamese cat breed. After all, these cats are even characters in several popular mystery series, perhaps because the curious nature and adventurous spirit of this cat breed makes it an ideal detective’s helper.

The Siamese is an ancient breed, appearing sometime before the sixteen hundreds in the country of Thailand, which at the time was known as Siam. Several of these beautiful, graceful cats were brought to Great Britain in the eighteen hundreds by the Britain’s ambassador when he returned home. This breed was immediately a hit with cat fanciers. By the nineteen fifties, the Siamese was one of the most popular cat breeds in the world, although they are not currently as popular as they once were.

The Siamese cat has a long, graceful body with a rectangular shape, a wedge shaped head, large ears, a long, graceful tail, and long, thin legs. This breed’s eyes are large and almond shaped, with a striking blue color. These cats have a short coat that comes in Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Blue Point, or Lilac Point colors. Any other color variations of the Siamese breed are considered to be a completely different breed, the Colorpoint Shorthair.

Since the Siamese is such a playful, affectionate breed, these cats are not a good choice for people who spend a lot of time away from home. A lonely and bored Siamese can get into more trouble than the average cat and will probably spend much of the time plotting an escape. If you do decide to get one of these cats, you may want to add a second kitten, as well. This will keep your cat from being quite so lonely while you are gone, although both cats will still welcome you joyously when you arrive home each evening.

The outgoing Siamese is a good choice for families or retired people, since this breed soaks up attention like a sponge. Your cat will follow family members from room to room, inspecting your work and trying to help complete chores. When you sit down, he will be right there with you, curling up on your lap or perching on your shoulder. If you don’t like a clingy cat, this breed may actually be a bit too devoted for you to handle.

With the keen intelligence of the Siamese breed, it is no surprise that these cats are highly trainable. However, they also know their own minds, so they may opt not to perform on command. You can easily teach your cat to fetch or come when he is called. He will also make up his own games, such as hide and seek. Ambushing unsuspecting family members and guests is another favorite. Your cat will wait patiently atop a refrigerator or other high object and then pounce on people passing by.

So, if you would like to own a very vocal, but attention loving cat, then the Siamese may be the ideal breed for you.

Is the Selkirk Rex Right For You?

For people who like cats with a unique appearance, the Selkirk Rex is definitely a good choice. The curly haired Selkirk has a coat that looks similar to that of a poodle, although it is much thicker and plushier. This cat breed, which has both longhair and shorthair varieties, originated in the United States in the late nineteen eighties when one kitten in a litter born at an animal rescue had a very curly coat. This cat was bred to a Persian cat and produced a litter of three curly kittens and three normal kittens. The breeder named these curly haired kittens after the mountains near her home. Since there were three kittens that carried the Rex gene in the litter, this gene is dominant and outcrossing the Selkirk to other cat breeds still produces Rex kittens.

Since the Selkirk Rex is occasionally bred back to Persians to increase the genetic pool and to keep this cat breed healthy, it is no surprise that these cats need to be groomed frequently. Even shorthairs need to be groomed several times a week to avoid having their coats tangle and to remove loose hair before it ends up on your furniture cushions. These cats shed frequently. As you groom your cat, be careful not to over comb his coat, as too much grooming can straighten the hair. In addition, be especially careful of his whiskers, as they are extremely fragile and breakable.

Fortunately, unlike other Rex cat breeds, the Selkirk does not have any common genetic disorders. This breed is very healthy and strong, overall. However, you should consult your veterinarian if your cat eats less or becomes lethargic, as this breed is prone to hairballs. You also may want to discuss using a cat food that includes a hairball preventative with your veterinarian before your cat develops any problems.

The Selkirk Rex has a muscular, squarish body and a slightly rounded head. The breed’s big round eyes and pointed ears are wide set. The tail is broad, tapering at the tip. You can find these fascinating cats in any color or coat pattern. Most cats have eyes with a rich golden color, but there are blue eyed cats, as well.

If you are concerned that your cat will be lonely while you are working, the Selkirk Rex is a great choice for you. These cats are quite happy amusing themselves during the day, although they will happily soak up attention when you are home.

The laid back personality of this breed also makes it ideal for families or for multiple cat homes. These cats will endure quite a lot of child’s play without putting up much of a fuss, from riding in the doll carriage to wearing dress up clothes and having tea. Of course, since all of your guests will want to pet the Selkirk to see how extraordinary soft and plush these cats feel, this calm personality is important even if you don’t have children.

So, if you want a cat that is extraordinary looking and extremely sweet and calm, then the curly haired Selkirk Rex may be the perfect choice for you and your family.



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