Cat Breeds: The Russian Blue Cat

December 9, 2011 by  
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Russian Blue Cat

Want a cat that will hold you in its gaze? You might want to take a look at the Russian Blue Cat. As its name implies, it has traveled across the seas. Keep reading to find out more information about this mysterious feline.

History

It is said that the Russian Blue arrived in England in the late 1800s on a merchant ship that hailed from Russia. Some believe that the cat originated in the Archangel Isles of northern Russia. There is no definite proof. Some believe that the cat originated in Sweden. Not much is known except that the breed made its way to England and Europe and eventually the United States.

Temperament

This cat’s popularity has fallen off in recent years because of the rumor that they were difficult to handle. Breeders continue to work to change that temperament.

Russian Blue cats are cautious and somewhat aloof. They work best in homes where the occupant lives a quiet and settled lifestyle. These cats do not take kindly to noise, surprises, lots of changes to their routine, or confusion.

They are not cuddlers nor do they give their affection easily. It takes them a while to get to know and trust their owners. Once they do, they will be a devoted friend for life. In a household with more than one person, the Russian Blue will choose who they feel is most worthy and shower affection on that person. They are truly “one-person” cats.

Care

The Russian Blue comes in, well, blue as far as its coat color. It often has a frosted sheen to it. The coat is of medium length. The hairs stand on end, giving it a fuller look. Brushing once a week will keep the shedding to a minimum.

This breed is athletic and moves gracefully. The head is often angular in shape with a fine bone structure. The eyes are wide set and green. The color forms a striking contrast against the blue fur.

There are no particular diseases that this breed is prone to. Maintaining good health is the goal of all cat owners so that they can enjoy a long life with their companion. It does bear mentioning that the Russian Blue does like to eat. Obesity can become a problem if you are not careful. So, keep an eye on their food intake and exercise them regularly.

Training

Like we said earlier, the Russian Blue is quite cautious. The name of the game with this cat and anything you do with it is patience. They are calm cats so you may not have to deal with much in the way of discipline issues.

If you are looking for a companion who likes a quiet life as much as you do, then the Russian Blue Cat is worth examining.

Hybrid Cat Breeds

November 5, 2011 by  
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"A little of this, a little of that… And what you get is an awesome cat!"

Hybrid Cat Breeds can make quite spunky companions, whether they are small or large!

Hybrid breed cats are cats that are bred from two or more other breeds (or species) of cats. This can include both domestic and wild cats. Hybrid cat breeds are usually quite distinct in their appearance, with attractive patterns and colors on their coats. They also have a lot of energy, and are very curious. Because of the way these cats are bred they can be either small or very large. They are relatively recent in comparison to many other domestic cat breeds. Many of these hybrid cat breeds are not yet recognized by cat registries, however several of them are… Read More

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Cat Breeds: The Persian

November 4, 2011 by  
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Persian Cat

If you like lots of loving fluff then a Persian cat may be just what you are looking for. Like its name implies, it is regal, ready to be pampered, and worthy of your praise.

History

Have you ever watched the movie Stuart Little? Snowball is the quintessential Persian cat. This breed is said to have originated in Iran (hence the name Persian). It was introduced to Europe by an Italian man in the 16th century.

According to literature, the original Persian from Iran didn’t have the longhair of the British version we see today. But, over time, many cat breeds (Persian being one of the oldest) were subject to interbreeding for specific traits. It is believed to have been interbred with Angoras or even Pallas cats.

What makes this cat beautiful is its longhair coat. It is believed that this is a recessive trait that spontaneously appeared over the centuries in the breed. They come in a variety of colors including brown, black, tabby, tortoiseshell, silver, golden and white.

Temperament

The Persian is as regal as its area of origin. This cat is great with families with children. They love to play with their human family. This breed of cat has an easygoing personality but they aren’t the most athletic.

Frankly, a Persian loves to be loved by others. If you have kids who like to pet their animals then this is the cat for you. When they are not being fussed over they like to lounge lavishly in a place where they can continue to be admired by their family.

This cat is not a dunderhead though. They are highly intelligent and learn quickly. Don’t let the large body and long fur fool you.

Care

The Persian has enough grooming needs for a hundred cats. Because their hair is quite long, they require daily grooming to remove matted hair and to cut down on hair balls. Bathe them regularly as well to prevent fecal buildup on the fur. Although cats are typically self-groomers, clean this breed’s ears and eyes each day to avoid any problems due to the long hair.

Because of the traits that have been bred into and out of this type of cat, many have developed extremely flat faces. Thought to be a plus for show cats, it can also pose many health problems for your Persian. Many Persians have sinus and respiratory issues. They are also genetically predisposed to kidney disease and kidney failure.

Training

You shouldn’t have much trouble with this cat. They love attention but will not hound their humans for petting and affection. They withhold their love until they learn to trust you. There are very few discipline issues owing to their quiet temperament.

Are you ready to shower your love on a pet? Then, you may be the right owner for a Persian! Read more on Animal-World’s Persian Cat page!

Cat Breeds: The American Shorthair

October 29, 2011 by  
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American Shorthair Cat

Have you looked at your cat lately? If he doesn’t look like any of the more unusual cats with long foreign-sounding names, then he just might be an American Shorthair.

History

The story of this cat is one for the history books. We often think of dogs as work animals, assisting their human masters on the farm and in the home. If that is so then this cat would be the feline counterpart.

He came over on the Mayflower, circa 1620. The American Shorthair is known as a working class cat often doing daily labor alongside the Pilgrims. Over the years, this strong English breed’s bloodline was diluted. In the early 1900′s those who loved the loyalty, feistiness and work ethic of the original shorthair tried to breed out the other traits and return this beautiful cat to its origins.

Have you seen one lately? Of course you have. They come in a variety of colors including: black, white, reds, grays, browns, creams, silver and tabby mixes. Usually their eyes, foot pads and their noses will match their coloring in some way. Their coloring runs the gamut and results in some beautiful combinations.

They have strong legs and paws. Their muzzle is short and they have thick fur that is close to the skin. In the winter it is thicker than in the summer so that it protects them from injury and the elements.

Temperament

You won’t find a better or more amiable cat. He is quite athletic and loves to run, jump and play. Originally brought on the Atlantic crossing to protect the food stores from mice, this cat has excellent hunting instincts.

On the other hand, he gets along well with dogs and children. He likes to be petted and played with but isn’t necessarily a lap cat. This breed is also highly intelligent.

Care

Care of cats is usually not a big issue since they are used to self grooming. With this variety, it gets even easier than that. They shed more in the spring than in the winter but even then the hairs are minimal.

In order to keep him looking fresh and groomed, regular brushing is all you need. Occasionally wiping his coat with a chamois will keep it shiny and vibrant. This can also help cut down on hairballs.

The American Shorthair tends to become overweight rather easily. For this reason it is recommended that you don’t give them too many treats and provide lots of exercise. With proper care they can live for 15 or 20 years.

Training

These cats really aren’t much of a discipline problem. When they are kittens, train them not to bite and scratch and they will learn to be well-behaved cats.

One of the most likeable cat breeds among Americans is the Shorthair. They are cute, easy to groom and good in family settings. For more information on American Shorthair Cats as pets, visit Animal-World’s American Shorthair page!

Mutation Cat Breeds

October 22, 2011 by  
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"There’s always an odd-ball in every family,… but when what’s "odd" is so darn cute, it becomes a whole new super cat!"

Breeds of cats that feature mutations are some of most interesting breeds!

Cat breeds that feature mutations have been developed specifically for those mutations. These include, short legs, folded ears, and sometimes extra toes! These mutations all occur naturally and are then bred by humans to keep those mutations and enhance them. Most of these breeds are recognized by cat associations only fairly recently. This is in comparison to natural cat breeds which have been recognized for a much longer time… Read more

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Cat Breeds: The Siamese Cat

October 16, 2011 by  
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Siamese Cat

This cat even looks important. For an interesting looking cat in your home, a Siamese may be what you are looking for.

History

The Siamese was founded in Asia about half a century ago. Like the name says, it is from Siam (modern day Thailand). They are believed to have descended from sacred temple cats here. They have long lithe bodies with thin legs and large heads. Early on, having crossed eyes was a popular trait. So, also, was having a kinked tail. Both have since been bred out of the species.

Temperament

Siamese cats are quite gentle, demanding and precocious. They make welcome additions to the home. They get along with humans, other cats and even dogs. Being curious, they are always nosing around and desire to be an integral part of your daily life. Also, Siamese cats are one of the most vocal breeds of cats, even being called “chatty.”

For someone who likes constant companionship, they can do the job. This cat is not afraid of cuddling. In fact, they often encourage it.

Care

Their coat is short with close lying hairs. This makes for easier grooming by them and occasional cleaning by you. Constant brushing and stroking can eliminate many of the shedding hairs and keeps them off your couch. Their hair is usually white or fawn colored with different point patterns such as brown, blue, lilac and seal colors. They have also been known to have red, cream and tabby colored points.

Siamese cats are also quite sexual. If you don’t want more kittens, having them spayed or neutered at an early age will help. They have been known to become sexual as early as five months of age.

Selective breeding has weeded out many of the traits that were first common in this cat. There are also some health conditions that are common to Siamese cats. One is heart disease. They can suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This can be detected on a physical exam at the vet’s office. Treatment is usually with diuretics and/or antioxidant supplements.

These cats are also prone to psychogenic alopecia due to stress. They may begin to groom themselves bald in places. Another component of stress is sensitive skin that leads to other skin disorders. Once the stress is cleared up then the accompanying health conditions do as well.

Siamese cats can also suffer from vestibular disease. This is a condition of the inner ear that results in a loss of balance, dizziness, head tilting and falling. Consult your vet if you notice your cat acting in this way.

Training

As kittens, training cats to behave in the home is easier than trying to correct the problem later. This includes gentle but firm discipline for scratching furniture, biting people and scratching people. The main goal is to instruct, not to scare or traumatize your cat.

Siamese cats are sleek, muscular animals that love to talk. If this fits with your personality, he may become your new companion. To read more on Siamese Cats as pets, check out Animal-World’s Siamese Cat page!

Keeping Serval Cats as Pets!

September 20, 2011 by  
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"So… you think you want a wild cat as a pet? Well a Serval is one of the best, so here’s all the in’s and out’s – what it takes and what you need to know!"

Servals can live long lives if taken care of properly, and make amazing pets!

The Serval Cat, or African Serval is actually known to make a very affectionate pet, and can turn into a wonderful experience for dedicated cat keepers. However, these cats have particular care requirements above and beyond normal domestic cat care and an owner must be prepared for that.

Serval kittens are quite adorable and if you purchase one, it will one day think of you as their owner and companion. To begin your life with a Serval Cat, you will want to understand everything you can about the breed, “African Serval”… Read More

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Cat Breeds: The Abyssinian

September 17, 2011 by  
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Abyssinian Cat

Are you a cat person? If so, there are several breeds to choose from that may fit your lifestyle and temperament. One such breed is the Abyssinian cat.

History

The name sounds exotic and this cat is. The modern Abyssinian domesticated cat is believed to have hailed from Egypt, where the cat is revered in ancient statuary and hieroglyphics. A cat named Zula was taken back to England by a British soldier who bred it with an English tabby cat.

Modern “Abbys” as they are called, have sleek ticked coats of a tawny color with tabby cat markings. Their color can also range between ruddy, red and blue. They have large pointed ears and large almond eyes of green or gold.

Temperament

Cats always seem to look at you like they are hiding something, but this cat is an open book. They are warm and friendly to their owners and others in the family. They are social cats that love companionship and play time with the family. Lack of affection can lead to depression.

They are active. Abyssinian cats love to explore and play. Instead of the lap, they are most usually seen riding on their master’s shoulders, which may be a throwback from their royal days in Egypt. They do get along with other cats or animals in the house.

Care

The coat of this cat is short and close fitting. This is conducive to very little shedding and not many hairballs. A light brushing when they need it is ideal. An occasional bath is okay too. But, like most other cats, the majority of the grooming is done by them. Like other cats, keep claws trimmed, for their protection and yours.

Cats are also prone to stress in their lives and can be affected by stress in the home. They can develop psychogenic alopecia (hair loss due to stress) from excessive grooming. Be sure, however, that the hair loss is not due to a parasite, worm or bacteria they have picked up.

Other tips: Routine dental care is also recommended because they are prone to gingivitis. Some are prone to a congenital form of retinal atrophy.

Training

For cats, usually they are doing the training. With Abyssinians, they may teach their owners how to play fetch with them. As a kitten, prevent nipping, biting and scratching by using a spray water bottle. It seems cruel, but a spray to the nose (avoid the eyes) when biting occurs will discourage the behavior. This includes scratching on the furniture as well.

Abyssinian cats are great for those who don’t want a lot of pet hair but want a pet that won’t mind being a constant companion. Whether in an apartment or a single family home, this cat will fit in nicely.

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How to Tell If Your Cat Is Sick

September 3, 2011 by  
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How to Tell if Your Cat is Sick

Cats are remarkably robust animals that are often much hardier and healthier than dogs, if vaccinated regularly and cared for properly. But they do get sick and because of the feline temperament they’re inclined not to show it. So how do you tell if your cat is sick?

All cat owners should know what their cat is like when in tip-top health. The coat is glossy and well-groomed, the appetite is good and the eyes are bright and clear. If not, these are physical signs of illness that most owners will pick up easily – if they look.

The occasional sneeze, the odd cough and occasional vomiting to eject a hairball are nothing to worry about, but any departure from the norm requires you to keep a watchful eye on your pet. Loss of appetite could mean that your pet is dining out elsewhere, or it could be the sign of a disease that needs veterinary attention.

If your cat uses a litter box, make a habit of checking it. Loose stools could be owing to something unsavory they ate or a sign of something more serious. Infrequent or copious urination is an important sign of a common older cat affliction, kidney disease. Catch it early and your chances are improved. If you suspect your cat is not well, it’s a good idea to keep it inside with a litter tray so you can observe its output.

Often an ill cat will show few obvious physical signs. Behavioral changes are something to be on the alert for. A sick cat will often withdraw, choosing obscure places to sleep and spending more hours than usual and being inactive. Stressed cats may exhibit a sudden preference for high places, like closet tops or high shelves. Cats are creatures of routine, so unusual activities or behavior that is out of character (such as reticence or aggression) is always worth monitoring closely.

When playing with your cat, use the opportunity to do a close inspection on a regular basis. Check that the ears are clean and free of mites. Check the mouth for tooth and gum infection and the eyes for discharge or inflammation. When stroking your cat check for fleas and ticks, as well as any lumps or growths. Outdoor cats (especially toms) are prone to developing nasty abscesses at injury sites if they get into a fight.

If you know exactly what your cat is like when it’s in peak health, the signs of illness will be that much easier to detect. If you think something is wrong, don’t be indecisive. The sooner you get to the vet the better and the higher your chance of something being able to be done about it. It’s the least we can do for them…

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Natural Cat Breeds

September 2, 2011 by  
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"These cats have been around for a very long time and have some quite astounding breeds!

Natural cat breeds came about with hardly any human intervention!

Natural breed cats have been around for a long time and through the ages have been popular. They are breeds that have evolved naturally over time due to generations of inbreeding. They are usually associated with particular geographic locations and had little to no assistance with their evolution from humans… Read More

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