Fact vs. Myth Cat Show Perception

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If you have never been to a cat show, you may not know what to expect as you may have heard some rumors that cat shows are only for stressed out, pedigreed cats.  However, that notion is far from the truth!

There are many things to do at a cat show, let’s take a look at what kinds of things go on:

  1. Judging: Cats are judged within their respective breeds and then the top ten cats are chosen from the best and second best of breeds.  Cats are kept in a benching area away from the judging rings and are held in cages or “show shelters” until they are called to the ring for judging or a final. At the conclusion of class competition, the judge will call his top ten final and award rosettes to the top cats in Kitten, Championship and Premiership.
  2. Benching Area: This is a great place to have a conversation with a breeder.  It’s where you can learn about the breed of your choice and ask questions about the breeder’s expectations and preferences for placing cats. Many times, you can find out about whether the breeder has a retired show cat available to a forever home.  That forever home can be yours!
  3. Feline Agility Competition: feb 29-2Cats can compete in a timed, enclosed feline agility course. It is fun to watch them as they compete against the clock.  If you are at a show which has feline agility, you will spend several minutes at a time just mesmerized watching the cats jump through hoops and climb stairs.
  4. Vendors and more! You will love shopping for all things cat: from teaser toys to scratching posts, you will find all the latest in cat products! Of course, you may find “people” vendors as well.
  5. Family-friendly Activities: Feb 29
    You will find that several shows have additional activities for the whole family such as Breed Showcase where you will get to see and learn more about the different breeds or a stuffed animal judging competition for kids or coloring contests and more.  Show flyers list activities that each club is planning.
  6. Animal Rescue Adoptions:  Many clubs have animal rescue groups participate.  The mission of CFA is to promote the welfare of all cats.  You can choose a homeless animal to add to your family and so the cat can have a forever home.

There is a myth that cats are stressed out at shows and it is an unnatural place for them to be.  While there are cats who do not like to show and they are “retired” quickly from showing if they act up and are cranky, many cats love the attention from their owners and like to be admired by strangers.

Check out CFA’s list of upcoming shows at go to www.catshows.us

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Mary Had a Little Fleece

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 During our last fundraiser, Mary, a longtime friend of the IBKC, offered up a challenge. For every $25 we gave, she promised to stitch a super-soft fleece kitty bed to donate to our shelter.  Well, when the challenge was over, Mary got busy and started making seventy, yes, SEVENTY fleece cat beds.  

Last week we met up at the shelter so she could deliver her beds to the kitties.

We stopped in the foster room first to drop off a stack of beds.  Remember that cutie pie Jackson, who came to the Internet Cat Video Fest? Well, lucky for us, he was there to greet us!  Here is having a “Prince and the Pea” moment.

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He’s such a sweet little fellow, and loved all the attention he got from Mary.

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Ruth, who’s the foster care coordinator, was very happy to receive the kitty bed donation. The kittens and mama cats love the beds, and because they’re getting geared up for kitten season, they certainly do need them!

Next, we met up with Sarah, who works in the cattery.  She was so thrilled to receive a big stack of beds for the big cats. They’ve been running low on them, so the timing was perfect!

Thank you, Mary, for being generous with your time and creating so many of these wonderful beds for the shelter cats and kittens!  I know a lot of heart, effort, and hours went into the creation of these — we appreciate this huge gift you gave!!  Thank you to all you donated during Mary’s challenge, too!  

And thank you to Sophie, Mary’s lovely Calico, for posing so beautifully for these photographs.  I’m sure your kitty heart was broken when your mama packed up all your beds and took them away!  I understand she still has a little fleece left over. Maybe she can make you one to call your own!

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A gradual recovery for Fusa

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This post has been written by our Newbury & District Adoption Centre

Beautiful Fusa arrived at the Newbury & District Adoption Centre as a stray with cat flu symptoms and a very obvious head tilt. She had a serious ear infection which was affecting her balance, causing nausea.  Antibiotics and ear treatments didn’t helped to alleviate the symptoms.

Black-and-white Fusa

Xrays revealed the problem was a polyp causing all the symptoms. Specialist scans and treatment were needed, which are costly so we set up a JustGiving page to appeal to cat lovers to help Fusa to receive the treatment she deserved.

Fusa had a a polyp

Unbelievably, we smashed our target of £3,800 within 24 hours! We were so overwhelmed and grateful for everyone’s generosity.

Our little lady had her operation in December but it didn’t go exactly to plan and she gave us quite a scare. It was a very worrying time for all the staff here at the centre. Poor Fusa had post-surgery complications and it was very touch and go for a few days.

Fusa had to have a tracheostomy during her operation and was in intensive care for several days. She spent many weeks in a foster home with our Cat Care Assistant Adele and gave Adele a fright when her tracheostomy wound opened. So back to the vets Fusa went!

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The above photo shows Fusa settling down in Adele’s home. The picture quality isn’t great simply because she needed to be kept calm and quiet with low lighting. She had a long recovery ahead, longer than originally thought, but we are so happy that Fusa received the treatment she deserved and got all the love and care she needed.

We’re so pleased to be able to tell you that she found a happy home in February with a lovely couple.

Here she is going home with her new owner and settling in their home.

Fusa going home with her new owner

Fusa settling into her new home

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Happy Tails: Charlie and Leo

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When Paul Fleming decided just more than a year ago to bring some furry friends into his life, he decided two cats were better than one – and that those two should be rescues. After a bit of searching, with help from his then 11-year old daughter, Zoe (“a really, really big cat lover”), Paul found what he was looking for.

“I decided I wanted a bonded pair so we could keep them together,” Paul said.

Brothers Charlie and Leo were in a feral colony that had been rescued by ACR and were being fostered by the aptly surnamed Pat Hope. As with the majority of feral rescues, the kittens were leery of humans, especially strangers.

Charlie and Leo at 8 weeks

“They were very shy,” said Pat. “We had to spend a lot of time playing with them, cuddling them, getting them used to being handled. But that’s really a pleasure. And they turned out to be really nice lil’ cats.”

Thanks to Pat’s patience and hard work, the meeting between the Flemings and the young brothers was a success and a new family was formed.

“I knew from the get-go that they were rescue cats and it was going to take awhile to get them to come out of their shell.”

For Charlie and Leo, that shell came in the form of Paul’s bed.

“It took about a month before they would come out [when people were around],” said Paul. “But that was fine. We brought them their food and we just let them become socialized on their own terms.”

Charlie and Leo

The first breakthrough came at night, when the home was still and safe.

“They would both come up and lay with me on the bed for a half hour or so, and that was great,” said Paul.

Now, with Leo – the less timid of the two – leading the way, he and Charlie – the “troublemaker” – are full-fledged members of the clan… any time of the day.

“If you’re in a room,” Paul said, “they want to be in the same room with you.”

But as much as you can socialize them, at the end of the day cats are still cats: “They both love to play with their food. They take the kibble to the top of the stairs and let it fall specifically so they can chase it down. They still need to ‘kill’ it,” said Paul with a laugh.

Charlie and Leo on the stairs

Paul, who, prior to Charlie and Leo, owned a single cat who lived beyond 20 years, doesn’t hesitate to recommend a bonded pair to anyone who was considering it.

“It’s great to know when I’m not home they’re not lonely,” he said, “because they’re going to be hanging out together, playing together and enjoying themselves.

“And it makes me feel good that they have each other.”

And surely Charlie and Leo feel just as good that Paul gave them that chance to be together, forever.

—Edward Fraser

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Rescued Cats: Before and After (13 amazing photos)

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CYPISEK (read his story: Click here)

Foundation Głosem Zwierząt (Voice of Animals) is probably one of the best foundation in Poland. They help cats (and dogs) everyday. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of feral, stray, and free-roaming cats. Support them. Help cats. Make donation.

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In addition to their rescue and adoption program, foundation offers a subsidized apay/neuter assistance program. Foundation also offers cat care information and spay/neuter education to the public to promote responsible pet ownership and reduce the problem of pet overpopulation.

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How You Can Help? Support Foundation Głosem Zwierząt. Help Them Help Cats.

Foundation Głosem Zwierząt receives its funding from public donations, grants and fundraising activities. Theis supporters are people just like you, people who care about the homeless cats and want to make a difference in their lives. They have no paid employees. It is an all-voluntter group.  With your help, they can make a difference for these cats and kittens. Make donation. Share it.

Fundacja „Głosem Zwierząt” (www.glosemzwierzat.pl)

Adress:
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60-185 Skórzewo, POLAND

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KRS 0000373309

Bank Account number: 04 2490 0005 0000 4600 8073 9177
IBAN: PL
BIC/SWIFT: ALBPPLPW

Thank you!

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Happy Tails: Applesauce

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“Honestly, I do not understand why somebody left such a beauty outside,” Ilona Tkachyova says of the long-haired, black and white animal that she and her husband adopted in 2013. “She is a really lovely and gentle cat.”

Applesauce

Abandoned in her carrier in front of her foster’s house, Applesauce always erred on the side of caution. When she met Ilona for the first time, she was apprehensive. Fortunately, Ilona was undaunted by Applesauce’s skepticism and approached anyway.

“I tried to touch her and she started licking my hand right away,” Ilona recalls. It was an instant attraction for both. The lick, according to Ilona, was also very tender.

However, adjusting to her new home wasn’t easy. Applesauce hid under the furniture and cried throughout the first night.

It took time, but Applesauce now welcomes her owners home with loud meows and follows them from room to room. She even waits for them on the bathmat while they take a shower. In fact, the bathmat is Applesauce’s favourite place to be.

As for toys, Applesauce can’t be bothered. Ilona and her husband tried every kind of toy that they could think of to encourage her to play. “The only thing she likes, and it was kind of a surprise, is knitting needles.” The little red ball at the end of Ilona’s needles is, apparently, irresistible.

Applesauce

Prior to her adoption, Applesauce had to undergo surgery to remove a mast cell tumour, which left one of her ears bent forward permanently. Although the veterinarian who performed the surgery felt that the tumour was unlikely to grow back, it returned within six months. Despite this setback, Ilona believes in doing what’s best for the animal regardless of whether she is healthy or sick.

“You have to do whatever they need.”

In Ilona’s case, the vet proposed another surgery that would entirely remove Applesauce’s afflicted ear, followed by chemotherapy. Ilona and her husband ultimately decided not to proceed with the surgery. Applesauce is also suffering from chronic kidney disease and there was a chance that she might not survive such an invasive procedure.

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Instead, llona manages Applesauce’s conditions through a combination of herbal cancer and kidney support remedies and a holistic diet. It’s working. Applesauce is 11 years old this year. Her tumour has stopped growing aggressively and the couple hope to have many more years with her.

“She is the joy of our home,” Ilona says. “You cannot look at her without smiling.”

— Leslie Sinclair

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