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Rare Kitten Born With ‘Two Faces’ Grows Up Into The Most Beautiful Cat Ever

Story by Rokas L (Boredpanda)

We usually stay away from two-faced people, but there’s nothing more adorable than a kitty with two-toned fur. Recently, professional animal photographer Jean-Michel Labat shot Narnia, an adorable British Shorthair cat in its home in France, and the pictures are making headlines all over the internet.

Labat has purrfectly captured the unique looks of the feline which probably occurred early in its mother’s womb. Narnia was born on the 28th of March, 2017, and his breeder Stephanie Jimenez instantly fell in love with her blue-eyed sweetie. While the exact cause of this particular pet’s striking appearance is unknown, other cats with this mysterious look are known as chimeras. A feline chimera is a cat whose cells contain two types of DNA, caused when two embryos fuse together.

More info: Chatterie de la Grace

Image credited to Amazingnarnia

This is the most amazing thing to see, i am sure everyone will love this new beauty!  Could not resist posting this.

 

Introducing your cat to a new cat

If you are reading this, chances are you already own a fur baby and now you are thinking of getting a new one added to your family.  Cats are very territorial in the sense that they like to know they are the kings and queens of their home so by introducing a new member will make them feel less in control and they would then in turn treat the other cat with hostility.

There are some rare cases where you will find a cat to be friendly and welcoming to a next feline, but like i said, very RARELY.

I have had an instance where one of my cats that i owned a while back would go wandering for days and one day he returned with a friend.  He was very happy and loving towards his new friend and i ended up keeping that cat as well (didn’t really have a choice in the matter, because he kept coming back lol), he was a very sweet, adorable animal.  It took him a while before he got accustomed to me though but he eventually did and he became part of the family. I name him “Squatter”.

In the not so rare cases, there would be cat fights, so to avoid that from happening there are steps you should take from the beginning.  It’s better to be prepared and have a happy introduction.

SEPARATE ROOMS

Your existing kitty will already have access to the whole house because it’s his house, but for an introduction to take place, you will need for these two kitties to be separated for a while.  They are going to need their own space to be comfortable in, so make sure to have a separate room for when the new kitty arrives. Don’t let the two cats see each other as yet.  In this room you are going to have to fully equip it with a water bowl, feeding bowl and a litter box.  Your new kitty has to get accustomed to his new space so put a few toys in there for him as well.



THE INTRODUCTION

Even though your current kitty hasn’t seen the new kitty as yet doesn’t mean he doesn’t know that he is there.  Cats do sense these things.  After a few days when you think your new cat is comfortable enough, the introduction part has to take place.  This has to be done in a completely different space, where either of them are not using as a room to sleep in.  This way neither of them will feel like their space is being invaded.

Make sure the room or space you choose to do the introduction, is safe for you and for the cats.  You have to be prepared for any attacks or bites on you and on your furniture.  The room therefore needs to be spacious with easy exit routes so that they wouldn’t feel confined.  Let your current kitty into the room first, let him be comfortable and then introduce the new kitty to him.  What you can do, if there is someone else with you when you are doing this, let them sort of distract one of the kitties by playing games with him or just by patting and stroking him to make him calm.  Have treats on hand so they will associate the whole interaction as something positive.


HOW TO MAKE THE CATS GET ALONG

Truth be told there is no way to make this happen.  Cats are cats, they each have their own unique personality and only they can decide whether or not they want to be friends, playmates, caring siblings or just rivals.  You can’t force them to like each other, all you can do is just give them their space and only time will tell.  Also, you will need to give your new cat time to be able to adjust to you (his new owner), his surroundings and his new feline companion.

What you can do is:

TREAT ALL CATS EQUAL

We all know cats to be the jealous type, some show it distinctively while others just keep to themselves.  This is not good for anybody, you need to treat each cat the same, give them both the same amount of attention, love and support.  By doing this neither of them will feel neglected or have the need to fight for their owner’s love.  Let them have the same type and amount of food and toys.

You have a new cat in your home so you also have to make this one comfortable in his surroundings, your current kitty is already comfortable so now you just need to give them time to adjust and get accustom to each other and all the changes around them.

USE OF PHEROMONES

You may opt to use a cat calmer if you think it is needed.  There are a few on the market you can choose from that are made from all-natural ingredients and are quite safe to use.


WHAT NOT TO DO

If you are taking advice from others, they might tell you to do the whole introduction in an unknown territory for both cats.  They will say that having both cats in a different atmosphere will help them to adjust together at the same time.  Being in a different space will be overwhelming for both cats when it comes to the different sights, smells and sounds.  This in turn will make them quite timid and not open to each other.

Leaving personal belongings hanging around the area where your cats are going to be can be a cause for concern.  If these objects are fragile and/or have some sentimental value then you would want to keep these items away.  These cats may have an array of mixed emotions in their new environment and may cause them to be quite destructive by jumping on surfaces.

There you have it, a complete guide on how to go about introducing your cat to a new cat and how to make sure they get along in the  process as well.  Patience is the KEY word here if you don’t get the results you expected, both cats need time to get used to each other.

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Caring for your cats

 

Man transforms his house into sanctuary for 300 cats

https://nypost.com/2018/02/05/man-transforms-his-house-into-sanctuary-for-300-cats/

Meet the man who transformed his home into a haven for 300 cats complete with hammocks, heated perches and roast chicken dinners for the pampered residents.

Chris Arsenault, 58, opened his cat sanctuary to cope with the grief of losing his son and has devoted his life to rescuing and caring for abandoned kitties.

The retired train conductor has given his entire house and garden to his feline friends – apart from his small 8-by-12-foot bedroom where he sleeps and eats.

And Arsenault spends his days refilling water bowls, mucking out litter trays, mopping floors and rustling up roast chicken dinners for his furry friends.

Arsenault, who lives in Medford, New York, said: “I don’t find it overwhelming even though there are 300 cats now.

“I truly believe that if you are passionate about something you can handle anything. I really love what I do.

“My house, it’s a big house and there’s a big backyard area. Everything is kitted out for the cats. I designed and build it all myself.

“For me, safety and hygiene have been a priority.

“I have to be able to clean everything, wash everything down.

“The floors are vinyl and the walls are covered in plastic sheeting. Outside, it’s all concrete so it is easy to hose it down.

“I have my own space in the house in the boiler room. I’ve built my own bathroom in there, and I have a little area where I have a microwave, a toaster oven and a sink.

“It’s hard to keep the cats out of there at night, and a few seem to sneak in no matter what I do.”

The Happy Cat sanctuary, founded in 2006, is funded out of Arsenault’s pocket as well as donations from the public.

In 2016 it cost $101,000 to maintain, including $80,000 for animal food and utilities and $21,000 on medicine and veterinary care.

Arsenault, who gets up at 7 a.m. each day to care for the cats, decided to open the sanctuary’s doors after he found “a colony” of sick kittens on the side of a railway track.

The discovery came months after losing his son Eric, 24, in a motorcycle accident on Long Island’s Cross Island Parkway.

Arsenault said: “My son passed away on May 18, 2006, how could you ever forget the day? It changed my life.

“A couple of months after Eric died, I found a cat colony down by the tracks. I was a train conductor for New Jersey Transit at the time.

“There were 30 little kittens and I could tell they were sick. I knew if I left them there they would die so I brought them home with me.

“I am a real animal lover. When I was a kid, I had rabbits and gerbils and dogs, you name it. Animals have always been my passion.

“After my son died, those cats gave me something to do.”

In the years that followed, he contacted local animal charities and shelters and began adopting more and more cats, until the population had swelled to 300.

The sanctuary has a policy to spay and neuter all cats who enter it and Arsenault seeks veterinary care when he can’t treat ailing animals himself.

He said: “Every day I have to treat the sick cats too.

“To keep control of this, I use colored paper collars.

“Depending on their illness, I treat them with different medications, and if it’s something I can’t fix, I make sure the cat gets to the vet.

“Last year I spent $22,000 on vet bills for the cats. I have every cat that enters the sanctuary neutered or spayed.”

Despite the challenges, the dad-of-two says he is proud of the sanctuary he’s built for cats who would have been euthanized without his efforts.

He added: “When I open my bedroom door, there are about 50 or 60 cats waiting for me.

“Most of these cats were abused or abandoned when they came to the sanctuary, so it’s been really a really rewarding thing to be able to give them a home and a place they feel safe.”

Credit to New York Post
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Devon Rex

The Devon Rex has a heart shaped face, large pointy ears and big, oval-shaped eyes.  Their coat is soft to the touch with short, loose shaggy curls like a mop or a thin suede like finish.  The Devon Rex has a less insulating coat which can mean he will feel cold if you are feeling cold.  They look for the warmest spots to curl up like heat vents, computer screens, televisions and next to your fridge.

The Devon’s favorite spot is on his owner’s shoulder where he is at head level to not miss out on anything that is taking place.  He refuses to be left out of any activity and he will surely be at your side waiting for that moment to jump up on your lap and have a good cuddle.  He loves the attention of people and will be great with kids and friends.

Devon Rex are known to be quite smart and their activity level is moderate to high.  They love puzzle toys and interactive games which will tact his brain and keep him busy.

They weigh anywhere between 5 to 10 pounds, they love to sneak a treat here and there so do make sure to keep an eye on how much food they intake.

This mix breed is generally healthy but have had varying incidents of health problems which can be genetic in nature.  The following diseases have been found in the breed:

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease found in some breeds like the Maine Coon.
  • Malassezia dermatitis is a yeast commonly found on the skin and ears of cats.  However, an abnormal overgrowth of the yeast can cause dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. The exact reasons behind this disease are not yet known, but it has been linked to allergy and  possibly congenital (born with) and hormonal factors.
  • Congenital hypotrichosis, also known as hereditary baldness.

The Devon’s coat is easy to maintain, no brushing is required, passing of your hand to even out the coat will be sufficient.  Baths are only necessary if your cat gets dirty.  This breed is hypo-allergenic  so  perfect if you suffer from allergies.

Daily dental hygiene is best to prevent periodontal diseases.  Brushing the teeth once a week is better than nothing.

Wipe the corners of the eyes daily with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection. Check the ears  weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.
Keep litter box clean, as the Devon is very particular about bathroom hygiene.
Trim nails regularly, declawing is not recommended.  Invest in a scratching post to keep them away from your furniture.
The Devon Rex is best as an indoor-only cat, they can run the risk of being attacked by dogs and other animals.  If possible it’s best to have an outdoor enclosure large enough for him to be able to climb and play safely.

Cats and Babies? What are the benefits?

Many questions arise when it comes to having a new born baby in the home.  What should you do with your cat?  Is it safe for your cat to be around your baby?  Well in this article you will be able to feel a little more at ease to know some of the benefits of having a cat around your new born baby.  Recent studies have shown that cats actually help babies lower their risk of having the cold and sniffles during the first year of the baby’s life.

 

How is this possible?

Researchers have found that cats (pets in general) help boost kids’ immune system.  Yes! Surprisingly all that cat dander and germs you try so aimlessly to get rid of from your cat is actually good for your baby and kids.  All the exposure to these things help to develop your children’s immune systems which will lead to better health.

In a Report in the Journal Paediatrics, a case was done where they found that babies who grew up in a home with a pet were less likely to get sick than children who were in pet-free homes.  Previous research also linked the presence of pets with a lower risk of allergies in babies.

 

Other benefits include:

  1. Cats help kids build friendships. Having a cat will help your child to be kind and loving and will also help them learn to share and give, this in turn will be a trait they will carry with them in building friendships with other children.  It will also make it easier for the shyest of kids to feel more comfortable talking with other children who also own cats.
  2. They help build confidence. Owning a cat will help your child to build the confidence in applying for that position in his/her favorite sport for e.g.  Playing games at home with their cat will show them that there is no need to have any fear and for them to feel more comfortable when it comes to the big game.  Cats do like to play games like football and table tennis by hitting the ball around.
  3. They teach kids Responsibility. Having a cat is a big responsibility and by having your kids help you care for them will actually make them responsible children.  So the next time you have to give your cat a bath, let your kids help.  Other things they can help with are:
  • Feeding
  • Grooming
  • Changing the water in the water bowls and
  • Having the litter box cleaned.

By having them do these things will not only help them to be responsible but will also teach them how to maintain a regular schedule.  Cats are creatures of habit so they will learn the specific times in which they will want to be fed, to play and when they just want to sleep.

  1. More Exercise. Cats and pets on the whole, make kids exercise more and not be a couch potato.  Cats love to jump, climb and run around, playing different games so this will keep your kids busy and they will also learn a few yoga moves by trying to imitate a cat who likes to stretch and put themselves in all sorts of positions.
  2. They can make your child smarter. A study at the University Bristol have found that cats are not only smarter than dogs but also their owners are smarter as well!  Why aren’t we surprised by this, it was always known but now it’s proven.  Your child will be spending a lot of time not only caring for these precious animals but also finding ways to outwit their sly ways, inventing games to keep them occupied and keeping them out of harm’s way and trouble.
  3. Empathy.  Children with cats grow a special bond with them and this bond teaches them how to be caring and loving at an early age.  If a child is kind towards her pet she will automatically practice these feelings in different places like schools, in sports etc. and will most likely grow up to be a very respectable individual.
  4. They help kids read better. Cats are loving, caring felines who are non-judgemental and a good listener.  Kids who spend time reading to their cats aloud feel more comfortable and confident and will make reading a more enjoyable experience especially for the ones who have a harder time at understanding all these letters on a page.

So there you have it! If you already own a cat and have children then you have nothing to worry about, if you have kids and don’t have a pet then I hope that the above mentioned ways will help you realise how good it is to own a cat!

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Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Short hair

As the name suggests, this exotic beauty has a lot of similarities to his Persian relative in looks with its round short-flattened face and large round eyes.  The main characteristic that stands out from the Persian is its baby kitten’s face.  The main difference between the Persian and the exotic is its coat.  The Persian has a long thick coat which requires daily combing and brushing, the exotic is quite the opposite where its coat is medium in length and is quite dense and plush with a thick undercoat.

The Exotic is medium built and may grow up to 15 pounds but is quite short and their legs remain close to the ground.  Both pedigreed and mixed breed cats have health problems due to their genetic nature, but exotics have a number of health problems due to their facial structure.  To name a few:

  • Breathing difficulty or noisy breathing caused by constricted nostrils
  • Excessive tearing
  • Seborrhea oleosa, a skin condition that causes itchiness, redness and hair loss
  • Polycystic kidney disease, for which a genetic test is available
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Dental Malocclusions (their teeth don’t mesh well together)

They are very playful but still loves to lounge around and just sit quietly and get a good petting.  They can keep themselves amused by finding objects around the house for e.g. a paper ball.  In general they are good with people but prefer their owners and they do well with children and cat-friendly dogs. The Exotic isn’t very vocal but when they do speak their tone is very soft and elegant.

Exotics doesn’t shed hair heavily so daily brushing is not required, once a week should suffice mainly to keep the exotic looking beautiful and to keep hairballs at a minimum.  A bath once a month should do.

Daily dental hygiene is best to prevent gum disease, but brushing the teeth once a week is still better than nothing.  As for the excessive tearing, wipe corner of eyes daily to prevent under-eye stains from forming.  Clean ears with a cotton ball or a soft damp cloth using a mixture of half cider vinegar and warm water.  Avoid using cotton swabs as this can cause damage to the interior of the ear.

Exotics are best kept as indoor cats, they are not known as the feisty type to defend themselves against predators and other dangers.

Why does your cat meow continuously while playing with their toys.

Cats, even though domesticated, still have their wild traits embodied in them and because of this they will show certain behaviours that we may find a bit strange or odd.  Some of us or maybe all of us must have had a cat that carried their favourite toy around in their mouth and meowed continuously.  You would notice that the “meow” sound is a very different sound from her normal “meows” when she is either hungry or wants to play.  This specific type of call is most likely an “attention seeker” call.  Yes, she wants your attention for her prized catch of the day.  In the wild, when cats catch their prey it is normal for them to take it back to their territorial spot to either eat it or hide it for a later time.  This would usually mean hiding the dead prey under dry leaves or soil so that it will become depleted instead of rotting.  Another trait would be to carry kittens around in their mouth from one place to another.

Cats Play to Develop Learning Skills

As part of the inner wildness of your cat, playing also teaches a cat all the different skills of hunting and catching prey.  It provides both mental and physical stimulation in chasing, pouncing, stalking and searching for its prey (in this case, their toys).  It is very important for the well-being of your cat to be able to go through the whole process of the hunting phase and to be able to end with the prize, so toys which can be physically touched are much better than lazer pointers which can never be caught.


Why all the Attention?

When your cat starts to make a big fuss about her toy “prey” this means that she is seeking your attention.  She wants you to see what she has caught and may even want your approval for it.  Showing your approval by rewarding her with a treat or some “petting” will make her feel like she has achieved something.  Mother cats would carry back their catch of the day to their kittens for them to learn how to hunt and practise on. Another way of showing your approval would be to play with your cat and her toy.

 

Finding Cat Toys in the weirdest of places

Your cat may put their toy in all sorts of places such as on their bed, cat perch, on the couch, or even in their food bowls.  This is done because your cat needs a safe place for her toy (her prize).  She will hide it in these places, that she considers her territory for later use, as for the wild, cats would hide their prizes from potential predators.  For cat moms they will usually carry their kittens from one place back to their safe spot.

 

These distinguishable behaviours are all part of what cats are made of, we may never fully understand them but they do have their reasons for what they do.  All we need to do as a cat parent is watch, learn and make them feel safe and as comfortable as we can.

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Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau is a medium built sized cat, known for their smoked colour coat which comes in white, black or brown with black stripes and spots.  On their foreheads is a distinctive “M” shape and their round shaped eyes are brightly coloured.  Their faces are a slight round-wedged shape topped with medium to large sized ears.  Their hind legs are slightly longer than the front which gives them the appearance of tiptoeing on small feet.  The Egyptian Mau is usually mistaken for the Ocicat which have the same spots.

Egyptian Mau’s are very active and they love to play, they will keep you on the go so having lots of toys and a cat tree will be a good investment for him.  You can tell when he is happy, he will be vocalised and will flap his tail rapidly.  Another way of him showing his affection to his owner is by kneading his paws on you, because of this, frequent trimming of the claws are recommended.  Another unique trait about the Egyptian Mau is, they love to play in water…yes so don’t be surprised if you find a paw in your backyard pool or pond!

They are quite friendly but prefer their owners to anyone else.  If you have kids they will be ideal to play with and will have hours and hours of entertainment.

They weigh anywhere between 6 to 15 pounds and are a generally healthy breed.  But with most pedigreed and mixed breed cats there have been incidents of health related problems.

Daily dental Hygiene is best to prevent Gingivitis and other gum diseases. Combing or Brushing of the coat at least twice a week is required to remove dead hair and to distribute natural skin oils evenly. Clean ears with a cotton ball or a soft damp cloth using a mixture of half cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs as this can cause damage to the interior of the ear.

These cats are best if kept indoors, be sure to keep their litter box spotlessly clean as they are known to be very particular about their bathroom hygiene.