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Any information gained from this page should not be used as an alternative to attending your own vet for advice, if you are concerned about the health of your cat/kitten you should visit your own vet for treatment and/or device.

TIP OF THE MONTH - updated January 2017

Breeders often get together and talk of various things but our topic of conversation usually ends up being cats. On this page Purebliss will share with you some of the TIPs that we breeders share with each other, and we will also share with you some of the ideas we use in taking care of our own cats and kittens.

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January 2017 - Seasonal Risks

The festive season brings with it many risks for our cats - Ribbons and tinsel are very attractive to mischievous cats and kittens, and if swallowed may lead to a serious blockage. Many cats and kittens love chewing house plants, however, some of these are very toxic. Lilies are a particular hazard to cats wiht all parts of the plant being toxic.

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December 2016 - Tree Sap

This is the month to think about things that cats/kittens can be allergic to such as the sap from pine trees (fresh christmas trees). There are many plants and flowers that cats/kittens are allergic to and that can kill them. If they ingest such as stamens from a lily or lick the pollen off their fur you must visit your vet with them - Poinsettia are poisonous to cats/kittens so please put them where your cats won't play with them or chew on them. If in any doubt at all please visit your vet!

There are several sites on the internet with lots of information regarding poisonous plants.

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November 2016 - Drinking too much

Increased drinking is a common early sign of a range of diseases, so if you are filling up the water bowl more frequently than normal then its time to work out which pet is drinking too much and make an appointment with your vet.

Excessive thirst can idicate diseases ranging from liver or kidney disease, to diabetes and other hormonal conditions including hyperthyroidism in cats and also include pyometra in entire female cats.

Remember to ensure cats that eat dry food drink sufficient fresh water daily.

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October 2016 - DRINKING WATER

It is important that your cat/kittens has access to FRESH drinking water all day every day. This means FRESH from the tap or FRESH steralised bottled water or FRESH water from a fountain that has a clean filter. Water that has been left in a bottle or container over a couple of days is NOT FRESH - water is a fabulous place for breeding bacteria etc so please ensure that you use FRESH WATER at all times.

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September 2016 - VETTING IN

People often ask why there is Vetting in for cats before allowing cats to enter shows.

There are many reason but generally it is to prevent spread of disease and also to ensure the cats/kittens brought to show are in good enough health and condition to be shown. Vets at vetting in may check for:

EAR MITES - these are easily spread from one cat to another, and if not treated can cause complications resulting in more severe infections of the ear. Lets face it, they must be very uncomfortable for the cat/kitten involved, and we don't want them to spread to our cats/kittens if we can prevent it.

FLEAS - Fleas easily spread from one cat to another and must be really uncomfortable for the animal. Fleas can spread without any contact with the other cat/kittens.

Fleas can also spread problems such as MYCOPLASMA which are small bacteria that can cause respiratory problems (sneezing, coughing etc) and genital, urinary problems. It is anaerobic (survives without oxygen) and is contagious.

Viruses - signs of these are checked for at vetting in as they are airborne and can easily infect many cats in a show, especially when the cats/kittens rub their faces on the wire mesh of the pens.

Internal parasites - it is often difficult to check for internal parasites as they cycle and therefore don't always have the trots, although it is possible to see the results of diarrhoea on the anus or feeling the abdomen. Isospra, Guardia, Worms, Tritric, Entomeba Histolytica, etc are easily spread when cats go into judging pens after a cat that has any of these problems - they don't have to defecate to spread as they spread problems by passing wind or rubbing their anus on the pen floor.

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AUGUST 2016 - FOOD

Whichever food you decide to feed its important to remember to put it into clean dishes and not on top of food left down. Fly's and birds are in abundance this time of year and they carry many parasites and their eggs, and bacteria and can leave these in/on the food or dirty food dishes. The heat can also cause food to go rancid and then any food put on top will soon turn rancid

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JULY 2016 - WATER

Don't forget to not only put fresh water down everyday for your pets but also to make sure the water dish is clean especially for cat/kittens, and especially in the warmer weather. Slimy dishes harbor bacteria/organisms and can cause digestive problems that can kill young kittens if not controlled.

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JUNE 2016 - SUNBURN

Most cats are sun worshippers, which doesn't tend to be a problem unless they have white ears or noses. These areas are vulnerable to sunburn because the hair is so thin, which is painful in itself but can also trigger skin cancers. To protect your pet, apply high factor waterproof sun lotion to their ears and noses. This is sometimes easier said than done but there are pet products out there to help you.

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MAY 2016

- PARASITE ALERT!

Everyone loves summer - us, our pets, and unfortunately, the pesky parasites that live on them!

FLEAS - warmer weather allows fleas to breed both inside and outside our houses. Pets who hunt are at particular risk because fleas will be alive and well in large numbers on their prey. Fleas also carry worms, so consider using a de-worm and de-flea combination product such as a "spot on".

TICKS - found on moors, scrubland and also in fields. They are most likely found attached to the head and neck of pets and look like small grey warts or peas. If you find a tick it is best removed with a specially designed tick remover, or by someone who knows how to remove them with a quick twist/tug. Spot-on's, collars, and tablets are available to kill, and in some cases, repel ticks.

HARVEST MITES - a late summer/autumn problem - mites can attach themselves to our pets paws and ears and make them very itchy. Although visible to the naked eye they can be difficult to spot. Treatment is usually with a flea spray rather then a spot on.

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APRIL 2016 - WORMING

Regular worming is vital for cats and kittens - a kittens first wormer should be given by their breeder before you collect him/her. Thereafter they should be wormed at least every three months, especially if you have children or are regularly visited by children. Once every month a "spot on" can be given to protect your kitten/cat from round worm as well as fleas, ear mites and lung worm.

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MARCH 2016 - MICROCHIPPING.

Microchipping is now compulsory for all dogs/puppies in UK, but we belive it also essential for cats and kittens in UK. It is a quick and relatively painless procedure and vital to ensure your pet is permanently identifiable.

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FEBRUARY 2016 - TEETH

Pets have two sets of teeth, and their "mild" teeth progressively fall from as early as 14 weeks of age, and sometimes up to 5 months of age to make way for their adult teeth. If this doesn't happen the corresponding adult tooth may erupt in the wrong direction, although this is more common in dogs it is also known to happen occasionally in some breeds of cats.

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JANUARY 2016 - VACCINATIONS

In their early stages of life kittens gain immunity against disease from their mothers milk. This protection starts to fade when they around 6 weeks of age and without vaccinations, although if they have been taken away from their mother sooner then their immunity fades when they are removed. This is why it is so important to have your pets inoculated as soon as they are old enough. Kittens can have their first vaccination against flu and ent. at 9 weeks old followed by a second vaccination at 12 weeks of age - they will then require yearly boosters.

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DECEMBER 2015

Prebiotics and probiotics are frequently underestimated in cat health. If your cat or kitten has soft stools after having medication or wormer he may just need some "good bacteria" in his digestive system.

Prebiotics /good bacteria can help reduce common forms of "bad bacteria" by simply not leaving room for it to take hold. "Bad bacteria can often be the cause of a runny tummy, and in some cases even vomiting.

Purebliss cattery sprinkles a prebiotic and probiotic powder on our kittens and cats food after they have had a course of wormer, or received medication such as pain control and antibiotics after neutering.

Probiotics and prebiotics can be purchased from some pet shops or veterinary practices as a powder or a paste.

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NOVEMBER 2015

First Generation Hybrids and Wild Cats do NOT like change - When F1 generation kittens/cubs/cats go to new homes they need some consideration. Do NOT give them to your children to play with as they are not a toy. These are more sensitive to change than your normal domestic and will be very worried about what is happening to them. They have probably had to travel for hours before arriving at their new home so they are already confused or upset. They need to be quiet and allowed time to calm down and eat before subjected to the rest of your household.

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OCTOBER 2015

Keeping your pet calm throughout firework season.

Fireworks are very pretty and fun to watch but our cats and kittens are not always fans of the big loud noises and fancy flashes of colour. In fact, this time of year can be a bit scary and stressful for them. 

If you know your pet reacts badly during fire work season consider the following:

Make the environment easier for your pet by plugging in an Adaptil or Feliway diffuser a couple of weeks before bonfire night to help them relax.  Alternatively, try something like Valerian Root from your local herbal shop or ask them for alternatives.

Draw your curtains and close all the windows to reduce the noise from outside and put some music or the television on to help drown out the fireworks.

Make sure your cat or kitten has a nice warm bed in a comfortable corner where they can feel safe and protected.

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September 2015

Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef, not to be confused with PKD). Cats may have a single copy of the PKDef mutation, these cats are clinically normal and are termed heterozygous or carriers, but they can pass the mutation to their offspring. Cats with two copies of the PKDef mutation are termed homozygous affected and are likely to suffer from episodes of anaemia.

Langfords Veterinary Services

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August 2015

DIATOMACEOUS EARTH

We have always had slugs, snails, and ants around our property. The main thing that has kept them under control is Diatomaceous Earth - we would have had a terrible problem without this product.

Remember that DE can also kill many beneficial insects so please use accordingly.

Bugs Affected by Diatomaceous Earth are - Ants, Caterpillard, worms, fleas, ticks, cockroaches, snails, spiders, termites, scorpions, silver fish, lice, mites, flies, centipedes, earwigs, slugs, aphids, many beetles (grub stage), fruit flies, and many more.

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July 2015

PREGNANCY

In humans we are very careful what is administered to pregnant females, particularly during the first 3 or 4 months of pregnancy - why should it be any different in pregnant cats. Please take care what you give your pregnant cats, particularly during those first 3 or 4 weeks of pregnancy. Personally i never flea control or worm control my pregnant girls during those first precious weeks of pregnancy - this should be done before you put your queen to stud.

Whenever one of our queens leave their kittens they are given a flea and worm control. Our queens are also given a flea and worm control before visiting a stud.

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June 2015

CONTAMINATION

One of the best ways to spread virus, bacteria, and parasites is with your fingers/nails. Putting fingers /nails to the faces or noses of cats and kittens and then putting fingers /nails to the noses of other cats and kittens. It only takes once!

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May 2015

POO SAMPLES

Fecal Testing is something that is becoming more popular these days in order to minimise the use of chemicals in our cats and kittens - we test at purebliss in order to prevent the over use of wormers, and also to ensure any runny tummies are not a result of parasites or bacteria.

However, please remember that the use of antibiotics in your cat or kitten can corrupt the results, and even give a clear reading when there is a parasite present. Therefore, in order to get a correct result ensure that the cat or kitten has not been on any medication, flea, or worm control before taking their poo sample to send off for examination.

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April 2015

Fleas and Worms!
Spring is a key time for flea and worm infestation in both dogs and cats - and the signs are not always obvious. If left to multiply, these pesky parasites can cause serious problems to your pet’s health and your family’s as well. If you go to shows its very easy to spread them around so remember to use flea control, and the easiest way to control round worm is to use the spot on flea control that deals with fleas, worms, ear mites.  

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March 2015

FERTILITY

Fertility in the Bengal and Savannah cats are often talked about in breeding. Bengals and Savannahs can be fertile as early as 5 month old, but can also take up to 2 to 3 years to become fertile, although its more normal for domestic female domestics to be fertile at 12 to 18 months, and male domestics to be fertile at 12 to 24 months. Once fertile this fertility can be interrupted due to stress or illness. Once a males fertility is interrupted it can then take another three months before fertility gets back to normal. If the stressful situation hasn't changed then the fertility may be limited in that environment. I once waited 3 years for two sisters to become fertile and then neutered one of the sisters, the other sister was to be neutered once she stopped calling but - 2 weeks later she was found to be pregnant!

Stress triggers can be many things such as traveling, change of environment, winter months with the change of temperature and change of light, noisy parties, noisy children, new dog moving in next door, new children next door, football being played against the cat pen/chalet (no you say, but you would be surprised!) and the list goes on - its up to the individual to assess the situation and work out what is upsetting the cat.

Early generation Savannahs (or Bengals) usually take longer to become ready to produce a litter than your normal domestic cats. F1, and F2 inparticular can take longer due to their stress levels. The same applies to Asian Leopard Cats and African Servals - its not necessarily that they aren't fertile but that they aren't ready to produce a litter.

Be Patient! your cats will produce you some wonderful kittens if you show them understanding and loyalty.

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February 2015

CROSS CONTAMINATION

Cross-contamination is something i'm always asked about in my role of welfare officer. below are some things to beware of if you have to isolate one of your cats or kittens in your home:

Sweeping brushes are a major cause of cross contamination - do NOT use the same sweeping brush, brush and pan with your other cats and kittens that you use for a cat or kitten in isolation.

Litter tray and poop scoops - do NOT use the same poop scoop for your other cats and kittens that you use for a cat or kitten in isolation.

Even when using gloves - make sure you clean your hands or gloves thoroughly between contact from your other cats and kittens and your cat or kitten in isolation.

When cuddling your cat or kitten in isolation, remember that your clothes will have whatever germs or virus on them after contact with your cat or kitten that is in isolation.

Any wet food, dry food, water, or litter not used by your cat or kitten in isolation must be wrapped and thrown away - making sure that your other cats or kittens cannot touch or snip it.

IT IS ESSENTIAL that dirty litter is kept away from other cats and kittens - when cleaning out your cats and kittens do NOT allow them to play with sweeping brushes as this is a major cause of cross contamination!

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January 2015

"Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will pee on your computer." Bruce Graham

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December 2014

This is the month to think about things that cats/kittens can be allergic to such as the sap from pine trees (fresh christmas trees). There are many plants and flowers that cats/kittens are allergic to and that can kill them. If they ingest such as stamens from a lily or lick the pollen off their fur you must visit your vet with them - Poinsettia are poisonous to cats/kittens so please put them where your cats won't play with them or chew on them. If in any doubt at all please visit your vet!

There are several sites on the internet with lots of information regarding poisonous plants.

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November 2014

Its that time of year again when we have fireworks going off during the day as well as at night. Give your cats and kittens extra toys/cardboard boxes to occupy them and take their minds off the noise. We tend to hear more fireworks at night and if your cat/kitten is upset by this there are several products on the market that can help with their stress. Ask your vet for advise on products such as Valerian Root, Feliway, Zylkene etc.

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October 2014

"Cats are smarter than dogs - you can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." Jeff Valdez

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September 2014

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." Unknown

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August 2014

"Dogs come when they are called; cats take a message and get back to you later." Mary Bly

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July 2014

If young children are frequent visitors to your home cats/kittens should be more regularly wormed to ensure they don't have round worm - spot on treatments that prevent flea, worm, and ear mites are available and easy to administer. Remember spot on treatment is absorbed through the skin of cats/kittens, therefore it can also be absorbed through your skin - take care! wash hands and face immediately if splashes occur.

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June 2014

When using pest control or weed killer please ensure that cat bowls with food or water are removed and then returned after finished with your gardening as these products can be harmful to cats and kittens.

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May 2014

If there are snail or slug trails over cat food dishes or water dishes discard the food immediately and thoroughly clean the dishes.

Snails /slugs are dangerous to cats or kittens!

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April 2014

When taking home your new kitten, a stimulating environment is essential to keep your kitten physically fit and healthy. Toys you can dangle for him/her to chase around - keep him/her busy and active with toys he/she can play with on his/her own, as well as lots of interactive games with you. Toys need to encourage natural behaviour such as hunting, running, pouncing, leaping, grabbing, and even biting. A cat activity centre is essential for hybrids such as bengals, savannahs and Marguerites.

If you have a boisterous kitten punishment is never helpful as it can inadvertently reinforce behaviour.

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Any information gained from this page should not be used as an alternative to attending your own vet for advice, if you are concerned about the health of your cat/kitten you should visit your own vet for advice and/or medication.

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