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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.

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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.

If you are concerned about worms then take a faecal sample to ensure there are no internal parasites present.

There are many other tests that can be carried out before putting your queen to stud many of which depend on which breed of cat being bred such as:
Blood test for Blood group.
HCM - heart screening.
Blood test for deficiencies such as B12, Folic acid.
Cheek swabs for …

Wild Look in Bengals and Savannahs.

Early Generation Bengal with a "wild" look -  spotted legs and tail -  Open nocturnal eyes  - Look at how high the white comes up on the face, a sign that the "whited" tummy will stay longer than the first year or two, ensuring that "wild" look.
The "whited tummy" is often talked about in the Bengal and Savannah breeding world, but there is the domestic white, and the wild white which are two entirely different things.
The domestic white is a dead white which doesn't change.  However, the wild whited tummy is not so white in the daylight, but at night or when a light catches it the reflection of white is stunning.  The white tummy in the early gens can often appear to have a mauve or greyish tinge to it until that light catches it, especially when it is in darker light.

SOLD! - Marguerite Cats are for sale in UK

Marguerite Cats are FOR SALE - Purebliss Cattery have released 4 Marguerite Kittens available for reservation.  Marguerites are very special pets that will leave us neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, with their pedigree, and TICA paperwork, and insured for 4 weeks from day of departure.

Marguerites are a rare breed bred down from a Sandcat - A Sandcat is a small desert dwelling cat found in the deserts of the world. They are bred to be an indoor cat only as they are not wise to the world, and are a very soft natured cat. They do not like to be on thier own and so we do not sell them to be an only pet.
Below is an example of an F1 generation Marguerite (50% SandCat).


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.

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.

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!