California Spangled Cat

History      Appearance      Temperament

History

One of the rarest cats in the cat fancy, the California Spangled resembles a miniature leopard. 

Hollywood scriptwriter and playwright Paul Casey decided to create to publicise the plight of spotted wildcats cats after a visit to Africa where he was told of the death of the last remaining breeding leopard in the area. Encouraged by the anthropologist Louis Leakey, he wanted to create a breed that looked like a small leopard but was domesticated.

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Blastomycosis in Cats

Blastomycosis in cats

What is blastomycosis?   Transmission   Symptoms   Diagnosis   Treatment   Prevention

What is blastomycosis?

Blastomycosis is a systemic infection caused by the dimorphic microfungus Blastomyces dermatitidis, which is present in moist soil and areas of thick decaying matter such as river banks, lakes, swamps, forests, and woods. It is most prevalent in the mid-Atlantic, north-central and Ohio-Mississippi river valley areas. Fortunately, cats are more resistant to the disease than dogs and humans.

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Sleeping With Cats – Is It Safe?

Sleeping with cats

Is it safe to sleep with a cat?

The majority of cat lovers I know share their bed with their feline companion. While noncat-lovers balk at the idea, most cat owners love sharing their bed with their cat(s).

In general, it is perfectly fine to sleep with your cat, but as they can pass on many zoonotic diseases (diseases transmissible from animals to humans). Make sure that he is up to date on his vaccinations and receives regular flea and worm treatments.

Many cats are active during the night, which could cause a restless night if he’s jumping around on your bed while you try to sleep, but in my experience, I find that cats generally settle down well when they are in the bedroom with their human companions. But do factor this in, especially if you are a light sleeper. Have a play session with your cat before bedtime, then feed him. He will be more likely to sleep himself after a hunt, kill, eat routine.

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Chausie Breed Profile

Chausie cat

History of the Chausie

The Chausie (chow-sie) is another man-made breed that is a cross between a domestic cat to a Jungle Cat (Felis chaus). The Jungle Cat is a close relative to the domestic cat (F. Lybica) and distribution is from north Africa to southeast Asia.

Matings between the Jungle Cat and domestic have occurred naturally in the past. But people began to cross these cats in the 1960s and 1970s to create a wild looking cat with the temperament of a domestic cat. There is little information on these cats or if any attempt was made to develop a breed and register them.

In the 1990s a group of breeders began to cross the Jungle Cat to domestic cats. TICA accepted the Chausie for registration status in 1995 and granted full championship status in 2013.

As of now, the only allowable outcrosses are the Jungle Cat, Abyssinian and the domestic.

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Photos of Blue Eyed Cats

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Beau and Ty – Blue and Chocolate Point Birmans
Ty – Chocolate Point Birman
Seal point Balinese
Chloe – Seal Point Balinese
Siamese cat
Bucky – Siamese
Tabitha – Ragdoll cat
Ragdoll cat
Mylee – Ragdoll Cat
Seal Lynx Ragdoll
Tony – Seal Lynx Bicolour Ragdoll
Blue eyed Devon Rex
Miki- Devon Rex
Blue eyed Scottish Fold
Elmo – Scottish Fold

Aspergillosis in Cats

Aspergillosis in cats

What is aspergillosis?   Symptoms   Diagnosis   Treatment

 

What is aspergillosis?

Aspergillosis is a disease caused by fungi of the genus Aspergillus which is present on dead leaves, compost heaps, soil and the in the air. The fungus typically affects the nasal cavity, respiratory system or digestive tract of the cat and in some cases, the spores can also trigger an allergic reaction in the cat.

The most common types to affect cats are Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus terreus.

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Cats With Blue Eyes – Breeds, Names and General Information

 

Cat breeds with blue eyes

In addition to the cat breeds listed above, who only come with blue eyes, the breeds listed below can also have blue eyes depending on their coat colour/genetics:

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