Michelle has just finished and published her first book on breeding cats!
“Breed Your Best Cat Ever!” addresses managing the cattery and touches on managing your Cattery business. This book looks specifically on cattery management to help both new and established breeders breed their “Best Cat Ever!” This book is for for potential and inexperienced breeders: Breeding cats successfully is not as easy as you think! You need information to help you avoid pitfalls and chart a faster route to success. This business has specialized needs. However, you can benefit from the knowledge I have gained in the past 30 years to help you avoid trouble and more quickly establish your business
Please find your copy of “Breed Your Best Cat Ever!” at this Amazon link! (Click on the book above!)
Most of the people who inquire about our Balinese kittens are looking for a low allergy cat for their families with cat allergies. But the secret is , you are not limited to Balinese when looking for a kitten! All Kittentanz kittens are low allergy and, in most cases, great for allergy sufferers. So, consider Siamese and Tonkinese and even the Burmese as choices when looking for a low allergy kitten!
First, a background in what causes allergic reactions from exposure to cats. All cats produce a protein in their saliva called Fel d 1 protein. It’s found in the cat’s saliva, urine, and skin. When a cat grooms itself, it gets the protein on its fur. So really, there is no such thing as a NON-allergy cat, only HYPO-allergenic cats. That means LOW allergy. So, if you have severe symptoms such as respiratory issues, hives or other bad reactions when you are exposed to cats then it is not a good idea to have a cat, even a hypoallergenic one! But, most people do not have severe symptoms and are just trying to not have the sneeze or runny nose and eyes associated with the typical cat allergy.
Most people think that cat hair is a problem, but that is not what most people are allergic to. The dander is what most people have issues with. As a cat grooms, they spread their saliva over their coat and as that dries it creates dander. Dander also consists of dead skin cells and that too can be a irritant. Cats produce oils from their glands than can spread while they are grooming and that can be an irritant too. The cat’s litter box habits can be a issue as urine cat can cause reactions. All these can be a carrier of the Fel D 1 protein. When cats groom themselves, use the litter box, or shed out their coat, the Fel d 1 protein gets into the environment. It will also get on your hands when you groom your cat or clean the areas your pet loves to lounge in. Let’s not forget cleaning the box!
It is known that lighter colors and females are friendlier to allergy sufferers. But, you might be able to get along with a darker kitten or a male if your allergies are minor. You can also take steps to lessen the dander problem, such as washing and grooming your cat properly to lessen the shedding of the dander in your home! You can also help by choosing the correct litter for your cat.
It turns out that a list of the most hypoallergenic cats has one thing in common, they are all Asian or Siamese in origin! Balinese happen to check all the boxes: they are Siamese in origin, are low shedding and have retained the lack of the Fel d 1 protien. In many of the show Siamese, because this trait was not important in the show ring, the gene for the lack of the Fel d 1 protein has been lost. In traditional Siamese this suppression of the protein has often been retained.
Because Burmese share origins with the Siamese, they have also retained this lack of the protein. As Tonkinese are historically a breed “in between” Siamese and Burmese, they too have retained their hypoallergenic quality.
Because all of these breeds have short coats that are easy to keep clean, lack the allergy causing protien, and have fastidious litter habits, they are great choices when looking for a cat that will be friendly to your allergies!
Kittentanz is known as the premier breeder of traditional “old fashioned” Siamese and Tonkinese and our kittens have retained the hypoallergenic quality that make our kittens a great choice if a Balinese seems to be your only option! Kittentanz has terrific Balinese, and we love our fuzzy little kittens! But, that is not the only kitten you have to choose from if the looks of the Balinese are not your primary reason for wanting one.
Just give the Catman a call and I will be glad to discuss the best cat for you and your family, your allergy issues and your lifestyle! If you have a Kittentanz kitten and you want some tips to keep the sniffles away, give me a call and I will be glad to talk to you about ways to make your kitten “allergy friendly”!
I have to admit the following comes from my wife, Michelle (AKA “the Catwoman!). I am just not this smart!
Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) describes a variety of conditions that affect the bladder and urethra of cats. Cats with FLUTD most often show signs of difficulty and pain when urinating, increased frequency of urination, and blood in the urine.
Owners should be educated about stress reduction and weight control, both of which are important components of FLUTD management.1,4 Any stressful change of routine, such as a new caretaker or reduced play time, has been shown to trigger a variety of sickness behaviors, including inappropriate urination.4 Adherence to routine and environmental enrichment (eg, proper hiding and perching locations) may help prevent recurrence of FLUTD.1,4
Focused dietary options such as Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare and Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Feline Stress, coupled with behavioral counseling, can help make cats with FLUTD more adoptable or able to rejoin their family.
Other foods recommended by your vet may be available also.
Dietary management has been shown to influence FLUTD recurrence.5 Along with mineral concentrations and maintenance of urinary pH, antioxidant levels and omega-3 fatty acids can influence urinary health.5 A prospective, randomized, double-blinded study showed that Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Feline reduced the recurrence rate of feline idiopathic cystitis signs in client-owned cats by 89% over a 12-month period as compared with a control food.5
therapeutic food can also help alleviate stress; dietary supplements
L-tryptophan and hydrolyzed casein have both been shown to manage stress in
cats.6,7 These supplements have been added to Hill’s
Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Feline to create Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d
Multicare Feline Stress, which provides Hill’s primary solution to help prevent
FLUTD in cats in potentially stressful situations (eg, relinquishment to a
shelter, conflict with other pets, rehoming, new baby, travel).8
So, bottom line, FLUTD can be managed and improved with the right diet!
Please feel free to call Michelle and me to discuss ideas and issues with your “best cat ever!”
There have been several customers who have called and related to me their experiences with a recent scam that is making the rounds currently. The scam goes something like this: There will be a website (nicely done) that will provide an email and phone contact. There will be several legit sounding testimonials and will offer a kitten at the price rage of 800.00 dollars or so. An unwitting customer will contract for a kitten and send a certified check or Paypal to the cattery for payment and the cattery says a shipping company will contact to make arrangements for shipping.
The day comes for the shipping to occur and the shipping final payment is often double if even triple the original price and the demand for payment is immediate as the kitten is on the way! The final outcome is clear… no kitten … no money.. no way to get the money back!
There are several ways to know if who you are buying from is real!
1: They have a real physical address and are not shy about visits or advertising their location.
2: They take Credit Cards!
3: They have business like phone manners and correspondence with their customers!
4: They can show you the EXACT kitten you will be getting.
5: They have a Vet, who can be called and communicated with.
6: They can make and complete all on the shipping and business arrangements for their customers.
7: They have active and ongoing social media with real people that can vouch for them.
Here is the IPATA scam alert typical scam outline:
The Steps of a Typical Online Pet Scam
FREE PETS FOR SALE
Most pet scams begin with a buyer searching online for free / cheap pets for sale or puppies for sale.
Usually, the seller will offer to give the pet for free and then send the pet directly to them at a discounted price. Other points to look for: They almost always say they are only giving the pet away because their child passed away, that they moved for a new job and cannot provide enough attention for the animal due to work hours, or their new house won’t allow pets.
Once committed to the sale, paperwork and delivery requesting additional money. The scammer will then say that the airline is requiring a temperature controlled crate, shipping insurance, additional paperwork or shots, etc. Sometimes, they even set up additional email accounts, websites, etc to look like an airline or shipping company. This is all part of the scam!! They will even try to convince you that if you do not send them additional money they will report you for animal abandonment to the authorities.
This winter you should be aware of cold weather and how it affects your cat even if they never go outdoors! Cats can be sensitive to cold and here are some ways to help your cat be safe and comfortable this winter.
Older cats need to keep warm because older joints and metabolism may not be up to facing colder temps. You, as an owner, can provide a warm place with blankets or beds that help your cat stay warm. Also, make sure your cat is getting enough to eat and drink as colder weather can cause a cat to need more calories and need more water to stay hydrated in the dry heated house air or the drier cold outside air. There are special heating pads that you can use for you pets! This pad from Amazon is a good bet: K&H Pet Products Extreme Weather Kitty Pad These pads are set with a safe maximum heat level and are washable and durable! If you have a favorite outdoor cat, these pads with a protected house /box will provide comfort in these cold winter nights!
Siamese are a naturally slim breed and Tonkinese are slim as well, and have very little insulating under fur that keeps other cats warm. So it is very important to know your kitty will be looking for a warm place to snooze. Be especially aware of the clothes dryer or other enclosed heated spaces they might get trapped in! During the cold winter months, many people use space heaters and wood burning stoves. Do not allow unsupervised pets in areas with space heaters which could be knocked over by a curious pet and cause a fire. Wood burning stoves are especially dangerous for cats who may try to jump up on them and burn their paws. Train your cat to stay away from the stove by using a squirt bottle of water or shaking a pop can filled with coins near the stove when the cat approaches it. Placing “scat mats” on the floor may also be helpful in keeping cats away from stoves and heaters. Also be very aware if your cat goes outside, (we do not recommend this!) that you make sure your car is clear before you start, as cats love the warmth a warm engine provides.
Other dangers that lurk outdoors include salt used to melt ice and antifreeze from cars. Salt is commonly used as a de-icer on roads and sidewalks in cold climates. Some cats are drawn to licking it up. Cats also ingest salt when they walk through it, then lick their feet, bellies, and legs to clean it off. Eating small amounts of de-icing products can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Eating larger amounts can cause your cat to develop an electrolyte imbalance and this can lead to increased thirst, kidney damage, seizures and death. Salt products are also very irritating to cats’ paw pads and skin. Your cat’s feet and pads can become cracked, bleed, and even get infected if they walk on too much salt. So, limit the exposure your cat has to salted walkways and roads!
Anifreeze tastes sweet to animals and cats may be drawn to it! As little as a teaspoon can be deadly! During the winter exposure is more likley so be sure to wipe up spills and make sure there are no open containers to spill!
And at last we must include a note about boarding and travel during the holidays. If you are traveling during the holidays and need to leave your feline companion at home, start to make accommodations for your pet early. Many boarding facilities fill up very quickly. Responsible pet sitters are a good alternative. If they are unfamiliar with your house or cat, have them come over and get acquainted before you leave.
Cold waether doesn’t need to be unpleasent for your cat just be carefull and follow these tips and all will be well this winter!
Let’s talk about Jade! But first.. let’s talk family background! Chocolate Chip (second picture) was a CCA registered Sable Burmese male we had the pleasure of owning. Kona *now named Shug, and 18 years old* is a Natural Mink Tonkinese (3rd picture). Pretty babies!
Jade (first picture) was the first Tiffany *now called Tibetan* Tonkinese Michelle had ever seen! How cool is that? She would now be 15, and she was one of my favorite cats when I was little!
Our Tiffany’s are few and far between, but definitely a favorite around here! They are just so cute! Because we all love to have a daily “Awe” – I have attached a picture of one of our current Tiffany kittens who already has a home. CUTE!
Good afternoon, cat lovers! We get questions all the time about what the best diet for your cat is. We are always looking for the best thing for our kitties, and Michelle wanted to write about what she had read up on this past week! It is a long post, but settle in! *It is worth taking the time to read!*
A quick update about nutrition and potential threats to your pets’ health from feeding grain free and boutique diets. I regularly read Clinicians Brief, a journal for veterinarians. The May issue has an article by Dr Pierce, DVM, DACVIM at Colorado State university Veterinary teaching hospital reviewing the case of a very well cared for pet, Nora, with diet associated dilated cardiomyopathy, DCM (heart failure). She was in respiratory distress and had a cough with poor appetite, loss of muscle, and avoiding exercise.
Dr Pierce reports that the US FDA released a notice in July of 2018 and has since updated their investigation into diets of concern including diets containing peas, lentils, fava beans, tapioca, barley, chickpeas, other legume seeds, and potatoes and/or exotic ingredients like kangaroo, bison, venison, etc. The FDA warns that pet foods from boutique companies and small manufacturers with these ingredients or claims to be grain free are suspected to be linked to hundreds of cases of diet associated DCM. Furthermore, studies of pets with heart failure demonstrate poorer outcomes when fed grain free diets.
Kittens and cats will only reach their full potential if they eat great, fresh food. The analysis on pet food labels is a calculated estimate. Only feeding trials really establish that a food is suitable. Your cats require specific nutrients, not particular ingredients or a certain percent dietary protein or fat.
We feed Purina because Purina carefully sources and stores their ingredients, maintains a cat colony for real world food testing, does cutting edge research, and has control over their manufacturing process. In contrast, many so called premium brands actually are produced by another manufacturer whose profit depends only on fast production. This leads to poor quality and recalls in spite of premium sounding ingredients. Fortunately, the veterinary cardiologist was able to treat Nora, and after transitioning to a commercial , non-boutique, non-exotic protein diet, Nora did recover and is leading her normal life! Way to go Dr. Pierce! ~ Michelle
We hope this helps all our fellow kitty loving friends! What do you think about this health post? What does your furry friend eat at each meal? We would love to hear feed-back! *WINK WINK*
The world lost another Icon this week! Grumpy Cat has passed away. She was a cat that had the dwarfism gene and was prone to have urinary troubles. She passed away from complications from a UTI.
It is good to remember that an important role in maintaining your cats’ health is avoiding and managing urinary troubles. Whenever I hear of changes in a kitty’s litter habits, I first advise to see your vet for urinalysis, blood work, and physical exam to rule out health problems such as obesity, impacted anal glands, diabetes, urinary tract infection, or crystals, thyroid disease, and high blood pressure. Some cats simply find cattery life stressful, and these cats need to retire from breeding.
If your vet finds no physical problem, consider litter box basics: boxes should be large, immaculately clean, far from noisy appliances, and safe from toddlers or litter box bullies. Be sure your big cat has a really big litter box, too! Older cats need low sided, easy to find litter boxes located in areas without physical barriers such as steps or tall pet doors because old joints may become stiff and painful and old bladders may not have much control. Look for my in depth tips in Chapter 9 “Litter Box Woes.”
In some cats, anxiety can lead to Feline Idiopathic Cystitis, FIC, and even obstructions, FLUTD. Why? If another pet or child or even changes in routine frighten your kitty, kitty may respond by hiding with decreased drinking and/or holding urine which in turn may lead to discomfort urinating, crystals, or infection. We request antibiotics when no cause is found because sometimes the cat’s infection escapes detection. If antibiotics improve symptoms, there was infection, so be sure to prevent recurrence by flowing up with a recheck at your vet and making sure your cat gets plenty of fluids.
If your cat is straining and crying in the litter box, this is an emergency. Hours count. See your vet ASAP. Cats that are unable to pass urine for as short a time as 36 hours are in serious trouble. These cats may need surgery and will need substantial vet care to recover. We do not use such cats in our breeding program, and we recommend retiring your breeders that have health troubles.
Urinary Tract Infections, UTI, cause pain and difficulty urinating. Your cat may have blood in the urine, visit the box frequently, and/or urinate in places other than the litter box including on furniture and beds. Age matters. Infections in younger cats are often resolved with antibiotics and/or change in diet and environment, while UTI in cats over 10 years with no prior history of UTI is frequently secondary to another medical condition.*citation*
Some cats will have kidney or bladder stones or crystals without a detectable infection. Your vet will analyze the sediment and prescribe suitable diet to prevent the specific crystals your cat forms. Kittentanz recommends selecting suitable canned food and then adding more water because diluting the urine also helps to dissolve crystals and prevent future problems.
Once your cat has been diagnosed with a UTI or crystals, we strongly recommend changes in your care. Switch to a canned food diet with added water to help your kitty recover and to decrease the chance of another infection. Use Pretty Litter which turns red if there is blood in the urine and blue if there is UTI https://prettylittercats.com/
Consider your cat’s physical fitness. Fat, out of shape, cats can have trouble fully emptying their bladder, which predisposes to crystals and infections. Canned food diet in controlled portions and increased playtime will help these cats flush out their bladders and reach a more healthy weight.
Starting at 7 or 8, senior cats need to be screened every year for Chronic Kidney Disease, CKD. Many vets screen geriatric cats twice a year starting at about 12. One in 3 cats over 15 has CKD. If your cat hates going to the vet, then find a vet in your area who makes house calls. A simple way to monitor your elderly cat’s kidney output at home is to use Dr Elsey’s Health monitor everyday litter.
CKD in older cats is not cured, but good vet care and proper diet may extend the length and will improve the quality of your senior cat’s life. Once again, we recommend canned food diet because maintaining higher water intake will help your older cat feel better.
Your vet can recommend suitable foods. If your cat does not like one food, ask for others. There are many, many options, and you can even order a wide variety of prescription canned and dry foods online. Here are links to several flavors of a non-prescription canned food for young cats with recurring UTI:
It is Spring and the Easter lilly is going to be a common flower on tables everywhere this weekend. Lillies are beutiful but they pose great dangers for cats!
Lillies are a member of the lilium family and are really dangerous for our feline Family members.
Here are some tips from the Pet Poison Hotline!
Sources of poisoning: Many plants of the Lilium and Hemerocallis species are very poisoning. Commonly known as the Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter, or Japanese Show lily, these plants result in severe acute kidney failure.
Mechanism of action: The exact toxin has not been identified, but is known to be water soluble. All parts of the plant – the leaf, pollen, stem, flower are considered poisonous. Kidney damage (specifically, renal tubular necrosis) occurs within 24-72 hours of ingestion.
Common signs of poisoning: Signs of poisoning often develop within 6-12 hours of exposure. Early signs include vomiting, inappetance, lethargy, and dehydration. Untreated, signs worsen as acute kidney failure develops, and signs of not urinating or urinating too frequently, not drinking or excessive thirst, and inflammation of the pancreas may be seen with lily poisoning. Rarer signs include walking drunk, disorientation, tremors, and even seizures.
Antidote and treatment: There is not antidote for lily poisoning. That said, prompt veterinary attention is necessary. The sooner you bring in your cat, the better and more efficiently your veterinarian can treat the poisoning. Decontamination (like inducing vomiting and giving drugs like activated charcoal to bind the poison in the stomach and intestines) are imperative in the early toxic stage, while aggressive intravenous fluid therapy, kidney function monitoring tests, and supportive care can greatly improve the prognosis. IV fluids need to be started, ideally, within 18 hours for the best prognosis for your cat.
Threat: Just 2-3 leaves, or even the pollen groomed off the fur, can result in poisoning in a cat. If untreated, acute kidney failure will develop and be fatal. Thankfully, lily poisoning doesn’t cause kidney failure in dogs, but if a large amount is ingested, it can result in some gastrointestinal signs in our canine friends.
What about other types of lilies? Other types of lilies like Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies don’t cause deadly kidney failure, but they also can be mildly poisonous too, as they contain oxalate crystals which result in tissue irritation to the mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus – resulting in minor drooling. If your cat is seen consuming any part of a lily, bring your cat (and the plant) immediately to a veterinarian for medical care.