How to find a lost cat!

How to find a lost cat!

What if you find a cat?

We always want to help cats that come into our lives but if you find a cat in your yard and you don’t know if it has an owner, consider using a paper collar to send a message to the owners. Download this template if you need one. Or if you can catch or trap it, then get it scanned for a microchip and contact the owners. It might be a stray that is looking for home, it might be a semi owned or unowned cat and if that is the case you need to decide if you will take the cat on as your own, or if you can rehome it. You can see if your local area has a trap neuter release program if the cat is not neutered. All cats deserve a special place to call home. If everyone helped just one cat out there on the streets, we could make a big difference in controlling the population and make the world a better place for them all.

Don’t give up.

If you have moved to a new house, or if your inside cat has escaped, it is probably still very close to the exit point. Do not be fooled by its silence and reluctance to respond to you. Your cat might be able to hear you, but probably will not respond if it is scared. They are surprisingly silent when out in the unknown. Do not give up on your cat. It takes an average of 2-4 weeks to find them, and it all depends on your persistence. Your cat is waiting for you to find it.

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2020’s Top 35 Cat Show Photographs.

2020’s Top 35 Cat Show Photographs.

It’s the end of another show year and this year has been quite an exceptional one. Covid created havoc. Cat shows, and in fact life in general got cancelled and we all were stressed out to the max.

Luckily for us in South Australia, some cat shows went ahead. Not how they usually were run but we still got to hang out, talk cats, and keep the show bench warm. We missed many who normally show that were unable to this year but I am so grateful to those that were able to come out and show off their incredible cats.

I narrowed down 364 of my favourite photographs into just 35. Here they are, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I loved taking them.

 

 

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Everyday Heroes: The story of Joseph and Scruffy.

Everyday Heroes: The story of Joseph and Scruffy.

 

Once upon a time there was a dog loving guy called Joseph. He lived with someone who had a cat and his cat turned him into a cat lover. When he got a place of his own, he decided that he wanted a furry friend as a house mate. Instead of going and buying a kitten, he made a conscious decision to get the cat that had stayed the longest at the shelter near where he lived. This is how Scruffy came into his life and this is the story of their first few weeks together.

Listen on the podcast or watch the video chat.

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Charlie, the Nepalese Street Cat

Charlie, the Nepalese Street Cat

Charlie has quite the story to tell. From the streets of Nepal to a couch in South Australia. What a journey and what a tale he has. Listen to his story on the podcast or watch this interview with those everyday heroes that made his journey possible.

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Pedigree vs Rescue. What kind of cat is right for me?

Pedigree vs Rescue. What kind of cat is right for me?

With all the cats that need a rescue home, why do we still have pedigree cats? There is so much shame put on people who choose to have a pedigree cat and its just silly. The anthem of “adopt don’t shop” is becoming a catch phrase that I just don’t agree with.

I do agree that there are cat farms out there that are just producing animals for profit and I don’t believe that pet shops should be selling cats and kittens. Not that long ago I saw a birmilla x ragdoll for sale in a pet shop. I’m sorry but you cant have a crossbreed cat breeds for starters. More often than not these “pedigree” cats sold in pet shops are sold under false pretences and don’t come with pedigree papers and sometimes are not desexed.

But before we get on to the pedigree discussion lets talk a bit about rescues. If you want a cat then it’s a great thing to rescue a cat or kitten. If you are going to go down this path consider rescuing an older cat as these guys have a much harder time of finding their forever home. But find the right pet for you. For instance, if you have a loud household with little kids then don’t adopt a scaredy cat that has been through a hard time and needs lots of quite space to get to know you and your family. Or if you are an older person, don’t get an overly overt kitten that will need lots of attention and cleaning up after.

While we are on the subject of rescues, a big shout out to all those amazing individuals that spend their nights and weekends transporting and collecting cats from all sorts of dire conditions and coordinate foster families, and so on. Your efforts are truly commendable. The enegry that you put into saving the lives of these unwanted furr people is just heroic in my book.

Getting a rescue is a wonderfully generous thing to do. You are giving a cat that didn’t have a home a place to be loved and safe and that is awesome. The down side is that you never know what kind of personality a rescue might be. Nor do you know what kind of life they had before coming into your care. But why are there so many rescues? Its because humans who have a cat but cannot afford to get it desexed (or cant be bothered or think its a mean thing to do to a cat) allow their cat to roam and breed. And I say this without judgement. We have a cat that got out of the house at 4 months of age and got “serviced” by the local Tom. We still have her and 2 of her kittens as part of our family and found homes for her other 3 kittens before getting her desexed. She is now over 10yrs old and back then you could not have a kitten desexed before 6 months old. It happens. Cats are breeding machines. But all the more reason to ensure they are contained and desexed as soon as possible.

So lets talk about Breeders. When looking at pedigree pets its important that you decide on the breed and do your homework. We breed Abyssinian and Somali cats. My pet peeve is when someone says that breeders should stop breeding because the shelters and rescues are full. Cat breeders spend hours ensuring bloodlines and linage. They look for cats to breed that stick to a standard and have the right personality traits. They spend weekends showing their cats and competing for the best of breed awards. Only the best specimens of the breed are kept for breeding purposes. They spend on genetic testing and medical testing to ensure no genetic abnormalities or ongoing medical issues are in their lines. Before a litter is conceived thousands of dollars has been spent on ensuring the king and queen are top cats. Breeders are like midwives at the birth of a litter ensuring that each kitten is healthy, feeding and thriving. Breeders will have you sign a contract and all will include a clause that if for any reason the family can no longer keep the cat, it can be returned to the breeder for rehoming. By the time you purchase a kitten from a breeder, the price will never come close to the amount of time, hours and money invested into the kitten. Breeders are breeders because they want to ensure the integrity of their breed and continue to keep the breed strong and healthy. Even if every single one of them stopped breeding, there would still be a problem with dumped kittens. Many breeders donate their time and money to helping the rescue of those that need it. They often foster rescues and have rescues as part of the family. Like all things in life, some breeders are better than others and there is an entire blog post here that you can find out more about what to look for in a responsible breeder.

So why should you buy a pedigree over a rescue? Probably the most obvious is that you will know what you are getting. Different breeds will suit different people and different situations. Just like if you are looking for a pedigree dog, with cats, you are looking at not just what the cat looks like but the personality traits that will suit your lifestyle. With pedigrees you will also know what medical issues you might have to look out for as well.

And I hate to say it, but if you are going to spend a few thousand dollars on a pedigree cat, your going to look after it a little better than if a friend gives you a kitten that cost you $0. Its awful that we have to put a price on a life to make it valuable and ensure that it is looked after well but I think that will need its own blog post.

Tell me what you think about this topic! Do you agree with me or do you have a different take on things? Comment below and let me know.

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