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Mixed-breed Cats No Longer Outclassed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Editors of The Daily Cat   
Friday, 21 May 2010 16:11

For the last four years, Carol Smith, a Boston-area cat breeder and small-business owner, has been showing her cat, Kelsey Belle, competitively. Smith breeds Egyptian Maus cats, but unpedigreed Kelsey Belle is a former shelter cat.

However, Kelsey Belle is a cat show natural. “She rolls over on the judging table, purring and licking the judges. She’s well-regarded for her presence and easy handling,” says Smith. “She really enjoys it, especially the traveling and ‘spa treatments’ before the shows.”

In cat show lingo, mixed-breed felines like Smith’s pet are referred to as a household pets (HHP). Does your own pet have what it takes to be in show business? Longtime HHP judge William Lee weighs in on what it takes to be best in show.


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NJ Attempts to Allow Hunting of Feral Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alley Cat Rescue   
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 21:01

feral catAccording to NJ newspaper articles, a number of animal activists have contacted state officials in an effort to head off a potential reclassification of feral cats, which could end the growing number of programs that trap, neuter and return them back into neighborhoods or the wild, and allow them to be hunted. The state Fish and Game Council has condemned the idea of leaving cats in the wild and now another committee that reports to the state Department of Environmental Protection is studying the issue of TNR programs.

Fish and Game Council member, Leonard Wolgast, was the sponsor of the resolution and has brought the issue of feral cats up at several council meetings. (Mr. Wolgast also recently supported re-opening bear hunting in the state.) Some animal activists have questioned whether he should be allowed to participate in such discussions at all because he is listed as owner of the East Brunswick property where Blumig Kennel, (which is owned and operated by his wife's family), is located. That kennel contracts with several communities in Central Jersey to pick up and euthanize cats. **Smells like money!**


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The Cat's Brain is Mapped PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 06:31

Cat brain is mapped out

 


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 20:50
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Are Cats Purring Us Into Submission? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 04:50

cat lying downIs it true? Could we possibly be under the control of our cats soothing purrs? Are they going to purr us into submission, forcing us to be more social so they can turn around and conquer the world?

It’s possible, according to a recent study. Okay, maybe not the "taking over the world" part but who really knows what our favorite felines have in store for us? Although many animals (including guinea pigs and elephants) are capable of purring, cats are the most well-known for it. Their low rumble is emitted at an amazing 27 Hz, comparable to the lowest note on a piano.

Animal vocalization experts have identified a new purr that our feline friends have recently developed and it’s known as the “socialization purr.” It’s true.

According to animal vocalization experts Anna Taylor, Christian Wilson, Karen McComb and Benjamin Charlton, all purrs are not created equally. The team has examined the acoustic structure of recorded purrs and has determined that one is used as socialization purring.


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Australia Plans to Kill Feral Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maggie Funkhouser   
Saturday, 06 March 2010 22:52

In a 1999 report broadcasted by PM on Australia’s Radio National, it was announced that “Victorian animal scientists have developed the world's first poison pill, designed specifically to kill cats. It's hoped the pill will bring the feral cat population under control. Environmental groups say it will save native fauna and flora and it has the support of at least some animal welfare groups.”

According to the broadcast, the toxic pill has been designed specifically for cats and it will not harm other animals. Gerry Maynes, from the Environment Australia Centre, says “The way it operates is that the chemical affects oxygen transport through the hemoglobin in the blood, and effectively what happens is that the cat goes to sleep and doesn't wake up.” Mr. Maynes also states that the pill is humane and its use is supported by animal welfare groups.


Last Updated on Saturday, 17 April 2010 19:48
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