Archive for April, 2012

Facts about Russian Blue Cat

The Russian Blue Cat (also known as Archangel Blue Cat) is believed to have originated from the port town of Arkhangelsk in Russia. In 1800s, it was brought to the UK and has been domestically bred since then.

The Russian Blue Cat is famous for its silver-blue coat that shows off its wiry frame and complements its vibrant, dark green eyes. It has a long, slim body with short fur, and its coat is known as “double coat” as it has a soft, velvety undercoat that helps in providing the cat with an additional insulation in the extreme northern winters. The topcoat fur (even if sometimes a soft black in color) can be a real shade of blue with silver tips, giving the cat an iridescent look.

These cats are recognized as highly intelligent and playful; however, they are really shy around strangers. Moreover, they are quite easy to train and are well known for developing close bonds with their owners.

Since the saliva and sebum of Russian Blue Cats contain less of a certain protein than many other cats, they are among the hypoallergenic breeds of cats.

The purebred Russian Blue Cat does not have any white markings on its body, however in rare cases, a ‘locket’ of white fur can be found on its throat, which is considered as an extremely negative feature in cat shows. Another prominent feature of a purebred Russian Blue Cat is the positioning of its ears on its head, which are usually attached to the head at a rakish angle.

Russian Blue Cats are popular due to their calm and loving nature. In addition, they are one of the few domestic breeds that are not prone to illness or carry genetic defaults.

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Persian Cat Care – Grooming

Persian cats are longhaired cat breeds and require regular grooming, particularly if your pet cat is allowed free-wander. Unlike shorter hair cats, its grooming can be difficult. This is because these cats have thick coat along with an undercoat, which feels like there are two coats instead of one. Therefore, these cats need regular grooming in order to stay clean, healthy and happy. Moreover, grooming is an ideal time to shower your pet cat with love and affection.

The grooming is of great importance to keep your Persian cat clean, happy, healthy, and comfortable. Some of the major advantages of grooming are as follows:

  • Brushing and bathing removes unwanted dust, grit, dirt and loose hair as well as lifts dead skin cell flakes.
  • Daily brushing increases blood circulation, hence improving muscle tone and invigorating healthy new hair growth.
  • Brushing separates each hair, making your cat’s wonderful coat even fuller and fluffier.
  • Brushing removes excess hair, reducing the ingestion of hair during self-grooming. This will reduce cat fur balls.
  • Regular grooming reduces shedding, which means less cat fur around the house, making it easier for those humans who are vulnerable to allergies to cope.
  • A neglected coat can be easily tangled, matted, and knotted, making it a perfect breeding spot for parasites.
  • Grooming is a perfect time to examine your Persian for possible ticks, lice, mites, or symptoms of any other minor skin, eyes, ears and mouth diseases.

Brushing with a fine wire brush on a daily basis is suggested in order to prevent matting of the fur, forming of knots, and shedding of hair. Claw trimming is also an important part of cat grooming, and should not be neglected.

Although, it highly depends on the nature of your Persian cat, however, a large number of cats enjoy getting brushed and groomed. It is better to start grooming routine as kitten so that it can get used to it.

Remember that you should never wake your cat from sleep or try to groom it when it is asleep. Moreover, postpone the grooming session until later if your cat become stressed and irritated during the session.

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Chinchilla Care

Chinchillas are among the affable animals that require proper care. They need to be handled with great care and gentleness as they are very delicate and frail. Here are some tips that can help you in handling and taking care of your pet chinchillas.

  • When lifting your chinchilla, it is important to do it gently. First, slide your hand under its belly and put your other hand on top of the chinchilla. Make it feel secure by using the hand under the chin to hold its hind legs and bum. Never hold your pet too tightly however keep in mind that they can be fidgety, therefore hold them firmly. Remember never squeeze them particularly around the upper chest. This is because they have a ‘floating ribcage’ and your careless handling can result in severe internal injuries to your pet chinchilla.
  • Generally, using no soap or chemicals is advised. However, you can mix a small quantity of bleach with the hot water and swish it around the cage’s plastic pan and then clean it thoroughly with hot water and then let it air dry. This is a good way to kill most of the bacteria that can be harmful for your pet.
  • Give your pet a dust bath for 10 to 15 minutes anywhere from daily to twice a week. Remember excessive dust bathing will result in dryness, whereas scanty will result in building up of oils in their coats, resulting in a disfiguring and deadly fungus to grow on their skin.
  • Since chinchillas are extremely active animals, therefore they require proper opportunity to exercise every day. For this, provide them an exercise wheel that has a solid surface and is not made of wire or mesh, which can entangle their feet. When letting your chinchillas out of the cage for supervised play time, it must be in a small, chinchilla proof room. This is important because chinchillas can jump many feet in the air and can easily squeeze through little spaces. They can also gnaw on furniture, wires, and anything they can get their teeth on.
  • In order to maintain their dental health, give them something to chew on. Since their teeth can grow up to 12 inches per year, it is suggested to buy a special block of wood or pumice stone for your pet to chew on.
  • Since chinchillas overheat easily, therefore keep them cool. They cannot live temperatures over 75 Fahrenheit or below 50 Fahrenheit. It is recommended to keep their cage in a cool room with proper air circulation.

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