Identifying a Chausie Cat

The Chausie cat is also known as a Mountain Cougar, Jungle Curl, or Stone Cougar. It is basically a hybrid of the African Jungle cat and a domestic shorthair cat. It was registered officially in 1995, and is comparatively a new breed.

Its name was derived from the Latin word for the African Jungle cat, Felis Chaus. Owing to their lineage, they are skillful hunters and are extremely active. In spite of this, they are also very loving and adoring pets. They like to be touched or petted, however they do not really like to be cuddled and act as if it were indecorous. The best way to describe this breed of cats is: imperial and intrepid but not hostile or antisocial.

If you want to buy a pedigreed Chausie cat then following main points will help you in identifying it.

  • Take a look at the general build of the cat. It should be almost 1 ½ feet high at the shoulder and approximately 3 feet long. This is a big cat, since Chausie cats are famous for being twice the weight and size of a typical domestic cat. Regardless of their size, they are not bulky, and have an athletic body with a broad chest, long legs, small paws, and a thin but dense bone structure.
  • Check the coloring of the cat. The pedigreed Chausie cats have only 3 official color patterns.
  1. Plain Black
  2. Brown ticked tabby – these cats have a pale belly with a light tan body and darker brown stripes.
  3. Silvered tip – this is a unique pattern in which a cat has a silver-grey coloring with black splotches on its whole body, like that of a leopard.
  • See the head of the cat. The pedigreed Chausie cats have a long, but thick neck that leads to a high and slim cranium. The jaw is tapered sharply down to the nose and the eyes are relatively low on the face. The cat’s whole head is dominated by very tall and straight ears, often tipped like a bobcat. When this cat is in a resting position, its ears angled to face directly forward similar to a pair of headlights on a car.
  • Observe the behavior of the cat. The pedigreed Chausie cats generally have fluid and slow movements. They drag their heels, apparently confident in themselves irrespective of what situation they find themselves in. This behavior is similar to that of a dog. These cats obey orders, come when called, follow their owners closely and often sit tolerantly at their feet waiting for an order or attention. Also, observe the cat jump. These cats have unbelievable strength in their loins, which allow them to leap up to 6 feet straight up.

If you find a cat having all of the above mentioned criteria then it is a pedigreed Chausie cat that you are looking for. Since it is an extremely rare breed, therefore it is often found only in catteries.


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Facts about Bulldogs

In past few years, bulldogs have become one of the most popular show dogs. They are greatly loved for their charming temperament and friendly nature. They originated in the British Isles, and thus also known as British or English Bulldogs. However, in past, they were often known as guard dogs.

The intention behind breeding the very first bulldogs is to produce fierce fighters with a daring personality. However, when the fighting became illegal, the bulldogs were soon lovers. Today, bulldogs are known as calm and kind family pets. They walk confidently and gracefully, can participate in obedience, agility, rally and flyball competitions. Some of them even play a role of active therapy dogs, and visit sick or disabled people.

A bulldog is a medium-sized dog. Although these dogs look small however they weigh more than you think. The average weight of males is about 50 pounds, whereas the average weight of females is about 40 pounds. An average height of a bulldog can range from 12 to 16 inches.

The physical appearance of the bulldogs is very interesting. They have very short bodies, wide shoulders, and thick and strong legs. Their coat is short and lies flat, whereas the hair is fine and very smooth. They have soft, loose skin around their head, neck, and shoulders. They have a short tail.

Bulldogs come in a number of colors, which are as follows:

  • Piebald bulldogs have irregular patches of two different colors.
  • Red brindle and brindle bulldogs are a tawny or brownish color with streaks of another color.
  • Solid colored bulldogs can be all light brown, all fawn, all red, or all white.

In order to keep a bulldog clean, bathing is recommended. His wrinkles particularly require cleaning quite often. Although his hair is short, however he will shed. Therefore, they need to be brushed infrequently. Moreover, brushing makes the dogs feel good, and aids in keeping his skin health and shiny.

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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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Facts about Pet Rats

Pet rats are also known as “Fancy Rats”. These are domesticated brown rats that come in a wide variety of colors and coat types. These pets are usually sold in pet stores and by rat breeders. They have some of the most interesting quirks and histories as well as interesting facts that you will surely want to know.

If you have or want to have a rat as pet then you will surely find the following facts about rats interesting and exciting.

  • Rats have quite poor vision as well as they do not see in color.
  • Rats usually want to have cage mates; therefore, female or male rats can be kept together in a cage.
  • Generally, male rats are better ‘lap’ pets as compared to female rats. This is because male rats prefer to sit and have their ears scratched by a human, whereas female rats love to explore and play games and are very curious.
  • Rats like to eat chocolate.
  • Since rats are omnivorous animals, therefore, they can eat smaller pets, including birds, fish and even smaller rodents.
  • Rats do not have canine teeth and thumbs.
  • Red discharge from a rat’s nose or eyes is mostly not blood, but porphyrin. It is fluorescent under UV light. However, overproduction of porphyrin can be caused by stress or illness.
  • A group of rats is called a mischief.

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Choosing Chinchillas as Pets

Like any other pet animal, it is necessary to take special consideration before buying a chinchilla in order to ensure that this animal is the right pet for you. Some of the important considerations include the following:

  • Chinchillas are nocturnal and thus most active during the night.
  • Since they have fragile bones that can be easily broken by the handling of young kids, therefore, keep your pets away from them.
  • Although chinchillas are generally very friendly and social however they must not be over-handled.
  • Their excrement smells really bad, hence ensure to clean out the cage and change the bedding daily.
  • These animals can live up to 20 years; therefore, you need to be ready to commit to take care of this animal for the whole duration of its life.
  • Always buy your chinchilla from a highly regarded breeder. The majority of breeders offer you to return your pet animal if you find any difficulty in taking care of it properly.

A list of things that you will need in order to keep your chinchillas happy and healthy is as follows:

  • A large cage
  • Chinchilla food (without treats added in it)
  • You can also use dry, uncooked, unflavored oatmeal to mix in with the dry food for a treat, or if your pet is having a stomach trouble.
  • Timothy hay
  • Chew toy
  • Wheel
  • Chinchilla unscented dust bath
  • Water bottle and food dish
  • Kiln dried shavings as bedding
  • Wooden, cardboard, and soft material houses
  • A nice place to have your chinchilla get exercise
  • Love and proper attention

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