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Cat Chat
By Chris Stalker V.N.

Happy Easter!
Happy Easter to you and your cats! I hope you all enjoy the holiday and, like me, love the longer days and seeing spring blossoming around us. This Cat Chat comes from home and abroad with particular thanks to Liz Mills for her two great stories and photos of ‘Mowgli’.

Hester is an Imperial!
Sue Neate was celebrating at the Preston & Blackpool show recently, when her lovely Burmese girl gained her new title. Imperial Grand Champion Bellissima (aka ‘Hester’) was given her fifth certificate by judge John Hansson. The above photo was taken by Ian Jarvis, at the East Sussex show when Hester was Overall BIS. Well done, Hester!

Support for Rescue Centres in UK
Catchat (http://www.catchat.org/) is an internet-based rescue resource, which supports cat re-homing centres across the UK. Cat Chat was launched in June 2000 with the aim of helping cats in care to find a new home, and since then they have helped hundreds of cats do just that. As the internet has become an increasingly valuable re-homing resource, ‘Catchat’ soon realised that they were making a real difference to shelters and rescue groups across the UK, finding more homes for cats and kittens in their care. In 2003 they became one of the very first internet-based charities to be registered in the U.K. (reg. no. 1100649). Rescue centres can have a free page on the website and advertise cats needing homes. For more details see the webpage or email gemini@catchat.org

New cat toilet launched in USA
A new ‘cat toilet’ was recently launched at the Global Pet Expo, held last month at the San Diego Convention Centre. More than 700 new products for pets and pet lovers were introduced including the CatGenie, retailing at $299. The manufacturers describe the CatGenie as “The World’s only self-flushing, self-washing cat box - with no litter to touch, change or buy”. Once plumbed-in it scoops and liquefies solids, drains liquids, flushes cat waste away and dries the litter! Saving now! See a video and more information at www.catgenie.com

Irish eyes smiling!
Amy French (from Co. Westmeath in Ireland) sent me this lovely photo of her Burmese cats. Amy wrote that “The brown boy is called ‘Puca’ (Ismisha Debaser) and the blue boy is called ‘Diesel’ (Ismisha Vamos). They are litter brothers and were bred by Stephen Long in Dublin. Diesal won BIS Burmese kitten and overall BIS Burmese at Cork Cat Club show in October 2005 and Puca won the same honours at Dublin’s SABCCI show! Puca also won Best In Section Burmese at the Northern Ireland Cat Club show on the 4 March this year.

Needless to say, as a newcomer to the world of cat showing I was delighted!”

A feline taste for politics?
According to the Edmonton Sun, a cat from a village in southern Saskatchewan is currently in hiding. He managed to somehow bite the mayor of Wood Mountain, not once but twice, whilst at the home of a business acquaintance! This occasion resulted in the mayor being hospitalised for antibiotic treatment. The previous bite, a year earlier, only necessitated a tetanus jab!
Hairball – Hazard Ahead!

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have come up with (no pun intended) a ‘Cat Vomit Warning’ sign. Whilst possibly practical, I personally like them for the novelty factor!
Peta’s press release says… “Anyone who has ever lived with a cat knows the all too recognizable ‘song’ and ‘dance’ that can only mean one thing: something that was in kitty’s stomach has decided to come out of kitty’s mouth. But now—thanks to the new bilingual cat-vomit warning sign from the PETA Catalog—before you go dashing to the pantry for a mop, a bucket, and towels, you can make sure that unsuspecting family members or visitors don’t step in the middle of the mess and track it all over the house.”

No one can miss this 1-foot-high, bright yellow sign that shows a cat in the act and reads, “Caution: Cat Vomit,” on one side and, “Cuidado: Vomito de Gato” on the other. Made to look like the wet-floor warning signs that are commonly used in office buildings, the cat-vomit warning sign conveniently folds to fit beneath a sofa, bed, armchair, or coffee table—always within easy reach for the next “event”.

Simply put, “People are calling up, chuckling, and ordering them for friends with cats and even friends without cats!” says PETA Merchandise Director Jennie Taylor Martin. “And although it’s unique and funny, it’s also absolutely useful.”

The cat-vomit warning sign is $15 plus shipping and handling and sales tax where applicable. The PETA Catalog contains hundreds of animal-friendly items ranging from “Don’t Chain Your Dog” T-shirts to fake pig-ear treats for dogs, cat tunnels and toys, books for animal guardians, and CDs that calm nervous animals. The PETA Catalog also features backpacks, vegan chocolates, watches, coffee mugs, and more. Just visit www.PETACatalog.com or see www.peta.org

Mr Mom to the Rescue
An un-neutered tom has adopted four young kittens, say the Barstow Humane Society in California. The tom cat was handed into the shelter and has been dubbed ‘Mr Mom’ after he cuddled up and washed the little family. Barstow’s staff are very impressed with this unusual behaviour.

Last summer I did some voluntary work at North Clwyd Animal Rescue close to my home. Some dog-walking but mostly (surprise, surprise!) with the cats. There had been a series of phone calls regarding a fluffy ginger cat in Rhyl wandering around a playground. The centre agreed to collect it.

My first sight of this cat was in the Isolation Unit in early May. I saw a new cat, just the ginger ear tips, and spitting and swearing from behind a bed in a pen. I talked to it, saying, ‘Don’t worry, you are safe now and I will stroke you when you feel safer.’

I came up to the centre a few days later and went straight to the MOTHER & KITTEN UNIT. Right in front of me was the most beautiful GOLDEN CHINCHILLA (or Golden Persian) with a long full coat. She was lying like a queen on her side and HUGELY pregnant. I was smitten, as I bred Silver Chinchillas for many years. She smiled as I talked to her; then I noticed her pen details - she was the ‘ginger’ cat from Rhyl!

The staff had named her Jemima but she soon became the ‘Little Madame’. She was sweet and gentle and quite playful, considering her condition, and I spent lots of time with her stroking her tummy as I did with all my ‘mum cats’, and taking her healthy treats.

On 16 June 2005 (almost before I was out of the car at the centre) I was called to the kitten unit as Jemima was in labour. One hour later, 4 kitties were born with minimum help from me, three boys and a girl, all LONG HAIRED BROWNish TABBIES. Of course, Dad was an unknown quantity, but the chances of this colouring and their shape suggest that maybe he too was a Persian! BUT NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW – except Jemima!!

I was allowed to foster them all and they moved to my outdoor cat house and big run a week or two later. Here they thrived and each grew different in its own way. I called them Daisy, Baloo, Mowgli and Bagheera - my ‘jungle bunnies’.

By July I had several other rescue foster kitties in my spare bedroom but a horrible virus had got to the centre and some of mine were ill too. I lost some, saved some, and then Jemima’s babies picked it up. Daisy was quite poorly, Bagheera was unaffected and the other two just a little. However, suddenly, poor Baloo died – it was so, so sad. The other three recovered, although Daisy was quite small and Mowgli and Daisy still have some weakness in their back legs.

Mowgli by now was in my heart because he was noisier, naughtier and cheekier than the others, so I decided I had room for just one more and I would adopt him. Jemima and Daisy were adopted by Mo and Alan Benson (my friends who have been involved with cats for years) and I get to see them! Bagheera (Big Baggy) was also found a super home.

Well, although a little shy, Mowgli steals everyone’s heart - he spends most of his time on his back, legs akimbo, or watching the birds in the garden. All my other cats love him and SO DO I!
Liz Mills


Mowgli Mills’ Day Out

Dear Chris at Cat Chat,
I wanted to tell you about my Great Day Out…
It all started in January. I went to the vets for my ‘little boy’ operation, but they brushed me out cleaned my ears and eyes, all the while muttering something about this long-haired golden Persian look-alike lad going to a show. Well it seems it was true - I was entered in February, at the Ribble Pet Cat Club show, one of Mum’s favourites. Just to sit in an on exhibition pen and show off. Easy peasy for me.

Back at home, over the next few weeks I was brushed and fussed to bits. With all the extra attention I was getting, my cat pals said I got a bit bigheaded, so ‘Sgt Mills’ gave me a clout on the head and said showing was hard and exhibition pens were for wimps! Well, he should know, having done both, I suppose. Mum pottered about getting curtains (drapes) ready, making a top board with my story on, and piccies of all the others at home.

The day dawned cold and sunny and with a civilised set-off time we motored up the M6. I love being in the car, Mum said I was ‘No company at all’ because I only woke up when we arrived at the school in Leyland! We waited to see the vet who gave me the once over (very gently I must say), so I was not worried… but Mum was having pink fits and talking about memories of showing years ago.

The pen was quickly put together and I was chucked in; well, no dignity there then! So I sulked and went to sleep in the litter tray, which was covered by a camouflage tent thing. Most of the world knows I am called Mowgli, the man-cub from the ‘Jungle Book’ story, so my pen had that theme. Jungle drapes and plants with tiger, monkey, snake and bear soft toys for company. We won a rosette so it must have looked ok, and I did not wreck it, as Cinders at home had suggested I would!

After coffee and food Mum was feeling better and people were coming in. According to Wobbly in the next pen, it seemed I had slept through all of the judging of the other cats who were in competition with each other - serious stuff that! This was confirmed by Raffles in another exhibition pen. He was too handsome for my liking - all white fur and sparkling eyes - an old hand at showing - having retired at the top, he told me. Mind, he gave me lots of good advice.

Mum now decided to remove the tent and move the litter tray. Great! Now I could stretch out full length and waggle my paws. Well, that worked! People came from all around with words of praise and cameras. I just loved it, what a star I am, just made to show off! Every time I rolled over, showing off my curly golden tummy, it was ‘ooohs and aaahs’ - I was definitely getting the hang of shows and being an exhibitionist.

I must say thank you to Mr Coupe who took some super photos of me, Mum has framed one already. He was showing a lovely girl cat called Millie - she was the spit of dear Bonnie, our feral at home. Millie had been very ill, but I thought she looked terrific and she took home loads of rosettes. I hope I see her again.

The afternoon passed quickly and I was given some special prizes… thanks, everybody! I dozed off again… posing is so much hard work! Then suddenly it was all over. Mum put my 3 rosettes on my carrier, packed up and I slept all the way home. Gosh! My own litter tray was welcome, as was my tea. I was tired for a couple of days but soon back to playing with Magic and Sparkle, my foster kittie pals.

This is my first time on the computer thingy Mum plays with, all this pawing at the keyboard and playing with the mouse is intellectual fun but very wearying, so I am off to doze in the sun on the window sill till lunch. I really enjoyed my day out… maybe I will do it again.

Thanks to everybody who made my first show such fun.

Love from Mowgli Mills