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Blythe’s ‘come back’ success!

Rita quick kindly sent me the following news about her cat’s unexpected new title…
"We had a thrilling day at the Wilts & District Cat show when our Persian Brown tabby (8) neutered girl was awarded her fifth Imperial Certificate and became Champion & Imperial Grand Premier Jayjon Blythe. Blythe is now in her tenth year.

Just after Blythe was awarded her second Grand Challenge certificate she became very ill – she appeared to have suffered a stroke and her heart wasn’t behaving as it should. When her condition stabilised the vet was able to neuter her and some while later we embarked upon her show career as a neuter.

She became a Grand Premier before the Imperial title was available and so she was "retired"…A few years later, our Breed club was short of entries for their show, so Blythe was entered to make up numbers. She gained her first Imperial Certificate. The following year she was shown again at our Breed club show, for the same reason and was awarded her second Imperial Certificate.

At the end of 2006, the Central were low on entries, so I entered Blythe and we were pleased when she was awarded her third Imperial.

Well, that meant we really had to "go for it". – fourth Imperial came at the Kernow in April this year and at the Wilts last Saturday, came her fifth consecutive Imperial Certificate.

Blythe really loves her day out at shows – she revels in all the preparation beforehand and the attention on show day and for us it is rather special when we think back to how ill she was at one time.

We believe that Champion & Imperial Grand Premier Jayjon Blythe is the first Persian Brown Tabby to be awarded the Imperial title."

Rita explained that she had not got a recent photo of Blythe. The one above was taken in 1999, on the day she became a Champion. Rita says she still looks just as good!
Tasty Litter?

Veterinary Surgeon, Jane Alexander, of the Windmill Veterinary Centre, sent me the follow note of caution, on the subject of cat litter… "Wheat based cat litter is just great - cats like it, but so, too, do the dogs! Two Flat Coated Retrievers recently polished off a bag of cat litter (minus the usual cat deposits) and were then ‘poohing’ cat litter for several days afterwards. While the litter is good, I would suggest that dog owners are warned that it might not be the one for the; if they have dogs that would enjoy eating it!"

Fire Rescue

Fifty cats and 12 dogs were saved when a fire broke out last month at the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The fire fighters discovered the dogs after they hauled in and turned on a large industrial fan to blow out the smoke. Apparently, the dogs were laying flat, to stay out of the smoke - Fire department spokesperson, Lisa Harvey, said a person couldn't have responded better. "That's what we teach children and adults, to go on your hands and knees to avoid the smoke and the dogs did it too!"

Well-being

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association announced recently that studies show (what we all know) that pets are ‘good for your health’:

• Pets help to lower blood pressure. A recent study at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that people with hypertension who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did those who did not own a pet.

• Pets help reduce stress. Walking with a pet helps to soothe nerves and offers instant relaxation. Studies conducted worldwide have shown that the impact of a stressful situation is lesser on pet owners, especially males, than on those who do not own a pet.

• Pets Help to Prevent Heart Disease Because pets provide people with faithful companionship, research shows they may also provide their owners with greater psychological stability, thus a measure of protection from heart disease.

• Pets Help to Lower Health Care Costs People with pets actually make fewer doctor visits, especially for non-serious medical conditions.

• Pets Help to Fight Depression Pets help fight depression and loneliness, promoting an interest in life. When seniors face adversity or trauma, affection from pets takes on great meaning. Their bonding behavior can foster a sense of security.

Lulu does a ‘Double’!

I missed going to the Gwynedd show this year, so I Emailed one of OUR CATS’ reporters, Emma Matthews, to ask her how the day had gone. Emma said, as ever, it was a great show and she was particularly excited about ‘Lulu’s’ (her Brown Burmese kitten, Adsetbu Katchyn Kahlua) success… Little Lulu had won BOV Burmese at the Wiltshire and District Cat Club Show on the 7/7/07 and then, just two weeks later – had ‘done it again’, at the Gwynedd Cat Club Show! Judy and Emma were absolutely thrilled with how well she did, "at both show we were shocked and delighted when were heard she had won BOV Burmese Kitten, but to for her to win overall BOV Burmese was unbelievable."

What a summer!

This year will surely go down as one of the worst ‘since records began’! I hope that the majority of readers have escaped the recent flooding and that they and their cats, have remained safe.
I will be back next month to write this column and look forward to hearing your news in good time, for inclusion.