- Stargazer Lily
- Tiger Lily
- Asian Lily
- Easter Lily
- Rubrum Lily
Several species of lily are highly toxic to cats. Even in tiny amounts it can cause toxicity and kidney failure. Symptoms include vomiting, depression and loss of appetite and will usually occur 30 minutes to two hours after ingestion. Species of Lily that are poisonous to cats include:
The Abyssinian is one of the oldest domestic breeds. It is believed by many people that the Abyssinian is descended from the cats of ancient Egypt and, indeed, they do bear a strong resemblance to the cats depicted in sculptures and paintings found in the Egyptian pyramids.
The precise origins of the Abyssinian remains unclear, although it is fairly certain that the wife of an English Army officer, a Mrs Captain Barrett-Leonard, brought the original specimen back to Britain from Abyssinia in 1868. Other members of the army may have also brought these cats back from what is now known as Ethiopia around this time. It is known that the first mention in a book was in 1874, the breed was recognized in Britain in 1882.
Photo of the first litter born in 1960 in NSW
In Australia, the first Abyssinian's were imported during the late 1950's from England and New Zealand.The first five Abyssinians to arrive in NSW came early in 1959. 'Finisterre Casim' a male and 'Finisterre Sherada' a female, were from New Zealand. They were consigned to Mrs J Thurmer of South Australia, but due to some problem, were collected and held in Sydney for several weeks before continuing to Adelaide. Despite their wanderings when they settled with Mrs Thurmer they proved to be a good breeding pair and produced the first registered Abyssinian litter in Australia (they were later sold to a Victorian breeder, and continued to produce prolifically).
Abyssinians are medium-sized cats. They are very elegant, regal-looking cats with strong, flexible bodies and long, slender legs. Their paws are small and oval. They have round, wedge-shaped heads with distinctive tuffed tips to the ears which are large and pointed and set wide apart. Their eyes are large and almond-shaped, with their eye colour being amber, hazel or green. They have short, close-lying coats which is distinctly ticked, resulting in at least four bands of colour.Their tails are fairly long, and broad at the base, tapering to a point. The Abyssinian cat comes in a range of different colors, Ruddy being the most common coat color. They are also seen in sorrel (red), fawn, blue, lilac, and silver. Silver Abyssinians are a separate group which includes black silver, blue silver, fawn silver and sorrel silver. The Abyssinian's coat does little shedding and is relatively easy to care for with a brush and comb through occasionally.
The Abyssinian is intelligent and curious, but this is tempered with a cautious streak.They are extremely loyal, and will become very attached to there family. They are very playful and energetic. They enjoy hunting.
The worst thing that you can do to an Abyssinian is deprive it of human company, and it is important that it lives in a household where they get lots of human interaction. They need plenty of space and don't necessarily being confined. It is a good climber. It is playful and inquisitive but also sensible and will not rush into situations recklessly. After a game it will be happiest sitting on its owners lap being stroked and petted.
The Abyssinian Cat Club of Australia's website is http://www.abyssinian.org.au
The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.
Cats are amazing! They're so graceful and seem to leap and pounce with incredible skill. As a cat lover, I am sure that you are fully aware of the remarkable acrobatics that your feline friends are capable of.
I know you have heard the saying “cats always land on their feet” but have you ever wondered why that is?
Contrary to popular belief, falling cats do not always land on their feet. In fact, every day cats sustain serious injuries from falling out of open windows, off balconies, and from rooftops. Cats do not fear heights and will often leap after a bird or out of a window only to find themselves falling through the air.
If a cat falls a short distance, he can usually right himself and land on his feet. If he falls more than one or two floors, however, he may sustain injury. Although they can generally right themselves, the legs and feet cannot absorb the shock. Whether or not a cat lands on its feet depends on several factors, including the distance they fall and the surface on which they fall onto.
The trauma sustained from a fall of over two stories (24 to 30 feet) is known as high-rise-syndrome. High-rise syndrome is more common in built up areas. Studies done on cats that have fallen from 2 to 32 stories show that the overall survival rate is a surprising 90 percent. Strangely, cats that fall from a height under 6 stories have more severe trauma than those that fall from over 6 stories. One theory is that cats reach terminal velocity at about 5 stories, and at this point they relax, allowing a more distributed force of impact and less severe injuries. When cats land before reaching top speed, they are rigid and flexed and prepared for the landing. This results in most of the force impacting the parts of the body that hit initially. Read up on High-Rise-Sydrome for more information.
In a study from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, two veterinarians examined 132 cases of cats that had fallen out of high-rise windows. On average, the cats fell 5.5 stories, but 90 percent survived, although many suffered severe injuries. The number of broken bones and injuries increased with the number of stories the cat had fallen – up to seven stories. Above seven stories, however, the number of injuries declined. In other words, the farther the cat fell, the better the chances of escaping injury were.
It's instinctive for both humans and animals to tense their muscles when free-falling, which makes them more susceptible to injury. When cats land before reaching top speed, they are rigid and flexed and prepared for the landing. This results in most of the force impacting the parts of the body that hit initially. However, after reaching terminal velocity, cats relax their muscles and spread themselves out like flying squirrels. This allows the impact of the fall to be spread across a larger surface area.
Your cat may be able to survive a fall – but, then again, he might not. You never know ... and prevention is better than a visit to your veterinary clinic.
*This information was gathered from Dr. Jon at www.petplace.com
After all those BBQ's being cooked yesterday for Australia Day. It is now time to clean them up for the next time. Check this YouTube clip out.
Happy Australia Day
From all the Kitty Carers at Cooinda Cat Resort
The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other animal - it's also the reason they hate birds.
- K.C. Buffington
Daffodils are the harbinger of Spring. Most of us would never let our beautiful kitties near these pretty flowers, but when our backs are turned, we don't always know what our kitties get up to. Daffodils are toxic to both cats and dogs with the bulbs being the most toxic part. Symptoms of your cat ingesting these pretty flowers are vomiting, salvation and diarrhea. If your cat has ingested large amounts of these toxins, symptoms are as strong as convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors and cardiac arrhythmia.
You should consult your vet immediately if you have any concerns
One reason we admire cats is for their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they're doing, or pretend they do.
- Barbara Webster
Cats have primarily been kept as hunters and companions where as dogs were domesticated thousands of years before cats even associated with people. We needed canines to help us hunt, work, and herd among other tasks.This is why there are more than 150 recognized breeds of dog, but only about 40 distinct breeds of cats in the registries. However their seems to be a new breed of cat added every year.
Purebred Cat Lovers generally choose breeds of cats that are similar to their personality. Cat owners are mostly drawn to cats based on the cats looks. You will find that most cats do actually take on the personality of their person. If you were interested in finding out what breed of cat would best suite your lifestyle, you can go to "http://www.whiskas.com.au/Breeds.aspx" and fill in the questions and they will provide the type of cat they think would best suite you and your lifestyle. We do recommend you talk to the breeders and do some research of your own.
There are many different recognized breeds in Australia and over the course of the year we will provide you with personalities, descriptions and origins of each breed.
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