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Medran
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16/07/2018 8:16 am  
Posted by: Vinaay

Hi, could you please let me know how many types of cat breeds are available & which is suitable for Indian Climate. The climate is hot in summer, while in another season it's better. The place I live will be having hot summer where the temperature reaches to 48C, followed by moderate to heavy rains &  in winter around 20C. So please suggest me which breed is suitable I was a 1st-time pet owner. 

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Medran
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06/08/2018 2:33 pm  
Posted by: Vinaay

Hi, could you please let me know how many types of cat breeds are available & which is suitable for Indian Climate. The climate is hot in summer, while in another season it's better. The place I live will be having hot summer where the temperature reaches to 48C, followed by moderate to heavy rains &  in winter around 20C. So please suggest me which breed is suitable I was a 1st-time pet owner. 

Hi Vinaay,

I'd suggest looking for a cat with shorter hair such as Siamese or Oriental shorthair which prefer hot weather. 🙂

Marc


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Crystal
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13/09/2018 3:22 pm  

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't been here for a while but I've been posting on my blogs, Bloglovin', Goodreads and I just found a new book site I go to now. The name of the site is Bookish First maybe you've heard of it, You read excerpts and share your first impressions of the books listed on their site. However, I was disappointed that not a whole lot of authors and books are listed so gaining points can be tough at times.

Anyhow, Yesterday was Daisy Mae's 12th Birthday. Daisy Mae is my cat. I wrote about it on my blog and the post can be found at 

BREAKING NEWS: DAISY MAE’S 12TH BIRTHDAY

 . I hope everyone checks it out. I also have been sad this week remembering 9-11 and having my cat's 3rd death anniversary on 9-11. Yes that's when she died on 9-11-2015. I wrote 3 different posts to remember these events and they can be found at: 

Heroes

https://crystalsphotobloggingsite.wordpress.com2018/09/11/angel-tigger/  and  https://crystalsphotobloggingsite.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/a-conservation-between-daisy-mae-and-queen-mom-deputy-sister-crystal/  . I hope all is well with everyone and continues to be well with everyone.

 

I don't know the what the weather is where you are but since it is almost officially Fall here, we have leaves turning color, leaves falling of the trees, It is windy and we just had a lot of rain are forcasted to get more possibly. Honestly, Spring and Summer 


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Crystal
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13/09/2018 3:30 pm  

I'm going to try to bring up the other 2 pictures but if I can't know you can see them at the links posts mentioned. Here it goes. I'm trying again. Well it looks like this site is going to allow my pictures for what reason I don't know. Sorry. I was able to post one. I guess that is something-right?

 


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Crystal
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13/09/2018 3:34 pm  

The picture of the cat above is my cat who died on 9-11-2015.😭😭


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RoseyToesMeows
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13/09/2018 4:33 pm  

Happy Birthday Daisy Mai! Love Rose's Kitty Krew xx

Rose.


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Crystal
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01/10/2018 3:17 pm  

Thanks Rose and the Kitty Crew. Daisy Mae and I say let's continue partying.What do you say? Made this the other day.

 


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Crystal
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01/10/2018 3:54 pm  

Hey everybody, hope everyone is doing well. Sorry I've been a stranger lately but been busy and then what do I go and do? I go and badly sprain my toes, ankle and leg. The other day I went out to get the paper and before I reached the paper box(I think I was on the next to the last step), I looked both ways for cars since there is a road in front of our house and people drive up and down like maniacs and the next thing I know my left leg bent back under me and in the process, I did my ankle, toes and whole foot in. It's a very bad sprain. Thankfully, I had been holding onto the banister and as soon as this happened, I sat down on the steps. Now I don't want to walk on it. The toes are black. Happened Saturday or Sunday a day or two before my my brother-in-laws 53rd birthday party. How's that for timing? I'm happy to say I am hobbling around but try to get around on it some despite the pain. I hope it heals soon.

I hope things are better for everyone else. By the way, saw a swarm of bees yesterday that stretched from our backyard to our garage. Keep in mind our garage is not attached to the house so it was across the driveway and below where the old garage used to be so it was a ways. It was unreal.


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04/10/2018 4:19 pm  

Hi Crystal,

Sorry for such a late response, I thought I'd already replied! - I'm such an idiot!

I hope your sprain is healing, and you're managing to get around easier now. The bee swarm sounds like a great sight to see! You do see lots of wonderful wildlife whee you live. I'm so jealous!!

I'm going to an pet show on Sunday, where Marc will be with his Katzenworld shop stall. Will be lovely seeing him again. I have some goodies I've ordered for my kitties to pick up. 😀 I'm getting one of the silvervine toys for them to try - could be interesting. Never tried them with that before. 

Rose.


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Crystal
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04/10/2018 7:17 pm  

You're not an idiot. My sprain is getting better thanks. However, after I sprained my ankle real good I later found out my toes were stoved. Can you believe it? I guess I bent them back too. Not back to walking normally yet but getting better. It's a rainy day here. The bee swarm was a sight to see. Glad we were inside.


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07/10/2018 11:16 am  

Morning everyone, I am new to this site but just love how friendly it seems! I am about to get my first kitten - BEYOND EXCITED. But, I feel like my head is going to explode with all the cat litter options. I have been doing loads of research, and Sophie (the mummy of my kitten) currently uses wood chip and her owner seems happy enough. I really want to do my bit for the environment so wood chip seems a good option, but I just don't know!!

My specific questions if anyone has any advice at all are:

- whats the view on scented? Is it necessary and worth the premium or is it not safe - i know cats have such sensitive smell

- is it worth trying to find 'vet endorsed products' (not even sure if these exist?)

- does anyone opt for flushable and actually flush the litter down the loo (am a little worried about my plumbing with this option but thought it was worth an ask!)

So sorry for the bombardment!

Thansk

Joe


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Crystal
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07/10/2018 6:19 pm  

Welcome and Congratulations Joel123. If this comes twice I'm sorry. Having modem problems.

I think it's great you want to help the environment but sometimes you can't use what the momma kitty uses. That said, I would try wood chips first to see if your kitten approves and if not onto cat litters sold at the grocery store or website. Keep in mind each cat/kitten is different and unique therefore what one cat will like another might not.  My cat's favorite litter is Fresh Step. I would choose unscented over scented. The cat might not like the litter because it's scented. Using vet endorsed products should be your last resort because they're usually pricey. 

Please Do Not flush down the toilet/loo. It might clog your plumbing. A good thing to do is clean out the litter box twice a day. In the Morning and after Supper(Dinner) or at Night. You'll cat will love you for this. Cats love a clean litter box. My family and I when we do this daily put it in a plastic bag garbage bag. I suggest cleaning out the litter box when it starts smelling of urine(usually once a week. Before putting clean litter in the litter box be sure to clean it and disinfect it good.

Here is some other advice. Every cat is different when it comes to food. For kittens, I would feed your kitten something specific for kittens. Start with dry food only. Then when your kitten gets a little bit older you can start to try wet food if you want. I would say 6 months to a year.

What flea and tick collar should you use. Again each cat reacts different to flea & tick collars. Personally, I like Seresto. It's sold at your vet, websites and some stores. No matter where you go it's going to be pricey. However, I suggest going to your vet and getting Seresto if you decide on it because they can put it on and even give you a rebate. Use metal and/glass bowls(less germs).

Good Luck

My Cat Daisy Mae

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RoseyToesMeows
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08/10/2018 2:51 pm  
Posted by: Joe123

Morning everyone, I am new to this site but just love how friendly it seems! I am about to get my first kitten - BEYOND EXCITED. But, I feel like my head is going to explode with all the cat litter options. I have been doing loads of research, and Sophie (the mummy of my kitten) currently uses wood chip and her owner seems happy enough. I really want to do my bit for the environment so wood chip seems a good option, but I just don't know!!

My specific questions if anyone has any advice at all are:

- whats the view on scented? Is it necessary and worth the premium or is it not safe - i know cats have such sensitive smell

- is it worth trying to find 'vet endorsed products' (not even sure if these exist?)

- does anyone opt for flushable and actually flush the litter down the loo (am a little worried about my plumbing with this option but thought it was worth an ask!)

So sorry for the bombardment!

Thansk

Joe

@Joe123 Welcome to the forum, and I'm so pleased for you getting your new fur-family member. It's great to see your planning things in advance, so everything will be ready for the kitten too! 

Crystal has already offered some great advice, but I thought I'd just add my thoughts/advice for you too:

Breeders do often use wood chip cat litter, as the clay cat litter can be dangerous for very young kittens. - Licking the litter off their paws can block their tiny digestive system. This shouldn't be a concern by the age of the kittens being homed though. If you wanted to continue to use wood chips, there is a good system in the UK (assuming you are UK as you used mummy not mommy), where it uses a sieve like top tray for the urine to drop through to bottom tray, and you just scoop out poops from top tray. (This can be flushed down  the toilet safely too if you wanted, or put into a compost heap). Then top up with wood chip, but do a full change and clean of trays once a month I think they recommended.  If you wanted to find out more, do a search for Brit-pet.

There are other natural litter options too. You can get litter made from plant fibres, corn, and walnut husks I believe. The Katzenworld online shop sell an Almo Nature cat litter, which is made from  vegetable fibres. I've just had a look, and that is compostable and flushable.

The more traditional cat litter us made of clay. That can come in different types too though. We personally prefer clay clumping litter. Our preferred brand is Tigerino Canada cat litter, which we have found most effective with our 7 cats. We don't use the scented varieties, as we used to have an asthmatic cat, and have just kept to that now. We use deep litter trays, and fill them quite deep (sorry can't remember how deep, but follow guidelines on the particular litter you get). The urine clumps into fairly solid balls, which are easily lifted out of the trays as long as the litter is kept nice and deep. Again the poop us scooped out too. This is not flushable or compostable though, so we have a separate bin for it. We do a full change and wash the trays roughly once a month  

There are also litters made from crystals, but I have no experience of those, so can't comment. Again you can't flush or compost those though.

Please ensure you have at least 2 litter trays available for your kitten. Some won't wee in a tray they've pooped in. Also kittens, like young children, can't control their bladder as well as older cats. So they need to have a litter within easy reach of them  e.g. one on both floors of a 2 storey house if they have access to both floors.

Regarding food, please ensure you start you kitten on whatever it is eating with it's breeder. If you do wish to change the food, then do so gradually, so the kittens stomach adjusts to it gradually.  Feed the original food until the kitten is settled though. There may be some runny poops to begin with, but they shouldn't be like water, or last longer than a couple of days.  When to start to change the food feed, 75% original and 25% new food for a few days, then increase new food by 25% when you're sure the kitten is ok. Continue in this way until you're feeding just the new food. With food choice, choose the best quality food you can afford. Scrumbles do a fantastic quality, high meat content dry food (If you look for my Scrumbles review blog, it has a £1 off code), as do Almo Nature (sold in Katzenworld online shop). Applaws, Purizon (only from Zooplus) and Arden Grange are other good foods too. Check the meat content on the ingredients label if you're not sure.

Most importantly, enjoy your kitten! Spend lots of time playing, talking, cuddling with him/her. Kittens often love to play with teaser toys. Do remember to put any toy with lengths of string or ribbons etc away after playing. Kittens/cats can get themselves xcaugh up in them if playing by themselves, and even strangle themselves. 😪

Grooming your kitten is great way to bond too! If your kitten doesn't like it, then procede patiently, and give rewards for allowing any grooming. The reward may be extra cuddles, play times or treats, depending on what motivates your kitten best (usually treats I've found). It's also a good idea to gradually get your kitten used to having it's ears, paws and teeth looked at if you can, as these are things the vet will look at during regular health checks.

I'm looking forward to seeing photos of your kitten 😸😸

Rose.


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Crystal
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08/10/2018 4:39 pm  

Great addition to my advice RoseyToesMeows. I to can't wait to see pictures of Joel123's new kitten. New kittens are fun to play with. They love to explore too.  😊  😊 


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RoseyToesMeows
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08/10/2018 8:37 pm  

Thanks Crystal. I didn't think you'd mind me adding to your great good advice, and it's good to hear that is the case.  😊 

Kittens are great fun, although you do need to keep an eye an them. Especially as they love exploring as you said. This can sometimes lead them into mischief and/or trouble though.  😆 

Rose.


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