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Supreme Cat Show at the NEC Birmingham November 2017

The Supreme Cat Show.
Organised every year by the world’s oldest cat registry, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, or GCCF, and takes place every November at the NEC Birmingham. Special awards of UK Champion and Supreme Champion can be earned at this show only. A cat wins each show’s “Best In Show” award.

Non-pedigree and pedigree pet cats.
Non-pedigree cats and pedigree pet cats are also permitted to enter the Supreme Cat Show. They can also compete for the same levels of title as the pedigree cats but these are for “Master Cat” titles as opposed to “Champion” and “Premier” ones. They then go on to compete to win the title of Supreme Non-Pedigree or Supreme Pedigree Pet Cat. Classes are also included for kittens, with both non pedigree and pedigree pet kittens competing for the title of Supreme Household Pet Kitten.

Show structure
Unlike other shows, the GCCF’s Supreme Show has no miscellaneous or club classes; it does, however, have classes other shows dont. There are four Adult Open classes for each championship status breed: Champion Male and Female classes for full Champions, the winners being eligible for Grand Challenge Certificates and Pre-Champion Male and Female classes for cats with one or two Certificates, competing for Challenge Certificates. The same applies to the neuter classes which are split into Premier and Pre-Premier classes for males and females.

Cats which are already Grand Champions do not compete in these classes but in special classes for Grand Champions, Imperial Grand Champions, UK Grand Champions and UK & Imperial Grand Champions only, the winner being eligible for a UK Grand Challenge Certificate. Grand Premiers, Imperial Grand Premiers, UK Grand Premiers and UK & Imperial Grand Premiers compete for a UK Grand Premier Certificate. In these classes several breeds may compete together. UK Grand Certificates are only awarded at the Supreme Show; two such Certificates from different judges give the cat the title of UK Grand Champion/Premier or UK & Imperial Grand Champion/Premier if it has additionally gained that title. There is no Reserve UK Grand Challenge/Premier Certificate.

Best of Breed winners at the Supreme Show do not get certificates but compete against the other BOB winners in their section for Best of Variety.

The seven Best of Variety Adults (Persian, Semi-Longhair, British, Foreign, Burmese, Oriental and Siamese) compete for Supreme Adult, the seven kittens for Supreme Kitten and the seven neuters for Supreme Neuter. The Supreme Adult and the Neuter can add the coveted word ‘Supreme’ to their title.

Finally, the Supreme Adult, Supreme Kitten and Supreme Neuter compete against each other for the honour of being judged Supreme Exhibit.

healthy cats

Healthy Cats: Give Your Cat the Food of Love They Need

Healthy cats need the correct food.

Cats are known as an obligate carnivore. They needs meat and fish, flesh and bone. Cats are NOT vegetarian, It cannot be stressed enough. Your cat needs meat, and feeding her anything else is almost animal cruelty.

If a cats does not get the majority of their nutrition from meat and fish they are going to suffer some serious health problems. The most crucial element is taurine, an amino acid essential to the health of your cat’s heart and eyes, and its immune system. It cannot be synthesised by the body so must be taken in through food, and the highest concentrations of taurine are found in meat and fish. Lack of taurine has been found to have major implications for cat health that it is supplemented in all cat food. Cats deficient in taurine can suffer from heart failure, irreversible blindness from retinal degeneration, fur loss and tooth decay.
Tests have shown that a human vegan will take little or no taurine into their diet, whereas a meat and fish eater can ingest many grammes per day. But simply adding a taurine supplement to a cat’s vegetarian food doesn’t always work. The cat may well not take to the supplement or do very badly on it, plus you still won’t be giving them everything they need nutritionally.

So what should I feed my cat?

There are numerous household and garden products we take for granted – but they can kill cats!!
In The Home

Lilies: are lethal to cats and will cause kidney failure. Ingesting even a small amount can be fatal in hours.
Air fresheners: Can cause skin irritation, depression and breathing difficulties in pets.
Cleaning products: Be especially careful with what you put on the floors as cats lick their paws.
Flea treatment for dogs: This is extremely important. Dog flea treatments usually contain permethrin, which could be fatal to cats.
Antifreeze: Cats love the smell, but can seriously harm them. Don’t put it in your garden pond in winter.
Potpourri and cigarette smoke: Should be avoided.

In the garden
Plants: Azaleas, oleanders and yew leaves.
Slug pellets: Use Slug Gone (sluggone.com) sheep wool pellets. They’re organic, smell nice, and are non-poisonous and they work.
Pesticides and weedkillers: Always check the label for pet-friendly products.
Salting paths: Salt in cold weather can cause burns to sensitive paw pads.

What healthy cats need isn’t much different to us, except for the meat intake which they must have. They don’t need added salt and sugar, added cereal content or added colours. BUT this is what a lot of supermarket cat food contains. Some people say cats should only be given dry food because it helps keep their teeth clean. NO. After one cat had  some urinary tract infections a vet recommended to feed it wet food only as cats are prone to dehydration. As for teeth, cats would be better off in the garden chewing on a meaty bone or having a seaweed supplement added to their food (assuming their not suffering with hyperthyroidism – a hormonal glandular disorder mostly found in older cats – where the iodine content should be avoided).

Healthy cats are loving cats.


Cat Sounds and Their Interpretations and Meanings

Cat sounds and what they mean

All cats make noises — from meows and purrs to hisses and growls — but some cats are more vocal than others.
Cats communicate with meows, chirrups, hisses, purrs, chatters and growls, but the onomatopoeic meow is the most used.

Kittens will meow to their mums, but as they grow older they typically quit using this sound to communicate with other cats. Often, adult domestic cats that meow do so only when a human is around. This is likely an extension of the way kittens use their plaintive meows as a signal.

It’s usually assumed that cats make this calming sound when they’re happy, but they purr for other reasons. Purring can signal that a cat feels frightened or threatened and research shows it’s also a type of self-healing.

This trilling sound is a cross between a meow and a purr, and many cat owners beleive cats use it as a form of greeting.

These rumbling sounds are meant to warn. They can be a response to humans, animals or other cats, and most felines make the noise out of fear, anger or territorial reasons.

This stuttering sound has been described as a combination between a meow and a bleat. It’s typically heard when a pussy spots something,usually a bird or flying insect thats out of reach. It could communicate excitement or frustration.

A hiss can be loud or soft depending on the cat and the situation it is in. It’s often the cat response to fear and can be directed at cats,other animals, and humans. When a cat is hissing leave it alone!

This shrill and wailing noise is the cry of a cat in heat.

If you have a cat, you can interpret what your pets’ meows and other sounds simply by observing. Look to see what stimulus your cat could be reacting to, and watch its body language — especially its ears and tail — to determine what emotion or message the animal is trying to convey.


Cat Litter Tray the CatGenie Solves All The Problems

CATGENIE cat litter tray
The only automatic cat litter tray box that flushes the cat waste
away and, like your furry pet, washes itself clean. Honest! It saves you cash as well!
The Catgenie uses permanent Washable Granules that never ever need changing
Comfy CatGenie Granules satisfy your cats need to dig and re-cover
Costs less to run than most alternative litter trays
The CatGenie appliance takes cat litter out of your life forever
One-time, easy DIY connection to water; set to start automatically
Tested, used and recommended by vets across the UK, CatGenie is unlike all cat litter boxes.
It does more than any other automatic litter boxes. The CatGenie acts like a cat box, works like a toilet, and cleans like a modern washing machine.

1) It requires a one-time, simple DIY hook up to cold water and an electric socket and the cat litter tray is ready
2) CatGenie uses litter-like Washable Granules to comply with your cat’s need to dig and cover.
3) When your cat goes, the liquid drains away from the Granules so only the waste gets flushed away.
4) When cleaning starts, the GenieHand scoops out the solid waste, which gets liquefied for safe, easy removal.
5) Clean water fills the basin and the GenieHand scrubs and scours cat box and Granules.
6) The cat-safe SaniSolution decontaminates the Granules and cat box of germs and smells.
7) Liquefied waste and sudsy water get flushed down the toilet or drain and safely out of your home.
8) A hot-air blower completely dries the Granules and cat box ready for your cat’s next visit.


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Petting Station for Cats – Make Your Own

How to make a cat petting station for your furry moggy.

Cat owners knows that cats love being stroked. This is something that is common to many mammals. But why and how? A paper in Nature by Sophia Vrontou and co-workers addresses the “how” question – that is, what are the underlying mechanisms – looking at mice. The opening sentences are limpid:
Stroking of the skin produces pleasant sensations that can occur during social interactions with conspecifics, such as grooming:. Despite numerous physiological studies, molecular  defined sensory neurons that detect pleasant stroking of hairy skin in vivo have not been reported.
They identified a particular set of sensory neurons that innervate hairy skin in mice and are activated by stroking, not pinching, and were able to show that this stimulation is apparently rewarding for the mice.

Why do Cats Like Their Chin Rubbed
Your mogs has scent glands in her chin, which is why you might notice her rubbing it on anything and everything around her. These scent glands produce a natural pheromone that your cat uses to mark territory and other pets with a calming scent. While humans can’t smell this scent, your pet uses it as a way to identify members of her family, and that includes you, according to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine. By scratching her chin, these pheromones get on your hand and she can smell them while you spend time with her, making for a relaxing, bonding experience.
Scratching under your kitty’s chin simply feels really good for your pet. Keep in mind that when she grooms herself, the only spots she can’t lick with her sandpaper like tongue are on her face and head. While she cleans these areas as well as she can with her paws, having you touch these areas feels just like another cat grooming her. This may also remind her of being groomed by her mother as a kitty cat. Either way, it’s extremely relaxing, and most cats appear to enjoy the contact on the chin area. In fact, a pleasant cat massage should include scratching under the chin and ears.

Watch the video and make your own petting station.