London Pet Show 2012

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Following the success of this year’s event, organisers of London Pet Show have announced that next year’s exhibition is moving to the larger Earls Court Two building to accommodate demand. The show will be held on May 12 and 13, 2112.

“The show was unbelievably successful this year and we have revelled in all the positive feedback from sponsors, exhibitors and the public, which has convinced us that visitor numbers will go up significantly in 2012, so we need to make sure we have space,” said Nicole Cooper, Show Director from QD Events.

Earl’s Court Two in Central London, with its enormous, modern hall, will allow the whole event to be held on one floor and offers easy access to the huge crowds of pet lovers expected and an exciting range of new events and activities at the show.

Organisers also announced they have secured leading household stain removal brand Vanish as headline sponsor again after last year’s success and the Kennel Club will once more be highly involved with the show.

The Kennel Club will bring double the number of breeds from last year to the Discover Dogs area, with expert advice on hand for visitors to the show from owners and breeders. They will also again be running the Display Ring, with a full programme of exciting activities building on the highly popular performances last year, including Heelwork to Music, obedience training and flyball, to name but a few.

“The London Pet Show 2011 was a fantastic opportunity for the Kennel Club to educate the public ensuring that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners. The Kennel Club ring was also a huge success contributing to a great event that was much enjoyed by all who attended,” said Vanessa McAlpine, Events and Education Executive, the Kennel Club.

The show is also working in partnership with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) on a bigger and better ‘World of Cats’ in the Discover Cats zone in 2012, bringing many popular breeds from the seven pedigree sections, Persian, Semi Long Hair, British, Foreign, Siamese, Oriental and Burmese.

“London Pet Show 2011 was hugely successful for us because we had the opportunity to showcase to a huge number of the public that the GCCF cares for the welfare and wellbeing of all cats, whether they be a highly titled show cat or a more humble moggie,” said Anne Gregory, Director of the GCCF.

“We are already planning for 2012, when we will be coming back with even more cats across the breeds and very special features for The World of Cats.”

In addition to the competition arena, London Pet Show 2012 at Earl’s Court Two will include four zones, Discover Dogs, Discover Cats, Discover Small Furries and Discover Pets, incorporating exotics and aquatics, each with its own live interactive and stimulating feature area with demonstrations, talks and activities for that particular pet, plus plenty of shopping opportunities.

A high profile visitor marketing and PR campaign is being organised to attract 15,000 visitors to the show, which will include pet owners and fanatics as well as families with pets and those looking to choose a new family pet. The organisers are working closely with all the major organisations, charities and advisory bodies to reach existing and potential pet owners and are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

Companies interested in exhibiting should contact Elaine Shannon on 0141 576 3235 or Elaine.shannon@londonpetshow.co.uk or for sponsorship, contact Nicole Cooper on 01273 857820 or nicole@londonpetshow.co.uk

Update Microchips

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The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) is urging owners to ensure their pets are microchipped and that their registered contact details are updated and correct.

Microchipping is a great way to permanently identify dogs and cats, but an owner can only be contacted and reunited with their missing pet if their registered details are up to date.

A microchip is a small electronic device the size of a grain of rice that is implanted under the animal’s skin. It is coded with a unique number that is linked to their owner’s contact details on a national database.

David Warner, Secretary of ADCH explains: “The ADCH believes microchipping is the best way to help reunite owners with lost pets, trace abandoned animals back to irresponsible owners and make unscrupulous breeders accountable for their litters.

It is also a key weapon in the battle to reduce the number of healthy dogs unnecessarily put to sleep in the UK each year. So it’s vital that the databases are kept up to date with correct contact detail for microchipped cats’ and dogs’ owners.”

One lucky cat that was reunited with her owner thanks to a microchip was black cat Midnight, who went missing from her home in Warrington in April 2010. Her owners did everything they could to find her but reluctantly gave up hope as the weeks turned into months. However, seven months later, Midnight was found wandering the streets over 20 miles away and was taken in by a local animal rescue centre. Thankfully she was microchipped and all her details were up-to-date so she was promptly returned to her very relieved owners.

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Since 1985 the ADCH has helped to improve the standard of care for rescued dogs and cats. The Association represents over 90 charities and has recently introduced a new category of associates to enable even more organisations to benefit from its membership.

The ADCH is open to any charitable organisations /NGO’s within the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. For further information about joining the Association please visit www.adch.org.uk

Cats play Patty Cake

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Catching cats doing something funny on video can be tricky, but this video proves it can be done! Watch as these two appear to play a game of patty cake:

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Unwanted Kittens :(

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SALISBURY Cats Protection is desperate to find homes for unwanted kittens following a baby boom in the spring.

The charity is currently stretched to the limit with 35 kittens between five and 13 weeks and even more on the waiting list to be taken in. Despite a recent free neutering campaign the charity is still receiving calls from people struggling to home kittens.

Clare Hayes, branch coordinator, said: “This has put a huge stress on our volunteer-run branch as we only have a handful of foster homes and limited funds and resources. With the financial climate the way it is at the moment, we are seeing a decline in the number of adoptions, as people are unable to afford to take on a new kitten.”

Cats Protection is appealing for safe, loving homes and it urges cat owners to help reduce the number of unwanted kittens by getting their cats neutered.

Adoptions are subject to a successful home visit and there is an adoption fee of £60 per kitten.

For more information call 08453 712068 between 8am and 8pm or email salisbury.cats@hotmail.co.uk • The RSPCA has seen a dramatic rise in the number of cats abandoned in the UK.

By the end of 2010 the total reached 10,610 compared to 8,310 in 2009 and 7,609 in 2008

Henley Cat Breeder

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Liz Richmond-Watson, from Bix, bought her first pair of Bengal cats in 2002, after her beloved cat was put down aged 19 years. Ms Richmond-Watson, 51, began to breed domestic Bengal cats shortly afterwards.

The part-time book-keeper now has a selection of more than 70 cats and kittens of varying colours and markings, which she shows regularly.

Her kittens were featured in the Channel 4 programme Animals In The Womb in 2008.

The 2010-2011 showing season, which finished in May, was Ms Richmond-Watson’s most successful yet, with three of her felines earning coveted awards from the International Cat Association.

Two-year-old Mr Marbles became a supreme grand champion and was named best Bengal alter in the region and all Europe and 2nd Bengal alter in the world.

He was also placed 5th in best all breed Alter category at the Bengal Cat Club of Great Britain show.

Ms Richmond-Watson said: “He is beautiful, playful, super-friendly and just loves being shown.

“His magnificent looks and big gentle personality seem to win the hearts of the judges as they always comment on his wonderful playful nature.

“Marbles is my very first home-bred supreme grand champion. Unofficially he is best Bengal marble alter in the world.”

Mr Marbles’ half-brother, brown-spotted Mr Bingley, achieved best Bengal kitten in the region and 10th best Bengal kitten in the world.

Ms Richmond-Watson, who currently has three litters of kittens living in her bedroom, has also had success with older kitten Dream Maker in the last few months.

“He lives up to his name and falls asleep in front of the judges,” she said.

Dream Maker won 4th best Bengal kitten in the region, 7th best all-breed kitten in the region and 19th Bengal kitten in the world.

This weekend’s competition, is the second of the new season for Ms Richmond-Watson, who has travelled throughout the UK and to Europe to show the cats.

To see the cats and available kittens, visit www.owlsdenebengals.co.uk

60 mile trip for kitten

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Meet Smokey – the miraculous moggy that survived a 60-mile journey stuck under the bonnet of a car.

Retired Co Antrim man Harold McClure couldn’t believe his eyes when he discovered the little kitten under his bonnet – particularly when it looked like the three-week-old had survived being nestled among the engine for the duration of several journeys and speeds of up to 70mph.

The 75-year-old first came across the kitten when he was driving just outside Carrickfergus last month.

He and another driver were forced to stop suddenly to avoid hitting it in the middle of the road.

“A woman coming the other way saw it too and it ran underneath my car,” said Mr McClure.

“Then we got down and we realised the cat had missed the car – it was clear. We couldn’t find it anywhere.”

Mr McClure spent the rest of the day on the move, heading to the local supermarket, laying flowers in a graveyard, and travelling across bumpy terrain. All together, the Carrickfergus man reckons he travelled some 60 miles.

On arriving home he parked for the night and he and his wife Irene (70) went to bed.

“I left the car overnight and we had the bedroom window open as it was very warm.

“My wife said to me: ‘I can hear a cat crying outside’, but we thought nothing of it.”

When the couple came down in the morning they heard the tell-tale sounds of a kitten once again coming from the bonnet of their car and, upon opening it, found the tiny ball of fur nestled inside.

“We had to get the car up on the ramps to get at it and it was sitting on a wee ledge in at the gearbox,” Mr McClure said. After its release the kitten took off across a yard before hiding under the bonnet of a neighbour’s car. But Mr McClure managed to grab the frisky feline as it tried to dart away.

“I then brought it up to the vet, got it checked out and it is very well,” he said.

“It’s doing the best, eating away – it’s so small, only three or four weeks old,” he said.

The wider McClure family has taken their furry new friend to their hearts – and named it Smokey in a nod to its colouring.

“My wife named it Smokey – it was either going to be that or Lucky.

“It was amazing how far we travelled in the car and it was fine, completely unhurt,” he added. His four young grandchildren are besotted with the little ball of fur, and although it hasn’t been long, Smokey is already very much part of the family.

Background

Smokey isn’t the first pet to have a near death experience.

Curiosity nearly killed Molly the cat in 2006 after she was trapped in the wall of a New York deli for two weeks.

In August 2010 a cat in England called Fudge survived a five-minute cycle in a tumble-dryer.

And a German shepherd puppy was found among rubble 71 days after Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans.

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/kitten-smokey-survives-60-mile-trip-stuck-under-car-bonnet-16031594.html#ixzz1U3BgZpnx

York Chocolate

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The York Chocolate Cat is a new American breed of show cat, with a long, fluffy coat and a tapered tail and most of them are chocolate. The first part of its name is taken from New York state, where it was bred in 1983. This breed was created by color-selecting domestic longhaired cats, and as the name suggests, all members of this breed are solid chocolate or lilac, chocolate and white, or lilac and white. The breed is not yet widely recognized by breeders and the Cat Fanciers’ Association.

The York Chocolate cat is a medium to large cat with a rounded head and a moderately long muzzle. They have large, almond-shaped eyes that are either gold or green. Their bodies are slender and mid-way between the Oriental and foreign types, with long necks. The cats have full, tapered tails, tufted feet, and sometimes ruffs. The coat is semi-longhaired and very fine. It is either solid chocolate, solid lilac, white and chocolate, or white and lilac. The kittens are much lighter, and tabby markings and tipping is acceptable until the kitten reaches eighteen months of age

Ussuri

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The Ussuri is a rare natural breed of cat that originates from the region of the Amur River, Russia. It is reputed to be derived from natural hybrids with small wild cats known as “Amur Forest Cats” and “Amur Leopard Cats” (Asian Leopard cat subspecies, the same species used in the Bengal cat breed). Semi-wild Ussuris then hybridised naturally with Siberians and European/Domestic Shorthairs. This hybrid origin is based on conjecture and their appearance.

The breed is rare even in its native Russia. A translated breed standard for this and other native breeds was published in the mid 1990s, but nothing has been heard since that time and its breed status is unclear. The Ussuri’s numbers are dwindling due to interbreeding with local domestic cats and, without a breeding programme to preserve the strain, it will disappear. However, some other Russian minority cat breeds such as the Donskoy and Peterbald, whose standards were published in English at the same time, are now actively bred in the USA.

The ears often have “lynx” brushes. The body is muscular, but not massive. The neck is firm but not long. The legs are medium length, muscular and in proportion with firm, rounded paws. The tail has a rounded tip (like the European Wildcat).

Ukranian Levkoy

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The Ukrainian Levkoy is a cat breed of an original appearance, hairless and with folded ears. These cats are of medium size, the body is rather long, muscular and slender of rectangular format. The bare skin of Levkoy is soft and hot, it is excessive, elastic and wrinkled. Levkoy cat’s peculiar features are: special angular contour of its head and “stepped” profile (dogface appearance) folded ears and large, but not well wide opened, almond-shaped eyes. They are very friendly and active. The cats express sexual dimorphism

Turkish Van

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The Turkish Van is a recognized cat breed that is known for its unusual love of water and swimming. They were created from the cats native to the Lake Van area. Originally called in the West the Turkish Cat, the name was changed in 1979 in the U.S. (1985 in the U.K.) to Turkish Van to better distance the breed from the Turkish Angora cat which had its origins around Ankara, in central Turkey.

The coat is the most fascinating trait on this cat. The climate change in Eastern Anatolia region throughout the year seems to have designed the cat’s coat over time. Eastern Anatolia is mountainous, and Lake Van sits over 5,260 ft (1,600 m). above sea level. The area faces such extreme temperatures during the summer and winter seasons that it is almost inhospitable. The semi-long haired, water resistant single coat, is thick in winter but very soft, like rabbit fur or cashmere. At maturity, the cat will have a winter mane. During the spring and summer months when it becomes extremely hot, the long hair on the body is shed for a shorter coat that retains the cashmere feel. The hair on the tail remains long throughout the year and has the appearance of a bottle brush.Traditionally, in the cat fancy, Turkish Vans are recognized as patterned cats with colour restricted to the head and tail with the body of the cat being white. However, in Turkey, the cat is recognised in an all-white form as well as the form with red patterning and a “fox tail”, and with blue eyes, amber eyes, or one eye of each colour.

Many van-patterned Van cats have a small mark on the coat between the shoulder blades.This mark is called “The thumb print of God”. This mark can also be seen in red and white van-patterned Turkish Vans, i.e. the Turkish Van cats of classical color. The spot on the left shoulder, resembles the shape of the print of a thumb due to the presence of the agouti gene, which is responsible for tabby coloration and always present in red color in cats, giving rise to lighter and darker tones in the red marks of Van cats. The mark on the left shoulder can look as if the coloration was pressed out from the center to the periphery under the pressure of a finger. The Kurds call this mark “the thumbprint of God’s right hand”, and consider it a sign of good luck. There is a local legend telling that God blessed the Van cat by putting His right hand on it as the cat left Noah’s Ark. In the places on the cat’s coat where the Creator had touched it (head, shoulder and tail), the flaming marks appeared.