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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cats in Guiness World Records

Cat World Records according to Guinness World Records


1. Oldest Cat - The oldest cat ever lived is Creme Puff who was born on August 3, 1967. Creme Puff's owner, Jake Perry in Austin, Texas, USA. 

Creme Puff (August 3, 1967 – August 6, 2005), was a female cat who died at age 38 years and 3 days. She was the oldest cat ever recorded, according to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records

photo: by Mark Sutherland - http://amazing-petscharm.blogspot.com/
 

Creme Puff and Jake Perry's other long-lived cat
Creme Puff lived with her owner, Jake Perry, in Austin, Texas, United States. Perry also owned Granpa Rexs Allen, a registered sphynx. Granpa was claimed to have been born in Paris, France in 1964 and died 1998, aged 34 years and 2 months and was posthumously awarded 1999 Cat of the Year by Cats & Kittens magazine. Granpa was featured in an earlier edition of Guinness World Records. The co-authors of at least one book have pondered whether the longevity of Perry's cats may have had something to do with an unusual diet of, among other things, bacon and eggs, asparagus, and broccoli, concluding that Perry "must be doing something right."

 
2. Cat with Most Toes - The world record for the cat with most toes belongs to Jake who has 28 toes, with 7 on each paw. (Cats with more than 5 toes on a paw is called polydactyl cats) 

photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Polydactylcat.jpg





A polydactyl cat is a cat with a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (or polydactylism, also known as hyperdactyly), a type of cat body type genetic mutation that causes the cat to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws. Cats with this genetically inherited trait are most commonly found along the East Coast of North America (in the United States and Canada) and in South West England and Wales.

Nicknames for polydactyl cats include "boxing cats", "mitten cats", "mitten-foot cats", "snowshoe cats", "thumb cats", "six-fingered cats", "Cardi-cats", "Hemingway cats", and "double-pawed cats." Two specific breeds recognized by some but not all cat fancier clubs are the American Polydactyl and Maine Coon Polydactyl, and named regional populations include the Boston thumb cat, Cardi-cat, Ithacat, and Vermont snowshoe cat.


3. Longest Whisker -  The record for the longest whisker on a cat measured 19 cm (7.5 in) and belongs to Missi, a Maine coon who lives with her owner, Kaija Kyllönen. The whiskers were measured in Finland on December 22, 2005

Previous longest whisker on a cat measured 17.4 cm (6.8 in) on July 30, 2004 and belong to Mingo, a Maine coon (also the biggest breed of domesticated cats), who lives with her owner, Marina Merne in Turku, Finland. 

photo credit: http://www.chicagonow.com



4. Most expensive cat - A Californian Spangled Cat was bought for $24,000 (£15,925) in January 1987 and was the display cat from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book of 1986.
 
5. Longest Cat - If Frieda Ireland’s pet cat Leo were a human being he would weigh about 100 kg (220 lb) and stretch over 2.5 m (8 feet) tall. As it is, the mammoth moggie is as long as an 8-year-old child and has paws so big they can fit into a size 2 child’s shoe! 

Verismo’s Leonetti Reserve Red – otherwise known as Leo – is a Maine Coon cat owned by Frieda Ireland and Carroll Damron of Chicago. Normally a large breed, Maine Coons often weigh as much as 10 kg (22 lb), but Leo weighs in at a mog-nificent 15.8 kg (35 lb) and measures a record-breaking 121.9 cm (48 in) from nose to tail. 

6. Largest Collection of Cat Memorabilia - Since 1979, Florence Groff of France has amassed a record-breaking collection of 11,717 cat-related items. Among the collection are 2,118 different cat figurines (48 of which are fridge magnets), 86 decorative plates, 60 pieces of crystalware, 140 metallic boxes, 9 lamps, 36 stuffed toys, 41 painted eggs, and 2,666 pussy postcards. 

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Top 20 Fun Facts About Cats

Top 20 Fun Facts About Cats




1. Cats weigh an average of 12 pounds. The heaviest cat on record weighed nearly 47 pounds. The lightest was one pound, eight ounces.

2. Puss, a cat from England, lived to be 36 in human years: the oldest cat on record.


3. Researchers have tried mouse-flavored cat food. The cats who were introduced to it refused to eat it.

4. Cats will spend about a third of the day grooming. The process is helped along by the backwards-facing spikes on their tongues. Now you know why it feels like being rubbed with sandpaper when they lick you.


5. Cats have five toes on each front foot, but only four on each back foot.

6. Ancient Egyptians shaved their eyebrows in mourning when their cats died. And if someone killed a cat, he or she could get the death penalty.


7. Kittens will start dreaming when they’re about one week old.
 
8. Groups of kittens are “kindles,” while groups of adult cats are “clowders.”

9. One litter of kittens can be produced by more than one father.


10. Many cats don’t have eyelashes.




11. Ailurophiles – people who love cats – always want to know more about their favorite pets. Here are some facts about house cats that you might not already know.

12. Many people think that cats are colorblind, but it’s a myth. Now we know that cats can see blues, reds and greens.

13. They will also spend about 16 hours a day sleeping.

14. Bluebell, a Persian cat, had fourteen kittens in one litter: the largest single litter in which every kitten survived.

15. Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat door.

16. Cats rarely meow at other cats.





17. You might think it’s disgusting when your cat brings you dead prey (like a bird or mouse), but you should thank her anyway. She thinks that she’s bringing you a present.

18. A cat’s heart beats up to 140 times per minute, or about twice as fast as a human’s.
19. When kittens are born, their eyes are blue – but they often change color as the babies grow.

20. Cats can be trained to use the toilet as their litter box. Some can even be taught to flush when they’re done.


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Top Cat Gooming Tips

Groom Your Cat - Very Important Grooming Tips


Your feline will look (and feel!) like the cat’s meow after a good grooming session. 


By nature, cats are extremely fastidious. You’ve no doubt watched your kitty washing herself several times a day. For the most part she can take care of herself very well, thank you, but sometimes she’ll need a little help from you.

Make Grooming as Enjoyable as Possible - For the Both of You!


Grooming sessions should be fun for the both of you, so be sure to schedule them when your cat’s relaxed, perhaps after exercise or eating. You want your pet to remember grooming sessions in a positive way, so you never want to risk losing your temper. If you’ve had a stressful day or are in a bad mood, it’s probably not a good time to groom your cat.

Keep your first grooming sessions short - just 5 to 10 minutes. Gradually lengthen the time until your pet is used to the routine. You should also get your pet used to being handled. Get in the habit of petting every single part of your cat - including ears, tail, belly and back - and especially the feet! 


And keep in mind, a little patience can go a long way. If your cat is extremely stressed out, cut the session short and try again when she’s calmer. Unfortunately, most cats do not like baths, so you may need another person to help. And remember to pile on the praise and offer her a treat when the session is over.

1. Brushing


Regular sessions with a brush or comb will help keep your pet’s hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free.

If your cat has short hair, you only need to brush once a week:
  • First, use a metal comb and work through her fur from head to tail.
  • Next, use a bristle or rubber brush to remove dead and loose hair.
  • Be extra-gentle near her chest and belly.
  • If your cat has long hair, you will need to brush every day:
    - Start by combing her belly and legs; be sure to untangle any knots.
    - Next, brush her fur in an upward motion with a bristle or rubber brush.
    - To brush her tail, make a part down the middle and brush the fur out on either side.

2. Bathing


If your cat’s coat becomes greasy and oily, or if she’s gotten into something sticky or smelly, she’ll benefit from a bath. Use a mild shampoo that’s safe to use on cats, and follow these easy steps:
  1. First, give your pet a good brushing to remove all dead hair and mats.
  2. Place a rubber bath mat in a sink or tub to provide secure footing.
  3. Put your cat in a tub or sink that has been filled with about 3 to 4 inches of lukewarm water.
  4. Use a spray hose to thoroughly wet your pet, taking care not to spray directly in her ears, eyes or nose. If you don’t have a spray hose, a large plastic pitcher or unbreakable cup will do.
  5. Gently massage in shampoo, working from head to tail.
  6. Thoroughly rinse with a spray hose or pitcher; again, avoid the ears, eyes and nose
  7. Dry your pet with a large towel.

3. Nail Clipping


Most people really don’t handle their cats’ feet until they are about to clip the nails and then…watch out! Some animals can get very upset at this totally foreign feeling. That’s why it’s a good idea to get your cat used to having her feet touched before you attempt a nail trim. Rub your hand up and down her leg and then gently press each individual toe—and be sure to give her lots of praise and some food treats as you do this. Every animal is different, but chances are that within a week or two of daily foot massage, your cat will accept nail clipping with too much fuss. Here’s how to do it:
  • Begin by applying gentle pressure to the top of the foot and cushiony pad underneath—this will cause her to extend her claws.
  • Use sharp, high-quality cat nail scissors to cut off the white tip of each nail, just before the point where it begins to curl.
  • Take care to avoid the quick, a vein that runs into the nail. This pink area can be seen through the nail.
  • If you do accidentally cut into this pink area, it may bleed, in which case you can apply some styptic powder to stop the bleeding. 
ref: ASPCA http://www.aspca.org
 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Persian Cat Food

Best Food for Persian Cats

Persian Cats Diet

Special Food for Persian Cats and Persian Kittens

 Royal Canin Persian 30 is Rated 7.0 by Good Guide
This very good! (Best Overall Rating is 7.5)
Read more about indepandant research ranking HERE

Nowadays there are so many pet products available hence a pet owner should be careful about what quality products they are purchasing for their pets. One is required to be all the more careful when buying a Persian cat’s diet food items…


There are many types of diets available for Persian cats and owners generally have a specific type of food they prefer to give to their pet cats. The list of the common foods for a Persian is as follows

•    Chicken
•    Raw meat
•    Partially raw diet
•    Cat meat
•    Cat biscuits

The governing factor to a Persian cat’s health is a stable and suitable diet since this breed of cats is slightly more sensitive towards food as compared to other cats. Persian cats generally also require more vitamins in comparison to other cats, and if needed you can purchase supplements from animal stores, however if provided with a balanced diet that consists of an adequate amount of vitamins the supplements would not be required.

Feeding Kittens
The type of food and its quality is also dependent upon the age of your Persian cat. It is recommended that Persian cats of a month old to two months be fed milk designed specifically for kittens. Then as the kitten grows to 4 months up till it reaches 12 months you should start feeding it soft foods such as chicken and food enriched with vitamins to ensure a healthy growth of the kitten.
There should be optimal nutrition so that from the start you can help your Persian build up a strong and healthy immune system, which would then in turn support your pet’s natural defenses against the negative effects of aging & illness that might threaten your pet and also against any physical and environmental stress.

Rotation diet
Then as your Persian grows to a year old up until it reaches the age of ten the preferred diet should include Royal Canin Adult Persian cat foods that are designed for Persian cats specifically. Generally what pet owners tend to do is feed their pets the same diet everyday, and if by chance there is some unhealthy factor with the source of your pets’ food then it will be unavoidable for your pet not to fall sick. For this reason a system of rotation diet is recommended for your pet.

Diet & Common Health Problems
This regimen can play a vital role in helping your pet build a stronger and healthier immune system. If the diet is not correct then the Persian cat is susceptible to develop certain health problems. The most commonly found health problems in Persian cats include food intolerance, allergies, diabetes, digestive problems and especially obesity since Persian cats are not at all as active as compared to cats of a different breed. Hence Persian cats need a balanced and carefully weighed diet. Human food is highly likely to lead the cats to becoming obese which can then in turn lead to various health problems and then can eventually cause the death of your cat.

Persian Cat Diet Supplements
If the cat’s diet is well supervised and the quality as well as the quantity is well regulated and your cat manages to live up to 10 years of age then it is recommended that you feed your cat a mixed diet, consisting of Royal Canin anti age and skin re-generation supplements. Another very important vitamin that a Persian cat needs is vitamin B, since it helps in maintaining a healthy coat.

ref: http://white-persian-cats.com
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It seems that this dry food for Persian Cats is pretty good to give it a try
If you have tried it please give us a quick feedback
Thanks!!!

The Top alternative would be:

Science Diet Adult Indoor

Ranked: 7.5

Friday, December 2, 2011

Best Cat Food


We at PersianKittenEmpire.Com have been searching for answers regarding the best cat food and what we found is mostly advertising.  Which is very upsetting because we are searching for independent study as well feedback from viewers.  
  • We are looking for your responses.   
  • We need to know if you agree on not.
  • We would really appreciate your feedback on this. 
This is the best the we could find and we want your opinion!!!

Science Diet Mature Adult Indoor takes the top slot while Friskies Grillers' Blend comes in last among more than 250 dry cat food products rated by GoodGuide. Science Diet Adult Optimal Care Gourmet Turkey Entree Minced tops the list of more than 350 wet cat food products, with 9 Lives Chicken & Tuna Dinner finishing last.

Consumer Ally has teamed up with GoodGuide, whose experts have rated more than 65,000 consumer goods -- including food, toys, personal care and household products -- using factors that include concern for the environment, personal health and social responsibility, as consumers begin increasingly to consider those in addition to price.GoodGuide's ratings also include a brief explanation for each category, though the user can drill down into each score for more detail. The health score measures a product's potential health impact on consumers. The environment score is based on the impact of the product in question and the company's overall policies and practices. The society score evaluates social impact, which can include treatment of workers, workplace diversity, community involvement and corporate ethics.

As we wrote about on Friday, pet food is easily the most requested item by GoodGuide users, and the full ratings were published today, including methodology. Because GoodGuide rated both dry and wet food for cats and dogs, we've decided to publish two separate articles. You can read about the cat food ratings below, and the dog food ratings here.

GoodGuide rated 271 dry cat food products, which also included useful information for consumers on dry cat food. Below are its top-five best and worst products. In order to avoid repetition of a particular brand (Science Diet accounts for the top 19 dry cat foods, while Purina makes 9 of the 10 worst), we've skipped ahead to the next best or worst brand.

The Best Dry Cat Food
  • Science Diet Mature Adult Indoor (7.4)
  • Evo Weight Management, 15.4 Lb (7.2)
  • Eukanuba Adult Cat Lamb & Rice Formula (7.1)
  • Innova Cat and Kitten Dry Cat and Kitten Food, 15 Lb (7.0)
  • California Natural Herring & Sweet Potato Adult Dry Cat (6.8)
The Worst Dry Cat Food

  • Nutro Natural Choice Indoor Adult Formula, 7 Lb. (5.9)
  • Natural Balance Original Ultra Ultra Premium Dry Cat Food (5.7)
  • Whiskas Purrfectly with Chicken (5.7)
  • Purina Deli Cat Cat Food (5.3)
  • Friskies Grillers' Blend (5.3)
You can view all the top-rated dry cat food (in descending order) here and all the poorly rated dry cat food (in ascending order) here.

GoodGuide also rated 364 wet cat food products, which also includes useful information on wet cat food. Below are its top-five best and worst products. In order to avoid repetition of a particular brand, we've skipped ahead to the next best or worst brand.


The Best Wet Cat Food
  • Science Diet Adult Optimal Care Gourmet Turkey Entree Minced (7.3)
  • Innova Kitten Flex Chicken & Brown Rice Stew, 13.2 Oz (7.3)
  • Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey, 13.2 Ounce (6.7)
  • Purina Pro Plan Tuna Entree (6.5)
  • Wellness Complete Health Chicken & Herring (6.5)
The Worst Wet Cat Food
  • Purina Pro Plan White Meat Chicken & Vegetable Entree In Gravy (5.5)
  • Special Kitty Select Gourmet Cat Food Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Entree (5.3)
  • Friskies Classic Pate Salmon Dinner (5.3)
  • Fancy Feast Yellowfin Tuna Primavera In A Classic Sauce with Garden Veggies and Greens (5.3)
  • 9Lives Chicken & Tuna Dinner (5.1)
You can view all the top-rated wet cat food (in descending order) here and all the poorly rated wet cat food (in ascending order) here

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ref: GoodGuide