Author: Stuart A. Kallen; £12.26
What is a Balinese?
Quite simply a Balinese cat is a Siamese with a flowing coat. Balinese can be found in all the same colours as the Siamese (with the present exception of the newer colours i.e: cinnamon and fawn); they have the same blue eye colour as the Siamese exhibit the same intelligence and temperament as the Siamese and in fact the only difference between the two breeds is the coat. Whereas the Siamese has a short sleek coat the Balinese coat is fine and silky with hair length between half an inch and two inches on the body and a plume-like tail that can have hair as long as five inches in some cases. Some Balinese owners claim that their cats are quieter than their short-haired cousins whilst others insist that their Balinese are just as noisy as Siamese. The one thing that all Balinese owners agree on is that their cats are amongst the most graceful and majestic of all the pedigree breeds.
ST.FRANCIS HOSPICE FOR CATS
Registered Charity No 1062053
St. Francis Hospice for Cats is not a re-homing centre but a registered hospice for chronically sick and elderly cats. The Hospice look after around 80 cats whilst also caring for a feral colony in the Derby area. They are included here as they are desperately in need of donations and sponsors to enable them carry on with their invaluable work. You could make a real difference by sending a donation however small. If you are in the Derby area perhaps you could lend a hand with a fund-raising event? You can contact the hospice as above or visit their web site for more details of their work.
Indoor Homes Needed: St. Francis Hospice is looking for loving homes for cats in their care who are carrying FIV but who are otherwise healthy. The Hospice is happy to pick up any future vet bills. Please Note: These cats will need to be ‘indoor’ cats only.
3 Sapperton Close Littleover Derby Derbyshire DE23 7NX
Tel: 01332 272139
Considerations when Buying a Cat
Before you purchase a cat please ensure that you have thought carefully about the responsibility of cat ownership. Never buy a cat on impulse – cats often live to around twelve years of age but many cats much longer. Owning a cat is a commitment which should be carefully considered. Speak to your local veterinarian and other cat owners and gather as much information as you can to aid you in your decision.
The only accommodation a cat really needs in the house is a good bed which may be any comfortable chair box or basket. Igloos or beds can be purchased for your cat but quite often these are ignored and a spot on your bed or favourite chair is preferred.
If you decide that your cat will have access to outside ensure that a cat door is fitted to an external door of the house to enable access to the house at all times. Some cat doors are magnetically operated which allows your cat to enter the house but prevents the unwanted intrusion of other cats. The “modular park” cage system is an excellent and safe way for cats living in flats or near busy roads to be outdoors and have exercise.
Breeding Pedigree Cats
Reviewer: from UK
I have bred pedigree cats since 1977. I wish I had had this book when I started then. This book is packed with information and is a MUST for cat breeders