Munchkin Breed Brief:
Although Munchkins have only recently been accepted as a breed (in TICA but not in CFA) they have been around for decades. Munchkins can most appropriately be described as "regular cats" with short legs. Like the Sphynx cats they foster a "love or hate" reaction at first glance but are gaining appeal with time.
AVON CAT RESCUE
Avon Cat Rescue has been caring for and rehoming unwanted or stray cats and kittens in Warwickshire and the West Midlands since the 1960’s. They always have many super cats waiting for a new home sometimes as many as 90 cats. They are an independent self funded not for profit organisation. If you cannot rescue a cat at this time you can help the cats in their care by joining their supporters group or sponsoring one of their resident ‘pensioner’ cats.
Cats Seeking Homes: Some of the cats seeking homes are featured on their website linked below.
Rehoming Centre: The Barn House Chapel Street Welford on Avon Warwickshire CV37 8PX
Tel: 01789 750235
Cats require a high protein / high fat diet which can be difficult to prepare yourself. Cats often become fussy eaters which leads to diet deficiency diseases.
The rules are:
- Choose a complete diet with variety;
- Feed little and often;
- Don’t leave excess food in bowl;
- See that feed bowls are scrupulously clean;
- Do not feed liver as a major dietary component as it may causes skeletal problems;
- Do not feed raw meat as the sole diet as this can also cause skeletal problems;
- Do not feed dog food to a cat.
Most canned cat food is specially prepared with added vitamins and minerals. Feeding dried foods requires access to drinking water at all times without which the cat may develop a urinary tract problem.
Cats should have ready access to a plentiful supply of clean fresh water. Milk should be avoided as milk lactose is indigestible to most cats and may lead to diarrhoea.
Cats use their claws for climbing and for defence and usually keep them in immaculate condition. Cats may often sharpen their claws on a tree in the garden but some select furniture in the house and the resultant damage can be severe. It is best to provide a scratching post or cat tree for your cat and you should place this near its usual exit from the house. The most interesting scratching posts are those which have different kinds of surfaces. Make sure the post or tree is tall enough to that your cat can reach upwards with its front paws – above its head – and still have room to stretch and grab. If the tree is too short it may decide to use taller furniture.
Genetics for Cat Breeders and Veterinarians
Robinson’s Genetics for Cat Breeders & Veterinarians 4th Edition is an essential purchase for all breeders of pedigreed cats practising small animal veterinarians and veterinary undergraduates. This fully revised edition re-establishes Genetics for Cat Breeders as the text of choice in the field of feline genetics.
The field of genetics has changed considerably since the first edition of "Genetics for Cat Breeders" was published in 1971. For decades the discussion of genetics was limited to observations of populations but now geneticists are beginning to look at the actual molecular mechanisms behind the traits and diseases seen in the cat. Continuing the pioneering work of the late Roy Robinson Carolyn Vella and her team of experts have significantly expanded the scope of previous editions to produce a work which is now of equal benefit to both veterinary surgeons and cat breeders. Their aim has been to make the book more accessible and understandable whilst providing an impartial look at sometimes controversial and complex issues. The book retains the most important information published in previous editions and also incorporates some of the continuing work done by Roy Robinson prior to his death. A considerable amount of new information has been added in order to provide both breeders and veterinarians with the broadest possible range of information. The authors have not only reviewed the traditional sources of scientific literature and recently published studies but have also conducted interviews with veterinarians researchers and breeders.