The Guide to Owning a Tonkinese Cat
Author: Lorraine Shelton; £4.76
STONE CAT RESCUE
Based in Stone Staffordshire
This small cat rescue started in January 2004 and has helped to find loving homes for many cats and kittens since. If you are in the Stone area and are looking for a new feline companion give them a call to find out about the fabulous felines currently in their care. All homes are visited prior to adoption.
Bric a Brac needed! Donations of good quality items (not clothes) are always needed to sell at boot stalls and fetes.
Tel: 01785 615963
At holiday time it may be possible to arrange for a friend neighbour or relative to visit your house two or three times a day to tend to your cat. Provided such regular attention is guaranteed this is acceptable since cats prefer to remain in their own home. It is not a good idea to move the cat to someone else’s home from which it may immediately try to escape.
The alternative is to place your cat at a good boarding cattery. In choosing a boarding cattery make sure you visit the establishment first and check that the following criteria are met:
- Staffing: enough to ensure personalised attention for your cat;
- Security: adequate precautions against the possibility of escape;
- Hygiene: evidence of cleanliness and no smell;
- Accommodation: dry clean and sheltered with heating provided for cooler months;
- Exercise: facilities which allow for some exercise preferably with climbing capacity and caged outside access.
- A good boarding establishment will always ensure cats have correct vaccinations.
Signs of Health
A healthy cat should display the following signs of heath:
- Demeanour: watchful – even at rest; quickly responsive to sounds; quiet and contented;
- Movement: free movement and agile; no lameness;
- Appetite: good; no vomiting;
- Breathing: even and quiet with no coughing;
- Coat: clean well groomed and glossy; free from parasites and dirt;
- Ears: pricked to catch sound; no discharge or irritation;
- Eyes: clear; no discharge or inflammation.
Cats and kittens can become ill quite rapidly. This is usually characterised by lethargy and a failure to eat or drink. If your cat appears unwell for any reason consult your veterinarian immediately.
Genetics for Cat Breeders
The science of genetics has much to offer to both the theory and the practice of breeding. Interest in the genetics of the cat has continued to increase and breeders are beginning to appreciate the value of genetic principles in the creation of ever more beautiful pedigree cats. This thoroughly revised edition encompasses the latest developments and descriptions of new breeds and colour varieties and provides a classic source of information to breeders