Monday, April 20, 2015

New Babies

Just sharing this litter. Please note, we did NOT breed this litter, nor do we own these beautiful babies - we are happily sharing the information.The lovely babies , all brown mac tabbies with and without white - all girls ( I believe) are available to reserve NOW. 

Pedigree can be found here Lucien x Didi Litter - again , please note while both mom and dad are Kender kitties we do not own either kitty , nor did we do the breeding.  Please contact the breeder directly for more information, HER policies and contracts, as well as more pictures and pricing. tziganesiberians @ hotmail. com

Sunday, April 12, 2015


New canine influenza strain affecting Chicago outbreak | Dr. Justine Lee

Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) outbreak in MidWest caused by new strain of virus: H3N2 not H3N8

According to scientists at Cornell University and University of Wisconsin, the recent canine influenza outbreak affecting more than 1,000 dogs in Chicago, IL and other parts of the Midwest is been identified to be caused by a different strain of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) than was earlier assumed. Initially, this CIV outbreak was thought to be due to H3N8 (which was originally identified in at a Greyhound track in Florida back in 2004).
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Currently, Cornell’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has done additional testing and found that the current outbreak is being caused by a virus closely related to Asian strains of Influenza A H3N2 viruses. While this specific Canine Influenza virus isn’t transmissible to humans, it has currently in wide circulation in southern Chinese and South Korean dog populations. The H3N2 virus hasn’t been previously identified in North America, suggesting a recent introduction from the virus from Asia.
When this recent Chicago outbreak happened, clinical samples (nasal and oropharyngeal swaps from affected dogs) were sent to the New York State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell, where the virus was diagnosed as Influenza A. Additional testing was done and suggested a new strain.  As a result, subsequent testing, which was performed in conjunction with the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, identified the new subtype as H3N2. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories, based out of Ames, IA (where USDA’s Animal and Plant Health inspection Services or APHIS service is)  is sequencing two isolates from this outbreak to further characterize it.
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Regardless of which strain of Canine Influenza Virus it is, clinical signs seen can include:
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Inappetance
  • Anorexia
  • Coughing
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Blue-tinged gums
  • Constant panting
  • Exercise intolerance
As an FYI for cat owners, the Canine Influenza Virus H3N2 has caused infection and respiratory illness in cats too. If your dog was recently diagnosed with CIV during this outbreak in the MidWest, make sure to keep your cat isolated or away just in case.
For veterinarians who are seeing cases suspicious of CIV, here are some general recommendations:
  • Ideally see affected patients in one specific exam room towards the end of the day (e.g., away from routine healthy appointments)
  • When seeing cases, make sure to admit them into isolation for treatment and evaluation
  • Identify and implement syndromic surveillance measures that identify high-risk patients.
  • Use appropriate disinfectant in the area to prevent further spread.
  • Decontaminate potentially contaminated equipment (eg, thermometer, stethoscope)
  • Use appropriate barrier protection (e.g., gowns, gloves, etc.)
  • Instruct all to wash hands thorough with a biocidal soap and water.
  • Consider advanced diagnostic testing [e.g.,  Influenza A matrix reverse transciptase-polymerase chain reaction assay (Rt-PCR)]. Note that the canine-specific Influenza A H3N8 Rt-PCR in use in several laboratories will not detect this virus, and specific testing must be performed. An H3N2-specific serologic assay is under development and will be available soon.
As for this outbreak, consider appropriate isolation and prevention. Avoid dog parks, groomers, doggy daycares, etc. in the MidWest region until this CIV outbreak ceases. As for protection, talk to your veterinarian about the CIV vaccine. While it’s not known if the current Canine Influenza Virus will offer protection against this different strain, it may offer some cross-protection. This vaccine does protect against H3N8, which may still be in circulation in some areas. When in doubt, if your dog is showing any signs of coughing, retching, increased respiratory rate, etc., please seek veterinary attention immediately. The sooner you go, the sooner treatment can be implemented!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Random Thought

Random Thought - here's something that came to my mind , while reading another article of feline nutrition - perhaps the reason we see such high overall numbers of hcm(in some catteries, in some "lines" etc)  is because those cats in particular are being fed a commercial grain based diet - since deficiencies in taurine cause an enlarged heart to begin with...... this would enforce or confirm my belief that a raw meat diet , well based in bone, organ meats as well as traditional muscle meats - AND including a high quality vitamin such as we use here - the Nu Vet still is the most complete and bio-available diet we can give our kitties.

I of course have no proof of this beyond logic and reasoning ... and experience

And another article for you to read through -

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PK Def results

In our continuing commitment to test our kitties and use only the healthiest kitties in our program , I am as pleased as always to share that 2 more kitties have been tested and found to be free of PK Def.

Now , this is NOT a big surprise for anyone who follows pedigrees , line chasers etc. We dont use cats who COME from pedigrees where such things make PK Def possible.  But as the test is available, and recommended for our breed , we shall continue to  utilize it as one more component of our criteria.
Copied below are the results - as well as part of the information from the lab

Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency
(PK Deficiency) in Felines
Introduction Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PK Deficiency) is an inherited hemolytic anemia caused by insufficient activity of this regulatory enzyme which results in instability and loss of red blood cells. The anemia is intermittent, the age of onset is variable and clinical signs are also variable. Symptoms of this anemia can include: severe lethargy, weakness, weight loss, jaundice, and abdominal enlargement. This condition is inherited as an autosomal recessive.
Based on a survey of 38 breeds, the mutation responsible for PK deficiency has been found in significant frequency in Abyssinian, Bengal, Domestic Shorthair and Longhair, Egyptian Mau, La Perm, Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest, Savannah, Siberian, Singapura and Somali. Cats of these breeds are at higher risk of having PK deficiency or producing affected offspring; genetic screening for the mutation is recommended. A few breeds showed very low frequency of the mutation (less than 0.2%) and are low risk: Exotic Shorthair, Oriental Shorthair and Persian.
The VGL offers a DNA test for PK deficiency to assist owners and breeders in identifying affected and carrier cats. The test uses DNA collected from buccal swabs avoiding invasive blood collection. Breeders can use this test as a tool to avoid breeding carriers together which would produce 25% affected offspring.

 PK DEFICIENCY results for Kender's Centurion (aka Rory)
N/N - no copies of PK deficiency, cat is normal

PK DEFICIENCY results for Nightmusic In vino of Kender ( aka Sherry)
N/N - no copies of PK deficiency, cat is normal

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another Dakota Update

Her mom is so funny - she sends us these regular email updates! We just love them !

Bought new air filters for furnace today. Placed them next to the cold air return and finished unloading car. Attached, Boris (insert - another Kender kitty almost 8 now !) is inspecting damage done by you know who.

I'll be fully trained in a couple of months.

 And this email from about 3 weeks ago
Opens cabinets in the kitchen
Pulls stoppers out of sinks in the two bathrooms
stuffs toys into the garbage disposal
sleeps under the covers
gets in the shower
sleeps on drying sweaters
slings litter
slopy eater
Insists upon tasting everything I eat.
Helps fold laundry and helps with bed making

For now, that's all the stuff I can think of. What a smart and fun thing she is!!!

Boris has adjusted and will egg her on now !!!

Another Family Update

Wonderful Update on one of the blue girls ! Living quite happily in the San Diego area.

Oh My gosh it has been almost 2 months since dasha came home with us and I am head over heels IN LOVE! She is the kitten love of my life, and I can't believe how much we amuse each other all day long. And boy has she GROWN! I feel like she almost double in size since we got her home. We found some raw cat food locally that she squeaks for with gusto (she doesn't really meow, but squeaks and chirps which I guess is common with the siberian breed) She is shedding up a storm right now with the strange 80degree san diego weather in march so we need to work on our brushing skills together (not her favorite activity.) My husband still seems good, not allergic so all is well. Dasha does yoga with me( you can see her on my yoga props) and we watch tv, and run around the house squeaking and chasing each other and she loves playing fetch! Here are some photos of life with Dasha!
Oh yeah and she has this strange love of our shoes. We find it very amusing!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Another Kender Family

Got these shared with me from another one of our wonderful forever families.Isn't she absolutely stunning !  I am sure hoping her mother will permit us to show him. Photos taken by her owner (not us ! ha ha)