Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Kender Siberian Hits 17 years of age

Just rec'd this today - what a wonderful tribute to our breeding program ! This kitty was born in 199 to our Furtuosity's Illya Veetovich of Kender - and he is 17 years old now !

Woody is an awesome ambassador for the breed and we couldnt be more pleased and proud.

From Woody's family -: Hello Alice!

It's been a long time! Thought you might like to see a pic of Woody (Siberian cat we purchased from Audrey in 1999, she called him Mako, he is descended from Ilya Veetovich & Confetta). Woody is 17, he has had his struggles with seizures and food allergies but he is going strong, still feisty but soooo sweet! That's exactly what our vet keeps saying....amazing! He has used up at least 3 of his 9 lives but keeps on going! He has 4 brothers: Baxter 14 Maine Coon mix, Bug 13 orange short hair, Ziggy & Simon 3 yr old brothers both gray/white short hair. They all have a healthy respect for the old man because if they don't he bites their ears with his 2 remaining teeth. Tail: mat removed. We used to get him shaved with a lion cut every summer but his skin is too frail for that now. Hope all is well, glad to hear you are still breeding Siberians they are the best cats ever!
Carol & Al

Illya - was his father - 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Available To Reserve.

Please Welcome our July 11 litter Proud mom is Ch Kender's Heart to Heart (aka Jennifer) PKD1 clear, HCM clear, PK Def neg/normal
Dad is Grand Kender's Prince Hans (aka Hans) PKD1 clear, HCM clear PK Def normal/neg

Deposits are being taken now , you will make your pick based on the order of your deposit at 6 weeks - there are 4 girls and 2 boys all brown mac and white tabbies

Who could resist this perfect little face!

 Already learning to play with the big toys !

Don;t forget - kittens only go home after 14 weeks of age - and spayed/neutered.

Monday, July 4, 2016

April Update

OMG these photos by Kathleen  of our April are soooooooooooo pretty.... we couldnt be happier with her development and she tells us April is quite the love bug !

She writes -
From Kathleen today - Yesterday she stole the show, I took almost 100 pictures of her...... what a personable kitten. I have to check purses and bags whenever people come to the house, everyone wants her. Thank you for such a awesome baby with a great personality. Randy calls her oink oink, she eats all the time and everytime she hears a dish hit the counter i can count on her being there and telling me she wants something to eat.
my grandkids (2 red head boys) haul her around whereever they go. Aaron calls her dot to dot, because of the 4 dots on her back. Last night when I was cropping photos she laid right on my leg watching the mouse poointer cropping her pictures. I think she liked seeing them too

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Congrats to our Winners!

Normally I share information about our Kender Siberians - but today I wanted to share proud mommy moment about our family.

Our sons both particiapte in the CFA Junior Showmanship program. and as such earn points throughout the year/season by doing things such s stewarding at cat shows - exhibiting their own cats at cat shows  as well as outside the fancy by helping at our vet's office learning about spaying and neutering. 

Ethan this year was 2nd Best in his Division in the SW region  and Connor this year was Best in his Division in the SW Region as well as 3rd Best Nationally in his division ! 

Woo Hoo Way To Go Boys ! 
Proud Mommy Moment !

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Cat Feeding

We are sharing our feeding program with all of you. Remember when you get a kitty from us - you agree to feed similarly to the way we do , by acknowledgment in your contact.

We would just like to remind everyone - that we recommend RAW for any cat out there , be it one of our Kender Siberians or a happy Moggie off the streets. Cats are obligate carnivores and ONLY obligate carnivores

We feed and personally use/recommend BLue Ridge Beef Kitten Mix Blue Ridge Beef Kitten Mix

To this we faithfully use/add in Nu Vet vitamin supplement it is simply the freshest , most complete , most palatable supplement we have found on the market to date.(
Yes - we do offer the dry grain free kibble Earth Born Holistic in the orange bag . Yes it is the only brand we have recommended for close to 7 years. NO it is NOT the staple of our cats diet , nor should it be!

If you dont feed a species appropriate diet - then why are you surprised when illness rears its ugly head.

There are many multiple sources for making a homemade raw diet as well.
These are just a few - always do your own research.

Quick Kender Family Updates

Just wanted to share some lovely photos and news from this week and weekend.

First is Rubi - who has found her forever home with Greg & Gina , of AZ. They already have 2 Kender Kitties from me over the years along with a rescue kitty - and now have added Miss Rubi. She is fitting in great they say !

Next we have Mio & Song in Hong Kong - who were busy showing off the Siberian Breed and style at the Hong Kong Pet Expo at the COnvention Center this weekend with their lovely family Jackie and helpers ! 
 For such a big show - they looked great , and very relaxed.
Go here
to see the video taken of the live presentation on the stage , using Mio !

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Whiskers - Stress - Behavior

This is  a really interesting article with loads of good information. Original article can be found here - I am in no way the author just sharing the information Whisker Stress

It’s called whisker stress. Many cats suffer from it daily, and yours may be one of them.
Domesticated cats that live and eat indoors don’t have the luxury of eating their food anywhere they’d like.  A feral cat can hunt down her prey, and consume it wherever she pleases. Circumstances are much different in a domestic environment where the human is in charge of when, where, and how the cat will eat. So how do a cat’s whiskers play into all of this?
The role that whiskers play in terrestrial mammals is mainly to augment their short-distance vision.  A cat has approximately 8 to 12 of these whiskers on each side of their face, arranged in horizontal rows that fan out sideways on each side of the upper lip, plus some tufts of shorter whiskers above their eyes, on their chin, and even on the back of their forelegs, just above the paw!  These whiskers are deeply-rooted, and rich in blood vessels and nerve endings that provide your cat with information about surrounding objects and even air movement.  This exceptionally sensitive tool assists them in many forms of navigation.  Each whisker functions as a mechanical transmitter, conveying pressure applied along the shaft to receptors in the follicle at the whisker base.
whiskers, also known as “tactile hairs” or “vibrissae,” are very sensitive
Essentially, they allow a cat to accurately discriminate an object’s distance, direction, and even surface texture.  These whiskers, also known as “tactile hairs” or “vibrissae,” are very sensitive, and provide the cat with sensory feedback about their environment.  The tips of the whiskers have sensory organs called proprioceptors. ” These receptors are very sensitive to pressure,” says animal behaviorist Myrna Milani, DVM.  “Any time they come close to something, it triggers a sensation. This helps a cat detect the presence, size, and shape of nearby objects he may not be able to see.”
It’s the proprioceptors that deserve our special attention here.  Because a cat’s whiskers are so exquisitely sensitive, it can be terribly irritating to a cat if their food or water bowls are narrow enough to cause the whiskers touch the sides of the bowl.  You may just assume she is just being picky about their food, but she could actually be uncomfortable with the feeding dish – not the food itself.  In short, making sure that your cat has an adequately sized food bowl could make a tremendous difference in how comfortable she is when she’s eating her food.
Have you ever observed your cat using his or her paw to scoop the food out of the dish?  This is could be an indication that your feline companion could be experiencing whisker stress.  Similarly, many cats fed from a deep, or narrow bowl will sometimes only graze on the top layer of food, avoiding the food on the bottom because of he or she is not comfortable pushing their sensitive face into a tight bowl.  Imagine what forcing those delicate instruments into a tiny food dish must feel like.
Simply put, Whisker Stress is caused when a cat’s sensitive whiskers touch the sides of the bowl.
I have to admit, when I first heard about “whisker stress” I was a bit skeptical, and thought it was a marketing scheme to sell fancy food dishes, but then I chose to investigate further.  I had seen this happening with our animal companions!  One of our cats sometimes pulls the dry or wet food pieces out of the bowl.  At first, I thought he was just being a hungry piggy. What was actually happening is that bowl was way too small; he would rather eat the food outside of the dish rather than try to cram his face inside of it and aggravate his sensitive whiskers.  Another cat was asking for dry food every ten minutes.  Turns out that he was not just being “a hungry pain in the butt”; he was eating as much as he could from the dish until his whiskers became stressed.
Rundown of the scene:  He would eat for a few minutes, and then stop eating.  I would pick up the dish and add more food for later, then put it away.  Then he would come back 20 min later asking for more food.  I would give him the full dish, and he would repeat the same behavior!  I know now that he would stop eating as soon as his whiskers were stressed.  Our most finicky feline eater would hang around intently watching while the evening food was being prepared.  But when his dinner was offered he would stare at the bowl then walk away.  Again, the bowl was too tiny for him to eat comfortably.
I had labeled their behaviors to fit my perceptions instead of seeing what was really happening!  I was not aware of the fact that a cat’s whiskers are so superbly programmed that if they move even 1/2000th of the width of a human hair, a signal is triggered and sent to the cat’s brain.  When the food level was too low, they were forced to put their faces down into the bowl causing their whiskers to brush up against the sides.  It was clearly uncomfortable to all of them.

So what’s the solution to whisker Stress?  It’s simple: switch their food bowls.  There are many cat food dishes designed specifically to reduce or eliminate whisker stress, such as the ModaPet food dishes. You can purchase one of these stylish and efficient food dishes here.

PetCo water dish for 2.39
An inexpensive water dish makes a stress-free food dish!
If you are on a very tight budget you can get a cat water dish for about $3.00.  It’s small enough to be used as a food dish, but plenty wide enough to avoid any whisker stress.  Or you can simply feed your cat from a wide or shallow dish, a saucer, or even a small plate.  Switching to one of these alternatives will allow your feline companion to eat without the stress of over-stimulating their whiskers and save you from continually clean up after him or refilling the food dish every 20 minutes.

It’s amazing what you will learn when you take the time to OBSERVE. How does your feline prefer to eat?  Do they behave strangely sometimes when eating?  Do they stop and start again? Do they refuse to eat when they seemed hungry just minutes earlier?  Remove your personal beliefs about them.  Open your mind to consider the world of your animal companions.  They are experiencing life on a very different playing field.  Be a conscious companion and take the time to observe their behaviors.  They always have something to teach you.

This article has been published in “WHAT IS MY CAT SAYING? FELINE COMMUNICATION 101”.