Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Yahoo Problems

It was brought to our attention this morning - that our Yahoo account may not be getting all the emails it should be - so if you have sent me an email and I have not responded odds are I did not get it - and please either leave me a Facebook message or resend your email. Thanks so much!

Remember just 3 babies left right now to reserve - 1 Red Mac Male, 1 Red Mac Female and 1 Torbie born 3/8.

We will have 2 additional litters coming soon - with mostly brown tabbies or possibly some silver in them so keep checking back!

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Health Article - New Virus Linked to Kidney Disease in Cats

This article is taken from Yahoo News - no infringement is implied, only the sharing of information.

Newly Discovered Virus Linked to Deadly Kidney Disease in Cats

A newly discovered virus may be one of the causes of a potentially fatal kidney disease in pet cats.
Tubulointerstitial nephritis is a disease that inflames the spaces between the kidney tubules, the tubes that carry fluid for filtration inside the organ. Many factors can cause tubulointerstitial nephritis in humans, from infections to autoimmune disorders to certain medications. But in cats, the cause is rarely known.
Now, researchers in Hong Kong believe they've found at least one culprit: a new virus related to measles and mumps dubbed feline morbillivirus. A dog version of this virus causes distemper, which manifests as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing and deadly neurological symptoms.
"All dogs are vaccinated against the canine distemper virus, because the dog morbillivirus can cause very severe disease in dogs with fever, pneumonia, brain infection, immunosuppression and rash," study researcher Kwok-Yung Yuen told LiveScience. "Despite the close relationship between dog, cat and human, no morbillivirus is found in cats yet. And one of top causes of death in cases due to nephritis leading to kidney failure is quite unknown." [10 Deadly Diseases That Hopped Across Species]
Yuen and his colleagues went looking for this elusive cat morbillivirus, figuring that if viruses in this family could infect dogs and humans, they'd likely show up in cats. They were right. Of 457 stray cats from Hong Kong and mainland China tested, 12.3 percent (56 individuals) carried the virus. A total of 27.8 percent had antibodies to the virus, meaning they had been infected at some point in their lives.
The researchers then conducted autopsies and post-mortem exams on 27 deceased stray cats. They found tubulointerstitial nephritis in seven of the 12 stray cats with evidence of feline morbillivirus infection. Of the 15 uninfected cats, only two had kidney damage.
The virus should not pose a threat to human health, Yuen said, but the findings could be important for cats no just in Hong Kong but also the United Kingdom and the United States. Currently, there is no good prevention or treatment for feline tubulointerstitial nephritis, he said. That's bad news for the 22 percent of Hong Kong pet owners who keep cats, and for the estimated 75 million housecats in America.
"We are now working [to learn] the relative risk of kidney involvement in those cats infected and testing for antiviral agents," Yuen said. "We are trying to set up animal models for vaccine studies."
The research appears today (March 19) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Here is a link to the actual article - http://news.yahoo.com/newly-discovered-virus-linked-deadly-kidney-disease-cats-190401745.html?ugc_c=jt5YnzX12QB2melIi9OcvObD3Hk.5c2FsAJ8HMPs2lJ7kt6_jbSBFS1iZsKgN8ea2cWcbwthHYLtP9RtDVOHy4qTjk5ias8NS7f2.DPXcJxpd9KwoVLr3zF15FaueKvcoBPHkpGnTicPqfkTZTc4osnTp05EdBWvn5o9I0oU7aEUtgK6UMbx9vdz.vr03LK.Z5Txl3JzaZLEMV.63_NDXiu.62y5sVP9e9iwdXfpAj3gpMbJvFASac.At8JHRiTued3BRL_iocNnykQcnIo59oO1VV_CiRQ-&bcnv_s=e&uh_id=e249jea7cqddo2t0uj90o014cg4cv&ugc_scnv=1&ll=2

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March 1 Day CFA Phx Cat Show

Well we had a lovely show. Nigel made3 Champion points finals - we believe gaining enough point to give him 92 towards his grand (he needs 200 total). And our little dare devil kitten - Raven came out her first time and made 2  Allbreed Kitten finals. And not to be out done Zima made 6 out of 6 Premiership finals - we believe he only needs an additional 2 points to Grand! Woo Hoo! a Very Good Day!   These lovely people were here taking video - and at the 37 second mark is our Zima with his owner Debra!


In Phoenix, Superstition Cat Fanciers presented the St. Catty’s Day Cat Show. In the show, 175 CFA pedigreed cats and kittens competed for end of season awards.