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Feline Breed Spotlight: Tonkinese

History

“Chocolate Siamese” cats were the original Tonkinese cats, however these cats were not bred deliberately.  The deliberate crossing of the Siamese and Burmese- the actual creation of the Tonkinese was done by a breeder in Canada. These cats were considered a crossbreed for quite sometime before the Canadian Cat Association began registering them as an established breed. The name may be a reference to the Bay of Tonkin in Vietnam, even though these cats have no connection with the area.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Siberian

The Siberian Forest Cat!

History

The Siberian or the Siberian Forest Cat is a native cat from the taiga of Siberia. These cats are known to have been present in Russia for 1000s of years and are often seen as figures in old Russian folktales. They were often kept by shopkeepers to keep mice away from grain and other food. The breed had made it’s way to North America in the 1990s, but it still is not a very popular breed due to the costs associated with exporting a cat from Russia.

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Cushing’s disease (Hyperadrenocorticism)

What is Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism)?

Cushing’s disease is one of the most common endocrine disorders that affects middle aged to older dogs (this condition is extremely rare in cats).  Cushing’s disease can develop when a dog’s own body overproduces cortisol or when a dog is given corticosteroid medications at high doses and/or over a long period of time. Cushing’s disease is most commonly caused by a small benign growth on the brain that results in over secretion of the hormone cortisol.

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Addison’s Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)

What is Addison’s Disease?

In animals with Addison’s disease there is a deficiency or reduction of the corticosteroid hormones released from the adrenal glands. We usually don’t know the direct cause of the hormone deficiency, but fortunately the disease can be managed with the administration of corticosteroid hormones even if the cause of it is unknown.veterinary-85925_960_720

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Hairball Remedies

Is your cat prone to hairballs? Everyday your cat will ingest a lot of hair due to daily grooming routines. Hairballs can interfere with normal gastrointestinal function. They can cause indigestion, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, constipation and may even become a foreign body (blocking the intestinal tract, requiring surgical removal). Limiting hairball formation is important for your cat. Here’s a look at a couple products that can help cats that are prone to hairballs.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: American Curl

The American Curl

History:

This breed originated in California in 1981. The original American Curl was a stray cat, who gave birth to a litter of kittens some of which had curled ears. This mamma cat and the kittens became the original breeding stock for this breed. These kittens are actually born with straight ears that begin to curl after about 48 hours. Around 4 months of age the ears stop curling and become stiff at the base of the ear and flexible at the tips. As per the Cat Fanciers Association, a pet quality American Curl may have almost straight ears, but show cats must have ears that curl in an arc between 90 and 180 degrees. Even though the American Curl is a new and uncommon breed, they can be found in small numbers in countries across the world.

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