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Gaynor Saxon 272 Kennedy Road Napier 06 842 1011 ADVERTISING Zena Pigden 03 471 0626 NATIONAL SECRETARY Chris Lowe 07 533 4347 TREASURER Marion Petley 259B Mill Road, Otaki 5512 06 364 6314 EDITOR The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. Issue 58 Inside this issue 4-5 6 8 Treasures in Canterbury Pancreatic Cancer (Lymphoma) Hypoallergenic or NOT Who’s Flehmen Who? 9 11/18 It’s All about Us 19 20 21 22 Painting Asks a High Price The Feline Aids Conundrum Be Aware of the Dangers Getting Ready for the 2016 Season Br Dbl Gr Pr Domestic KA PAI KAI (1st Longhair Domestic 2016) COVER PIC What greater Gift than the Love of a Cat - Charles Dickens 2016 SUBSCRIPTION APPLICATION I would like to subscribe to Flash Cats Magazine This subscription entitles me to Associate Membership of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. I am enclosing $40.00 for four issues of Flash Cats. Please send them to the address below: Name: Address: Please copy or cut this form and post to: Executive Secretary Chris Lowe - 1614 Old Coach Road RD6, Te Puke 3186 New Zealand Views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc or its officials, and advertised products or services are not necessarily endorsed by the NZCF For permission to reproduce material in this magazine please contact the authors directly or talk to Gaynor Saxon on 06 842 1011


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The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. Chair Chat Since I’m coming to the end of my three-year term it’s led me to some reflection about what we’ve achieved over the time that I’ve been in the Chair. The interesting (but not the least bit surprising) thing is that every item represents either a team effort or a great contribution by an individual to get us kick started … or both. For example, the NZCF Strategic Plan, which the EC has just reviewed and is still an excellent big picture document, was largely masterminded by Roy Griffiths during his time on the Executive Council. Roy put together a draft document which we were then able to amend and improve to produce the finished article. Likewise the business plan which flows from it and is able to guide our day to day work and keep it linked to the important end goals of the strategic plan, was initially created as a draft by Roy. We are grateful for his contribution! Our successful achievement of small surplus (as opposed to deficit) budgets over the past 4 years (including 2015) was very much a team effort and not an easy one either. We are now moving beyond cost cutting and looking at ways to increase our revenue to allow a little more ease in the budget. The NZCF calendar was an amazing fundraiser and represented a great partnership between our members who supplied a wonderful array of quality photographs and Susan Edwards who offered to coordinate, print and distribute the calendar for us. We are now working on increasing the advertising revenue from Flashcats (the fact that it’s such a professional looking and attractive magazine, thanks to our editor Gaynor Saxon, means this is a realistic possibility) and exploring options for raising money through partnership initiatives with suppliers of cat products and services and through adding links (for a fee) to our homepage and links page. Our membership, which was declining, has remained relatively stable over the past three years and it’s exciting to see the increase in the number of prefix applications coming through. Breeders are the lifeblood of the Cat Fancy. We are delighted to see some CATZ Inc breeders choosing to become members of the NZCF as well, and also to see some former ‘backyard breeders’ choosing to be become members and registered breeders (kudos to Chris Lowe who works hard to support new breeders through the process to become registered breeders with us). Anyone who has consulted the governance documents on our website will have noticed how much easier they are to read and find your way around – credit to Jane Webster in her role as governance documents officer for bringing about this transformation. (Jane is the ‘format whisperer’ and can wrestle the most unruly document into submission) A very important initiative is our breeding practices policy – work on this is getting underway this year under the able stewardship of Jane Webster. Of course, this is part of our commitment to feline health and welfare, through reducing the incidence of harmful conditions in breeds. Once policies are developed, at a minimum, all our breeders (including new breeders) will be aware of harmful genetic conditions in their breed and what they can do to minimise or eliminate them. Where breed sections adopt them as mandatory, breeders within and outside NZ can ‘buy with confidence’ from NZ breeders, and this will be a positive selling point for registered breeders whether selling breeding or pet cats. We have also reached out to councils and requested that they involve us when developing new cat bylaws or reviewing old ones (and one city council has done so), participated in Ministry for Primary Industry workshops around proposed new regulations for companion animals, and participated actively on the Companion Animal Council Board. These are all part of a general initiative to ensure that we are seen as one of the bodies that should be consulted regarding any government or local council initiatives affecting cats, cat owners, and/or cat breeders, and any regulations affecting pedigree breeds. These are just some of the highlights (I could go on) - but all in all I believe we are evolving into a more professional organisation, and one that is better placed to look after the interests of our members. This has been and will continue to be the work of your Executive Council and you, the members, whenever you contribute your expertise or resources to our projects. Zena Pigden NZCF Chair NATIONAL RIBBON SPONSORSHIP A fantastic way of supporting the NZCF and at the same time getting your cattery name out to those who show at the National. THERE ARE STILL SOME SHORTHAIR SECTIONS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP. Top Tens and BAM set available. Please contact Shows PM, Annette Dunn email: Flash Cats 2 Issue 16/01


p. 5 .................................................................................................................. Editor’s Note Welcome everyone to Flash Cats 2016. Our team works hard to ensure that you get the best possible articles and reports on a wide wariety of topics. We welcome your input, so if you have any interesting stories or anecdotes you would like to share with the members please forward them to us at The show season is almost upon us and we look forward to lots of show pics and reports to print in the coming issues. Thank you to those who did contribute to Flash Cats last year particularly our up and coming young members and to those who contributed to ‘It’s all about us’ in this issue. Congratulations on your NZCF Top Ten Awards. Gaynor Saxon Flash Cats Editor EDITOR’S PIC Windeacres Nite Design enjoying time with Abby Beatson. Photo sent in by Barbara Beatson. Congratulations to the owners NZCF Annual Award winner exhibits. It takes a huge commitment both in time and expense to attend shows to earn the points. I look forward to celebrating your success and that of our other Top Ten Award place getters at the Annual Awards Dinner being held in Palmerston North on Saturday Night the 30th of April at Cafe Brie, 218 Broadway Avenue. I am hoping the Awards Dinner will be well attended. The menu looks wonderful and the Team at Palmerston North Cat Club have done a fantastic job securing this menu and venue for our enjoyment. The Palmerston North National Show is shaping up to be the “event of the year.” I have full confidence in the Show Team from Palmerston North who have worked and are continuing to work very hard in order to put on a National the membership can be proud of. So please support them and your Cat Fancy by entering a cat or kitten, helping on Show day, or by sponsoring a set of ribbons/sashes. I am delighted that at the time of writing this only 2 of SH sections are still available for sponsorship with all the LHs are covered. Remember that entries close for the National on the 1st of April. Thank you to all who have supplied their gorgeous cat photo for inclusion in this edition. These will be utilised in a Powerpoint for people to enjoy while they are attending the Awards dinner. Thanks to Gaynor for putting it together. Remember that Show applications for Clubs wanting to hold a show in 2017 close at the end of March. It’s encouraging to see quite a number getting in early with their applications. We do try to allow most requests for dates, unless there is a major impact on a club. If Clubs are wishing to hold more than 4 rings a lot of thought needs to go in to the size of venue required and also for the number of judges. There is nothing worse than attending and paying for a 6 ring show for example and finding that there is no room to swing a “dog” when all the cages are set up. We can all do with a little less stress in our lives! A new Honours Certificate Application Form has recently been loaded on the NZCF website. Please use this form when requesting a title certificate from Joan Hill. Please let me know what is not working for you in terms of the shows and showing along with what things are really working well. I will share the successes with Clubs to help grow everyone’s shows and hopefully learn from anything that you are finding particularly difficult. Lots of photos from the shows would be welcomed by Gaynor and myself, for including in Flashcats. I look forward to seeing you at the AGM in Wellington in April and then again in Palmy for the National. Best wishes for the coming show season. Annette Dunn Shows Portfolio Manager NZCF NZCF MEETING DATES 2016 9 6-7 18-20 APRIL AGM 2016 AUGUST 2016 NOVEMBER 2016 FLASH CATS CLOSE-OFF DATES FOR CONTRIBUTIONS June Issue - 15 April 2016 September Issue - 15 July 2016 December Issue - 15 October 2016 Contact Gaynor Saxon (Editor) Issue 16/01 3 Flash Cats


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The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. HISTORIAN'S REPORT The News Arrives TREASURES IN CANTERBURY Early in 2015 the news I had been hoping for arrived; the CABCC were able to advise that the contents of their storage unit had survived, though things were off shelves and somewhat jumbled. They would extract the NZCF's stored items when it was possible to do so, but wanted somebody come down and sort out what was to be kept and what was rubbish. Eventually this job fell to me - possibly the worst person for the job. To somebody who really enjoys all the little highways and byways of the cat fancy history I suspected that I would want to keep everything. If it wasn't historic now well then it would be one day, right? Regardless, nothing could be done until the items were removed from the unit. Although there had been a phone call to warn me about the volume of stored items it wasn't until Susan Moffatt sent the photos of the loaded trailer which had been used to retrieve the items that I was able to see how big the job really was. Susan and Gary set up a trestle table and there were two trailers; one with the boxes in it, and one for us to sort stuff into. Luckily we were working undercover because the 30+ temperatures were not something somebody from Palmerston North was acclimatised to in November. So, Friday night. Went through two or three boxes. I believe the folly of getting the historian to do this job was apparent to Susan almost immediately as from the boxes only about half a dozen items went onto the discards pile. Other than those items the boxes were consolidated, resealed and put at the 'keep' end of the empty trailer. THE PHOTOS ARRIVE It Iwas a big trailer, well packed ... Not only was the trailer longer than usual but the photos showed that it was stacked pretty high as well. Naturally I was both thrilled at the volume of historical assets that had been unexpectedly retrieved for the NZCF and a wee bit horrified at the size of the job. Nevertheless I was looking forward to getting down to Christchurch to sort through everything. I arrived in Christchurch on Friday in the wake of a flurry of emails organising the plan for the three days I would be in town. First up was a preview visit to Susan's to get to grips with the scale of the job. In fact, when I got there it seemed to me that the best way to establish what the work was going to be like was to grab a couple of boxes and sort through them. After that it was going to be a simple job of multiplying the time taken for those boxes by the total number of boxes. (This plan, of course, had nothing to do with me desperately wanting to get my nose in one or two - or a dozen - of those boxes right away!) Magazines (local or overseas): KEEP! 'Minutes of the inaugural meeting of the Central Region': KEEP, KEEP, KEEP!! It still looked like a big job but the tone of the weekend was set. THE HISTORIAN ARRIVES Tired but victorious: Susan (front), Jo (left) and Jane (right) Flash Cats 4 Issue 16/01


p. 7 Saturday was another scorcher and Jo Woodrow and I started out early with a tour of the supermarkets to source some boxes to repack items into since as well as being incredibly dirty and dusty some of the boxes had been split open and would be no use when it came time to ship them north. With a van full of boxes we turned up at Susan's place ready for a big day's work. And early discovery crowned an already exciting weekend - a minute book of the NZGCCF. Chris Lowe had handed me the first one (from the 1930s) at an EC meeting earlier in the month, and here was the next one in the series. I had bought an 'extra bag' on my return air ticket so I could take some particularly precious stuff back right away and this item was a definite for coming home with me. We got through the boxes surprisingly quickly with everybody working - we had a production line going from sorting to re-packing or re-securing the boxes, through to piling them on the spare trailer. (The 'keep' end of the trailer had long since expanded so there was only a small corner for discards.) While minute books are incredibly important for the history of the organisation (and often for the history of breeds within the cat fancy) the icing on the cake for me is always the show catalogues. For a while none had appeared despite many boxes being opened in hopeful anticipation, but finally we struck gold. THE BIG DAY ARRIVES MINUTE BOOK OF THE NZGCCF ALL BOXES NUMBERED I must say that I am very much looking forward to having the time to get in amongst them again; to inventory, to organise, to digitise, and so to make information available to anybody who is interested. By the time we stopped for lunch we realised that the job would be done that day - something of a relief because nobody wanted the job to run over the weekend we had set aside for it. We got Gary to take a photo of us with the keeper boxes in the background before getting stuck in to move them all one last time - back onto the original trailer so there would be no accidents in mixing the stuff to go north with the stuff to go to the landfill. Susan sent photos when the Mainfrieght men came to pick up the boxes. They popped them onto pallets - only two pallets which was better than the predicted three before we had done the sorting and I settled down at home to wait for their arrival. It took a while but I was busy enough with the documents I had brought home in my spare bag. I did keep checking the tracking site, though, and watched with great excitement as the shipment moved up the South Island, then crossed the Strait before loitering endlessly in Wellington. Eventually the last leg of the journey was complete and the Mainfreight truck was outside our place. I FIND SHOW CATALOGUES BACK TO THE EARLY 1950S Thanks to the officers and members of CABCC for their help in recovering these historical assets, and special thanks to Susan Moffatt and Jo Woodrow who were immensely helpful during my visit. Jane Webster Historian THE PALLETS ARRIVE THE PALLETS BEING UNLOADED My husband and I got all the boxes off the pallets and numbered them for the upcoming inventory of their contents but by this time it was the 15th December and Christmas was rapidly approaching. The boxes were stored and the inventory and digitising had to be put on hold until I had more time. Issue 16/01 5 Flash Cats


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‘A SUDDEN HEARTBREAK’ Two days before Christmas, early morning, I noticed that my beautiful girl Arya was suddenly quite flat and dehydrated. I had no subcut fluids in the house at the time so it was an urgent trip to the Vet just on opening time. He checked her out and thought the small lump he found was a furball that had not be able to pass due to the dehydration.She was hospitalised, needed urgent fluids and an operation to find the obstruction. Later on that day a call from the vet informed that a large furball had been removed, however he detected some hardening of her pancreas and decided to send off a sample for biopsy. Arya came home a very sad little cat, but over the next few days her wound healed well and her bloods which were all over the place had returned to almost normality. Both the Vet and I began to hope. By New Year’s Eve, she had developed other problems due to stress, and needed to be hospatilised again and was back on drip. The morning of New Year’s Day my vet called with the horrifying news that my baby had Pancreatic Lymphoma and no hope of survival. I said goodbye to my baby that day, she had deteriorated so much overnight, fluid had built up in her abdomin and she so was so ill. Rest in peace my beautiful girl. Pancreatic cancer in cats is rare, but ultimately results in a cat’s death. When a cat has this type of cancer, it will only survive a couple of months, because symptoms don’t usually appear until the cancer is in its later stages. FELINE PANCREATIC CANCER The pancreas in a cat makes insulin, the product that regulates blood sugar levels and aids in the processing of food. There is no known cause as to why a cat would develop cancer or tumors in its pancreas, but they are seen more often in cats that are older. Feline pancreatic cancer is very aggressive and will usually metastasize (spread) to other organs in a cat’s body. PANCREATIC CANCER SYMPTOMS IN CATS When a cat has pancreatic cancer, it will lose weight, vomit, have a belly that looks like it’s stretched out, belly pain, will be jaundiced, it may be depressed and won’t want to eat much. The belly may look bigger or distended because of the actual pancreatic tumor or the build-up of fluids in the cat’s abdomen. Belly pain will be apparent to a pet owner when she rubs her cat’s belly and it withdraws or cries out in pain. The upper right quadrant of a cat’s abdomen will be particularly sensitive if touched. Jaundice in this situation is caused by bile from the liver not being able to flow in the cat’s body; it’ll be noticeable when the whites of a cat’s eyes and its mucous are yellow. Papcats Arya de Pasdezhat DIAGNOSING PANCREATIC CANCER IN CATS While completing a physical exam of a cat, a veterinarian will feel the cat’s belly for any pain, swelling or distention, or any lumps. Blood tests will reveal elevated levels of bile in the cat’s system, causing the jaundice. In some cases, a sample of fluid from the cat’s belly will be taken to look for cancer cells. X-rays of a cat will help confirm the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and can even give a vet a good idea of how the mass looks, and if there’s any build-up of fluids. An x-ray will also show if the tumor has displaced other organs. An ultrasound can further confirm the diagnosis of this cancer and what type of pancreatic disease the cat has. If ultrasound is not a diagnostic option, surgery can be used finalize the diagnosis. TREATING PANCREATIC CANCER IN CATS Surgery is often elected to remove any tumors from the pancreas. However, this can be difficult if the cancer has spread to other parts of a cat’s body and is too advanced. If a cat does have a procedure done to remove a tumor from the pancreas, it will need to be hospitalized for several days following the surgery, and will need to receive IV fluids. Some pet owners choose to have a cat put down if pancreatic cancer is confirmed during surgery, since the cat is already anesthetized. Chemotherapy and other medical options are typically not considered, as they are not helpful in treating feline pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer in cats has a poor prognosis, because it’s usually diagnosed when it’s too late. Comfort care is often the best option for cats with this condition. Information sourced from PANCREATIC CANCER Flash Cats 6 Issue 16/01


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From the ADMIN DESK MARCH 2016 Welcome to 2016...To touch base on our financial position, I am pleased to say, We had a pleasing result – an operating profit of $9,262 (after Depreciation and Tax Provision.) I would like to point out that this profit was helped by two great fundraising projects. I would like to mention and congratulate Janice Davey, for the hard work and passion she put into the National Show and NZCF Seminar, during her time as Shows Portfolio Manager. Janice raised $4,200 from the Seminar. Also the hard work and wonderful calendar produced by Susan Edwards which raised $3,500. My congratulations to both of them. The recent increase in fees this year has understandably met with disappointment, and particularly the late penalty fees imposed. These are items I intend to have revisited at the EC next meeting. On a up note, we have had a notable increase in prefix applications (in fact, Chris has processed 30 new prefix application this year, still an excellent sign that most of which are breeders coming on board. I’m concerned that our mentoring program may not be working as I would like it to ensure that all our new breeders have the adequate assistance getting started and throughout their breeding years, breeders will always be in need of assistance no matter how experienced they are. CODES OF CONDUCT Breeders Code Of Ethics, and the Members Code Of Conduct, have also now been approved by the EC and published on both the NZCF website and in Flashcats. All our codes of conduct provide clear guidelines about what we expect from our breeders, members and committee members. Members not adhering to the applicable code of conduct may be subject to disciplinary action. Moreover where appropriate members may be advised or encouraged to remedy any noncompliance, before more serious steps are taken. We do have clear expectations of our members, and that if they do not meet those expectations , discipline is possible. This in turn is part of effectively marketing our organisation and our breeders so that we are perceived as a reputable, proactive cat association, and that it is far more worthwhile to deal with our members, than with unregistered breeders. It is also part of developing a safe, friendly, respectful and welcoming culture in our organisation for all members, judges, officers and officials. COMPLAINTS At last year’s AGM I reported that I had taken over the job of assisting Chris with the mediation of complaints and that I was extremely surprised at the amount of complaints arriving on our Secretary’s desk on a daily basis. There are many that don’t even reach me as Chris efficiently manages to settle them before my input is needed. However, I was hoping to report that there has been a decrease in complaints, while I have managed to mediate several settlements where sick kittens have been the issue, as I write this report, Chris is able to inform me that she has received 5 new complaints over the last few days…. Which is disappointing! There is surprisingly an increase in complaints that involve or look to involve genetic issues. I know that our BSAC is working hard on these issues, however I want to appeal to all our breeders, that in the meantime, PLEASE! If you even have an inkling that you may have a genetic illness or abnormality in your lines and there is an appropriate test for it, PLEASE have these tests done for your own sakes and reputations. I reiterate that: It is NOT acceptable to sell sick kittens… It is NOT acceptable to sell sick kittens accompanied by medication (Even if the buyer begs you to). It is NOT acceptable to sell mixed breed kittens and pass them off as pedigrees. And it also NOT acceptable to convince new breeders and new showgoers that a kitten is high breeding or show quality when it is not… Buyers are expected to pay extremely high prices for kitten so please breeders take serious notice of our rules and regulations, and ensure that you sell happy, health and well socialised kittens always. IN CONCLUSION I’d like to acknowledge firstly Chris Lowe, for the amazing contribution she gives to the NZCF year after year, and thanks to Marion for her excellent financial management, and many thanks to all those officers and members who have assisted me in so many ways especially Jane who has done a great job in the role of Historian and also the excellent work she has put into overseeing the Governance Documents updating . No business or organisation can run efficiently without skilled team members. Our officers and executives work incredibly hard for very modest remuneration (or in some cases NO remuneration). They strive to fulfil their roles to the highest standard despite many challenges. Gaynor Saxon Business Administration and Finance Portfolio Manager Issue 16/01 7 Flash Cats


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The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. HYPOALLERGENIC There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat, despite claims by some Internet sites, and your friends who have had cats for 30 years. YOUR HYPOALLERGENIC PET IS N OT All cats and dogs shed, although there are certain breeds that shed a lot less; hair or fur doesn’t matter, and hair (or fur) is not dander, although both can harbor dander. In addition to depositing their scent on the spot, they can also leave those allergenic proteins that were deposited on their fur during self or mutual grooming. Perhaps that’s a major factor in the fact that cat allergies are double those of dogs. We can all think of ways those proteins can get stirred up into the environment, such as when the cat does its digging and scratching in the litter box. The same applies when it uses mulch beds and gardens as a litter box. Here’s one I’ll bet you didn’t think of: you know those yellowed, urine burn spots on your lawn? Every time you go over them with the lawn mower, you cast those proteins to the winds. Then you walk through them. Neighbors mowing their lawns can do the same thing. Do you leave your windows open when you mow the lawn? Sadly, pet allergies affect relationships, too, romantic and otherwise. Children with pet allergies may not be able to join friends at their homes if they have pets, and we may not be able to visit friends and relatives who have cats, dogs or other animals. If you’re a pet allergy sufferer, you already know the drill as far as limiting your exposure. Just be aware that, their assurances notwithstanding, your friends and relatives don’t have hypoallergenic pets unless the animals don’t salivate, pee and regenerate skin. But don’t take my word for it; ask health care professionals or the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America ( AAFA will tell you “a truly hypoallergenic cat does not exist. If you have a cat allergy, your body’s immune system reacts to proteins in the pet’s urine, saliva or dander.” Dander is dead skin cells. They’re sloughed off as the pet’s skin regenerates naturally, and are dislodged by your pet’s routine activity such as grooming, scratching, playing and jumping up on the couch or your bed. Speaking of which, all the experts say that if you have a pet allergy and a pet, keep the pet out of your bedroom. Always. They’re very emphatic about that. So, while your pet’s hair is not the allergen, it can carry those proteins that are, and other allergens, too, such as dust and pollen. Those proteins, by the way, coat most household surfaces, horizontal and vertical. And don’t forget the car. Even if your pet never goes into the car, you can bring the allergens in on your shoes and clothing. They’re resilient little allergens, too. They can stay active in the environment for months; can stay suspended in the air for long periods of time; can be stirred up time and again by your pet’s play and grooming, and by human activity such as vacuuming and children playing. Cats will regularly rub themselves on corners of walls and on furniture, a behavior known as bunting. They do that to scent-mark with pheromones from glands located around their mouth, chin, face, neck and ears. The only pets proven to be hypoallergenic have scaly skin—like iguanas and snakes, That said, if you’re dead set on a furry pet, there are a few breeds around that are touted—but not proven—to be better for people with allergies. Flash Cats 8 Issue 16/01


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FLEHMEN WHO? If you’ve owned cats for a while, you’ve probably noticed a strange behavior that happens once in a while. Your cat will appear to be sniffing something, then she will open her mouth a little, wrinkling the skin on her nose as she retracts her upper lip and begin to breathe in and out of her mouth. She’ll hold this posture for a few seconds, then go about her business. This funny facial expression has been given the almost as funny name of flehmen (pronounced flay-men) – a German word meaning to curl the upper lip. For a video of the behavior see What causes this behavior and what does it mean, if anything? Flehmen occurs in species that have vomeronasal organs (VMOs). These are a pair of small sensory organs that are near, but not a part of the regular olfactory system. The VMO (formerly known as the Jacobson’s organ – I’m showing off here) is packed with olfactory receptors, but unlike the other nasal olfactory organ, it opens into the roof of the mouth as well as the nasal cavity, and it is connected to different parts of the brain. It is thought that flehmen helps the animal draw odors into the vomeronasal organ. While it seems that all animals that flehmen have VMOs, not all animals with VMOs flehmen. Case in point – dogs. They have very nice VMOs, thank you, but don’t flehmen. The adult males of species that flehmen do it more often than females. They most often do it when inspecting the urine or ano-genital areas of females. It is thought to help males determine the reproductive state of the females – in heat, coming into heat, pregnant, lactating and so on. Females also flehmen in reproductive contexts, but more often when sniffing their young, especially newborns. Both males and female cats do it at other times as well. Both will flehmen when they encounter urine from other cats, such as that sprayed on your new drapes, or urine puddles on the floor or in the litter box. Some cats do it when sniffing catnip. Cats will sometimes flehmen when encountering new things or new smells. Perhaps these new or unusual things smell a little like cat reproductive odors. We don’t know for sure. Studying chemical communication in cats or other species is difficult for us since our sense of smell is so much poorer than that of most other mammals. It does not appear that flehmen is a communicative signal to other animals. We don’t see a consistent response to the flehmen from others watching it, so it doesn’t seem to cause a change in their behavior. Cats aren’t the only animals to do this. Some other wild felids such as tigers do it, horses, donkeys, cattle and a whole slew of other wild ungulates do it as well. The horses and cattle are much more dramatic in their flehmen behavior; they curl their upper lip back on itself, open their mouths and lift their heads to the sky. If you want to see photos of a variety of species demonstrating flehmen. WHO’S So there you have it. You now know almost as much as the scientists about flehmen behavior in cats. You can add this little bit of knowledge as item 56 in your list of “Weird Things Cats Do That We Don’t Understand.” Issue 16/01 9 Flash Cats


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The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. You belong together ... Register your cats on the NZCAR Following the 2011 earthquake, the NZCAR helped Canterbury SPCA by providing an 0800 lost pet service for all pets, chipped and non-chipped. Of the hundreds of animals dealt with we managed to get 25% of non-chipped pets home within seven days. However we managed to get 85% of chipped pets home in an average of 1 to 2 hours! The NZCAR is the largest New Zealand based, not for profit, repatriation database in New Zealand. Our sole purpose is getting lost pets home. Since its formation in 2007, the register has achieved: • over 430,000 animals registered • over 750 vets, spca’s and agencies who have access • over $2.5 million raised for animal charities 0800 LOSTPET (567873) NZCAR, PO Box 597, Wanganui 4540 Issue 16/01 Flash Cats 10


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IT’S ALL ABOUT US Kai came to us in the Winter of 2015 as a Rescue Kitten. He was literally rescued by a young man and his mum as he went under the wheels of a large truck, on a busy street. Thinking he was injured the SPCA were contacted. But they told them to put him back on the street!! Incensed, and angry at this careless response, Kai was taken to a vet. He was very thin, unwell, and full of fleas and worms. He was also Entire and without a Microchip. The vet also found Kai was deaf. Though not a well cat, Kai had pulled through his run in with the truck!! Kai went into foster care,where he remained unclaimed - and became known as ‘Frosty’. His fosterers contacted us to recommend a rescue organisation who, their words "were not the SPCA"!!! Fate of course had a different plan. At my daughters insistence this sweet natured boy came live with us as an indoor cat. Like all mothers before me, I had uttered the words "we don't need another cat"!!! We were of course smitten. As a family we decided to show Kai. In 2014 & 2015 Kai became NZ Cat Fancys Best Longhair Domestic. His rescuers and foster family still stay in touch and are so very proud of him, as are we. They still visit him at local shows. His name?? Kai Pai - good. Kai (from Celtic Mythology) - a young man with magic powers). We think his life has been pretty magical. When we see him on the show bench - it is difficult imagine his dark past." Karen Grantley BRONZE DOUBLE GRAND PREMIER DOM KA PAI KAI 1ST DOMESTIC CATS/KITTENS Faith and Rosie with Kai at the 2015 Nationals Have you thought how great it would be if you could buy top-brand flea and worming products, pet medications and pet foods at discounted prices without leaving home? Well, with the introduction of you can! Not only can MyVet offer you substantial savings on your pet medications, pet food and flea and worm products, but we also offer you the convenience of shopping from your home when it’s convenient for you and we deliver direct to your door, with free delivery of orders over $50.00* wherever you are in New Zealand. At we are rapidly changing the way New Zealand pet owners buy their vet products. We also have a qualified veterinarian available to answer any of your medical questions. At we are helping to drive down the cost of veterinary medicines and we’re proud to be making animal health care accessible to all as we put YOU and your PET first at Issue 16/01 11 Flash Cats


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The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. Longhair Entire Cats NZ NZCat CatFancy FancyInc. Inc.2015 2015Annual AnnualAwards Awards Longhair Entire Kittens 1 st 1 Gold Double Grand Champion ISPISAKAT WHITE PEARL PER W/1 Barbara R Beatson, V Beatson st FLURMONZ DEKOTTA MCO F/W Mika Sakane 2nd 2nd 3rd PADDINGTON MAY YOU ALWAYS EXO F Annamaria Martin 4th 4th DIXYKATZ KINDER SCHOKO-BON PER FA/WW Noeline Cullum 6th 6 th 5th Gold Double Grand Champion FLURMONZ BEAUNKKA MCO s/FD Judy Formby FLURMONZ FARAMIA MCO sG/W Judy Formby 5th WINDEACRES SAY NO MORE PER sW/W Barbara R Beatson, V Beatson 7th 8th 8th 7th Bronze Double Grand Champion ROSIMORN KISS ‘N TICKLE EXO FE/W Robyn J Morrison FLURMONZ BYZANTIUM MCO FD/W Robynne L Black 9th 10th 10th 9th Flash Cats 12 Issue 16/01


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Longhair Neuter/Spay Cats NZ Cat Fancy Inc. 2015 Annual Awards Longhair Neuter/Spay Kittens 1 2 nd st 1st 2nd 3rd DIXYKATZ FERRERO MILCH-SCHNITTE PER A/WW Lesley Parker 3rd FLURMONZ GENERAL CUSTER MCO s/A Christine Collett, Lee Collett 4 th Gold Double Grand Premier WHITESTAR WHISKY PER Lindsay Millard, Alma Millard, Margaret Morgan 4th JAYMLYNKATZ RIGOLETTO NFO s/W Anne-Louise Fowlie 6th 5th 6th Gold Double Grand Premier MAINEFLAME GEORGE COONEY MCO s/FA Paul Holden, Kerry Holden 5th th WHITESTAR SUNSHINE KISSES PER E Louise Fenn PADDINGTON JACK SPARROW EXO /WW Colleen McCready 8 th 7 8th 7th Bronze Double Grand Premier JAYMLYNKATZ RIGOLETTO NFO s/W Anne-Louise Fowlie GRAFTON BRING IT ON EXO sF/W Sandra Haywood 10th 9th 9th 10th Issue 16/01 13 Flash Cats



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