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2ND Issue 2016 Flash C atsThe Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy responsibilities of mentoring national show gallery twisted legs in newborns world cat congress 2016 FIP UPDATE NEW HOPE NEW!! THE BREEDERS BLOG


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EDITOR Gaynor Saxon 272 Kennedy Road Napier 06 842 1011 flashcatseditor@gmail.com ADVERTISING Wendy McComb 06 368 9991 allanandwendy@hotmail.com SECRETARY Chris Lowe secretary@nzcf.com 07 533 4347 TREASURER Marion Petley 259B Mill Road, Otaki 5512 06 364 6314 marion.petley@xtra.co.nz The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. Issue 59 Inside this issue 4 In Memory of Colleen 5 FIP UPDATE -New Hope 6 Welcome our New Breeders 7 Mentoring 101 8 YOU SMOKE, I SMOKE 9 INDOOR VS OUTDOOR 10-13 World Cat Congress 14-15 NATIONAL SHOW 2016 18 What’s New on the Show Scene 19 How to give a cat a pill 20-21 Twisted Legs in Newborn Kittens COVER PIC Chalfont Uncle Sam Owned and bred by Lyall Payne Cats yaorue kreinmdelmybmerasytoeursr, palsacleo.ng as 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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ThTehOefOfifcfiacilaPluPbulbiclaictaiotinonofotfhtehNeeNwewZeZaelalnadnCdaCtaFtaFnacnycIynIcn.c. Chair Chat Hi everyone. Well here we are again, me back in the Chair and you all wondering what amazing feats the EC are going to perform with me at the helm. Believe me there are many ideas we would like to implement to improve our performance and assist our clubs, breeders and members. However at the same time we have to be mindful that we must make the two ends meet financially and we are reliant on Marion’s excellent skills to keep us on track. Our focus has to be on how to market our organisation to increase our members, encourage new showgoers, and promote our breeds and breeders, on a budget that doesn’t really exist; not an impossibility, just a challenge. Of course, you need to play your part, it doesn’t help that there still too many complaints coming in to my desk to try to mediate. The majority of complaints are again from people who have purchase kittens who are sick at the time of purchase and are being handed over with medication... NOT ACCEPTABLE... or kittens who are developing an illness after a few weeks of ariving at their new home. Tragically, recently some of these illnesses are FIP related, which is very sad as most if not all have had to be euthanised. I beg you, breeders, if you see another breeder, or are a breeder who is struggling to maintain cat numbers or struggling to keep up with an acceptable level of heathcare in your cattery, please tell someone. There are many breeders and members out there who are only too willing to help you. It is heartbreaking to hear these horenduos stories, and worse to think there are breeders in the NZCF who maybe in desperate need of help and don’t realise it, or don’t know who to ask. Not to mention hearing from a member of the public that it’s no different to buying from a backyard breeder when you can’t trust NZCF breeders to sell you healthy cats. On a happier note, I would like to thank Zena for the hard work she has put into the NZCF over the years she sat as Chair, it’s nice to step into a position well done. Gaynor Saxon NZCF Chair Editor’s note Hello all, We have a new column which will be a regular feature of Flash Cats called ‘The Breeders Blog’. It will be kindly written by Zena Pigden and is bound to be interesting and informative. Feedback is always welcomed by the Flash Cats team, so please let us know what you think and if there is any subject you would like to see and investigated for this column or any other topics you think needs bring to our members attention please send in your requests and we’ll do our best toaddress them. It’s been almost 9 years since I took over the editing and management of Flash Cats and I would like to think that we are improving all the time. Remember, we can’t keep you informed if we don’t know what you want to read and everything thats happening in the cat world, so your imput is always very welcome. Gaynor Saxon Editor OUR COVER PIC FlFalsahshCaCtasts CHALFONT UNCLE SAM Chalfont Uncle Sam – is a seal point Birman kitten known as ‘Sam’. He was born in September 2015 and was seven months old when he went Supreme Best in Show at the 2016 Purina ProPlan National Cat Show on the first of May 2016. He is owner bred as was his seal point dam Chalfont Paint The Town Red – known as Paris. Sam’s sire is the blue point Gr Ch Tajomeer High n Mighty owned and bred by Mrs Val Richards. Photograph by Simon Neale Photography - Otaki 24 IsIssuseue161/60/202


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NITEWS www.nzcf.com IT PORTFOLIO MANAGERS REPORT At the changing of the guard in June (after the AGM) I was asked to take the IT portfolio on. There are a number of things that are continuing in some areas and Peter Davidson has already started to investigate to gain an understanding of what would be the best way to proceed. Including: · Lease expiry notifications · Ability to enter no date for the DOB, to make this field optional for entering imported or older cats but still a requirement for kittens. · Microchip number on pedigree. · The option to include information (Comments on registration papers and pedigrees) · Printing tabby patterns into certified pedigrees · The show package, this will be tested with MS Access 2010 but a lot of the issues are related to the Macros that create the buttons and functions being stopped by the MS Access 2010 application. This used to be a big problem when MS Access 2007 came in as Microsoft increased security around macros. As a lot of clubs are not likely to have access to MS Access and user abilities very greatly the NZCF may have to look towards other alternatives. Debs Armishaw Portfolio Manager IT -Judges- Deb Armishaw PORTFOLIO MANAGER JUDGES REPORT It is that time again to report back to the members and although brief things are still happening in this portfolio. The longer running school is about to have some of the students’ progress to full All Breeds status once ratification has occurred at the next EC meeting. The newer school is underway with 5 people cross training or undertaking initial training as judges. The rewrite to the Judges Manual is underway and it is hoped to have the updated manual presented to the November EC meeting for ratification. The process of nominating a retired Judge to become a Judge Emeritus, has been developed and was given to the Governance Officer to add to the updates to the judges manual. Again it is timely to remind judges that they are bound under the Judges Code of Contact about behaviour and making comments about other NZCF members and their fellow judges, this includes making personal observations on social media. The forum established for judges is being underutilised and I would like to see this being used more. I am always happy to have a chat and listen to any of your concerns whether you are a judge, exhibitor or an NZCF member, in my capacity as an EC member. Please give me a call or an email if you want to discuss concerns, ideas or anything that deals with NZCF matters and if not in my realm of things I will pass onto the respective person/s, Portfolio Manager. NZCF MEETING DATES 2016 6-7 AUGUST 2016 18-20 NOVEMBER 2016 Issue 16/02 35 FLASH CATS CLOSE-OFF DATES FOR CONTRIBUTIONS March Issue -30 January 2016 June Issue - 30 April 2016 September Issue - 30 July 2016 December Issue - 30 October 2016 Contact Gaynor Saxon (Editor) flashcatseditor@gmail.com Flash Cats


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The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. IN MEMORY COLLEEN WHITE Colleen over time has served on several other committees, NZ Siamese as President & Patron, Shorthair Breeders Secretary (at that time had 500 members and biggest club in NZ), was a foundation member of TOSCA and served time as President. Colleen became a member of Palmerston North Cat Club on arrival to the city in 2003. Since then she has held the position of Secretary and Committee member for several years. She was both Club Secretary and Show Secretary in 2006 when Palmerston North Cat Club hosted the NZCF National Show and was thus heavily involved with Albie Jobson, NZCF EC, in the organisation and running of a very successful show. Since then she has continued to be stalwart supporter of the Palmerston North Cat Club and was again holding the position of Club Secretary until the last Annual General Meeting in February this year at which she was awarded Life Memebership of the Club. In spite of her failing health, Colleen was still very much involved behind the scenes with the organisation of the most recent NZCF National Show hosted by the Palmerston North Cat Club. Colleen was great supporter and mentor to the Palmerston North Cat Club Committee and will be deeply missed. After a long but brave battle with cancer Colleen passed away 14th May 2016 aged 70. Colleen's love of Siamese started in 1975 with her first Siamese neuter cat Anvago Lilac Adonis bred by Margaret Wiseman. That was the beginning of her love affair with the Siamese breed and just the start of a 40 years involvement with the breed and the cat world. Colleen obtained her breeding prefix of GRYMALKIN in 1976 under her own name. Her foundation cats were Branmar Chocolate Petunia and Westhaven Sweet Charity. Though Colleen hadn't been well enough in the last two years to attend shows, she still made sure her cats were still shown and still will be. Emma Kimberley (Palmerston North Cat Club Secretary) Colleen was a person that liked to be involved in things and was elected as South Region Secretary in 1976 and finishing on 1982. From 1982 to 1984 Colleen went onto the NZCF EC as the delegate for South Region. In 1980 she started her shorthair judging; at this time was a requirement to have been a breeder for five years. Colleen took leave from judging in 2000 and then later resigned from judging. It was at a Cat Show that Colleen Cocks meet Rob White, and they were later to marry (ex NZCF President Richard Nelson and his wife Francis being best man and maid of honour). At the time of them meeting Rob was breeding red point Siamese under his prefix, but they were to merge their catteries to form the legendary ROBANDI prefix in 1982. Together they produced such top cats like: Queen's Robandi The Hage and her daughter Robandi Tis The Hagelett (Ebony Orientals), Robandi The Dance is Over and Robandi Come Dance with Me. Stud cats: Robandi A Solo Jazz Dancer and Robandi Gabindi Sunrise. But they were also known for winning neuter/ spay cats like Robandi Bluelodge Heritage and Robandi The Palmy Panther. They have produced multiple National Winners and Best in Show cats, with last being 2016 National Show winner Robandi I'll be Striped. Flash Cats 6 2016 NATIONAL SHOW BEST IN SHOW WINNER Gold Double Grand Premier Robandi I’ll Be Striped BEST SHORTHAIR NEUTER/SPAY CAT 2013 Gold Double Grand Premier Robandi The Palmy Panther Issue 16/02


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FIP UPDATE NEW HOPE FOR THIS LETHAL CAT DISEASE www.nzcf.com POLYPRENYL IMMUNOSTIMULANT (PI), A DRUG THAT HAS CONTROLLED THE DRY FORM OF FIP FOR ONE YEAR OR LONGER IN APPROXIMATELY 30 CATS. FIP takes two forms: a fast-progressing wet form, causing fluid accumulation in the abdomen or chest, and a non-effusive dry form in which inflammatory lesions develop on major organs. Dry FIP progresses slower and is especially difficult to diagnose; signs include neurological, eye, kidney and liver disorders. Traditionally, treatment for either form is merely supportive. But FIP researchers are pressing forward, investigating ways to block FECV from mutating, improve feline immune responses and find genetic clues in cats or in the viruses that will enable earlier diagnosis. One previously experimental medication is now used off-label by veterinarians to treat non-effusive FIP. Other researchers are studying immunosuppressive and antiviral drugs. The biggest FIP research success comes from Legendre’s study of polyprenyl immunostimulant (PI), a drug that has controlled the dry form of FIP for one year or longer in approximately 30 cats. In his three-year clinical study, Legendre treated 58 cats diagnosed with non-effusive FIP, and, subsequently, he has consulted with veterinarians to treat many more patients. One of the cats in Legendre’s pilot study is still healthy after eight years on PI. Once started, PI treatment must continue or the disease will return. Inadequate Immunity Intestinal FECV is common in cats, especially in multi-cat environments, and causes only mild illness. But laboratory studies suggest that in an estimated 20% of infected cats, FECV transforms into its evil alter ego, the malevolent FIP virus (FIPV). Researchers now believe that cats with healthy, strong immune systems can fight off FIPV, but cats with impaired immune responses cannot. “Those that get sick with FIP are only a fraction of those exposed to the mutant [FIP virus], and they are the ones that fail to mount a sufficient immune response to contain the virus. In effect, by the time they show clinical signs, they have already lost the battle.” Only some cats have the genetic traits and immune deficiencies that allow FIP virus to develop and spread. In those cats, FIPV hijacks the immune system’s white blood cells, turning them into virus Issue 16/02 factories and causing deadly inflammatory responses. “Lots of animals have their own coronaviruses, but FIP only affects felines and ferrets,” says Gary Whittaker, PhD, professor of virology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Some cats’ immune systems fight it off, but some cats can’t, especially younger cats or ones who are immune compromised.” Boosting Immunity Legendre says cats with FIP have poor cell-mediated immunity – they lack enough T-lymphocytes, super-killer immune cells that are necessary to fight viruses that invade cells and replicate within them. “Antibodies can’t attack a virus in cells,” he says. “You need cell-mediated immunity – other cells that recognize and destroy the infected cells.” PI boosts cell-mediated immunity, increasing the survival time and quality of life of treated cats, he says, although “the more advanced the disease, the less likely PI is to get a response.” Attacking the Virus Enhancing a cat’s cellmediated immunity is just one strategy in a two-pronged approach, Legendre adds. “To fight FIP, we need to shift the odds in favor of the cat’s body, instead of in favor of the virus.You can never wipe out all the virus, but any approach that reduces virus levels would be helpful.” A coronavirus (dark patches) infects intestinal cells (gray). A model of coronavirus structure. The particle's main body is crowned with spike proteins (red), which activate the virus when cleaved by the right protease. “Even though almost all cats will be exposed to coronavirus [FECV] during their lifetime, most will lose the infection,” says Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD, who has studied FIP since 1964 and is the director of the Center for Companion Animal Health at University of California-Davis. For more information visit www.catchannel.com/cat-health-news/hope-for-nearlyfatal-cat-disease.aspx 7 Flash Cats


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WELCOME TO OUR NEW BREEDERS MERYLEEN GREENWOOD HILIGHT BIRMANS I live on a farm at Wellsford. I have always been fond of animals especially cats and wish to continue breeding my beloved Birmans as I did many years ago. Recently I renewed my Membership and prefix Hilight with the NZCF,which I first registered in 1971. It all began when I fell in love with a picture of Birmans in a book and wanted to breed them but discovered there were no Birmans being bred in NZ at the time, so after making enquiries was given the name of a Dr Michael Tait in Melbourne,who had imported some from England. I contacted Dr Tait to placed my order,and managed to obtain a beautiful sealpoint boy called Sacrebel Theebaw. A Mrs Woods bought a female Birman Sacrebel Fleur De Eliza from him at the same time and they came over together, I later bought Fleur De Eliza from Mrs Woods as she had a change in direction and never managed to start breeding. Later on I imported two more queens, Pinaroo Shelly and Pinaroo Nadio and bred my Birmans for a number of years. My sister inlaw Noelene Dally was really taken with my Birmans and bought some off me and so it began for her also.She put years in to showing and developing the different colours, as in the early days there was only seal and blue point. As well as breeding I am interested in attending a few shows I am so pleased to have rejoined and to have gained the chance to meet a few like minded cat lovers. JUDE MOIR SAPPHIREDOLLS I am a Midwife who works part time to give me lots of time for breeding and showing my ragdoll cats. My husband is a University Professor in Electrical Engineering who fortunately shares my love of cats. Our 2 boys who are teenagers now also love our Ragdolls and are happy to help out with playing and socialization of the kittens. James my oldest considers himself a play specialist! We live in a big house on half an acre in a cul-de-sac on the Northshore, perfect for our precious Ragdolls to keep them safe and happy. I have always said you have not really had a cat until you have owned a Ragdoll. They are everything you could ever want in a cat and more. They just steal your heart and the only problem is one is never enough. They should come with a warning. They are addictive! Our Ragdoll Kittens are born in my bedroom to ensure they have their own Midwife present at the birth. After 3 weeks they are moved upstairs with mum where they experience family life with us and they are loved as if they were going to be our own. I have been a Registered Ragdoll breeder since 2012 with Catz Inc and more recently now with New Zealand Cat Fancy and I love every minute of it. Even when they leave us to their hand-picked forever homes. I know they are going to be adored, loved and pampered. I am always happy to be contacted at any time, (text or email please if out of hours) with any queries, concerns, updates. Remember they were my babies first. I was once texted at 11.30 on a Friday night to be asked could their ragdoll kitten eat fresh salmon. My reply was of course, but he might expect it every day from now on. DONNA COONEY WILDVALLEY ABYSSINIANS I live in Whangamata on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula with my husband Mike, and our four children aged 9, 11, 12 and 14. Mike is a magazine editor, and I am primarily a stay at home mum. We are also beekeepers, living on our small farm. My family loves the great outdoors, including pursuits such as mountain biking, surfing and hunting - what an amazing country we live in! I have always loved the Abyssinian breed. At first for their striking appearance and graceful athleticism, and, after owning one, for their playful, energetic and loyal personality. There is never a dull moment with an aby around - let's face it, anything that moves really doesn't stand a chance! With the children at a slightly more independent age, it was time for a new challenge, so I decided to give breeding a go. It was important to me to do it right from the start, this meant becoming a registered breeder. I believe ethical breeding practices, paired with great mentorship will help produce quality, healthy kittens that I would be happy to sell. I have been very privileged to have met many helpful breeders already, thank you all for your time and advice, I look forward to the journey ahead. SAM FUEHRER FUEHRER BURMILLAS My parents have been breeders of Burmese for many years and as a teenager I was very involved in handling and caring for the kittens we bred. I always had plans to have my own Burmese one day but the timing was just never right. When it came time to look for my first cat I contacted breeders that my parents knew in the Canterbury area and they suggested I look into burmillas. I had never heard of the breed before so I did some research and went and met lily their burmilla queen. I instantly fell in love. Greg andYvonne have been amazing with their knowledge and help to get me set up with the cat fancy and lily has been the perfect first queen as she’s been there and done that and takes everything in her stride. I have three young children that I would love to pass on the enjoyment of breeding to. They are also in love with lily and she is now a very important part of our family. I have shared ownership of my mothers original prefix and am excited to start planning for my next litter. Flash Cats 8 Issue 16/02


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MENTORING 101 www.nzcf.com MENTOR NOUN: mentor; plural noun: mentors 1. 
an experienced and trusted adviser. “He was her friend and mentor until his death." 2. a person who gives a younger or less experienced person help and advice over a period of time Are you a breeder? Have you signed a prefix application form for a new breeder? Sold a breeding kitten or cat to a new breeder? Encouraged a new breeder to get registered and do things right? Did you know that if you have supported a prefix application - or sold a breeding kitten to a new breeder, there is an expectation that you will act as mentor to that breeder? Sadly, many new breeders receive very little help or advice. This can lead to all sorts of problems ranging from registrars having to try and sort out impossible colour registrations, new breeders finding they have purchased unregistered cats for breeding (yes it does happen!), health issues, biting the new breeder in the posterior, kitten losses, accidental brother sister matings, and many other difficulties. As a more experienced breeder, you may not be able to solve (or prevent) every problem… but you have invaluable experience and wisdom to share. Of course mentoring only works if the new breeder is willing to talk to you, and listen to you. In most cases, this will only happen if there is an already established friendly and supportive relationship between you. (Whether you live in the same town, or communicate by email or phone – one of my best mentors lived halfway across the world, in Sweden). Talk to the new breeder, and share your own experiences, good and bad. • Be friendly and available, willing to answer questions • Give information about their breed (if it’s your breed) – including any health issues that are breed specific and what they can do to avoid them • Help with understanding NZCF processes (how to register a litter, transfer kittens etc) • Be available for advice/support with birthing, monitoring and caring for newborns and young kittens. • Be available to help with determining sex and colours of kittens (two areas that many new breeders struggle with) • Encourage them to find a good vet (before they have a problem that needs veterinary input!) A good mentor is a fantastic resource for a new breeder and we all have a responsibility to foster the next generation of breeders and help them get off to a good start. What about the new breeder’s responsibility? From the outside, especially if you have perhaps had a moggy cat deliver a litter of kittens without problems in the past, it can seem as if cat breeding will be very easy. And sometimes it can be. But it can also be challenging, confusing, and even heartbreaking. Until you are confronted with a situation you often don’t know, what you don’t know. Having a mentor (or better still more than one) to turn to at those times can make all the difference. But that does rely not only on people around you being willing to occupy that role, but your own willingness to ask questions, ask for help when you need it, and of course listen to the answers! It is a good idea to develop a relationship with one or more experienced breeders, even before you get your first breeding cat(s) if possible. This is why we often advocate getting a show neuter or spay to start with. While showing your cat you have the chance to meet other breeders, get a feel for the look of your breed, and show that you are serious about breeding. When looking for mentors, ideally you need someone local (probably a member of your cat club) who would be willing to actually visit and advise on day to day issues (what colour is my kitten? What sex? I thought my queen was in labour but she seems to have stopped? ) . This person may not breed the same breed that you do but will have experience in dealing with feline issues. Then it’s also very helpful to be in contact with someone who breeds your breed and can advise about breed specific issues that arise, help you interpret pedigrees, help you assess the type of your kittens and cats and discuss your plans for progressing your breeding programme. If that’s a local person as well, all the better, but you can also learn a lot from people further afield (email is a wonderful thing). The breeders who supported your prefix application are your first port of call, but there’s nothing to stop you approaching other breeders who might be willing and able to help you. If you join an email forum such as FanciersHealth (a yahoo group) or a Facebook group such as Birthing and Breeding Problems for Registered Breeders, you can often get advice quickly (although not all your advisors may agree). Never be afraid to ask questions – it’s the best way to learn! Written by Zena Pigden Issue 16/02 9 Flash Cats


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The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. WANT TO SPARE YOUR PET FROM CANCER? STOP SMOKING CIGARETTES!! Researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland are urging pet owners who smoke to give up the habit for the sake of their animal companions. Research shows that pets are at greater risk from passive smoking than even humans are, because furry family members spend more time at home and on the floor, where carcinogenic particles tend to linger. There's also the problem of third-hand smoke particles, which are thought to be more hazardous than second-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke is the residue that remains in the smoker's environment on furniture, rugs, curtains, fabric lampshades, clothing, human skin, animal fur, and other surfaces. Living with a Smoker Significantly Increases a Pet's Risk of Serious Disease An ongoing study at Glasgow is clearly demonstrating a direct link between pets living with smokers and a higher risk of serious health problems including cancer, cell damage, and overweight/obesity. According to Clare Knottenbelt, Glasgow study leader and professor of small animal medicine and oncology: "Our findings show that exposure to smoke in the home is having a direct impact on pets. It risks ongoing cell damage, increasing weight gain after castration and has previously been shown to increase the risk of certain cancers." The study involved cats, and shows that they are even more affected that dogs, very possibly due to their grooming habits, which cause them to ingest smoke residue clinging to their fur. SMOKING OUTDOORS, CUTTING BACK MAY BE HELPFUL. QUITTING IS IDEAL. The Glasgow study results so far indicate that even with outdoor access, kitties living in smoking environments take in significant amounts of smoke. And smoking away from household pets doesn't eliminate their exposure — it only reduces the amount of smoke they take into their bodies. People who keep the total number of tobacco products smoked in the home under 10 per day have cats with significantly less nicotine in their fur, but still more than cats living in non-smoking environments. Daily grooming exposes a cat's delicate oral tissues to hazardous amounts of cancer-causing substances. Even minimal amounts of exposure to passive smoke can damage your kitty's health. • A Tufts University study linked secondhand smoke to cancer in cats. The study found that cats living with smokers are more than twice as likely to develop malignant lymphoma, which is the most common feline cancer, as those in smoke-free homes. And cats with 5 or more years of second and third-hand smoke exposure had a three times higher risk. • A University of Minnesota study showed that cats who live with smokers have nicotine and other toxins in their urine. ADDITIONAL DANGERS OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS There are other ways your cat or other pet can be poisoned by tobacco products, including: • By eating any portion of a cigarette or cigar • By drinking water that is contaminated by a cigarette butt • By ingesting a stop-smoking aid like nicotine gum or a nicotine patch. Nicotine is toxic to pets, and eating a cigarette, chewing tobacco, or even just a portion of a cigar can be fatal. Signs of nicotine poisoning include drooling, constricted pupils, vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, seizures and cardiac abnormalities. If you think your pet has ingested a nicotine product, call your vet immediately and/or get your cat to an emergency clinic right away. Past Research Highlights the Dangers of Passive Smoke for Pets • A Tufts University study linked secondhand smoke to oral cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) in cats. Kitties living with more than one smoker and those exposed to passive smoke for longer than 5 years had even higher rates of this cancer. Sourced from Healthypets.mercola.com Article written January 2016, By Dr. Becker Flash Cats 10 If you are a smoker, ALWAYS WASHYOUR HANDS, RINSE OUTYOUR MOUTH, AND CHANGEYOUR CLOTHES, avoid contact with cats, period. SMOKERS ARE TOXIC TO CATS. Issue 16/02


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www.nzcf.com INDOOR VS OUTDOOR From first time kitten owners to seasoned cat companions, cat owners are divided whether or not cats should be allowed outdoors. Traditional beliefs that cats need freedom to roam are fading in the light of statistics that indicate the indoor cats have a longer life span and better health. Deciding whether or not a cat should be an indoors or outdoors animal is up to individual owners but the pros and cons provide substantial evidence toward indoor cats. Statistics indicate that the life span of an indoor cat is much longer than an outdoor cat. On average, an indoor cat lives twelve years but some cats can live for as many as twenty years. In comparison, an outdoor cat’s life expectancy is less than five years. The pros of keeping a cat indoors outnumber the cons of an indoor cat. Most are directly related to the health and safety of the cat. TRAFFIC. Busy highways, roads, suburban streets and country lanes all present a lifethreatening danger for cats. One accident can be fatal or cause serious injuries. POISONS that many outdoors cats encounter. Pesticides, home garden products, car and motor products, discarded trash, spoiled foods, poisonous plants and intentional poisonings are among the poisoning dangers for cats that roam. INFECTIOUS DISEASE rises for the outdoor cat. Many feline diseases including Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV) are transmitted from an infected cat to another. Cats who roam at will encounter other cats and can contract either of these fatal diseases. Free roaming cats often encounter problems with other cats in the area and abscesses as a result of a cat fight are ailment veterinarians see on a regular basis. These are painful to the cat and can cost up to several hundred dollars to fix. A host of other infectious diseases thrive in the outdoor environment and among cats that may not have been vaccinated. PARASITES are another health issue for outdoor cats. Fleas are prevalent through the world and can be carriers for disease. Some diseases can be transmitted to cat owners. Ringworm (which is in fact a fungus, not a worm) is another disease that can adversely affect a cat’s health as well as pass to human members of the same household. While not deadly, ringworm can be quite hard to eradicate in the cat and prevention is better than cure. BECOMING LOST. Less than 5% of cats taken to animal shelters are reclaimed by owners. All outdoor cats should wear either safety collars with identifying information. However collars often become lost. Microchipping is the only permanent way to identify a cat. NEIGHBOURS who object to a roaming cat who may defecate or urinate in a flower bed or vegetable garden are another problem solved with indoor cats. Neighborhood spats often arise from issues involving cats – if a cat lives indoors, then the potential for neighbour trouble is diminished. Cat owners should also consider that indoor cats are healthier, often happier, and live much longer than outdoors cats allowed the freedom to roam. However, if you absolutely must allow your cat to roam outside it is essential to impose a curfew and ensure the cat is brought indoors from dusk to dawn. This is when our native fauna wildlife are most vulnerable to cats. Traditional views that cats require the freedom to roam outdoors have few pros. The belief that indoor cats tend to be lazy and overweight is not true and can be combated with scheduled play times. Outdoor cat enthusiasts claim cats love the outdoors, which is often true, but the dangers outweigh the benefits. The same cat owners who promote the outdoors often insist that cats deserve their freedom. Such views, however, are outdated and outranked by most animal professionals. The majority of veterinarians believe cats should be indoor pets. So do members of most Humane Societies and animal protection societies. Dangers to an outdoor cat far outweigh any benefits and responsible cat owners are urged to do what is best for the cat. COMPROMISING: Cat owners uncertain about keeping a pet indoors can give their cat the best of both worlds by offering outdoor experiences in controlled situations. Contrary to what most cat owners may think, it is possible to train a cat to a leash and harness. It is easier to train a kitten or young cat but all cats can be leash trained. This allows cats to be walked in the same manner as many dogs and offers outdoor exercise beneficial for both cat and owner. Perhaps the best solution of all is a cat enclosure where cats can enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. A cat enclosure is simply an enclosed area that offers protection and keeps the cat from wandering away. An ideal cat enclosure will contain enough space to move, climbing options, and a resting area. A shady area is best so that the cat can enjoy fresh area even on the warmest days. Every cat enclosure should be covered with material that can’t be breached by the cat. Nylon mesh and chicken wire are two of the most inexpensive, effective options. Concerns about formerly outdoor cats adapting to indoor life are valid but a cat enclosure often solves this potential problem. If you are considering keeping your cat indoors, explore the possibility of building a cat enclosure. Sourced and re-written from various sites INDOOR CAT OUTDOOR CAT Issue 16/02 11 Flash Cats


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The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. WORLD CAT CONGRESS 2016 HOSTED BY WCF THE CAT SOCIETY OF THAILAND NZCF DELEGATE: CHRIS M LOWE What a great opportunity it was for an NZCF Delegate to be part of the 2016 World Cat Congress which was held for the first time in Bangkok. I will not forget the wonderful hosts The Cat Society of Thailand (WCF) their dedication to their beautiful cats and young members/exhibitors but most of all the hand of friendship shown to all who participated in this wonderful event. SEMINAR The seminar always gives the opportunity for those in attendance to upskill their knowledge on cats or at minimum get to know the other cat fanciers from all over the world. This year saw a different approach to the introduction of the WCC delegate organisations with an excellent power point presentation being given by Penny Bydlinski (Secretary WCC) who outlined the history of the organisation, as each organisation joined the dateline the current delegate was asked to address the meeting. In the case of NZCF Richard Nelson was the Chairman at the time that NZCF was accepted by WCC and a great photo took pride of place on the “big scene” to coincide with the appropriate dateline. As current delegate I presented a short factual summary of our history from the early 1930’s to present day which included the following bullet points: • Show Scene • Registering body • BSAC latest initiatives in respect of NZCF commitment to feline health & welfare through reducing the incidence of harmful conditions in pedigree breeds. A project which will take a number of years to complete before presentation to the membership for consultation. • Stakeholders in the review process to Government Local Body Legislation for companion animals. In particular local council initiatives affecting cats, cat owners or breeders. and projects. One of which is the “Cat Encyclopaedia” sub headings of interest include – • Cat Breed Finder (research tool) • Cat Breed Sheets from all WCC organisations (comparing standards) • Thinking it through – cat ownership • Our partnership with cat owners Svetlana Lalovic (WCF Serbia) “Spices, Silks, Jewels & Cats” Following this presentation which focused on the preservation of traditional breeds we all had the opportunity to get “fingers in fur” and meet some of the Thai cat breeds. Common complicated diseases – Immunosuppression (Kaywalee Chatdarong-State Veterinarian Thailand) The most common secondary infections associated with FeLV and FIP, haemotropic, mycoplasma, coccidiosis and upper respiratory tract infection. FELV (FELINE LEUKAEMIA VIRUS) Characteristics • The virus is labile, inactivated within a few seconds of exposure to the environment. Therefore environment decontamination is not necessary where a cat has died from FeLV related disease. • Spread in the saliva • Healthy infected cats shed as many virus particles as a clinically ill one. • Fleas could serve as a mechanical vector. • Close contact is necessary for infection to occur. • Young cats are more likely to become persistently infected than adults (younger than 4 months). • Kittens can be infected in uterio. FCOV TRANSMISSION Royal Canin - the sponsor of the WCC for the past 10 years presented a very powerful video promoting their current research • • Is shed in saliva and faeces of infected cats. Shared litter trays and food bowls Beautiful Seal PointTHAI (placed 3rd in my Ring) “Suphalak” natural bred equivalent of the Havana Brown – certainly one of the foundation breeds of Burmese &Tonkinese Odd-eyed ‘Khao Manee’ breed Flash Cats 12 Issue 16/02


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• Vertical transmission can occur – 70% of cats with FIP are under 1 year old. • Stress, moving house, surgery, boarding,co-infection with FeLV increases the likelihood of an individual developing FIP. • Kittens are commonly infected with FCoV by the mother at around 5-6 weeks. • Rivalta Test – can be used it is simple, inexpensive to perform but does however give false positives in cats with bacterial, peritonitis or lymphoma. www.nzcf.com FIP is a fatal disease of cats caused by a genetic mutant of the common feline enteric coronavirus (FCoV). There are two forms – “wet” – severe polyoerositis – yellowish, viscous and fibrinous ascites fluid. “Dry the virus replicates in the epithelium of the small intestine. WCC SEMINAR 2016 HOW LONG TO WAIT – BEFORE INTRODUCING ANOTHER CAT INTO THE HOUSE Coronaviruses are not very resistant in a normal environment. Normal exposure to air and sunlight will destroy coronaviruses within 2 weeks. Keep litter trays clean, shared bowls clean and other equipment used. DR LESLIE LYONS UPDATES & ADVANCES IN FELINE GENETICS Reporting Back since WCC Auckland 2015 SCOTTISH FOLD – have the exact mutation that causes cats to have folded ears – these cats are very good at hiding pain. Even with 1 copy of the mutation there is probably something else that contributes to cats with osteoarthritis. PERSIAN PRA – Persian Blindness is far more widespread than first thought this affects the rods and cones in the back of the eye – in the wild there are cats with this type of blindness BLOOD TYPE AB IN RAGDOLLS – found/published – variant has been identified this is still a rare condition – no explanation as to why this is most prominent in the Ragdoll breed. JAPANESE BOBTAIL – found/published – there is absolutely nothing wrong with them it is just a kink in the tail. Pixiebob’s also have this mutation. RUSSET BURMESE – found (not caramel) it is a new mutation, – working on getting this published it is a real colour, not wide spread only found in New Zealand & Australia at this time. PROOF OF PRECISION MEDICINE – when something unusual is going on we can use ‘geno science (genetics) to help – cancer in humans is an area where we Issue 16/02 DR LESLEY LYONS WITH HER INTERPRETER can sequence the tumour targeting with the correct drugs to the disease in your body – Can we do this with cats? CHARCOAL BENGAL –1 x leopard agouti + 1 domestic nonagouti Bengal samples have been taken from controlled breedings – randomly selected samples 7% Asian leopard DNA nearly regardless of generation progression. Lymphoma: Massey University have reported an increased incidence of disease in the British SH particularly in animals aged between 5-6 mths in NZ & Australia. Hopefully further research will be done through the “99 Lives project”. MUNCHKINS - are there actual health issues with the breed? Limited CT scans have been presented, using 2 examples of short, long & perfect leg lengths to gauge the status between normal, mid or severe dwarf. Acceptable leg length and angles could be quantified in the future. Dwarf cats do not appear to have any problems with vertebrae or spine. DIABETES IN THE BURMESE – this is a breed that “99 lives” are to target for a study – samples are needed. PET FOOD – genetically testing for taste – “99 lives data” can tell us if there are any variations to see if the cats respond differently or not. MESSAGE If you are not already a sponsor/supporter of the “99 Lives Project” Please think seriously. There are so many issues that are of importance to fund 13 Flash Cats


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The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. BANGKOK APRIL 2016 World Cat Federation WORLD SHOW This show was hosted by the Cat Society of Thailand which is a relatively new club, who really did do a great job taking on not only the hosting of the World Cat Congress seminar & annual meeting but also the staging of a championship show giving 8 of the international delegates the opportunity to judge their beautiful cats over a two day show. The young handlers were beautifully dressed, and the noticeable difference was the average age of the exhibitors which was approximately late 20’s a stark contrast to what we see in NZ. The show was held in an events centre with great facilities air conditioned of course with 36 degrees outside. It was wonderful to see the love that the exhibitors had for their cats, most of whom sat on their owners laps in between judging – ever so relaxed and happy to be there. Camera’s everywhere!You have to be prepared that is the norm! you need to be on your best behaviour putting you best foot forward . OFFICIATING JUDGES DAY 1 DAY 2: Penny Bydlinski (Fife - Aust) Fate May (TICA - USA) Dietmar Sagurski (Fife- Germany) Cheryle Uren (CCCofA - Aust) Anneliese Hackmann(WCF - Germany) Rachel Anger (CFA - USA) Chris M Lowe (NZCF-NZ) Jan van Rooyen (SACC- SA) Fold Supreme SHOW FORMAT Three Judges did table judging in each section (same sort of format we would use in NZ – bay judging) the fourth judge (Chris M Lowe) did the WCF World show ring on stage “wired for sound”! Fortunately I had a great steward who assisted me with the paperwork and the calling of cats to the ring. The cats shown in this ring were not necessarily shown in the other rings. BREEDS EXHIBITED 21 Scottish Fold 17 Scottish Straight 6 Thai 2 Bengal 1 Exotic 5 Highland Fold 1 Highland Straight 4 Korat 44 British 1 Ragdoll BEST OF THE BEST The best male & best female from each judge goes forward to the supreme judging and three judges (not the WCF World show judge) decide the best of each section to go forward to the supreme presentation. Each section was of a very high standard and the cats were all presented by their owners on stage to the three officiating judges who simply held up the number of their choice to go forward. Until there were a best kitten & best adult to compete for the Best of the Best (Supreme) on the first day of judging the Supreme exhibit was the most beautiful 4 month old Scottish Fold baby (who was my nomination for supreme in the World Ring). On day 2 the same kitten was nominated but was beaten by the White Exotic for Supreme. Chris Lowe NZCF International Liason Officer Golden British in Top 10 Flash Cats 14 Highland Fold WCF Show Handlers Issue 16/02


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www.nzcf.com WCC GALA DINNER Camera's everywhere Best British Kitten Adut Scottish Fold BIS Club President with Thai cat Issue 16/02 Exotic Supreme Day 2 15 Flash Cats



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