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2nd Issue 2017 Flash C atsThe Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy National Show Gallery Bruce finds a home Is your Kitty Confused? We need to stop over-vaccinating our cats!


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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 COVER PIC OVERALL SURPREME & BEST IN SHOW NATIONAL RING SHORTHAIR ENTIRE CAT HAXTENDORF BABA YAGA Owner/Breeder Mary Hefford The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. Inside this issue Issue 63 3 IT Report 4 Breeders Blog 5 Judges Report/National Cat Awards 6 We Need to Stop Over-vaccinating 9 Foods you can share 13 Easter Show 2017 14 National Awards Dinner 15 National Show Gallery 16 Making Shows More Appealing 17 Registrations Update 18 Septic Shock 20 Head Tilt, Disorientation in Cats 21 Is your Kitty Confused? 22 Bruce Finds a Home 23 Breed Standards Update 24-28 NZCF Information ICncalutsdiangretahiebdsepoaelsouptalebeoitnuhdteiyveivodewurnyatl~sh,inwJgi.to.hh. nthDeirinogwmnan 2017 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 A warm welcome to you all Thank you all for your support and the many kind wishes following my election to the Executive Council and now as your Chair. It is particularly gratifying and humbling to have been given this opportunity where together we can have fun and enjoyment in our chosen hobby, Judging, breeding, showing or simply having the companionship of your cat, or the fellowship of a friend. At this point let me pay tribute to Gaynor Saxon andAnnette Dunn your outgoing stalwarts of the NZ Cat Fancy EC who have given so willingly of their time and us served so very well. On behalf of our Cat Fancy members and Clubs thank you Gaynor andAnnette for your valued and knowledgeable contribution over the many years of faithful service. Congratulations too to David Colley, Senior Judge who joins us on the EC and will undertake the Judge’s portfolio. I know I said I’d like to take on this Portfolio but David has much to give in this area and I really welcome the chance to work alongside and with him. Also too EC members, Janice Davey your hardworking dedicated Shows Portfolio Manager, DebArmishaw who will continue to weave her magic with our IT needs and wants focussing on delivering a wider range of on-line Products and Services for your everyday use. As Deputy Chair JaneWebster will have her otherwise long days made even longer as she continues to enhance the work she has done within the BSAC and Breeders Portfolio. Jane will be my rock as we endeavour to make the Cat Fancy a better place for our members and Judges. This raises an interesting item about the expectation of work time, NZ Cat Fancy time, family time and timeout we each have, especially what time to contact our Secretary, orTreasurer or other NZCF Officials or members of the EC. My reminder to EC members, on closing the first meeting post the AGM, was please remember you have a life outside of your chosen hobby. Ideally folk will not call our Officials EG not after 9pm of an evening or Sundays. With phones, tablets and social media operating 24/7 it is all too easy to forget and lose sight of the “please be considerate” sign. If you need to remind yourself just hum a bit of Billy Joel in your head; From the Piano Man . . . “It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday . . . “. Love the lyrics, ‘you’ve got us feeling alright’, however do remember the nine o’clock bit please. Do your best; it is what we ask.As the advert says (Mitre 10 on DIY projects), ‘she’s a pretty big ask mate’. Well I think Deb is more than able to help with Registrations as well as IT. Deb can draw on support from the team where the work gets heavy. The worst kept secret isWendy McCombe Flash Cats & Marketing Portfolio where she has been talking to a number of sponsors who are excited by the prospect of whatWendy and Deb can do to bring more on-line connectivity through the web site. But wait, there is more. In saying that please do take the time to read the NZCF Business Plan that Secretary Chris took valuable time and trouble to ensure you all got a copy with yourAGM papers. You can download a copy from our web site. This is a working document and it is open to your constructive comment for improvement. Your EC team members are planning to become better communicators, consult more widely on issues and involve you the membership more in the processes of improvement for our common good. Join us and let’s get the fun back into our great cat hobby. Ian Gray NZCF Chair EDITORS NOTE Hello everyone, Welcome to this, the second issue of Flash Cats Quarterly 2017. We have some excellent articles and reports for you to read, absorb, learn from and chuckle over. We do our very best to offer you the widest range of interesting news and endeavour to give you the most accurate information that we can source. I would like to thank those at the recent AGM who acknowledged the hard work that goes into putting this magazine out. It is always so appreciated when we get positive feedback from the membership. However we are always open to any criticism, so please feel free to let us know what you think. Again... I stress that we welcome and need the input from our membership, so please... get involved, send in your stories, anecdotes, or health advice you feel we need to publish in to us. Finally, grab a cuppa, put your feet up and please enjoy this issue of Flash Cats. Gaynor Saxon Editor NZCF MEETING DATES 2017 5-6 AUGUST 2017 25-26 NOVEMBER 2017 FLASH CATS CLOSE-OFF DATES FOR CONTRIBUTIONS March Issue - 30 January 2017 June Issue - 30 April 2017 September Issue - 30 July 2017 December Issue - 30 October 2017 Contact Gaynor Saxon (Editor) flashcatseditor@gmail.com Flash Cats 2 Issue 17/02


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IT REPORT www.nzcf.com Since the November meeting all EC members, including the Secretary and Treasurer, have been allocated an NZCF email address. Also the primary registrars (SH, PR, LH & Honours), have also been allocated NZCF email addresses. With the Show Packages, the biggest issue is Clubs not following instructions given as part of the package. If there are issues when using the show package the IT portfolio manager needs to be made aware of these, so remedies may be implemented to ensure a more user friendly application. These issues if they aren’t raised won’t resolve themselves. Having stated that though it is on the agenda for the Show package documents to be rewritten and updated to improve the usefulness to show secretary’s when using the show package software. Once completed, I envisage that these will be uploaded to the website on the downloads page for easier access and maybe incorporated into these will be screen shots to give better instructions. I also recommend that instead of the current cost for using the show package and to make it more attractive for clubs to use, that the cost be lowered to $100 (+GST) for the first time use and subsequent uses are charged at $50, as the initial program is with the clubs and all they require is the updated information. The clubs shouldn’t have to continue paying full costs. User access to ROCAP will be looked at and tightened up, with access being given to only the areas required to undertake the role the official has, e.g. a PM may have read only access if required. The optimum time for this to occur will be just after the AGM and the allocation of portfolios and changes, if any to EC. What follows is a recap of what has been implemented, what support tasks have or are being undertaken and what is in the pipeline to be implemented. THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED FOR THE LAST YEAR.   1.      Microchip is now being displayed on the pedigree. 2.      A greater understanding of the Show package and where some issues lie. 3.      New online voting page. 4.      Revamp of the online registration pages and email address to fix incorrect routing of emails to registrars and page instructions.   IT SUPPORT TASKS So far since taking over the IT support roll I have fielded 50 support tasks. These have ranged from: a.       Removal of extra records in ROCAP b.      Membership updates c.       Show application queries d.      Changes to ROCAP administration pages for position changes   STILL WORKING ON 1.      Online payment (still waiting on T&C’s to add to the website) 2.      Print comments on pedigrees (Need direction on where on the pedigree you would like to have this displayed) 3.      Tabby Pattern on pedigrees 4.      Quicker way to add microchip when registering kittens   NEW DEVELOPMENT 4.      New online admin show forms for the show manager to: a.      Review show entries and confirm eligibility b.      Create export/ import files for clubs If anyone has further queries or wishes to discuss their situation with me then please in the first instance email myself at it@nzcf.com (include your best contact number and time) to enable me to set aside enough time to discuss the matter with you. Debs Armishaw Portfolio Manager IT 1.      New online admin login to: a.      Control user access based on  i.      Portfolio ii.      Office b.      Record user access c.       View/Reply/Create messages   2.      New member login form for members to a.      Submit new litter registrations b.      Renew membership. c.       Message NZCF Officials d.      View/Reply/Create messages e.      View status of registrations 3.      New online form for clubs to enter show registration this will take away one of the main issues with the show package clubs will be able to WAIT!! I’ll fix it a.      Enter show entries b.      Extract import files to show package c.       View/Reply/Create messages Issue 17/02 3 Flash Cats


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The Official Publication of the New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc. BREEDERS’ BLOG By Zena Pigden SHOULD BREEDERS MAKE MONEY? CAN BREEDERS MAKE MONEY? I don’t know about you, but I always feel a bit uncomfortable when I come across someone who’s planning to breed and thinks they can make money at it. Or, when I hear about a breeder who seems to be more focussed on making money than on anything else. And, of course I’m sure we all know that most of us DON’T make a profit – not if you factor in all the costs involved, the bad times as well as the good times. Kittens of most breeds simply don’t sell for enough to be able to make a profit while also providing the best care for our cats and kittens. Some of the costs we sometimes forget to factor in (especially when we are talking to our spouses!) – the cost of building, maintaining and replacing cat accommodation, the year round cost of everyday care (food, cat litter, routine vet costs), power (and water if you pay for it) to provide heat, light, and laundering. The cost of bedding, toys, and cat trees. The cost of stud fees and maybe transport if you send your girls out to outside studs. The times when we pay for a C-section and none of the kittens survive. If we show, the costs of entering shows, travel and accommodation. If we provide kitten care notes, the cost of paper and printer ink. Even if your cats live in the house as pets, you’ve often spent money on flooring, shelves, or other ways of making things more cat friendly. If your cats do live in the house, the extra maintenance costs of replacing damaged or peed on furniture, carpets, curtains and other items. The cost of caring for our retired breeding cats that still live with us and need vet care. The cost of looking after a special needs kitten that is never rehomed. Well, need I say more? Try as I may, I can’t actually see a reason that it would be – provided the cats and kittens that breeder is responsible for are receiving all the right care, and in the case of queens, being bred no more often than is right for their reproductive and general health. It seems to be all right to make a living (or a partial living) from other cat related services, such as boarding cats, grooming, being a vet, providing cat behaviour advice. Perhaps the reason we struggle with the notion of a breeder making money is because we feel that our cats should be loved as pets (even if they can’t quite lead a pet life) and in that case it seems somehow wrong to also use them to make money. This doesn’t really stand up though because I don’t think we’d have any issue with someone whose pet cat is a supermodel or animal actor and makes money for their owner in that way. This support can help lead to a situation where breeders can charge realistic prices for their kittens (easier in some breeds than others of course). Whether or not they are able to actually make a profit shouldn’t be the main issue. The main issue is whether they are ethical and caring breeders who provide a good living environment, care, and affection for their cats. (Affection?Yes, turns out cats need this just as much as they need food, water, clean litter, and shelter). If those boxes are ticked, where’s the harm? Bottom line (no pun intended!) in an ideal world every breeder should be able to break even.This would provide the best chance of their cats and kittens getting the right care, with no financial barriers to prevent this. The NZCF and local clubs should work to promote pedigree breeds and buying from registered breeders. I’m pretty sure most of us aren’t in it for the money. But let’s say we could sell our kittens for a price that would actually cover all those costs and even make a profit. Some breeders who are mostly selling breeding cats may actually be in this happy position. Is that wrong? Flash Cats 4 Issue 17/02


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www.nzcf.com This is my first update as the new Judges Portfolio Manager. Firstly, I want to thank the members for their support and trust in me to represent you on the Executive Council. In the three week’s I have been the Judges Portfolio Manager I have been pleased to see so many of our judges with judging assignments in Australia. Overall, I believe our judges standards are as good as those in Australia and I am looking at how our judges can be more easily utilised in NZ. It was great to attend the National Cat Show and see the reward for the committee that worked so hard to put on what was a fabulous event. There must have been some great advertising down as there was a great turn out by the public. The show went very well and the Judges seminar had excellent presentations by those taking part, and was enjoyed by all on the day. I would also like to mention to all exhibitors and members attending shows that we all attend these shows because this is our hobby, we are there to have fun to enjoy ourselves and to catch up with other likeminded people. Please be considerate of others and remember the show rules and personal conduct at all times. It is not acceptable to speak to the judge while they are judging or doing their Top 10 Placements nor to ridicule other people’s cats while they are being judged. David Colley Judges Portfolio CAT PROTECTIONS’ for Fearless felines Cats Protection has revealed the 15 finalists for this year’s National Cat Awards, which celebrate tales of survival, heroism and companionship. Sponsored by Purina for the sixth year, the competition celebrates the achievements of the country’s fearless felines and miraculous moggies. Last year’s winner, Tink, took top prize after judges heard of her heroism in raising the alarm and saving her family from a house fire. THIS YEAR’S FINALISTS INCLUDE: • Lily – a deaf cat who saved her owners life by waking her up during an episode of severe obstructive sleep Apnoea. • Missy – a cancer-surviving cat who supports a couple recovering from a car crash. • Mittens – who comforts an autistic girl who is also coming to terms with being diagnosed with a brain tumour. • Nala –who has helped to support her owner recovering from a knife attack at work. • Pixie – who alerted her owners that their 15-month old daughter was choking. • Tilly – helps her 21-year-old owner deal with several disabilities and who is awaiting amputation of her left leg. Kate Bunting, Cats Protection’s awards organiser, said: “The National Cat Awards celebrate the comfort, support and joy cats bring to people’s lives. We received over a thousand entries and we have been incredibly moved by the stories which highlight just how much cats positively impact on people’s lives. I don’t envy the judges this year in having to choose a winner as they’re all deserving felines.” Claire Robinson-Davies, head of corporate communications at Purina, said: “We are delighted to be part of the National Cat Awards for another year. They celebrate the special bond between owners and their cat and how this has improved their lives. We have been overwhelmed by the inspirational stories shared by cat owners across the UK again this year. We wish all of the finalists the best of luck and look forward to congratulating them at the awards.” The event will be attended by celebrity judges, who will present the awards and pay tribute to the nation’s top cats. Winners will be announced on August 3 at The Savoy Hotel in London. Issue 17/02 5 Flash Cats


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FORWORD... In publishing this article, I would like to say that while I strongly agree with the writer’s advice, it is my opinion only and not necessarily that of the NZCF as an organisation. Some years ago I was advised to give my cats killed vaccines to avoid setting off viruses that may already be in the cat’s system, however no Vet has ever advised me of the possible side effects of Sarcomas or Kidney Disease, has yours? Please understand that some of this information is USA based, however I have added the NZVA guidelines for you to study. There is no legal requirement for FVRCP or FeLV vaccines anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, many veterinarians are not considering the facts and are recommending unnecessary vaccinations. The subject of vaccine administration is one of the most controversial topics in human and veterinary medical literature, making it a common area of debate – and stressful decisionmaking – among pet owners. Given that this is an area of controversy, I want to start with a ‘food for thought’ question: How often are you getting vaccinated for measles, mumps, chicken pox, tetanus, etc.?  Yearly?  Every 3 years? I doubt it. So why aren’t more people questioning the reminder cards that many veterinarians send out asking for the pet to be brought in for yearly vaccines?  More to the heart of the matter, why are many veterinarians ignoring the current vaccine guidelines which call for a longer period of time between vaccine administration than has been the ‘standard’ for many years? The evidence-based recommendation/ suggestion to vaccinate less frequently than we have been doing for the past many years came out of from a study done in theUSA in approximately 1998 so this is not something new.  However, the members of the veterinary profession worldwide have been extremely stubborn about embracing new evidence-based vaccine protocols. “Vaccines should be administered every 3 yrs.” This is a significant point of confusion among some veterinarians and most lay people. The guidelines are worded in such a way as to invite vaccine intervals that are even longer than 3 years. A cat’s immune system is not any more ‘forgetful’ than a human’s immune system.  In other words, there is no reason to believe that they need to be vaccinated so often. Their immune system, to the contrary, has a very good memory. These facts, along with other factors discussed on this page, enter into every decision we make regarding how we vaccinate our cats. I wish that I felt comfortable saying “ask your veterinarian for the best advice regarding the vaccination of your cats” but I don’t. Unfortunately, it is a struggle to get veterinarians to switch from annual vaccines to the current 3-year protocol so it is going to be an uphill battle to get them to vaccinate even less frequently.  Vaccines came along and saved lives – no question – but it is time to start paying more attention to the current recommendations – some of which have been available for many years. I urge the reader to take the time to do their own research into this area and not necessarily rely only on your veterinarian’s recommendations.  It will be up to the reader to decide how they want to handle vaccine administration in their own kittens and adult cats for FVRCP and FeLV. My goals in writing this page are to get the reader to:Stop blindly over-vaccinating their cats and apply more critical thought – including reading the studies. NEVERALLOWANADJUVANTTO BE INJECTED INTO YOUR CAT Yes, I am shouting about the last issue. Adjuvants are substances that are added to vaccines to purposely cause inflammation at the vaccine site in order to alert the immune system to its presence. They are used with killed vaccines to stimulate a more robust immune response but can also cause a fatal, aggressive tumor (sarcoma) at the site of vaccine injection.  To  be fair, adjuvanted vaccines are not the only substances that can cause sarcomas.  Even non-adjuvanted (modified life) vaccines, as well as other injectable drugs, can cause these tumors. This is why the acronym “VAS” (Vaccine AssociatedSarcoma) is being dropped in favor of “ISS” (InjectionSiteSarcoma). That said, at this time, it appears that adjuvanted vaccines have a higher risk rate of sarcomas when compared with non-adjuvanted vaccines. Do not assume that your vet is using nonadjuvanted vaccines. ASK before allowing any vaccine to be administered to your cat. It is well-known that: • the vaccines commonly used for cats confer immunity for much longer than 1 year – and actually provide lifelong immunity in most instances for panleukopenia; • adjuvants contained in killed vaccines put cats at risk for fatal tumors (sarcomas) • even the non-adjuvanted FVRCP vaccines have caused sarcomas, as have the PureVax (non-adjuvanted, recombinant) vaccines • natural immunity to feline leukemia is very strong by the time the cat reaches ~1 year of age • there may be a link between the FVRCP vaccine and kidney inflammation. Please note that kidney disease is the most common subject that I consult on and it is considered by many to be the number one cause – or at least a very common cause – of death in our older cats. The diseases we most commonly vaccinate cats for are caused by viruses – not bacteria. While it is difficult to induce long-term immunity to bacterial infections, vaccines targeted toward viruses are usually more efficient at conferring long-term immunity in the recipient.  Please keep this in mind as you read about vaccine frequency below. Everyone has a different ‘take’ on a risk-benefit analysis and people have to work within their own comfort zone. What follows are suggestions that work within my comfort zone. • There are 5 viral diseases that cats are commonly vaccinated for: herpes (rhinotracheitis) – the ‘R’ in FVRCP • calici – the ‘C’ in FVRCP • panleukopenia (“feline distemper”) – the ‘P’ in FVRCP • feline leukemia – FeLV Keep in mind that if you do decide to vaccinate for FIV (an adjuvanted, and very ineffective, vaccine), your cat willnow test ‘positive’sincethe Flash Cats 6 Issue 17/02


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www.nzcf.com FIVtest cannottell thedifferencebetween an infectedcatandavaccinated cat. 1) The last kitten shot wasgiven when hewas youngerthan 16 weeksofage. Chlamydiavaccines usedtobe routinely administeredbutthis organismis no longer considered to be a ‘core’ pathogen. Therefore, vaccination forchlamydiashouldonlybe consideredin situations where theneedcan be substantiated through testing. FVRCP: Most peoplearefamiliarwiththe abbreviation FVRCP whichstands forFeline Viral Rhinotracheitis (herpes),Calici,Panleukopenia.  FVRCP is a combination vaccine. Thisvaccinecan eitherbemodifiedlive(all MLvaccines arenon-adjuvanted) or killed (adjuvanted). Therouteof deliverycan beeither injectable or intranasal. Ingeneral,onlyuseamodifiedlive (NONadjuvanted)–neverakilled(adjuvanted) – FVRCP vaccine, withinjectable(notintranasal) being the preferredrouteof administration in most,but not all, instances. Do not let your kitten or cat go unprotected from panleukopenia. This virus can cause a very cruel death. MY SUGGESTIONS: KITTENS: Vaccinatekittens withFVRCP twice starting at 8-9weeks of agewiththesecond,andfinal kittenvaccine,administeredwhen thekitten is no youngerthan 16 weeks of age. Someguidelines statethatyoucan start this vaccinewhen thekitten is as young as 6weeks of agebut,unless thereis averyhighindex of risk,I would definitelynotvaccinatea kitten this young. We wait until thekitten is atleast 16weeks oldto receive his lastkitten shotbecause theantibodies he got fromnursingon his mother will have decreasedtoalowenoughlevel that his own body canrespondtothevaccinein orderto makehis ownantibodies. (Maternal antibodies within the kittencan ‘tieup’thevaccine before his bodyhas a chance to respond to it. GiventhefactthattheFVRCP vaccine has been proventocausekidneyinflammation (nephritis),I am not comfortablefollowing their suggestions of multiple vaccines. afterthelastkitten vaccine– i.e.– when the cat is ~ 16weeks of age. However,if the kitten responds asheshouldtothekitten series,this booster should notbeneeded. Therationalebehindthe 1 yearboostershotis tocover anykitten that didnot properlyrespondtothekitten series. Reasonswhyakitten maynot fullyrespondto a seriesof vaccines as akitten andwouldbenefit from a 1 yearboosterare: 2)  Maternal antibodieshung on longer than 16 weeks andinterfered with hisimmunesystem’s abilityto respond tothelast vaccine.  (Wehave goodstudies showing that thematernalantibody levels are low enough in most kittenstoallow them to respondtoavaccineby thetimethey are8-12 weeks of agesothisisan improbablescenario.) 3)Thekittenwasin poor health when vaccinated anddidnot respond properly.  (Vaccinesshould neverbe administered tosick animalsbut, unfortunately, unhealthy animalsarevaccinated moreoften than you may think.) 4)The vaccine was of inadequate immunogenicity whichmeansthat thevaccinewasdamaged in terms of its efficiency.Thiscould happen dueto a problemwithin themanufacturing processor because of poor handling ofthevaccineafter it left the manufacturing plant. Notethat somecatsaregenetically ‘nonresponders’and never willrespond toavaccine no matter how many you givethem.  In theserare cases,giving abooster vaccine1 year after thelast kitten vaccinewould beofnobenefit. Deciding to giveabooster vaccine1 year after the last kitten vaccine, or not, isajudgment call. We certainly must stop vaccinating with FVRCP everyyear but taking it onestep further. Given how common chronic kidney diseaseisin the cat,this fact influencesmy vaccinedecisions. If youaremorecomfortablevaccinating acat that goes outside, pleasedonot vaccinatehim yearly.  Vaccinating onetimewith avaccinewould fit within my comfort zone. 1)  it is triplethecost ofthe1-year product and they are afraidthat their clientswillbalk at theincrease in price,and 2)  veterinariansareconcerned that ifthey move theirfeline patientstothe3-year product thecat will not be brought totheir clinic for yearly exams.  This is a legitimateconcern sinceour catscannot speakandwarn usofhealth problemsearly on.  Dental diseaseisamajor problem among cats that ‘flies under theradar’. SIDE EFFECTS SARCOMAS Theseare highly invasive, aggressive/malignant cancerous tumorsthat areoften fatalwithin months of appearing.  Theyappear tobemost commonly associated withvaccine adjuvantsbut can alsoform at thesite of anyinjection that causeslocalinflammation.  Sarcomas need tobequickly and aggressively treated– at great expense– ifoneistotry tosave the patient’s life. “Chicken” (pic above) is a special kitty that ended up with a VAS after an adjuvanted shot was given in the scruff area. In addition to aggressive surgery, she had to go through radiation and chemotherapy treatments. IN CONCLUSION I wish that I could tell you that there are straight-forward, clear-cut answers for all decisions involving the vaccination of our cats but there are simply too many variables involved to make this a reality. Information Gathered from catinfo.org/vaccines-for-cats-we-need-tostop-overvaccinating our cats Original article written by LisaA. Pierson, DVM The guidelines found on the New Zealand Veterinary Association states: • The duration of immunity (DOI) of vaccines vary. Scientific evidence suggests vaccination with Modified LiveVirus (MLV) core vaccines gives protection for much longer than one year. Many core vaccines are licensed for and have a recommended duration of immunity of three years.With some core vaccines the duration of immunity is likely to be longer than three years. Killed vaccines in general have a much shorter DOI compared to MLV vaccines. • Vaccination should be tailored to the needs of the individual animal and each case should be individually assessed. This includes a risk assessment for inclusion or exclusion of non-core vaccines and consideration of scientific knowledge regarding extended revaccination intervals. Annual health check visits should be encouraged to provide for comprehensive individual care beyond vaccination. • Veterinarians must be aware of potential adverse events due to vaccines, their detection and treatment. The risk of adverse events should be discussed with the pet owner prior to administration. Check out the NZVA guidelines to Cat Vaccinations at:http://www.nzva.org.nz Issue 17/02 7 Flash Cats


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FOODSYOU CAN SHARE WITH YOUR FELINE BABIES - SOMETIMES!! www.nzcf.com Most of your kitty’s diet should be a nutritionally complete cat food, but you can give her a treat from your plate every once in a while.You just need to know how to choose felinefriendly snacks with nutrients she needs. You can also add to this list steamed broccoli, baked carrots,melons, spinach and zucchini. Not always the most popular tastewise but some like them. Also canned fish or tuna, however only feed in dmall portions and as a treat only. FISH Fish have a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, which help your cat’s eyes stay sharp as well as help with arthritis, kidney disease, and heart disorders. Canned or cooked fish is fine for a treat. But don’t share your sushi -- raw fish isn’t a good idea. CHEESE Cheese is a high-protein snack that’s fine for your cat in small amounts. But the protein in cheese is less “complete” than the kind in meat, fish, and eggs. Also, many cats’ tummies can’t handle dairy, so go easy on the cheesy treats, and skip the saucer of milk MEAT Cats are meat eaters, plain and simple.They have to have protein from meat for a strong heart, good vision, and a healthy reproductive system. Cooked beef, chicken, turkey, and lean deli meats are a great way to give them that. Raw or spoiled meat could make your cat sick. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t give it to your pet. EGGS Eggs are another super source of protein for your cat. But make sure they’re cooked. Like raw meat and fish, raw eggs can harm your kitty. WHOLE GRAINS Oats have a lot of protein per calorie, and they’re easy to make. Many cats like corn, and polenta, a coarsely ground cornmeal, has a good texture for them.You can try brown rice, barley, and wheat berries, but you may need to mash them first. Cats tend to like smaller grains like millet and couscous. Just make sure any grains you give are cooked so your kitty can digest them fully. Whole wheat breadcrumbs are OK, too. VEGGIES Not all cats like vegetables, and even fewer like fruits (felines can’t taste sweet flavors). But they are a rich source of vitamins, and they’re loaded with fiber and water to help with digestion.Try fresh cucumber or cantaloupe, steamed broccoli, or asparagus. But you might have better luck slipping him a veggie burger -- really! BANANAS Bananas are a great sorce of Potassium and the texture is even better for older cats. FOODS CATS SHOULDN’T EAT Steer clear of these foods when sharing your snacks.They’re toxic to cats:\ Chocolate Grapes and raisins Onions and garlic Macadamia nuts Bread dough Alcohol Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum and candy Don’t let curiosity, well, you know. Keep foods not meant for your cat in a place she can’t get to them. ALL CALORIES COUNT! Kitty should only get “extras” occasionally. His regular meals should be a high-quality cat food If you give him food that’s meant for people, talk to your vet about what and how often you should add to his diet. Overfeeding can lead to an overweight cat and health problems. Information sdourced from various websites Issue 17/02 9 Flash Cats


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P E T K I Twww.nzcf.com The technology that cares FIT P2 Pet Activity Monitor EVERSWEET Smart Pet Drinking Fountain FRESH Smart Antibacterial Bowl MATE Multifunctional Pet Remote Moni- Issue 17/02 For further information and stockists contact: customerservice@ppd.net.nz 11 Flash Cats


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EASTER SHOW 2017 An excellent show was held in April by the Auckland Cat Club in conjuction with the Easter Show at the Auckland Show grounds.The cat show was held over two days,Saturday and Sunday. They attracted up to 70 cats.The venue was a good size with plenty of room for public viewing. Between opening time of 10.00am and closing at 3.00pm it was filled with public on both days. It was the first time that the NZCF involved itself with a sales table, On day one I found myself surrounded by Auckland Cat Rescue Services, breeders of Bees with beautiful tasty Honey and Rabbit Breeders tables and in the next room was the livestock, horses, cows, goats, pigs, you name, it was there. The sales table was very well received. On Sunday I was relocated upstairs with the cats. Much more comfortable and I found that I was more in demand with the public who asked a variety of questions about different breeders and cats. The table held lots of information to help them. Through this the Auckland cat Club attracted two new members and one to the NZCF. The Auckland cat Club promoted their club before and after the show downstairs and also had cats on display. The Auckland Cat Club worked very hard and I thank you. Janice Davey Shows Portfolio Manager www.nzcf.com On Monday the 5th June the Canterbury Cat Club held a open seminar, for members and Judges. There was a great turn out with 35 people in attendance. The seminar was organised by Roy Griffiths. The open forum, began with: • Basic genetics by Roy Griffiths (NZCF) • Technology and Judging and the open world of social media which was very good, by Kaai du Plessis (CFA, WCF Netherlands). • Modern Methods of the show promotion, and attracting the Millenials by Pamela Barrett(TICA-USA) Basic presentation on breeding cats and new Vaccination procedures by Kirsten Wylie (Total Vets Christchurch.) • Psychology of Judging by Darrell Newkirk (CFA-USA), • Russet Burmese by Rod Hitchmough, (NZ) • Birmans by Jan Rogers (CFA -USA) • Sphynx by Diane gaskin (NZ) • Maine Coon by Anne Harvey (FCCQ- Australia) It was a great day, and very interesting. Thank you to Roy and the Committee of CABCC. Janice Davey CANTERBURY CAT CLUB SEMINAR Issue 17/02 13 Flash Cats



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