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Behavior & Training > Male trying to mate as early as 5mo?
Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

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Purred: Fri May 25, '12 9:12pm PST 
No, neutering does not stunt growth. As the other posters have said, no need to wait. male cats can sire a litter as early as 4 months. It's precosious, but not unheard of. I heard of a breeder who once had an "oops" litter sired by a 4 and a half month old kitten. As he's starting to show some "male" behavior, I wouuldn't hesitate to schedule his neuter ASAP.
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Cat Health > Health insurance for cats?
Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

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Purred: Sat Apr 21, '12 5:46pm PST 
Good question. I would call and speak to a rep at whatever company you are considering. I believe Trupanion goes by date of onset and medical records.

As far as dental work and routine care... some plans don't cover that. Others charge higher premiums if they do. I've tried two other pet insurance companies and was happiest with Trupanion. I've found routine care and dental care you can plan for. In my opinion the higher premiums to cover routine care and dental care did not increase the value. I would suggest an illness/injury plan. The unexpected things are what can really add up and be difficult financially. You can plan for routine care and dental care.

Also ask about chronic conditions. One of my Rainbow Bridge kitties was diagnosed with asthma. I was with Pets Healthcare Plan at the time, and they covered his asthma meds. Suddenly they started denying his claims stating the plan renewed and it was now pre-existing even though he never had a lapse in coverage! I've learned this is common with pet insurance - their way of getting out of paying for chronic (expensive) conditions. Trupanion assured me they will continue coverage as long as there is no lapse.

Anyway, buyer beware. Read the fine print, ask a lot of questions of the reps before enrolling, and make sure you understand what you are buying.
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Cat Health > Health insurance for cats?

Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

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Purred: Sat Apr 21, '12 10:14am PST 
I have Trupanion insurance on my cats, and have been very happy with them. I believe they will enroll cats up to age 14... but the older kitty is when enrolled, the higher your rates will be. Also be aware that no insurance will cover any pre-existing conditions. I am glad I have insurance on my cats, and it has helped several times. You can get a free quote at http://trupanion.com/

Trupanion offers a free 60 day trial through Catster here:
http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/get-2-months-of-free-pet-med ical-insurance
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Cats and a Clean Home > Affordable clumping litter with little to no dust?

Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

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Purred: Tue Apr 3, '12 7:05am PST 
Glad you like Dr. Elsey's!
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Plus Power of the Paw > POTP for Chibi, please?

Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

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Purred: Thu Mar 29, '12 7:51pm PST 
Glad you are okay Chibi!
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Plus Power of the Paw > POTP for Chibi, please?
Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

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Purred: Wed Mar 28, '12 7:00am PST 
Any update on Chibi?
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Plus Power of the Paw > POTP for Chibi, please?

Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

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Purred: Thu Mar 22, '12 8:12pm PST 
Oh no! Purring for Chibi to be okay.
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Choosing the Right Cat > Meow Meows breeds & coloring?

Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

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Purred: Sun Mar 18, '12 9:01pm PST 
Burmese do not have blue eyes. American Burmese have gold eyes. European Burmese have amber or gold eyes.

There are several breeds that have blue eyes: Siamese, Ragdolls, Birmans, Balinese, Colorpoint Shorthairs. Some Japanese Bobtails, some Tonkinese, some Ragamuffins, some Persians (Himalayan division). Some breeds such as Siberians, La Perms, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Sphynx are accepted in all colors and pointed cats with blue eyes may appear and be accepted.

Meow Meow is a very pretty lynx point Domestic Longhair. Technically any cat who's background is unknown or uncertain is a Domestic Shorthair, Mediumhair, or Longhair respectively. The pointed gene is in the Domestic population, mostly from the popular Siamese before the days spay and neuter became the norm. Domestics may sometimes resemble purebreds, but only purebreds will breed true to type. Most cats do not have a breed like the dog word. Only about 5% of cats are registered purebreds.
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Cats and a Clean Home > Affordable clumping litter with little to no dust?

Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

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Purred: Mon Feb 27, '12 8:40pm PST 
We second the Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra recommendation. It's low dust, clumps well, controls odor well, and is reasonably priced. Mickey had asthma, and it didn't seem to bother him.

I know some kitties like World's Best Cat Litter (made from corn) and Swheat Scoop (made from wheat). They are low dust... but we didn't like them and wouldn't use them.
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Choosing the Right Cat > AKC Ch.Dog Owner Wondering About Purebred CFA Ch.Cats
Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

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Purred: Fri Feb 24, '12 9:35am PST 
Purebreds are definitely more predictable than shelter kittens... but personality can still vary (just as with dogs). Make sure you research the breeds you are intersted in carefully. Some breeds, like Abyssinians are generally extremely active and playful. Siamese are often very vocal. Persians are generally very calm and laid back, but need a grooming committment from their owners. I'm a European Burmese, which tend to be very affectionate, playful, people orientated, outgoing and friendly. European Burmese and Burmese (and Tonkinese) are not for people who cannot devote a lot of time and attention to the cat. Make sure the breeder is rasing the kittens "underfoot" and socializing them.

I agree with the suggestion of visiting a cat show. There you will get to see many breeds, and get to talk to breeders/exhibitors. As has been said, not all associations recognize all breeds. CFA does not recognize any breeds with wild cat blood (Bengals, Savannahs, Serengeti, Chausie) or any breeds with mutations considered unhealthy (Munchkins).

There are three major associations in North America: CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association), TICA (The International Cat Assoication), and ACFA (American Cat Fanciers Association). Breeders should have their cattery and cats/kittens registered with at least one of these associations. Make sure you research how to find a reputable breeder. CFA, ACFA, and TICA have websites with breed descriptions, show calendar schedule, and breeder listings.

Once you decide on a breed, and have found a reputable breeder, you need to decide if you want a kitten or a retired young adult. Breeders sometimes have retired young adults available who are done with their show careers and having kittens. These retired adults are often available at a reduced price. There are some purebred rescue organizations out there too.

Vinny and I are both European Burmese. Rider is a Tonkinese. We are all registered in CFA and ACFA. Mom can highly recommend both breeds! We are also show cats. You will need to decide if you want a "pet quality" kitten or a "show quality" kitten. If you have no interest in showing, pet quality is just fine. If you have any interest in showing, make sure you let the breeder know so they can pick a kitten they feel may do well at the shows. Just FYI, you can show a spayed or neutered cat. The cat world has a class called Premiership or Alters for spays/neuters... and the competition is just as fierce as the intact cats.
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