American Shorthair Breed Profile

American Shorthair breed profile

At a glance

  • Origins: Europe, North America
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Hazel, green, gold, blue
  • Energy: Medium
  • Temperament: Independent, friendly, easygoing and playful
  • Weight: Males 5 – 6 kg (11 – 13.2 lbs), females 4 – 5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: Every colour is accepted
  • Grooming: Requires weekly grooming

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Norwegian Forest Cat Breed Profile

At a glance

  • Origins: Norway
  • Also known as: Wegies, Norsk skogkatt, Norsk granskogskatte and Norsk skaukatt
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Eyes: Green, gold, blue and odd-eyed
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Easygoing, mild-mannered, friendly
  • Weight: Females 6-7 kg (13.2 – 15.4 lbs), Males 6.5-10 kg (14 – 22 lbs)
  • Colours: All colours except pointed and dilute (chocolate and lilac)
  • Coat: Longhair
  • Grooming: Daily
  • Cost: $1,000 – $1,600
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Club recognition: CFA, ACFA , FIFe, TICA

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The Norwegian Forest Cat is a large cat that originated in Northern Europe. The long coat is adapted to keep these cats warm in the freezing Northern Hemisphere winters.

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Scottish Fold Breed Profile

Scottish Fold at a glance

  • Origins: Scotland, 1961.
  • Also known as: Scot Fold
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Hazel, green, gold, blue
  • Energy: Low
  • Temperament: Intelligent, affectionate, sweet and loyal
  • Weight: Males 5 – 6 kg (11 – 13.2 lbs), females 4 – 5.5 kg (8.8 – 12.1 lbs)
  • Colours: All colours and patterns accepted
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Good with children? Yes
  • Cost: $800 – $1,400

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Nausea in Cats

What is nausea?

Nausea is the feeling of sickness and is often a precursor to actual vomiting (emesis) although not all cats who are nauseous do go on to vomit. Prolonged vomiting can be extremely debilitating to cats.

The purpose of nausea is to act as a warning as well as being protective. For example, nausea at a particularly unpleasant smell is going to put the cat off eating it and possibly save it from ingesting something dangerous. Nausea accompanied by vomiting after ingesting a food or substance is usually to rid the body of a toxin. Such as food that has gone off or an ingested toxin. It also serves as a warning system of organ dysfunction or damage.

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Oriental Cat (Foreign Shorthair) Breed Profile

Oriental cat at a glance

  • Origins: United Kingdom
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Hazel, green and yellow
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Playful, outgoing, curious and loving
  • Weight: Males 4.5-5.5 kg (9.9 – 12.1 lbs) and females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: All colours except pointed
  • Coat: Short
  • Grooming: Requires weekly grooming
  • Talkative: Moderate
  • Cost: $800 – 1,500

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Cat Language – What Is Your Cat Telling You?

Communication is essential to all species of animal. It lets others around them know how they’re feeling, warns them of danger and is used to threaten or intimidate predators or aggressors.
Cats have several ways they communicate with other animals as well as their human family. Language is just one of them; body language and smell are two other ways. So what are the different ways our cat speaks to the world, and what exactly do they mean?

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