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It’s finally fall, and a chance to snuggle under sweaters and pajamas. We want to keep our cats safe and warm.

What if your cat does get out? What is the best way to draw him back or help him find his home?

Place his letterbox outside near the door you think he used. The smells of the box are powerful and will draw your cat home. Place a little food in his bowl on the porch – but watch it, as there may be other animals who smell it as well. Call his or her name out loudly in the tone you normally use. Place a dirty t-shirt or pillowcase in your yard, in the hope that our smells will get to your cat. Post signs, and check with all the local vets.

On Facebook recently we heard about Peepers, who slipped out behind her cat-mom last week. She was gone for nearly 5 days. The people who found her, scruffy and a bit beat up, scanned her for a chip. Peepers was chipped as a kitten, and sure enough, the scan found the chip. Reading from the chip information, the vet found the phone number and called Peepers mom and Peepers is back home safe.

Please. Don’t. Wait. Get your cat or kitten microchipped today. The cost is minimal, and the benefit profound.

The CFA is holding its International Cat Show on November 18 and  19. Planet Devon will be there. Will you? Special Planet Devon art and gift pricing for the show!

Is your cat hiding an illness or injury?

We worry so much about our cats, it’s because we care. But when can you tell if your cat truly needs medical help or is in pain? A great article from Texas A & M gives us some clues.

Pet Talk: When is your cat hiding illness or injury?
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University | Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:00 am

We do our best to take care of our feline friends, but sometimes signs of pain and sickness go unnoticed. Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, described feline behavior that could mean an underlying health issue.

“Cats tend to hide their symptoms, which is probably due to survival instinct,” Eckman said. “Most signs of illness or injury are subtle, including sleeping more than normal; not getting up to greet you, if that is normal behavior; or laying and sleeping in the same position for long periods of time.”

Other changes pet owners should be aware of include the cat withdrawing or being reluctant to be petted. Changes in litter box habits and vomiting can also indicate underlying issues. In addition, cat owners should keep an eye on their pet’s food and water bowl; any changes in appetite and water consumption may mean their feline friend isn’t feeling well.

Since it can be hard to notice subtle changes in your cat’s behavior, going to regular veterinarian check-ups can help identify illness or areas of pain and discomfort before they become a more serious health concern.

“Your veterinarian will be able to monitor vital signs, such as temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate, as well as check for weight loss or weight gain,” Eckman said.

As your cat ages, your veterinarian also may recommend laboratory tests to identify or follow-up on any health abnormalities, such as frequent urination or a decrease in appetite.

Overall, regular veterinarian visits are key in protecting your cat’s health. Even if your cat seems fine, it is always a good idea to visit the veterinarian at least once a year.

Flash from the past. This is an ad for a Devon Rex cattery in England in the 1990’s! If you know this cattery please let us know!

Devon community – Please help!

A reputable breeder in Alabama had a rather sudden medical issue arise, and needs to rehome her Devons. There are 3 girls available for a nominal adoption fee, (to cover microchipping and spaying.)

They are beautiful and loving Devons…

 

  1. Vanna – also known as “Gaia Shades of Mischief.” She is loving and sweet, a 5 year-old brown tabby and white.  
  2. Maggie is 3 years old and very loving! 
  3. Lily is a chocolate mac tabby – she is 6 years old. 

All girls will be spayed and microchipped before rehoming. If you are looking for a Devon rescue (or have wanted a Devon but have not been able to find a breeder…) please contact Pam. kirleecoatdevon@gmail.com She is currently looking for homes for all 3 beautiful and sweet girls!

 

 

Here Kitty, Kitty! How to find a lost pet…

It might sound simple or like it could ever happen…, but our loved fur-babies do, sometimes…, slip out the door! My own Bumper makes a game of slipping past me as I enter my home. Thankfully it’s just his little power play – he sniffs, looks at me then comes back inside.

But sometimes they get away. Scared, let out of the yard/home by workers, or simply bored and mischievous… pets get lost. If you haven’t invested in a high-tech tracker gadget, you need to recruit others to help find Fluffy (or Fido!)

Log in to your local Nextdoor.com mailing list. But for more help, here are some tips…

from Lifehacker. (Thank you to Lifehacker and author Patrick Allen!)

If you have found a pet, check for a microchip. Feel for a small hard bit, about the size of a grain of rice around the shoulder area of the animal. Most vets will assist by determining if there is a chip, and reading it if there is – Usually a chipped animal has a phone number contact as part of the info on that chip, and an owner or responsible breeder will respond.

Of course the best solution is to make sure your pet is safe and secure. But isn’t it nice to know there are ways to help?

Devon Heaven is next weekend. If you are near Monroeville PA, consider stopping by the show!

Devon Heaven!

Graphic of Devon Heaven Cat Show in Monroeville, PA Blog Post

Every couple of years the Devon community comes together in its mischievous glory to celebrate and honor our amazing (and amusing) cats. The event is called Devon Heaven, and it is an awards banquet held one evening after a Saturday cat show.

The theme for this year’s Devon Heaven is Devon Valentines, and it will be a part of the Steel City Cat Show on February 11, in Monroeville, PA. (Show flyer here!) The banquet is only open to Devon Rex Breed Club members, but promises to be a fun, memorable and raucous good time! There is a live auction fundraiser with wildly entertaining auctioneers, Curlydolls’ own Dolly Chamness and Melanie “Vanna White” Bell.

And yes, there is a costume contest! (Pictures from the 2015 Devon Heaven can be found here!)

But you can only attend if you are a member of the Devon Rex Breed Club. Click here to join now! (Support the efforts of the Breed Club to develop and improve the cat we love so much!) The fee is reasonable and is a worthy cause!

If you just love Devons, consider attending the cat show! You may never again see so many Devons in the ring at one time! The show is held at the Monroeville Convention Center 209 Mall Plaza Boulevard Monroeville, PA 15146 on Feb. 11 and 12. There is a small fee for admission, to support the Steel City Cat Club who sponsored the show. There will be 6 rings, many beautiful cats and a TON of Devons! Black, red, calico, silver, shaded and smokes. Big ones, small ones, kittens and cats. Devons galore!

The show is not to be missed! Find a friend and come out and some of the best Devons in the world! (This is also a terrific chance to meet the breeders of these fine cats, find out about ownership and kitten availability or possibly to pick up your new kitten – by prior arrangement!)

But if you own a Devon, every day is Valentine’s Day!

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“Love is Love” is exclusive Planet Devon art by Wichita artist Elizabeth Winterbone. Her work is featured here at Planet Devon. You can see more of her art made with love at her site, elizabethwinterbone.com. She specializes in custom folk art tailored to you – monograms, personal cards, artistic renderings of meaningful family recipes, etc. All of the art seen on items in the Planet Devon gift shop is exclusive to Planet Devon, and any piece is available as a beautiful gicleé print, suitable for framing.

Christmas Tree Safety with Devons!

Photo of 3 Devon Rex kittens with santa hats.

Who hasn’t had a Devon get into a little mischief at Christmas! Our friends at WikiHow have posted the instructions for cat-proofing your Christmas Tree. It doesn’t address teethings that hang on the tree, (No tinsel!) But… it’s a comprehensive guide for keeping your kitty safe and your tree gorgeous!

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Visit Wikihow for more information!

Don’t forget to stop by the Planet Devon Shop for exclusive Devon Art items, for the Devon lover on your list!

Come on out to the Cat Show!

There are several great cat shows in December, from Oregon to Florida, Russia to China!

It’s a great way to meet a few interesting cats (and their felines!) and spend an afternoon out of the house! Come on out to support your local cat clubs!

View Cat Fanciers’ Show calendar

View The International Cat Association’s Show calendar

See you at the show!

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International CFA Show coming up!

Picture for Mid West Cat Show Blog Post

Are you in the Midwest? Interested in seeing some really cool cats? The Cat Fanciers’ International Cat show is coming up fast! The show is being held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi, MI.

Spectator hours are 8:30am until 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 19 and 8:30am until 4:00pm on Sunday, November 20. Tickets prices are $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors (65+), $5 for children 6-15, and children 5 and under are free. There is a $5 parking fee at the facility. If you click here, you can get a $1 discount coupon!

Cat show are a fun and interesting way to spend an afternoon, and the breeders love to see you there!

Don’t miss it!

Why buy a pedigreed cat?

The primary reason to buy a pedigreed cat is because there is some characteristic of the breed — its coat, look or personality – that a person admires. Persians have long, luxurious coats and very mellow, laid-back personalities. Abyssinians have a short, easily maintained coat, and a busy, inquisitive personality. Continue reading “Why buy a pedigreed cat?”

What to expect when talking to a Breeder

Once you’ve found a Breeder you’re interested in working with, you need to approach them as an informed buyer — even among Breeders who are responsible, there are (as in all things) better and worse people to do business with. At some point in your inquiry (sooner or later depending on the Breeder,) you will likely be asked to fill out an information form – but you can ask questions of the breeder as well. Continue reading “What to expect when talking to a Breeder”