We ran across a post the other day from a fellow Burmese breeder in the UK. She is concerned about the poor genetic health of the Burmese, as are we here at Carmelkats. In fact, she believes the Burmese breed is in crisis. Chrissy Russell runs a small breeding operation something like ours, called Ayshazen Thai … More A Genetic Emergency For Burmese Cats?
Hi, all! We thought this time we’d share some information about one of our favorite international cat rescue efforts – Wat Taphan Temple Cat Care. Wat Taphan Temple Cat Care is located in Thailand, and they do some remarkable work there, rescuing and rehabilitating cats from the streets of Bangkok. Carmelkats is happy and honored to assist their effort, in … More Help Thai Temple Cats
Life brings changes, that much is certain. Recently, I relocated to Alabama, to be closer to my son. Life in the Ozarks was lovely, but I needed a bit of assistance. My son found it difficult to help me, with so many miles between us. So I packed up myself, my service dog Josie, some … More A New Home For Carmelkats
Why are cats such picky eaters? A recent scientific study seems to show that they can instinctively choose the best cat food for their bodies, regardless of its flavor or aroma. Mercola.com reports that scientists from Australia and the UK studied the eating habits of cats, by offering them food with different nutritional content and flavors. What they found … More Cats Know How To Choose The Best Cat Food
A question for the ages – why do cats purr? Is it love? Is it happiness? Or is it… just because? This recent video explores the reasons cats purr. Fascinating! Cat purring can promote healing? Wow. Didn’t know that. Last year, an article on Wired.com offered this information about a cat’s purr: No one is certain … More Why Do Cats Purr?
Really, why do cats like catnip so much? Is it like pot for kitties? Is it addictive? Can it hurt them? Here’s the whole story. That’s a bit of a relief. Non-addictive, and not harmful, so far as we can tell. To expand on the information in the video, catnip acts in a way similar to … More Why Do Cats Like Catnip?
Celebrity pets have not often been Burmese cats – until now. Australian fashion model, speech pathologist, and TV presenter Rebecca Judd and her family recently adopted a Burmese cat they’ve named Cherry. Miley Cyrus has kennels full of dogs, and has helped Liam Hemsworth choose a new dog for himself. Paris Hilton commissioned a two-level air … More Celebrity Pets – Burmese Cats On The Red Carpet
Did you ever wonder… why do cats knead you like a lump of bread dough? No, it’s nothing to do with your flabbiness… puss isn’t a confused little baker. Here’s the scoop: Some folks have trouble with this behavior. Those claws can be sharp on your leg. But we strongly recommend against declawing. A scratching post is … More Why Do Cats Knead?
Our beloved Burmese cats have always had a close connection with temples and monasteries in Asia. A recent article in the Sacramento Bee suggests that cats have been welcome guests for centuries, at monasteries all over the world. The author and journalist, Kim Campbell Thornton, paid a recent visit to Gachen Lama Khiid at Erdenetsogt … More Burmese Cats – Companions, Temple Guardians, Or Ultimate Weapons?
Here is a quick update to our earlier post, New York State Considers Ban On Declawing Cats. In early 2015, Assembly member Linda Rosenthal introduced bill A. 1297, legislation to ban the declawing of cats in New York State. Now it appears the bill is stalled, and no vote has been scheduled. The bill’s Senate equivalent seems similarly on … More New York Declawing Ban Stalls; New Jersey Takes Up Issue
There’s some news out of New York that makes us pretty darn happy here at Carmelkats. The New York state House and Senate have both introduced bills that would outlaw the practice of declawing cats. “In most cases declawing is performed as a convenience to the owner,” the House bill’s sponsor Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, … More New York State Considers Ban On Declawing Cats