FAQ

Export / Import

Canada

Question: How do I export a kitten from SA to Canada?

Answer: 
  • Recommended airline: KLM
  • No import permit from Canadian authority required.
  • Microchip required.
  • Rabies:
    • Adult cat: A valid rabies inoculation is one that is not older than 1 year.
    • Kitten can get rabies inoculation at 12 weeks earliest and wait 4 weeks. This means that kitten can travel earliest at 16 weeks.
  • One week before travel:
    • Book (finalize) flight
    • Go to private vet to get a health clearance certificate.
  • Take health clearance certificate to State Vet. The State Vet permit is valid for 1 week only.
  • Kitten can now travel, accompanied by its inoculation certificate, health certificate and state vet slearance.
  • Tip: always make two copies of all the relevant paperwork. 
  • Keep a copy and send a copy to the new owner.

Namibia

Question: How do I export a kitten to Namibia?

Answer: 
  • A valid rabies inoculation is one that is not older than 1 year.
  • If mother has valid rabies inoculation at time when kitten is 12 weeks old, the kitten can travel under 12 weeks.
  • If mother does not have valid rabies inoculation, kitten must get rabies inoculation at 12 weeks and wait 4 weeks. This means that kitten can travel earliest at 16 weeks.
  • One week before travel, go to private vet to get a health clearance certificate.
  • Take health clearance certificate to State Vet and get an export permit to export to Namibia. This permit is valid for 1 week only.
  • Kitten can now travel, accompanied by its inoculation certificate, health certificate and export permit.
  • Tip: always make two copies of all the relevant paperwork. Keep a copy and send a copy to the new owner.


Food recipies

New born kittens

Question: I need to feed new born kittens. What can I feed them?

Answer: There are commercial feeds  available. In the older times, we used (and I still do use) a home-made mix called "kitten glop". 

"Kitten Glop"

"Kitten Glop" is for newborn kittens. This recipe originally comes from the late Rusty Human. I adapted it to include the late Stella Slabber's tip to add brandy. Initially I discarded Stella's idea, until one day I had a fading kitten and I wanted to give up. Not having brandy in the house, I recall rushing to Tygervalley shopping centre at peak late-rush hour Christmas shopping, and leaving with a small bottle of brandy under my arm. Well, the brandy worked, because after a huge yerk, the kitten started to drink and he survived! And I had brandy for my Christmas pudding sauce :-)

The "glop" can be kept in a fridge for up to 2 weeks. It can also be frozen in an ice cube tray.

1 large tin evaporated milk (375 ml)
30 ml natural yoghurt
15 ml gelatin
250 ml boiled water
1 e glucose

Optional:
1 egg yolk
2 - 5 ml brandy

Method:
Dissolve gelatin in water. If egg yolk is used, beat it beforehand. Mix all ingredients together.

"Kitten Glop" 2

1 can (375 ml) of evaporated milk
half can of water
1 small container of plain yogurt, make sure it is an active culture and use only plain yogurt.
2 egg yokes (not the whites)
1 small jar of strained baby food chicken meat.

Blend this all and refrigerate. Mix up a batch as all the cats like it, it lasts about a week in the refrigerator. This is very good for nursing mothers and young kittens.

Adults

Question: Do you sometimes cook for your cats?

Answer: I do as a treat. They love my food.

The following quantities are enough for 20 cats. The guide quantities are 500 g protein (25 g per cat), 200 ml binder, between 250 to 500 ml vegetables and 2 cups water. Mix and match ingredients that compliment each other in taste.
  • PROTEIEN:
    500 g frozen chicken liver or 500g chicken breasts or 500 g mince meat or 500 g hake fish (without skin).
  • BINDER (THICKENER):
    3/4 cup raw rice or 3/4 cup oatmeal or 1/2 cup "stampkoring" or 1/2 cup mealie-meal or 1/2 cup mealie-rice.
  • VEGETABLES AND FRUIT:
    Use 1 to 2 cups of a mixture of any of the following (in season):
    - 2-3 coarsely grated carrots
    - 1/2 to 3/4 cup coarsely chopped green beans
    - 1/4 to 1/2 k grated pumpkin or gem squash
    - 1 grated beet root, preferably pre-cooked
    - 1/2 cup chopped spinach
    - 1 small chopped tomato
    - 1/2 small grated apple
    - 1 to 3 chopped baby marrow
    - 1/4 k garden peas
    - 1 small grated potato (decrease binder with a third)
    - 1/4 k mealies (decrease binder with a third)
    - 1 chopped banana
    - 1 grated quince.
    • Vegetables that are not suitable:
    - Members of the onion family
    - Members of the cabbage family, including broccoli. 
  • LIQUID:
    2 cups water
  • ADDITIVES:
    1 t brewer's yeast powder and/or 3 capsules Moducare and/or 20 ml MirraCote.
Method for liver or mince
  1. Put everything except yeast and Moducare in a 1-liter pot and bring to boil. 
  2. If you are using a solid plate stove, switch off and leave pot on plate to cool (30 - 40 minutes). 
  3. If you are using a spiral plate or gas stove, cook on low heat for another 5 minutes. Leave on plate to cool (20 - 30 minutes). 
  4. Mash the mixture to desired coarseness. 
  5. Pull Moducare capsule in two and release the powder over the food. Add yeast powder. Mix well.
Method for chicken
Like above, but when cooked, remove chicken, remove bones and chop meat. Mash the rest like above, and add the chicken.
Method if fish has skin
Like above, but when cooking, place fish on top of the rest with skins up. When cooked, remove skin from fish, chop or flake fish and add back to the mixture.


Genetics and Breed Codes

Reference to articles

Question: Do you have any links to articles about genetics that we can read on the web?

Answer: Google yields many links. I can recommend the following:
  1. "The Alchemy of Genetics" which can be viewed at http://www.alchemistpersians.com/Genetics.html

Silver vs Golden

Question: What is the difference between Silver and Golden?

Answer: The colour inhibitor gene causes the kittens to be born without pigmentation in the hair shaft, except for the tips. The colour inhibitor gene is dominant. When the colour inhibitor gene is not present in both alleles, the hair will be fully pigmented, showing a base colour of "golden". In the case where one parent of a silver cat is a golden, or where we have genetically confirmed the absence of the colour inhibitor gene in one of the alleles of the cat, we will indicate it as 'golden carrier.'

Tipped vs Shaded

Question: What is the difference between Tipped and Shaded?

Answer: The colour grading in Chinchilla and Burmilla is based on the degree of pigmented tipping on the hair. In Cherie-Finesse cats the tip colour is black unless specifically stated blue. To our knowledge the Cherie-Finesse gene pool does not have the dilution gene for blue tipped cats. Our grading is based, among some other features, on the length of the pigmented tip at age 9-10 weeks when the hair has grown enough to assess the degree of tipping. If degree of tipping is less than 15% of hair length at age 9-10 weeks, the kittens are registered ad "tipped", else as "shaded." Note that Chinchilla cats mature at age 3-4 years and that they can be reclassified with regards to the degree of tipping.


Hair and Skin

Pulling out hair

Question: I have a cat that is pulling his hair out. 

Answer: Before making the problem off to behavioral, eliminate the following: 
  1. Fleas. Some skins are allergic to flea byte. Itching due to flea byte aids in the cat's tendency to"byte" the hair off in an his attempt to catch fleas with their bared teeth. Such cats need more frequent de-fleeing than normal cats.
  2. Other allergies: Use Virbac Physiological Shampoo and bath every 2-3 weeks. Also helps to alleviate irritation or inflammation caused by flea allergy. 
  3. Wampum Soothing Skin Spray relieves inflammation and itching and assist with the healing process.

Health

HD / FHD

Question: What is HD or FHD?
  • HD - Hip Dysplasia (FHD = Feline Hip Dysplasia)
    • Hip dysplasia is a deformity of the joint of the hips in animals. In plain terms, a displacement occurs in the hip joint of the animal and the ball of the femur no longer properly fits into the socket of the hip joint. A breakdown of joint, and abnormality of the bones, will occur over time, resulting in arthritis in the pet, and leading to incredible pain in use of the joint (i.e., walking, running) and will only continue to get worse over time. Hip dysplasia in cats was until recently unheard of, but recent research indicates that felines of all breeds are capable of developing feline hip dysplasia.
  • The cause of this deformation is believed to be genetic, and if your cat develops FHD, then both its parents either suffered from this as well, or they were carriers for this defect. FHD is not readily seen in kittens, as the hip bones are not fully formed at this point. A kitten would then be born with the genetic predisposition and over time, stress on the joint would cause the dislocation to occur, and then subsequent abnormalities and deformation of the hip joint to ensue. This would create walking difficulties and the cat may then appear disinterested in playing and exercising. The cat may appear to be a lazy cat, but in reality, the cat chooses not to play as it is painful.
  • READ MORE AT http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/Health/Hip-Dysplasia.html.

PKD

Question: What is PKD?
  • PKD - Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Autosomal Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a progressive, inherited condition which causes multiple fluid filled cysts on the kidneys of Persians/Exotic cats & breeds with Persians/Exotics in their lines.
  • Cysts are present from birth, but start out small, slowly increasing in size. Cysts can range from very small to several centimetres in diameter. The increasing size of the cysts damage the normal kidney tissue, eventually causing kidney failure.
  • The number of cysts & the speed & size in which they grow varies from cat to cat. The average age of kidney failure in cats with PKD is 7 years, but some cats will suffer from kidney failure at an earlier age.
  • READ MORE AT http://www.cat-world.com.au/polycystic-kidney-disease-in-cats.