Welcome to May's Meezer Musings!
Despite it being the end of May (and very nearly June!) the weather here has been unusual for the time of year. Although we have had some fine days, for the most part this month has felt more like April, as depicted below by the wonderful AmyLyn Bihrle - although in our case the skies have been decidedly grayer - and colder!
(For those of you for whom the opposite is true, and temperatures are soaring, there are some Topical Tips for protecting your cats from the heat further down the page.)
Having talked last month about Rescue I thought that this time we'd consider the other side of the 'where can I get a Siamese cat' question, and take a look at breeders.
I'd be the first to say try and adopt where you can, because there are so many wonderful Siamese cats in shelters and rescues in need of loving, forever, homes. They may not be purebred, pedigree Siamese cats but they share the coloring and many of the character traits that make Siamese cats - Siamese cats!
But there are times when providing a loving, forever, home for a Siamese kitten is also a fine thing to do, as long as that kitten is sourced from a bona fide, honest, reliable breeder.
So let's talk about breeders. Breeders sometimes get a bad rap, so the first thing to say is ...
Good breeders of pedigree cats have a deep understanding of the breed standard (what that animal is supposed to look like) and the characteristics, history and health of the breed.
They take the time to attend and participate in cat shows and meet up with other breeders to exchange knowledge and advice. Through their understanding of genetics, they're always aiming to improve looks and health.
The health and welfare
of their cats should be any breeder's highest concern. Most Siamese
breeders raise their kittens in
their homes alongside their families, so that the kittens are well-socialized, good-natured, and robust enough to withstand normal family life once
they join their new owners.
Raising pedigree Siamese is an expensive undertaking as the cost of veterinary attention, as well as feeding and caring for litters of kittens, is high. Good breeders won't sell their kittens until they're at least twelve or thirteen weeks old and have had either their first, or both, sets of vaccinations.
breeders are usually extremely choosy when selecting the families they
sell their kittens to, and, having agreed to sell, will pass on their
knowledge, advice and help to those who buy from them.
Without them, it's entirely possible that there would be no Siamese cats as we know them today.
I set up this site I was in two minds whether to have a breeders'
listings section. I can't personally inspect every cattery,
but I had many emails from people wanting to know where they could
find Siamese kittens, so I decided to
I don't support backyard breeders, kitten farms or any form of breeding that's done just for the money without any regard for the health and well-being of the animals concerned, and there have been a few times when I've received complaints about certain breeders. If I find evidence of mistreatment or negligence I remove those breeders from the listings.
Nowadays I only list breeders who have their own
websites or some form of social media presence, as I feel that those who do are more likely to act
professionally in other ways. And it's one way I have of being able to tell
whether the breeder is still in business or not.
However it's really important, if you're interested in buying a kitten, to do your own research. I've written elsewhere about how to buy a Siamese kitten so please read those guidelines first!
And do consider the adoption and rescue of older cats, too.
Melissa from Nashville, Tennessee submitted a lovely memorial to her much-loved 'soul kitty', Salem, a strikingly beautiful tortie point.
Full of love and fun and mischief, and fiercely loyal, Salem gave eighteen years of joy to Melissa and her husband. She was also, as many Siamese cats are, a wonderful nurse.
Cats usually enjoy warm weather and are fairly heat-tolerant, but can suffer from dehydration and heatstroke when temperatures soar.
With that in mind, here are ten tips for keeping your cat cool, healthy and happy in the summer months.
While I was over on Etsy looking for a link to AmyLyn Bihrle's lovely picture above, I stumbled across this cutie! A teeny-tiny needle-felted Siamese cat from FloraAndFaunaFelts. (If you're unfamiliar with UK currency, a twenty pence piece is just a little bit larger than a dime.)
Created in the UK, it seems it's a one-of-a-kind item so if you'd like it you need to hurry - although I expect that the owner of the store would be happy to make one for you if you ask them nicely!
And with that, we reach the end of May's Meezer Musings. I'm going to take a break in June as I'd like to use the time to update the Breeder Listings and Rescue pages - a project I've been wanting to do for some months, but which, for personal reasons, I haven't had time to do.
I'll be back at the end of July, and meanwhile I hope you enjoy the upcoming summer months (or winter ones, if you're in the southern half of the planet!)
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