Most popular cat names of 2016

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what are the most popular cat names?

When we got our three year old rescue cat, we had to change her name. Glad we did. Cats can learn their new name – she responds when we call her. Here are the most popular cat names of 2016, some classic, some unusual. Is your cat’s name on this list? Or, for your new cat or kitten, here are some suggestions:

Top 10 names for girl cats 2016

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Lucy
  4. Chloe
  5. Lily
  6. Mia
  7. Sophie
  8. Lola
  9. Nala
  10. Daisy
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Top 10 names for guy cats

  1. Oliver
  2. Max
  3. Milo
  4. Simba
  5. Leo
  6. Charlie
  7. Jack
  8. Loki
  9. Smokey
  10. Jasper

See what changed in popularity from 2015

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Top names for girl cats,

  1. Luna
  2. Chloe
  3. Bella
  4. Lucy
  5. Lilly
  6. Sophie
  7. Lola
  8. Zoe
  9. Cleo
  10. Nala

 

For guy cats, some are classic names, and a few unusual ones

  1. Oliver
  2. Leo
  3. Charlie
  4. Milo
  5. Max
  6. Jack
  7. George
  8. Simon
  9. Loki
  10. Simba

 

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Hello Kitty store Taiwan Hello Kitty originated

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Hello Kitty in Taiwan

At the Hello Kitty store Taiwan (airport), Hello Kitty is big business. In fact, the popularity of Hello Kitty has become worldwide. Although Hello Kitty originated in London for the Japanese company Sanrio in 1974.

Hello Kitty store Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

front of Hello Kitty store at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
photo by shari smith dunaif © 2016

Hello Kitty is a gijinka, an anthropomorphism or personification of an animal –

white Japanese Bobtail ca

in this case a white Japanese Bobtail cat,

 

 

 

 

with a red bow.

Hello Kitty Travell sign Hello Kitty originated

Hello Kitty with red bow
photo by shari smith dunaif © 2016

 

In 1962, Shintaro Tsuji, founder of Sanrio, began selling rubber sandals with flowers painted on them. He noted that by adding cute designs on the sandals, they sold even better, so he hired illustraters to design Kawaii (a Japanese marketing approach that permeates cuteness into Japanese consumer culture). Sanrio wanted to add to it’s early characters of a dog, a bear and a strawberry (???) for Sanrio’s new product: coin purses. The result was Hello Kitty, designed in 1974 by Yuko Shimizu.

Hello Kitty designer Yuko Shimizu

Yuko Shimizu, original designer of Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty purses and coin purses, Taiwan Hello Kitty store photo by shari smith dunaif @2016

Hello Kitty’s first appearance on a product, was in Japan on the vinyl coin purse:  she was pictured sitting between a bottle of milk and a goldfish bowl.

She first appeared in the United States in 1976.

can cat skin condition be mange

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can skin condition in cats be mange?

There are some nasty skin conditions in cats, including mange, although it’s not very common for cats to get mange (which is sometimes called scabies.) but yes, cats can get mange.
There are, in fact, three types of mange cats can get.

cat with mange

Demodectic mange affects cat’s head

Demodectic mange (caused by Demodex cati or Demodex gatoi) is not considered contagious: it can’t be transmitted from dogs (who are more likely to be affected) to cats. The cigar-shaped mites are normal residents on a healthy cat’s skin and hair follicles. If these mites appear in large quantities, then a cat has demodectic mange and it’s apparent as a skin condition. A compromised immune system is often the cause of excessive demodectic mites on cats.
It primarily affects the head and foreparts of a cat.

Sarcoptic mange (a form of mange caused by the itch mite.) There are varieties of Sarcoptes scabiei which infest a wide range of mammals, including canines, people, horses, cattle, and cats, although cats are rarely infested with this type of mite. Sarcoptes mite
These pests tunnel into the skin, which becomes intensely itchy, irritated, red and swollen. The skin thickens where bald patches develop. Sarcoptic mange is contagious, but the mites don’t survive for long on hosts other than the host they have adapted to: they are considered host-adapted strains of a single species rather than a distinct species.

Notoedric mange mites cause severe skin infections in cats, generally starting on the face and ears and spreading to the rest of the body, and are highly contagious between cats. This mite burrows into the cat’s skin to lay eggs and live there. When the eggs hatch, the cycle repeats and the new mites continue to tunnel under the cat’s skin. The cat loses hair and the skin becomes crusty and sore: it will appear flaky and scabby, starting on the head and ears, and then spreading to the armpits, legs and body. If the mange is severe enough, the cat’s forehead and eyes can become so swollen it’s described as  “cro-magnon” kitty. Notoedric mange is extremely itchy (called pruritis), and causes inflamed bumps similar to chicken pox. Notoedric mange can spread to humans, although we are not their natural host, so the mites won’t live long. If it does get on you, it will cause redness and a bumpy rash, with minor itching. It usually goes away on its own within days.

Symptoms of mange

vet holds cat's leg with skin condition

cat with skin condition photo by shari smith dunaif © 2017

A cat with mange may be restlessness, have intense itching and frantic scratching, which appears one week after exposure. Then, typical is patchy hair loss and a moth-eaten appearance to the skin. The most commonly affected areas are a cat’s ears and face, but it can spread to the entire body.

If your cat has mange

First, take your cat to your vet so they can perform a skin scraping test in order to confirm the presence of mites with a microscope: identifing mange mites can be difficult if they’re buried deep in the skin. The vet will also consider symptoms and your cat’s history (contact with contaminated cats, for example). Notoedric mange are generally treated with an Ivermectin based drug, applied topically to the back of the cat’s neck.

balm on cat's back with skin condition

Ivermectin on cat’s back
photo by shari smith dunaif©2017

Ivermectin treats fleas, but it will also treat mange, ear mites, hookworms and roundworms in the stomach, plus it’s a heartworm protection, for up to 30 days.
If the Notoedric mange is extreme enough, the cat may need follow up treatments of Ivermectin injections or Revolution balm at weekly or bi-weekly intervals for 4-6 weeks. In serious cases, a vet may choose to use cortisone to help the itching, or possibly prescribe antibiotics to treat any secondary infections.

How to prevent spreading mange

Indoor cats undergoing mange treatment need their bedding washed daily, and anything else you can launder wherever they sleep, loll, and lounge. If one cat in your household has mange, all of them should be treated with a preventative like Revolution, because of how quickly it can spread between them.

just remember, however unpleasant mange is for you and your cat, don’t panic! Mange in cat’s is treatable, so get your cat to a vet and commence treatment as soon as possible.

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cat skin condition could be mange

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Sweet cat has nasty skin condition

We were in Costa Rica, staying at a small hotel, when two stray cats appeared. They looked alike enough to appear to be siblings, they both were all black, very sweet and small. They were also too skinny, so against hotel policy, we bought cans of cat food and fed them dinner every night.

photo by shari smith dunaif©2017

There was one difference between the two cats – the sister cat had a skin condition – I was concerned that the cat skin condition could be mange, although mange is not common on cats.

skin condition on cat legs and backside

photo by shari smith dunaif©2017

The mites responsible for mange causes severe skin infections, restlessness, itching and often appears as patchy hair loss, as if the fur is moth-eaten.

vet holds cat's leg with skin condition

mange could look patchy skin condition photo by shari smith dunaif © 2017

 

The most commonly affected areas are a cat’s ears and face, but it can spread to the entire body. It’s also highly contagious. Even for humans, contact with mangey cats can get a reaction. That’s because of the mites – they transfer onto people, causing red bumps, very like mosquito bites. The good thing is that the mange mites can’t survive outside of their host’s environment, although the rash can be really uncomfortable.

Meanwhile, other guests at our hotel, even a lovely couple from Santa Cruz, California who confessed to also being cat people, were understandably wary of any contact with the girl cat. Since no one knew what the awful skin condition really was, everyone feared mange or some other nasty condition which could be contagious and be transported by mites or bugs. We too were hesitant to pick her up or even pet her (OK, yes, I did, albeit gingerly). She (and her brother) certainly would never be adopted.

Safari Animal Clinic, Costa Rica

Bring sweet kitty to Safari Animal Clinic, Costa Rica
photo by shari smith dunaif©2017

The only thing to do was take her to a veterinarian.

So we did, we brought her to Safari Animal Clinic in Garza Costa Rica.

 

The vet was wonderful, and her assistant was lovely too. Turns out she didn’t have mange or any skin condition from bugs or mites. Instead, her skin condition was caused by a food allergy. We were so relieved.

 

 

 

skin condition in cats could be mange

a healthy diet for cats photo by shari smith dunaif © 2017

The vet suggested we buy high quality food, which we did. We opted for dry food to make it easier for people to feed both cats once we left Costa Rica for come home.

photo by shari smith dunaif©2017

 

She also received an injection to alleviate the itching from her allergy, a deworming pill, and tick and flea treatment. The visit to the vet enabled us to reassure people that the girl cat had allergies, not some dreadful skin condition.

 

Hopefully someone will adopt both sweet cats soon.

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9 lives cat food recall by FDA

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FDA recalls 9 Lives cat food

According to the FDA, posted 1/3/2017

Orrville, OH – The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). The issue was discovered by the Quality Assurance team during review of production records at the manufacturing facility. No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

 

9 lives cat food recall by FDA

Also, the FDA created a chart with product names, can number (UPS code) and case number (UPS unit by case) by the unit (units per case) which is provided below:
FDA list 9 Lives cat food recall

FDA list 9 Lives cat food recall 2Everpet mixed grill dinner recallFDA list 9 Lives cat food recall 3 special kitty super supper recall
The affected products were. distributed to a limited number of retail customers from December 20 through January 3, 2017.
No other products of The J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall.
Consumers who have cans of cat food from the impacted lots should stop feeding it to their cats and call 1-800-828-9980 Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST

if you’re allergic to cats try this

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“I love cats but I’m allergic!”

My Kitty Care has heard this many times. In fact, I too am very allergic to cats, but I love my two cats. when my doctor said “OK, since you should get rid of your cats, but I know you never will, take allergy shots.” Which I did for five years, but stopped because it was awful.

So what to do?
if you’re allergic to cats try this:

  • First, and most importantly, make sure you are not so severely allergic to cats, that contact could trigger a life threatening reaction. If you are unfortunate enough to be that allergic, yes, you should not live with or have any contact with cats. But if your symptoms are mild, or even chronic and uncomfortable, like mine, here’s some suggestions about what to do if you’re allergic to cats but love them:

what about a Sphinx (hairless cat)?

Sphynx may be hairless, but they are not hypoallergenic because they still produce dander: dead skin cells. There is no scientific evidence that any breed or cross breed is more or less allergenic than any other cat.

hairless cats

In humans, it’s called dandruff, but with cats it’s called dander, also saliva, and even their urine may contain the proteins that people are allergic to. Sometimes people are able to build up a tolerance to their cats over time, at least enough so that they can live with them comfortably.

  • It’s always recommended to make your bedroom (or the bedroom of your allergic family member) a cat-free zone.
if your allergic to cats try this

Ludlow in bed
photo by shari smith dunaif©2016

 

 

I failed miserably trying this because I missed my cats nestled next to us, and so did they: they’d scratch at our door until we let them in to join our cozy bed. Good luck to those trying!

 

 

 

  • A high-quality air purifier does help rid the air of allergens.
  • Vacuum your home often and thoroughly, which means sofas, rugs and carpeting, pillows, upholstered furniture, etc.
  • Wash all cat bedding weekly in hot water.
  • Wash your hands after handling your cat.
  • Shower and shampoo before going to bed to minimize carrying dander to bed with you.
  • Reduce allergenics in your cat’s saliva by gradually eliminating genetically modified foods you may be feeding your cat.
  • Make sure your cat is getting plenty of essential fatty acids in her diet to reduce shedding and dander.
  • Bathe your cat regularly, taking care to use only a safe, non-drying herbal cat shampoo.

Some of these suggestions are immediately doable (like frequently vacuuming your home) while others will take time, like changing your cat’s diet or bathing your cat.

Next post: about bathing your cat.

 

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Christmas cat sings Rocking ‘Round the Christmas Tree

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Sing and and dance with rocking Christmas kitty cat

Rocking ’round the Christmas tree with this singing Christmas cat! We keep playing with this fabulous Christmas card – Christmas cat sings, meows and dances – well, more like shaking than dancing, but Christmas cat moves!

A fun way to share a merry Christmas –

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, to all humans and kitty cats, oh OK, we love dogs too!

cat Christmas at Reminiscence, NYC

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Christmas at Reminiscence, NYC

A cat Christmas is always good, and a cat Christmas at Remoniscence, NYC is even better.

Reminiscence NYC Christmas and cat

Joan & Valentina Christmas at Reminiscence, NYC photo by shari smith dunaif ©2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan, manager of Reminiscence, holds Valentina, the sweet cat she rescued from the building next door.  Valentina was a frightened, very shy little cat hiding behind boxes left in the basemen of the neighboring store, after it went out of business. Joan and her staff, especially along time employee Rodney, fed her, talked to her and gradually gained her trust.

She has grown into a healthy, beautiful, friendly cat – Joan and the staff love her, as do customers who come to Reminiscence to shop – actually, some people come to Reminiscence to visit with Valentina.

Christmas cat at Reminiscence

Joan & Valentina share a cat Christmas at Reminiscence NYC photo by shari smith dunaif ©2016

 

Happy Holidays Joan, Valentina, Rodney, Francisco, and Jules.

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Felix the cat balloon: Macy’s Thanksgiving parade

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Felix the cat balloon!

The annual 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City celebrates it’s 90th anniversary. This year brings back the Felix the cat balloon, which was the first giant balloon to be part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1927.

flex the cat Macy's Thanksgiving parade 1927

Felix the cat 1927

Felix the cat

The first-ever Macy’s Day Parade actually took place on Christmas of 1924. Macy’s employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and other fun costumes, and traveled with Central Park zoo animals and creative floats a lengthy six miles from Herald Square to Harlem in Manhattan.
The parade was meant to draw attention to the Macy’s store in NYC, and the gimmick worked – more than 250,000 people attended the inaugural Macy’s Day Parade.It was decided that this NYC parade would become an annual NY event in Manhattan.

Macy's Thanksgiving parade, 1927

Felix the cat balloon, Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, 1927

In 1927, Felix the Cat became the first giant balloon to ever take part in the Macy’s Day Parade. In 1928, Felix was inflated with helium, and without a plan to deflate this massive balloon, NYC parade organizers simply let Felix fly off into the sky. Unfortunately, he popped soon thereafter.

from nyctourist.com

Felix the cat balloon replica of the original 1927 balloon, made for this year’s 2016 parade

Felix the cat balloon 2016

photo by shari smith dunaif ©2016

Felix the cat balloon face 2016

photo by shari smith dunaif ©2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all

Indonesian short tail cat

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short tail cat

I had never seen a cat with a tail like this before, until going to Indonesia. That’s where I saw this black Indonesian short tail cat.

Indonesia curly tail cat

Indonesian short tail cat
photo by shari smith dunaif © 2015

Bali temple cat

Cat in Bali temple photo by shari smith dunaif © 2015

Seems like most cats I’ve seen in Indonesia
were typically mottled

 

 

 

 

 

But this cat was all black, and her tail is short, stubby and the tip is curled.
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Such a pretty, sweet cat.

img_0323 She looked quite healthy, which is not always the case with cats living in Indonesia. img_0307 She was very friendly and affectionate; and like many cats, she loved to be petted behind her ears.

Indonesia black cat

sweet Indonesia cat
photo by shari smith dunaif © 2016