Sunday, August 18, 2013

Heart Disease - Prone Breeds

Some breeds develop heart disease more often than others.
Boxers and Dobermans pinschers lead the pack as breeds with the most heart disease-related claims, including cardiovascular disease, cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
Domestic medium hair cats. Cavalier King Charles spaniels and domestic long hair cats also made the list of breeds likely to suffer from heart disease an umbrella condition that also includes endocardiosis valvular disease and stroke.
Symptoms of heart disease include fluid retention, faster or slower heart rate, weakness, lethargy and weight loss.

Purr Fect Vacations For The Feline In You.....

While the Japanese have the highest per ca pita cat ownership in the world, there are people crazy for cats everywhere.  Cat love has resulted in some strangely charming places where travelers can stop to pay tribute to felines....

These vacation idea are the cat's meow....

Cat Cafes Tokyo

Japan's obsession with all things feline is well documented. After all this is the homeland of You Tube star Maru, a Scottish Fold whose antics have amassed, more than 200 million views. Tokyo itself counts more than a hundred neko or cat cafes , where patrons come to sip lattes an socialize with numerous cats who lounge around on chairs, sofas, baskets and the laps of their human fans.  

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Key West Florida  

Cat fanatics who are also Hemingway fans will find nirvana at the writer former Key West home.  The grand plantation style limestone house is the domain of around 50 cats descended from Papa's original Maine coon, Snowball, who was given to him by a ship's captain.  Hemingway named many of his cats after famous people and the estate carries on the tradition today; look for Lionel Barrymore and Hairy Truman.

Moscow Cats Theatre

This second generation founded by Yuri Kuklachev and his son Dmitri in 1990 , performs in Moscow when the troupe which includes around 120 cats is not touring the world.  Shows feature a revolving series of madcap acts with unique cats.  Expect to see the furry stars performing stunts: walking a tightrope, teetering on a rocking horse and posing on top of a mirror ball.

Kuching Cat Museum - Malaysia

Cats are considered lucky in Malaysia, as in many Asian cultures, and the Kuching Cat Museum in Sarawak pays respectful , if slightly wacky , homage to these fortune bestowing felines.  he piece de resistance: a 1,000 year old mummified Egyptian kitty.  The museum is on a hill, with great view of the city of Kuching, which translates as "cat city".

Dominque & His Flying House Cats - Key West Florida

Dominique LeFort is one of the more idiosyncratic locals and in Margaritaville that is really saying something.  The performer and his troupe of trained house cats entertain, regularly  at Sunset Celebration a nightly arts festival at Mallory Square Dock.

Hello Kitty Theme Park - Tokyo

A pilgrimage to Tokoyo's Hello Kitty theme park, know officially as Sanrio Puroland is a must for fans of the cult cat character.  The park attracts 1.5 million annual visitors of all ages who come from far and wide to watch Hello Kitty themed musical, take a spi on cat-tastic rides and visit Hello Kitty's house.