"YODA" - Big "Brother" to Jack & Merlin, Spring TX

Cream & White Persian - LION CUT

My friend Sue who has Jack and Merlin also has an older male Persian named Yoda.  She sent me photos of him and I think his lion cut is adorable.  This is a solution for owners who find grooming their longhaired cat challenging and it's also a great way to "beat the heat".  

This is a testimonial from someone who adopted a kitten from me,
regarding how well the nail tips work as an alternative to declawing.
I thought that you might like to know that I have the Soft Claw nail caps on Bonnie.  (She was scratching everything and unraveling one of our rugs).  She let me put them on without a problem and has accepted them without any issue.  She can even climb and is on the "top story" of her cat condo as I type.  Sooooo, if you ever have anyone who inquires about them, let them know that I have tried them and they are working great.  I even put them on all by myself. The cat claw caps are a hit.  Little Bonnie acts like she has had them on all her life.
Ella - El Paso, Sept. 2010

QUESTION:  What is the difference between a Himalayan and a Persian?

Persians are an old breed that originated in Persia, now modern Iran.  They became very popular wtih royalty, especially in Great Britain under the rule of Queen Victoria.  They have remained one of the most popular and most beloved #1 or #2 cat breed.    The Persian is believed to have descended from a cat native to Africa or Asia. 

The Himalayan
is a man-created breed.  Two Harvard scientists played around with cat genes to develop a cat with the color points of the Siamese but with the long hair of the Persian.  The result is the Himalayan.  When the CFA first recognized them as a breed, the Himalayan was registered as a separate breed unto itself.  Since that time, the Himalayan is included in the overall Persian category.  They often exchange places with the Persian as the #1 most favoite cat. 

Persians in general are prone to certain health issues, such as PKD.  On Cats 101 on Animal Planet, when they gave the profile for the Himalayan - they didn't specifiy that the Himalayan is prone to the same diseases. 

Both "breeds" are easy-going, friendly, and make excellent family pets.  I have both and generally don't notice any difference in temperament. 


ANSWER: It is commonly stated that Persians and Himalayans are high-maintenance in the grooming area.  This really isn't the case.  The problem is that most people brush their cats and still get mats.  They get frustrated and often shave the cat, losing the beautiful long coat they love the breed for.  The problem is "brushing".  Brushing only removes the loose top hairs that would otherwise shed onto your clothes and furniture.  So, brushing is good for that.  BUT to avoid mats in your cat's coat, you need a good metal comb.  If you use a metal comb and comb from the base of the fur out once a week, you should not have matting in your cat's beautiful coat.  

QUESTION:  What happens to a cat that is PKD positive?

ANSWER: I think an email from someone who lost their beloved  cat to the disease can say it better than I can.  Please click on the link below to read an email I got from Mark in Texas regarding the death of their cat Molly.  If this doesn't indicate the need for responsibility in breeding PKD positive cats, I don't know what does!  I received this 3/17/10.

click here to download PKD letter

I'm frequently asked if two males can co-exist.  If YOU have ever wondered if two male cats can get along in the same household, please view this awesome video Beau's mom sent me of Beau of his "brother" and inseperable companion, Coty.  Enjoy!



As a breeder of Himalayan & Persian cats, I am frequently asked questions about feline healthcare.  These discussions come up among breeders, with people getting a new pet, and with existing pet owners with questions about the care of felines of all ages.  If you have a cat, dog or any other living thing - chances are at some point it will require some level of healthcare.

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QUESTION: Do you sell "Teacup" Persians?

ANSWER: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A TEACUP PERSIAN! I get quite a few inquiries asking for "teacup" kittens and there are some breeders "specializing" in breeding them and often asking high dollar for them.  There is no purebred CFA category classified as "Teacup".  These are basically just  old-fashioned "runts" given a cute new label to make more money on them.  Reputable breeders (those who show and are trying to improve the breed) are working to breed away from this small size as a Persian should be a genetically sound medium to large cat.  To perpetuate the "Teacup", some breeders are breeding runts to runts to get more runts.  This increases the probability for  genetic problems in the resulting kittens.  There ARE some legitimate small cats - Munchkins, Napoleons, Exotics that are smaller than regular Persians and are recognized by CFA & TICA.   You never used to hear about anything called a "Teacup" Persian or any of the other words being used like "Toy", "Pixie", etc.  However, I have actually had some kittens that were tiny, because they were the "runt of the litter" or in one case it was a "premmie".  However, they had a growth spurt in a few months and a year later were regular sized cats.  That's very possibly going to be the case with these "Teacup" kittens. This make them a bit of a "wild card" for me as a breeder to know what to expect from them as they grow up.  So, just be aware that the whole fad about "Teacup" kittens is misleading and that it's not healthy to be breeding runts to runts, by whatever name you call them.

INFO ON FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
It sounds like something to do with teeth, right?  Well, it's not.  FIP is a mutation of the corona virus that is dormant in about 85% of all cats.  Perhaps less than 5% of felines with dormant, benign corona virus will mutate to the deadly FIP form, and there doesn't seem to be any way to determine which cats will and which won't.  Some cats are born with it and other acquire it by inhaling or ingesting the virus - so it is contagious.  The test for FIP is pretty useless as it will identify the benign corona virus as  potential FIP, which would rarely be the case given the statistics.  This can alarm a cat owner needlessly.  There is a vaccine for FIP, BUT it is very controversial because it is a live virus that can actually give the cat FIP rather than protect it against it.  Most cat associations and vets, as well as breeders, will advise against the vaccine for this reason.  There is no cure for FIP and most cats with FIP ultimately die from it.  Here are some of the symptoms:  weakness, depression, decreased appetite, fever, yellow skin, labored breathing, a pot-bellied appearance, drinking and urinating excessively, stumbling, behavior changes, convulsions, unhealthy coat, and bad breath.  There is a "dry form" of FIP that affects many organs, including kidneys, liver, lungs, and eyes. It can also cause central nervous system disease.  The "wet form" causes fluid accumulation in the chest and abdomen.  I have known of a couple of cases where a vet alarmed a cat owner simply because the cat had diarrhea for a longer period than usual and no cause could be found and the vet did a test for FIP, which picked up on the benign corona presence and the vet had the owner thinking their cat was going to die.  In neither case did that happen and both cats made full recoveries from their diarrhea.  So, in dealing with your vet regarding ongoing diarrhea in a feline, if the FIP test is run and you are told your cat may have FIP and die, don't panic.  Unless there are other symptoms as listed above involved, the cat may be having IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) other other stress-related diarrhea.  If there has been any change in the cat's life, that is stressful for a cat.  Think "any change for cat = stress".  Sometimes a probiotic like Bene-Bac or Forti-Flora will clear this up and/or use of products like Young Living DiGize.  Diarrhea alone is not a basis for concluding a cat has FIP, not even based on the FIP test.  If the vet  recommends specific treatments and the cat improves, it is not FIP because there is no treatment or cure for FIP. 

"MATEY" Says There Is a Lot of Good Info Here!

To Read an Article on
 the Himalayan Breed 
Written by Rosemary Kreitler
Who Bred Cowboy and Matey. 
The Article Was Published in
 Condensed Form in the
 2009 TICA Yearbook.



QUESTION:  I am interested in breeding/showing.  What do I need to know?

The link below is a true story written by VIRGINIA KING of PRANCENPAWS CATTERY. Virginia is a long-time CFA breeder and exhibitor. Some of my own pedigrees include her bloodlines.  I was grateful to get all this information in one succinct email because it addresses questions I am so often asked by novice breeders/exhibitors. I have been given permission by the CFA Mentoring Program to post it on my website to share with other breeders and protégés.   I have no doubt you will find it very informative and helpful.


For the mentoring programs with CFA or TICA, refer to their respective links below.



QUESTION:  Don't all male cats spray?

ANSWER:  No. Males generally spray to mark territory and out of anxiety, but it's not true that all males spray.  It's also not true that having an adult male that is already spraying neutered will stop the habit.  Sometimes it might, but in some cases it might not since it has become "habit".  Neutering a male kitten before it reaches sexual maturity is a better option.  However, if you have a male cat that sprays, there is hope.  My first stud didn't begin spraying until he was about two years old, but he had a BAD spraying habit once he began.  I was able to stop his spraying habit using a product called Comfort Zone. It's available in pet stores and online.  It works like a normal room air freshener only the content is cat pheromones.  We can't smell anything, but the cat does and the product calms the cat.  It comes with a starter kit and you can buy refills.  I only had to go through one refill before my male had stopped his habit of spraying.


Most people have a preference as to whether they prefer a doll-faced Persian, one with a "moderate" face, or the extreme-faced Persian.  And some people don't think it's a Persian if it doesn't have an extremely flat face, but this isn't true.  The original Persian did NOT have the flat faces seen on Persians today.  In fact, until a couple of decades ago the Grand Champions in the CFA Yearbook were doll-faced.  In England, to this day, the extreme-faced Persian isn't allowed in a cat show, as they consider the face we've developed in the US to be an abnormal face for the breed.  Touchy subject.  So, the breed comes with a variety of faces and not even the two main registries for CFA - US and Great Britain - agree on what the perfect face is.  In purchasing a kitten as your pet, the only guideline that truly matters is the type of face that YOU love and will enjoy looking at day after day for many happy years.  Since we live in the US, the face does make a difference if you plan to show - whether showing your pet feline or as a show breeder.  Just keep in mind - the face that wouldn't be allowed to show in the US might be a Grand Champion in Great Britain!  So if it's a doll-faced look you love, you may very well have a pet feline that in another country would be a show cat!

I was just reading the current 4/10 TICA email newsletter.  There was a short paragraph about cats and seasonal allergies. I knew about sneezing and runny eyes, but I did not know that scratching and hair loss could be the result of allergies!  Cats are so much like us.  The same things that the seasonal changes wreck havoc with our human sinuses, etc. also can plague our furry family members.

"Can Cats Sneeze?! Ah...choo! Just like people, cats can have allergies too! Not only from fleas and other parasites, but from plants, and blooming trees! They can start to scratch, lose hair, have runny eyes, and oh yes, sneeze! If you have any questions, call your vet."

HOME TOXINS TO AVOID for your kitten's health. A great alternative to most commercial disinfectants is regular vinegar. It IS a disinfectant, isn't toxic and the odor soon evaporates.