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Feline Upper Respiratory Infections (URI's)

Hey guys..... first up - I've been pretty busy trying to juggle full time study with part time work. So I've been quiet over the past few weeks for that reason.  Secondly - We've also been dealing with something else.....  For those who haven't been around as long, I'd like to preface this: I'm an ex-paramedic and I've gone back to full time study as a vet tech. I was very fortunate to be hired as a vet nurse whilst I finish my study, and I graduate at the end of 2022. I mention this b...

August 16, 2021

Imagine this type of world...

Here's a hypothetical for you... To all the rescuers and foster carers, I love what you do, I have been involved in rescue before, and I will do in the future too. But before you jump down my throat, just have a read.... Imagine a world where shelters and pounds didn't exist. Except only to temporarily hold a lost dog or cat until their owners were found via their microchip. Imagine if they never lost their chip, or we found a way to easily, non-invasively link their DNA or paw print to their i...

December 12, 2020

Colour Genetics

I’m still learning and evolving, so please be kind if I haven’t got everything just right. I welcome any comments/opinions as long as they’re KIND 😊 So this is still a whole new world for me. I’ve been reading up on this since I chose Henley the day he was born, and he is now just over 2 years old. That’s a decent chunk of time and research, and I feel like I’ve only just begun to understand the tip of the iceberg. It’s pretty overwhelming and complex. We also did a little on Me...

November 14, 2020

Henley x Nico

Don't you love how Henley looks constantly perplexed 😅🤣 I would be too if it was my first time in the sack with a strange woman who spoke a different language 💃 I wonder if Henley can understand Nico's Danish accent 🤔 Only 6 days post arrival and in true Nico style, she's kicked into a full heat 🥵 This girl is bomb proof and just takes everything in her stride! However, It seems Nico is a silent caller, apart from a few quiet vocalisations... nothing! And her mama is that way too!...

October 31, 2020

Breeding... in general

Pedigree Dogs Exposed: Three Years On...

September 29, 2020

Polydactyly Papers

Here are a couple of recent papers that I've found on polydactyly characteristics and heterogeneity in maine coons.  The first two papers are published in J FELINE MED SURG and have impact factors in the 3rd quartile for veterinary sciences.  The third paper is older and not specific to maine coons, "Polydactyly in the earliest known tetrapod limbs" - so it's historic. This paper is published in the journal NATURE, which is a very well renowned veterinary source. NATURE ...

August 26, 2020

DNA Profile - Henley

Polydactyl Henley is heterozygous for polydactyl (Hw/N), which means approximately 50% of his kids will also possess the polydactyl trait and also pass this trait on. The following shows the 3 variants for the polydactyl allele which is dominant over non-polydactyl: Hw/Hw = Homozygous for polydactyl, every single baby produced will possess the polydactyl trait, and in turn past this trait downHw/N = Heterozygous for polydactyl, carries both poly & non-poly alleles, and 50% chance of kittens poss...

July 5, 2019

Polydactyly

What on earth is a polydactyly cat? I am going to add to this later.... but for now... have a read of these articles if you're interested. Observations of Feline Polydactyly, Curtis & King 2007Polydactyl Cats, Hartwell, 2001-2010Twisty Cats - The Ethics of Breeding For Deformity, Hartwell, 1999-2012...

June 29, 2019

The Enigmatic History of the Maine Coon

I've always been fascinated in where things come from. So let me share the mysterious history of the magnificent maine coon.  There doesn't seem to be any official record of where or why they came to be.  From what I've read, the maine coon is classed as a "natural" breed. This means that they were born and found in their natural habitat from a "landrace", then domesticated, and then developed into a formal breed which is then recognised by a feline association.  Landrace is a tec...

June 1, 2019

Meow-come to Facebook & Instragram

I'm very nervous and have been losing sleep over how it's going to go down. I feel like it will go one of two ways. Either no one will give a shit or I'll become the new target for...hmm... let's say, certain people who won't be happy with my life choices {what's new haha}. I've got to get a grip and just let it all happen. Apologies in advance for the rambling, and also the repetitive nature of these posts, it's a necessary evil to get it out of my head... I think.   The main rea...

April 30, 2019

Raw Meow #rawvolution Part 2

So I ended my earlier post around the 5 month mark of Kuro's raw transition.  I was feeling lost and overwhelmed and frustrated. I had a lot of questions.  Do I prepare a fully 80-10-5-5 diet from scratch? Can I get a mix that's pre-prepared and safe for him to eat? Does that even exist here? Is it nutritionally correct? What if i buy it and he hates it? How do I prepare it correctly? Does it have to be frozen for a certain amount of time to kill the ...

April 2, 2019

#RAWVOLUTION Part1

Kuro, our beloved MC x Ragdoll pet and recently self-appointed CEO of Maynetree, would like me to tell you about his journey into his transition of a completely raw diet.  Kuro is 3 years old (2019) and was addicted to dry kibble and Royal Canin pouch/wet food.  This transition has been about 7 months so far. The first hurdle was taking away the kibble. We went through several months of Kuro-rage and salty glares when we took away the all-you-can-eat-24/7-buffet. A lot of crying and ho...

March 28, 2019

Some more early thoughts...

If you take the time to get to know me, you’ll realise I place a piece of my heart in everything that I do. You’ll also learn that I have massive social anxiety. I over-think and lose sleep over things that others wouldn’t even bat an eyelid over. Everyone says I shouldn’t let people’s opinions get to me. They do, however. Perhaps more so because I genuinely try to put my heart in the right place. So when I see experienced breeders shaming and tearing down the new guy on the block for ...

February 12, 2019

Some really important rambling, guys

Disclaimer notes: 1 .These blog posts will likely be developed and added to over time as I learn more information. 2. While some breeding "secrets" are kept as unwritten law, the general concept of what I write here is freely available to find if you look in the right places. The feline associations (Australian/American/European) are a good place to start. The PawPeds website also has some interesting information (not always/strictly scientific though).3. Some really rea...

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