Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cat Room

Brulee and Truffle in the middle of their stuff

We think we need a bigger house!  Mom Paula keeps threatening to put all of our stuff away so she will have room to walk around.  We think everything looks fine like it is.  Do you have problems with your human's wants and your needs as a cat?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Who's Who? Silver Shaded Persians

Have you ever wondered how Mom Paula tells us apart?  Would you believe she's even confused us at times?  What are our similarities? What are our differences?
Truffle and Brulee demonstrate the silver tipping on their backs
Truffle (left) and Brulee (right) demonstrating the differences in their silver tipping on their backs

Many people look at us and say we're white Persians.  Even Grandma Faye will tell people that Mom Paula is owned by two beautiful white Persians.  Yes, at first glance, we do look like white cats, but nothing could be further from the truth. We're Silver Shaded Persians. What does this mean?

Silver Shaded Persians

The silver shaded Persian is easily confused with the Chinchilla Persian.  To the average human eye, we look the same.  The difference, according to the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA) is that the Chinchilla Persian has tipping about 1/8 of the length of the fur, whereas, the shaded Persians have about 1/3 of the length of the fur tipped.  The silver shaded Persians have either green or blue-green eyes (both of us have a shade of green eyes).  The eye rims, nose, and lips are outlines in black.  We have a white undercoat the ends of our fur is tipped in black.  The silver shaded Persian is a little different from some of the more traditional Persians you see now because we have doll faces. A doll-face Persian has a normal length nose that is in proportion with the rest of the face and skull structure, but still has the distinctive look of a Persian.
Brulee (left) and Truffle (right) demonstrating the outlines of the eyes and noses.  You can't see their black lips in this photo.

There is a breed standard for the silver shaded Persians if someone wants to show them in a cat show. We're not show-quality cats, but pet-quality.  However, we do have some of the required characteristics of the breed standard.  We do have the green or blue-green eyes.  Brulee's eyes are more green, while Truffle's eyes have a slight blue-green shade.  It took almost two years for our eyes to reach their green shade.  Both of us have the black eyeliner look surrounding our round eyes.  Our undercoats are white and the fur on our back, flanks, head, and tail are tipped in black.  Truffle also has some tipping on her legs. The ear tufts, chin, chest, and stomach should be pure white. The nose should be brick red with black outline, which Brulee has. Truffle has a black nose (shaped like a heart), which isn't standard, but Mom Paula says that makes her unique.  Truffle is still a registered silver shaded Persian, but she doesn't meet the standard for a show cat.  Our paw pads are black, which is really neat to see hidden beneath the soft, white fur.
I'm prettier than you!
We're usually pretty docile

Did you know that at one time, the silver shaded Persians were considered difficult to handle?  Some judges in cat show rings were heard to say that the silvers were gorgeous, but you couldn't put your hands on them.  Fortunately, this is no longer the case with the breed.  We are different in personality, though, from Persians of other colors.  We're much more active.  Mom Paula was quite surprised how active we are compared to Sweet Praline. We like to be entertained, so Mom Paula has a lot of interactive toys for us to play with. Truffle can be a little bully to Brulee if she doesn't have an outlet for her need for play.  Silver Persians are usually smaller in size (we weigh around 7 pounds) and we don't develop our full coat and look until 3-5 years of age.  We are known to be intelligent, affectionate, and people-oriented.  The silvers are not typical "couch potatoes" as Persians are usually described.  Don't get us wrong, we do like to take our naps, but we like activity, too.  The silvers are sensitive and don't like isolation and confinement.  Some breeders say silver Persians are "sassy" little characters, which Mom Paula says fits us to a T!
Brulee's cottony fur

Silver shaded Persians have profuse coats and some have the difficult-to-groom "cotton candy" coat.  Brulee has this cotton candy coat.  It's so soft to the touch, but mats like crazy.  Our skin is very thin and Mom Paula has to be careful not to hurt us by pulling on our fur when we are groomed.  We've shared posts in the past of the multiple tools Mom Paula uses to groom us.  We have a brush, a slicker, a comb, a mat remover, and blunt-nosed scissors just for our fur.  We have additional tools and products for our eyes and claws.
Truffle's green eyes

We hope you've enjoyed our little description of silver shaded Persians.  Both of us are registered with the CFA, but we have different characteristics.  Have you figured out how to tell us apart yet?  Look at our eyes, our noses, and our fur.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Brulee wanted to pose for today's Sunday Selfie.  What do you think of her sultry pose?

You can see more Sunday Selfies by visiting The Cat on My Head.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Caturday Art

We went back to LunaPic today for our artistic creation.  We used the "fairy" effect with this photo and then went to PicMonkey to add some green back to our eyes.  We love the effect.
Truffle and Brulee using the Fairy effect in LunaPic

You can see more Caturday Art creations by visiting Athena Cat Goddess.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Candy for Kitties - Chewy Review

We received a new treat from Chewy.com as part of the Blogger Outreach program last month and it's like candy, especially to Brulee.
Brulee introducing Wellness Kittles Treats
Brulee introduces three flavors of the Wellness® Kittles™ treats
Disclosure - Received Wellness® Kittles™ treats to review

We've been fans of Wellness® cat food for a long time.  In fact, one of Brulee's favorite Wellness products is the Signature Selects shredded can food.  When we received the opportunity to review the Wellness® Kittles­™ cat treats, we jumped in with all eight paws.  The Kittles cat treats are 100% grain-free and wheat-free and contain no corn or soy.
Truffle waiting for Mom Paula to open the Duck and Cranberries Recipe

Kittles cat treats offer a teeth-cleaning crunch.  They contain no meat by-products, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  Each delicious and crunchy treat is less than 2 calories.  They offer tasty meat sources such as tuna, salmon, lamb, and chicken.  We received a bag of the Duck and Cranberries Recipe.  There are over 150 fun-shaped treats in each bag.  The Kittles treats are available in 6 recipes:  duck and cranberries, chicken and cranberries, tuna and cranberries, salmon and cranberries, turkey and cranberries, and whitefish and cranberries.
Brulee eating Wellness® Kittles™ cat treats

We chose to review the duck and cranberries recipe because we always eat chicken/turkey and tend to avoid too many fish products.  We always eat freeze-dried treats, so Mom Paula wasn't too sure how we would react to these since they were smaller and crunchy.  Brulee LOVED these treats.  She will even push Truffle out of the way to eat them.  She seems to love the flavor and crunchiness.  In fact, it was difficult to get a clear photo of either of the girls eating the treats because they'd grab them so fast to eat.
Truffle assists Mom Paula in opening the bag

All six flavors of the Wellness Kittles Tasty, Crunchy Cat Treats are available at Chewy.com ($2.50-3.99 per bag).  If you choose to participate in the autoship program, you can get a reduction in the prices.  We recommend you add these treats to a larger order with food and litter because Chewy.com offers free 2-day shipping for orders that total $49+.  As always, the customer service is excellent at Chewy.com.