Product reviews

I’ve been meaning to get this done for a while but have not had the chance to sit down with out being pulled away every few minutes!

Since we changed from Wellness Core food a while back, i’ve been searching for a different high quality food that is low in grain or grain free to feed in addition to the kitten food.   I’ve tried quite a few since and so far not much luck! The latest one my adults just plain refuse to eat.

 Taste of the wild Salmon-  Normally devons will give a taste.  I filled up 1 of the bowls and put it up where just adults can get to it where it normally sits.  They did not touch it, got a few sniffs that is about it.  So that one did not fly here.

Precise grain free- they were split on this one 3 of the adults liked it alot.  Vickie and Peanut didn’t seem to care for it and well peanut is the queen in charge i had to pass.

Halo grain free-  Peter our rescue kitty was the only one to even entertain this one

Currently we are giving Pure Vita a shot-  I will update once they jury comes in.  

If anyone has any suggestions or has had great results with a specific food please let me know, I’m always open to idea’s.  

As with any food, please do not ever change your cat or dogs food with out gradually doing it. Sudden changes in food  can cause major stomach and intestinal upset.  Stinky gas and diarrhea will no doubt follow if the new food is not added slowly, always have the old food available until the change is a welcome one.  

There are months in between me even offering a new kibble to my adults, so there is no reason to rush a food change.  and NEVER ever give a cat/kitten/dog/puppy canned food if they are only used to a dry kibble or raw diet.   There is a very good reason I do not give my cats canned food but very rarely and only a small part of a 3.5oz can if that, canned food leads to horrible smelling, loose bowls and can cause a nasty stomach upset, especially in kittens.   Feed raw instead, it’s healthier, and closest to their natural food that you can get.  (unless you want to run and catch field mice!) Kidding!  

Now for litter!

Since Worlds Best Cat Litter made the horrible business choice to down size their bag size and keep the price the same or slightly (and i do mean ever slightly) reduce the price.  That irritated me, I have 10 litter boxes here and I had it down to a science how many 34 lb bags it takes weekly to fill said boxes.  So because of their poor choice I got angry and decided to start looking for a different litter.

Swheat scoop was the first one I tried- horrible,  do not like this at all.  The smell and dust alone were enough to make me want to return it,  i gave it a try just to make sure.   It does not clump hard at all and it is just plain stinky.

Feline Pine-  not a huge fan of this one either.  I use the pellet type when i have any kitten or cat in the car for that it’s awesome. Does not track or anything, but the clumping just falls apart and it just i don’t like it.

Natures Miracle scoopable-  this one was not too bad, it clumped pretty nicely and the smell of the litter did not get all funky after a few days of being scooped like swheat scoop did.  however dear goodness the tracking was horrible, it clings to every single hair (and devons dont have a ton) and got all over the place.  for that it got veto’ed

Blue all natural wal-nut- now this one is a keeper.  I love it!  It clumps super hard, super fast, the tracking is moderate.  It fcomes in 34lb bags which i like!  and it’s all natural non clay based which is a must.   The 1 and only down side to this litter is that if you have light colored cats ie white anywhere on the paws and they dig to china as my devons do it makes their paws all dirty.  like stains them that dusty light brown color from the dust of the litter.  that is the only down side to this litter.   I highly recommend it well over any other litter.  Now there is a little bit of dust with this one not a ton though.

I now mix Worlds Best Lavender, with Blue’s all natural wal-nut and so far I’m really liking the results.  The mix i use roughly 1/2 and 1/2 in most of the boxes and 3/4 blue to 1/4 WB in 2 of them (the ones that Isaac prefers)

Now since there is dust from that, and my entire family has a nasty dust allergies and anyone who shares this.  Just simply give your kitties a bath once a week, for devon moms and dads you all are used to kittens and cats snuggling close to your face which can be torture for dust allergies.

 Fill up a kitchen sink maybe 3 inches deep (do not fill it enough to get them totally emerged)  only up to their elbows please!   Get their body wet, try not to get their heads wet (they do not like this at all) lather them up with Baby Shampoo (i use lavender and chamomile the same I used on the kids when they were tots), do not wash their head nothing above their shoulders should be wet ever.  soap is not friendly to kitties big eyes.   Rinse them off and use 2 hand towels to dry them off, one for under their body to support while the other dries their body.  Once the body is dry, use the under towel which should be nice and damp now to gently wipe down their face and ears.

Do not over wash though, once a week is plenty you do not want to dry out their skin from over washing.   I wash our kittens once a week sometimes once every 2 weeks it all depends on how fun the litter box seems to be to them that week.  My adults get baths every 2 weeks, since they do not find the litter box as fun of a play area as the tiny tots do, but they still get dusty from the litter.

 

Changes Happening

With what happened this year, with my grandmother finding out she has breast cancer again and my trips back to take care of her leading to a couple of un-planned litters.  I quickly have decided to retire  a few queens.  To make darn sure that never happens again.

That being said  Veronica has been retired, she got spayed along side of her kittens and is now looking for a forever home.  She is not a fan of chaos and would prefer a home with out young children and no more than 1-2 other animals.  Ideally I’d like her to go to a home with one of her kittens so she will already have a partner in crime.  She is  a bit over a year old, and has had just the 1 litter of kittens.  She is not an in your face kind of girl, she prefers quiet snuggle time on a lap or being held on a shoulder.

Update

A lot is going on here at the bat cave!

We are in the slow process of updating and changing this site.  Well it’s not going to be THIS site per say, Casey is building a new site from the ground up that will have all of the options that we want.

Some new ones that I’m really excited about,  we are going to have a place for clients to see the adults pedigree’s, each queen will have a sub category where you can see their past kittens.  (this one is going to take me a while to get set up just right),  I’d like it act similar to tagging on facebook, where I could tag each kitten and file it under the correct mommy.   There are quite a few other new features that are hopefully going in as well, but I’ll leave those for a surprise!

The past few weeks have been so sad,  some of my babies went to their new homes.  Oh how I miss them.  This is one of the hard parts of breeding, is letting them go.  I have some pictures that i’m going to post hopefully today of all of the little ones,  I’ve taken on the way to their new homes in the car.  As well as some updated pictures as well!

For a while now I’ve been asked for recommendations for vet clinics in various area’s.   So,  I’ve taken the questions and went to meet/interview a couple of clinics in the areas requested.   The only one in the Seattle Area that I’ve met that passed all of my tests at least was North Gate Veterinary Clinic.

For families in Seattle/North Gate area.   I had a meeting with the wonderful staff at North Gate Veterinary Clinic,  i ended up arriving early so i got a chance to just sit back in the waiting area and observe the front end staff.   I was extremely impressed at the front end staff.  So very sweet, understanding and friendly.  Top knotch for sure.  Then I got a chance to meet with the clinic owner and she’s also one of the vets there as well,  Dr. Emi Baxter.  I bought Monkey with me as well as Isaac so I could see first hand how everyone interacted with both species.

Dr. Baxter and I chatted for a bit, then i got a tour of the building which is deceptively huge.  From the outside, the building does not look as large as it actually is once you’re in.  I love their set up, they have a separate room for dental work, and surgeries which i just think is a fantastic idea.  Normally the rooms are shared for purposes, here they are not.  They have these neato heating pads to keep their body temps regulated and toasty.  (my devons would LOVE that)  Dr. Baxter answered all of my inquisitive questions about her and her partners experience, among other questions that I asked.

I highly recommend this clinic to anyone in that area, you will not be disappointed.  The staff is just super friendly, and there is an obvious love for animals that can not be missed once you even walk in the door.

 

A reminder

Ladies and Gentlemen a reminder to everyone, now that summer is coming to an end (it already is ending here in the lovely Pacific North west) if you have a heat pump, central air PLEASE remember to change out and clean your filters before the heat comes on!

Our heat came on super early this morning and even though we changed out our filter 3 times this summer, there is still an abundance of dirt

 and dust in there that when it gets hot air blown on it just is nasty on anyone with dust allergies (as everyone in this house has), I did not expect the heat to come on but apparently it dropped below 70 degree’s!

So please learn from my mistake in not making dang sure that a new filter got in before the heat comes on. that dust, and dirt blown over hot air has just made everyone miserable today.

Ways to contact us

There are various ways to contact us,  I’m going to put all of this in one place to make things easier.

E-mail: melissa@batcavecattery.com , melmacpherson@hotmail.com 

Instant messaging clients:  I use msn messenger,  and we’ve just added yahoo and AIM (AOL)

Microsoft Live Messenger:  melmacpherson@hotmail.com 

Yahoo:   batcavecattery@yahoo.com

AIM:  Batcavecattery

 Please remember that even though i’m shown as online I do have  3 young children and i may not always be at the computer, but feel free to leave a message and I will respond as soon as I get back to the computer.

Phone: 425-320-8937 is the cell phone number.  This will be turned back on as soon as I can make it out to the store to get a re-boost card.  (14 inches of snow > me going out)

 

A question i get asked a great deal

One of the most common questions I get asked lately.  “is that your kitten room in in all of the pictures”

Answer:  I do not have a kitten room, i do NOT isolate any of my cats or kittens.  All of my cats and kittens have full open range to my entire home.  My cattery is un-like most simply because it’s a Family style.  I believe that all should be raised as part of my family, not apart.  I do things differently, it’s just my style and I’m ok with being different.

At birth the newborns are kept on the 2nd level of a 5 foot by 5 foot cage (with open doors) doors are always kept open so the moms can come and go knowing that their babies are perfectly safe.  There is an established “pride” life style here.  Everyone lives together as one big family.  I do not have conflict with any of my cats.   They all know their place in the pride and are quite happy with it.  Around 5 weeks when the kittens start exploring out and using the litterbox they get an upgrade!  I move their bed and mom’s nest down to the lower level so they too can run around and play but still know where their “home” is.

MOst of the pictures are taken in the same room simply because that’s where all of their toys are, the cat trees, cat nip, cat toys, food, water etc.  Of course that is where i normally have the portable fan heater on (who doesn’t love sitting infront of that right?)   THat is where i spend most of my time as well,  all of my comfy chair and sofa’s are in there, but there are no doors to keep them shut in, they can come and go as they please.

If  I am in the kitchen, i normally have a train of kitties near by, if i’m in the shower i always have cats waiting for me patiently on the bathroom rug.

SO to answer in short, No there are no “cat rooms” or closed off area’s in my home.  That’s just the way i like things done, and so far it works fantastic.  That way allows all of my kittens and cats to get all of the attention that they could ever want, yes that means i get the random toy dropped on my head at 2 am. No I do not mind.  Happy cats=happy family.

Another question :  “do you let your cats outside”

Answer:  No, but there is 1 exception to that rule.  That is my sons devon Dexter.  Jordan takes Dexter out on a leash when i’m outside and it’s sunny. Only in our yard.

Last one: Do you ever declaw any of your cats

Answer:  This one is a pet peeve of mine.  NO i do NOT nor will i ever Declaw any of my cats.  I’ve worked in the animal field for 16 years,  part of that time was at a Vets office.  I have assisted in many of the de-clawing  surgeries it is in-humane and cruel. Just ask your self this,  How would you like if someone cut off your first knuckles and stitched up the top. Leaving those sensitive nerve bundles un-protected.

I use Soft Claw nail caps, which allows natural behavior and stretching they can do everything normally.  The caps fall off 4-6 weeks.  Of course now a wonderful lady introduced me to Sisal rope, scratching post.  OH my goodness nothing else in the house has been touched since we’ve bought some of those.  NOt even their cat tree’s and other scratching toys.

One more I just got reminded of:  ” do you use a water fountain for your cats like we see in stores”

Answer: No, they are novel idea’s yes. But they can harbor a great deal of bacteria.  I have 4  water bowls that get cleaned out daily, and of course my cats are silly and love ice cubes put in there.  So they have me quite trained to put ice in there for them a few times a day.

Alrighty that’s it for tonight.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Safe Memorial Day weekend.  Take this time to remember all of the brave men and women who have served this wonderful country.

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