siberian cat in grass

House plants that are toxic to cats

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Which house plants are harmful to cats?

Common house plants can be poisonous or cause allergies to your cat.


amaryllis toxic plant to cats

Amaryllis – a popular present at Christmas (keep out of your pets reach)



Castor Oil Plant

Christmas Cherry



croton house plant toxic to cats
Toxic house plant -croton


cyclamen toxic plant to cats



Devil’s Ivy


Elephant’s ear,



Hypoestes phyllostachya

Hyacinthus Ivy ( Hedera)


mistletoe toxic plant to cats




oleander plant toxic to cats




Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

peace lily
Peace lily



Spotted dumb cane

Star of Bethlehem

Umbrella Plant

Zebra Plant

Cats and allergies to plants

Plants may cause blistering or itching of the mouth and gums.

Sneezing and eye problems can also be caused through contact with plants.
Contact with the leaves of food plants such as tomato, strawberry, rhubarb, parsnips, carrot, celery, marrow and cucumbers can cause irritation.
Geranium and Primula leaves can also cause similar skin problems.
Many plants that are poisonous when eaten may also have the potential to cause skin irritation on contact with their leaves or sap.
ginger and white cat sleeping
If you think your cat is unwell contact your vet for advice.
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The big meow – hello

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The big meow with Charlie ShortTail

Hi I’m Charlie ShortTail and I have a lot to say.

Welcome to the big meow  – this is where I get the chance to speak. Although Mama would say I never stop!

I talk to my furriends on twitter everyday and sometimes use my banana phone for private cat chats… He He.

Lando my big brofur is a connoisseur (cat who knows a lot about certain stuff) on banana toys, and in fact cat nip toys in general.

 He likes to give all toys a good product testing, including biting, kicking, slobbering and a general good beating up.

I’m a little more relaxed wiv my toys and life in general. Sleeping is a speciality mine, I love to nap and chill out in my bed.

I like to write about my adventures and fun times in a bit more detail sometimes ; such as my awful experience wiv tar.

Charlie and the awful tar episode


Cats are amazing, we are cuddly, fun and have so many talents. These are a few of my favourite cat facts:

Us cats can make over 100 sounds and dogs only about 10… Oh dear!

laughing-cat Cats laugh!

I can run faster than Usian Bolt ( but only when I feel like it).


People who own cats live longer and are less likely to die of a heart attack and stroke.


My purrs are healing…


Some friends with a lot to say too


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Which cat breed to choose – cat personalities

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Which cat breed to choose based on personality

Which breed of cat will be most suitable for your family and lifestyle?

Lively, active and needing a lot of attention

Abyssinian, Balinese, Burmese, Cornish and Devon Rex, Egyptian Mau, Javanese, Oriental Short and Longhairs, Russian Blue, Siamese, Somali and Tonkinese.

These intelligent cats needs stimulation, company and the opportunity to play and exercise.

abbysinian cat
Siamese cat meowing

Vocal Cats

Balinese, Japanese Bobtail, Javanese, Oriental Long and Shorthairs, Siamese and Tonkinese.

These cats are opinionated and have plenty to say; they are beautiful and respond well to lots of attention.


Lap cats – friendly and a little less active

American Wirehair, Birman, British Shorthair, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan,

Persian, Ragdoll, and the Snowshoe.

They love a nice quiet cuddle and do not need constant attention and play.

Cream Persian

Quiet and watchful cats

American Wirehair, Birman, British Shorthair, Korat, Scottish Fold, Havana Brown.

grey british shorthair cat
British Shorthair
korat cat

Cats that need a lot of Grooming

Maine Coon (also very friendly), Norwegian Forest cat, Persian, Ragdoll, Longhaired Scottish Fold.

Himalayan Persian
Maine Coon

Choosing a cat

Choose a cat wisely to fit in with your lifestyle and family.

Kittens need a lot of attention and care, so it may be that an older cat is more suitable.

Always take care to get a cat from a registered breeder, cat shelter or from a known and trusted source.

Charlie says “cats make great best friends”.


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Very Clever Cats

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Clever Cats -how brainy is your cat?

Very Clever Cats can:

Sit, stand or roll over on command.

ginger cat sitting up on back legs

Meow or make a noise on command.

meowing tabby cat

Use the human toilet instead of a litter tray.

Can balance on their back legs for 5 seconds or more.


Can walk on their back legs for a short distance.


Is your cat really clever?


This is a good read….

charlie shorttail ginger cat meowing

Charlie ShortTail says “I’m not very, very, very clever cat… but I am loyal and cuddly”.

If you would like to train your cat or kitten there are some very useful and informative books written that can give a much better understanding of how to train your cat to follow commands, use a toilet and learn tricks. Test your cat’s IQ with a series of simple games.


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More facts about your cat

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15 More Amazing Facts about your Cat

Amazing cat facts:

white and grey cat lifting paw up


  1. A cat’s average body temperature is 38.6°c (which is why they always find the warmest place).

2. There are over 100 breeds of cat.


Read more….Cat breeds from around the world – Great Britain


3. Cats scratch to mark their territory – they have sweat glands between the paw pads and they secrete a scent which is passed on by the scratching action.

cats paw hi five

4. Cats can problem solve (knocking something over to get what is inside).

5. Cats have very good memories (but tend to use it for what is important to them). Cats have better long-term memories than dogs.

older russian blue cat face

6. Cats have homing ability, a built in navigation system similar to birds. Cats are sensitive to the earth’s magnetic field.


7. Cats can learn tricks such as sit, eat with paws, roll over, fetch, Hi five; however you will need lots of patience.

white cat with heart

Read more…. Very Clever Cats

Read more…    Test your cat

8. In deep sleep your cat’s brain is as active as when it is awake.

9. Cats have binocular vision- three dimensional sight for hunting.

10. Cats can distinguish between colours.

11. If your cat followed its mother around on hunting trips it is more likely to want to go for walks with you.

white cat walks along path

12. White cats with blue eyes are often deaf.

white kitten with blue eyes

13. Cats can turn their ears 180°. They can also move their ears independently.

Hearing is your cats strongest sense.

tabby cat listens

14. Cats have 32 teeth, 16 on the top and 14 on the bottom.

cats teeth and mouth

15. Cats cannot move their jaws sideways; therefore cats do not chew.

three maine coon cats

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Cat breeds from around the world – North America

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Cat breeds- North America

Opicat male

A stunning male Opicat


Named from the wild Ocelet, as it has a spotted coat. It is one of the few breeds of cat that will walk on a lead.

Peke-faced Persian

This is a variety of Red Persian cat. The face is similar to the face of the Pekingese dog.

Tortoiseshell & White Longhair

This cat has the three colours of tortoiseshell: black, red and cream. The fur is silky, thick and dense and the cat has a solid, broad shape.

Colourpoint Longhair

A long-haired Persian style cat which has breed bred from Siamese, Birman and Persian cats.

Lilac Longhair

A cat developed from selective breeding from the Himalayan cat. It has a Persian style pink-grey coat, with a solid, cobby body and has a thick tail with a plume.

Chocolate Longhair

Also developed form selective breeding from the Himalayan cat. It has rich, dense fur in a chocolate colour with patches of red, cream and brown.


A long-haired Siamese cat; the varieties are the same as those in the Siamese breed.

Maine Coon

This distinctive American breed developed from farm cats. It is a very large, sturdy, intelligent and it is an excellent family pet.

This cat has a shaggy, very thick coat which needs daily brushing to prevent matting of the fur.

maine coon cat
Maine coon


This is a cat with a ‘wild’ appearance but with the graceful body of the oriental breeds.

It is a mutation of the Abyssinian cat.


This is a long-haired version of the Manx cat. A lively, intelligent cat which tolerates dogs well.


The fur of the Javanese is long and silky and lacks an undercoat; the cat was bred from Balinese. It has a cream body with blue, tortoiseshell, lilac or pink-grey points.


A shaggy long-haired mutation of the Burmese cat in a seal-brown colour.


This cat originated from California. This cat has a very high pain threshold and therefore injuries may go un-noticed. It is cat which needs tranquility and may do best living indoors.

American Shorthair

A hardy, healthy cat which is larger and more muscular than its British cousin.

American Wirehair

This cat has a coat with a rough texture and a curly or hooked hair which springs back when touched.

Exotic Shorthair

A descendant of the American Shorthair, similar to the Persian cat but with a more manageable fur coat.

Colourpoint Shorthair

These cats are produced by mating Siamese with Abyssinian cats, producing new colourings.

Foreign Shorthair

Sometimes called- Oriental Shorthair, a solid coloured Siamese cat.

There are varieties in white, black, smoke, cameo, chestnut and tortoiseshell.


A cross breed of Burmese and American Shorthairs. It has a dense black and glossy coat.


A cross between the Siamese and Burmese cat. A very affectionate cat.


A creation between the Siamese cat and the Bicolour American shorthair. White paws indicate its name.


A hairless cat with a long and slender body, triangular shaped head and large pointed ears.



This cat differs from a Burmese cat only in colour; they are very affectionate cats.

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Cat breeds from around the world – Europe and Russia

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Cat Breeds -Europe and Russia


Norwegian forest cat

The magnificent Norwegian forest cat.

Norwegian Forest cat

An ancient and magnificent forest cat. Its features are similar to the American Maine Coon.

It is muscular, with large round eyes, with claws that enable it to climb rock walls.

White Longhair

White Persian- the pure white coat is silky and dense with a full frill around the neck.

They are affectionate and loving cats. Many of the blue-eyed white cats are born deaf.

Black Longhair (Black Persian)

A rare breed as the glossy black colour is difficult to breed as flecks of white or rust can show up in some kittens.

Cameo Longhair

This cat was bred from Smoke and Tortoiseshell Persians.

The Cameo has a fur with a very short colour-tipping which can give it a cloudy appearance.

Bicolour Longhair

These cats feature a solid colour with a white muzzle, chest, undersides and feet.

They have a lion-like frill around the neck and a thick, dense, silky fur coat.

Tortoiseshell Longhair

This is a very rare breed, which is always female due to genetic make-up necessary to produce the Tortoiseshell Persian.

Russian Blue

An elegant cat, similar to the Egyptian cat. A quiet and shy cat with a grey-blue thick coat.


European Shorthair

Varieties of white, red, tortoiseshell, brown tabby, and tortoiseshell-and –white cats.


They are said to have dog-like intelligence. They are large, gentle cats with thick, medium long fur.


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Cat breeds around the world – the Middle East and Africa

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Cat breeds -Middle East and Africa

abbysinian cat

The very beautiful and revered Abyssinian cat.


Thought to be direct descendants of the sacred temple cats of Egypt. Very intelligent cats which learn to do tricks quickly.


Angora cats were the first long-haired cats to be brought to Europe. They are well-mannered cats with an affectionate nature.

The fur is silky, fine-textured and thicker on the under-side.

Turkish Van

An angora cat from Turkey. An intelligent if slightly lazy cat, water loving and peaceful in nature.

The cats are chestnut and white coloured and have heavy fur with small paws.

turkish van cat

Egyptian Mau

Similar in build to Abyssinian cats, reputed to be direct descendants from the temple cats.

egyptian mau cat

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Cat Breeds from around the world – Asia

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Cat breeds from Asia: Birman, Siamese, Korat, Burmese, Japanese Bobtail and Singapura.

Cat Breeds – Asia


It is speculated that the cats first lived in the Buddhist temples of Burma. They have a white or pale-tinted coat with darker points.

The Birman’s coat is softer and silkier than that of a Persian cat. The Birman cat is also known as the Sacred cat of Burma.



Revered cats around the court of Siam. They have strong personalities and they are very vocal. Siamese cats be trained to walk on a lead.



A rare breed from Thailand, with large green eyes and a blue coat with a silvery sheen, it is a beautiful cat.

korat cat


The Burmese is not as vocal as the Siamese but is highly adaptable and will tolerate travel well.


Japanese Bobtail

A unique ancient Japanese breed with a short curled ’tail’. It is intelligent and will attach itself to the entire family.


Small and quiet cats. They have a street ancestry, living wild and seeking shelter in drains and quiet places.

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