Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Have a Heart Event Officially Begins!

Our FIRST official auction has begun! Want a unique commissioned piece of artwork for a wonderful price? Bid on Renee's GORGEOUS artwork where she'll create a drawing from one of your kitties' own pictures!!!

Our Have a Heart Event for 2011 has officially begun!

What is it? It's an event aimed at helping advance feline health research! From FIP to HCM to even less prominent issues, like Persistent Right Aortic Arch, cat fanciers need more money donated to further feline health research... This event is simply a way to wake up the cat loving community and hopefully help Winn in their pursuit of research to help our kitties live happier, healthier lives!

How can you help?

Donate directly to the Winn Foundation! Help stamp out FIP, HCM, PRAA, and all of the other ugly insidious diseases and genetic issues our kitties face!


Go to Fazio's Facebook page and enter to win their Charity pendant!


Bid on an unique COMMISSIONED piece of artwork by talented artist, Renee Spahr!


To learn more about the Have a Heart event please visit:


If you have questions, please email me at praakitty@gmail.com!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Have a Heart 2011

We have just launched the Have a Heart Event for 2011!

Please visit our website and pass this information on to ALL of the cat lovers in your life! Together, we can make the difference to defeat FIP, HCM, PRAA, and all of the other ugly diseases that cost us our cats' lives!

Have a Heart Event 2011, in honor of Neala and all the other kitties lost to serious health issues

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sweet Praline

Praline's Mom was very supportive of us through our time with Neala... So today, we send our love and thoughts out to her... I am so sorry for your loss!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Help Miracle, Please!

Hi Everyone,

So Miracle obviously isn't a kitty- but sometimes, even our pupper friends need help.

Miracle has basically the same issues Neala had- I don't think it's been properly diagnosed as PRAA, but she has been diagnosed with a vascular ring anomaly, which probably will end up being PRAA once they go in for surgery... She was rescued from a bad breeder and needs help. Every dollar puts her family one step closer- please help!

Miracle, Vascular Ring Anomaly Puppy Needs Your Help!

Remember- we CAN make miracles happen!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Haha, Delta Airlines- and we trust you with OUR lives???

For those who think it's not Delta's responsibility for the life of the kitten that froze in its cargo hold... What do you think of this little HILARIOUS GEM a Delta pilot posted on their own Delta message boards?

If you don't understand- I'll spell it out for you. Snickers, the living Sphynx kitten, froze to death in Delta's cargo hold, hence the pilot thinks he is so witty that he is posting a FROZEN Snickers bar with a very low price tag too- which goes hand in hand with Delta's offer of $10 for Snickers' loss.

PLEASE CROSS POST THIS. Let people see how nasty these pilots are being and how UNPROFESSIONAL. THESE are the people we entrust with puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, throughout the year as we move from one part of the United States to the other or adopt kitties or dogs through rescues that DO ship... These are PROFESSIONALS- do you think they are acting professionally?

Want to see how HILARIOUS these jokesters are? I've heard there are plenty more nasty little posts here...


(If the posts were removed, as I heard they were- Google has screen shots of various pages of their nasty 'witty' comments. Thank goodness being a caring person isn't a prerequisite for all pilots!)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pro Pics

Since I've inundated you with sadness, as per my norm, I thought I'd share some good news...

This is my boy- he is now a Double Grand Champion! Whoever says black cats aren't beautiful is a fool.

And this is my baby- he took a lot of best of breeds and I'm very pleased with him. He is going up north to a friend's cattery soon, but I will miss him...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hello, Goodbye

I promised ML that I would share my story of Harley on here for those still left around... I would say if I didn't have bad luck, I would have no luck at all, but I'm going to go with a friend's theory that certain kitties are sent to me because they just need love for a little while before going to the Bridge... This is one of those stories...

Two weeks before the Arcadia cat show, a kind person posted three sweet Selkirk Rexes in Northern California for adoption. I had been looking for a JE kitty for my son to show and my heart was tugged towards the rescues. I am always a sap when it comes to hard knock cases…

So I ended up emailing the rescue and learned about Harley, a sweet longhaired black and white Selkirk, and Lightning, a chubby mellow Selkirk Rex, that loves attention. I wanted Harley- but his personality was sweet, but shy. My son needed an outgoing kitty, which would be Lightning.

We compromised- I decided to adopt both. Yet, we still needed transport since they were in Northern California and round-trip, it would be an 18 hour drive. With the persistence of wonderful friends, I found a ride for our curly hitchhikers...

We rolled into Arcadia late in the evening and as soon as we unpacked at our hotel, we drove to pick up ‘the boys’ as I called them. Lightning was already trying to charm with his jelly-rolls of love (he is a big boy- shall we say ‘Garfield’ with curls?), but Harley was shy as to be expected. I was so thankful for Kitti for driving the boys down to me!

At the hotel, I had the perfect set-up. I had a downstairs master suite with a door- so I situated the boys with me and the kids had the other kitties upstairs with them. Lightning did not take any time to decide he wanted attention; Harley, at midnight, was up at the foot of my bed, purring and wanting attention. I had to sigh in happiness- Harley would definitely come around easier then I thought.

We came home and the boys went into quarantine. I bathed first Lightning and then waited a day or two and bathed Harley. He was so patient and so sweet, but that’s when I noticed that his tummy was very round… I thought perhaps worms since the rescue vet had just deformed him, but I emailed his rescuer immediately and she told me that he had always had a pot belly- so I tried not to worry.

But I needed to take the boys into the vet for a check-up anyways and Harley seemed dispirited. His coat was also very harsh and broken up- nothing like a Selkirk’s.

Today, one week from adopting ‘the boys’, I put Harley to sleep… He had full blown wet FIP- although I know only a necropsy can truly diagnose it- his entire abdomen was filled with yellow thick viscous fluid, he had a horrible heart murmur, and he was suffering.

FIP is a horrible disease; there is currently no cure. It is caused by the basic cold virus in cats that mutates into FIP; there is no rhyme nor reason for FIP and rescues, shelters, and breeders cannot guarantee against this horrible disease. Harley's rescuer did nothing 'wrong'; chances are- he had a vet exam the day before we adopted him. Stress probably pushed the wet FIP into full blown production and that is why his tummy went from 'kinda pot bellied' to extremely bloated in a matter of days.

Together, as cat lovers, we must encourage more research and learn about as much as we can about FIP. We will vanquish this disease- just not in time for Harley and many, many others...

So for our sweet Harley, hello, sweet boy, and goodbye… May you live happily at the Bridge and I am glad you are suffering no more...