Friday, 19 June 2015

Tomorrow we are off to Kendal...

I've still not moved yet, but we do move On Friday! A week to go and then I have my PC back and I can edit the blog and make the posts pretty, like they usually are. Tomorrow is the Lakeland and District Cat Club show in Kendal. It's a 2 hour drive so I'm hoping Monty doesn't Meow the whole way there like he did on the way to Saint Helens 2 weeks ago!

I'm hoping that we get great results tomorrow, I'd really like Deeks to do well and get some recognition but he seems to remain in his brothers shadow. His brother now weighs less than he does, Deeks is going to be a big boy when he gets older. I am told Norwegian Forest Cats don't fully mature till they are 5, so it will be interesting to see how both boys end up. They were 7 months old yesterday, they are getting naughtier by the second haha.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Show Season 2015/2016 has started!

On Sunday we went to our first show of the 2015/16 show Season at the Merseyside Cat Club Show in St. Helens. It was quite a small show as the show the previous week had been popular and with the GCCF rule of having a 13 day break between shows it made for a quieter show than the ones we have been to before.

The show hall was quite large, there were craft stalls as well as the usual cat related stalls which was nice to see. There were also places to sit, a bonus to the fewer cats which were showing there as there was space for tables/chairs to sit at. At this show, they have a "Best in Show Kitten" so that was really good and meant there were more kittens than you sometimes get at GCCF shows.

Monty and Deeks were their usual chilled out selves when we got them settled into their pens. We left them for the judging  and went for a coffee and breakfast. We  came back to some great results:

Noynarock Winter Valentine (Deeks)
Breed Class- 2nd.
Side classes- 2nd & 3rd.

Noynarock Scombrini (Monty)
Breed Class - 1st & BOB.
Side classes - 1st & 1st. and....
BEST OF VARIETY!

As he got BOV that meant he could go forward to the BIS kitten judging. There were 7 kittens in this and it was very close between the final 3. Monty just missed out by a whisker but came 2nd. Yes, the 2nd best kitten in the whole show. I am a proud cat mummy! I was very excited and streased while we were watching them judged him but it was really lovely seeing him being admired, and the crowd all "awww-ing" at home when they took him out of his carrier. We All went home smiling and really pleased.

I have packed my computer up as we are moving on the 18th June, so I am going to try my best to blog using my phone for now, which is broken so it's going to be fun! I can't figure out how to add my photos on my phone either so this may well be added later!

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Bedford District Cat Club Show / Cambridgeshire Cat Club Show, 25th April 2015

Yesterday was the joint show between the Bedford District Cat Club and the Cambridgeshire Cat Club. It is the furthest we have traveled for a cat show and I think it was worth the drive because it was a lovely venue and I met some lovely people. The show was held at the Wood Greens Animal Shelter, they have a huge hall for shows, all sorts of shows, cats, antiques, weddings. Theres also a rehoming centre of cats, dogs and ferrets and they have pigs, horses, chickens, sheep, donkeys and possibly more that we didnt get to see.

We set off from our home at 5.30am and arrived at 8am, it was already quite busy but was to get much busier! Settled the kittens down for judging and went for breakfast and a coffee. When we came back we were pleased to find out the Breed Class results which were:

Bedford:
Noynarock Scombrini (Monty) 1st and BOB!
Noynarock Winter Valentine (Deeks) 2nd.

Camcat:
Noynarock Winter Valentine (Deeks) 1st and BOB!!!
Noynarock Scombrini (Monty) 2nd.





So our boys managed to get Best of Breed each! This is Deeks' first 1st and first BOB, we are so pleased for them both. Deeks also got a 2nd and 1st in his side classes, which was amazing too. Monty sadly didnt get a top 3 place for his side classes, which I was disappointed about at the time, but now Im so pleased that they both got BOB that the side classes dont really matter. Its so funny when it comes to judges personal preferences, usually Monty gets all the glory and Deeks goes into the background a bit, but this time Deeks did well and Monty didnt do as well. Its all down to personal tastes of judges and their take on the breeds standard of points. Onto the next one!



Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Where'd I go?

Its been a hectic few weeks for me, one thing or another, but here I am. I really want to either expand this blog to include more of my life, or just start a new blog entirely. I cant decide which is best for me. I only have the 17 blog posts on here, so it wouldnt be too difficult to include more things, but I wouldnt want to change the name of it as I have a few followers already.

In other kitten related news, we have a show on Saturday, the Bedford/Camcat show in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. Im looking forward to it as we have a babysitter which makes it easier to concentrate on the cats and have a wander round, look at all the other cute cats at the show. Its a 2.5/3 hour journey, but it was the closest one, I didnt want to wait for the next show in June, I wanted to do another show sooner. Its funny, once you come home from a show, and you are sat at home with the cats as normal, you get the urge to do another show asap. Its a weird feeling, but you just want to enjoy the atmosphere, possibly win something and feel a sense of achievement again. Its definately addictive!

If I have a 2nd blog I will certainly have it as a 'sister' blog to this one and try and use this one for cats and the other for 'lifestyle' stuff. I'm thinking thats the way to go, I will have a brainstorm and think it through for the next few days and decide! I will not be getting rid of MCTP, I will either expand or have a 2nd blog :)

Thanks for reading, see you soon!

Amy

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Top 5 Cat April Fool's Day Pranks From The Web

Yesterday was April Fool's Day and its now common-place to see companies and newspapers online trying to trick us on April 1st each year. It would appear I am quite gullable when it comes to these things and I did get caught out by a few things!

Here are some of the cat-friendly hoaxes from yesterday that I've come across:

1. The Voltron Cat Condo
A robot that your cats can sleep and play on, seems like a great idea for the 'geeky' cat lover in all of us.

2. Cat Chauffers from Grouber:




"Cats will be able to stare at over 13,000 fish in the Cat Aquarium"

The exterior is made from cardboard so your cats can scratch away to their hearts content, without ruining the upholstery! This one actually seems a really good idea!


5. Tablet browser for cats:



So there you have it, 5 of the best cat-related jokes from April Fool's Day! Did you get pranked? What happened? Tell me in the comments or on my Facebook/Twitter page!

Monday, 30 March 2015

The Preston and Blackpool Cat Club Show, 28th March 2015.


On Saturday we went to the Preston and Blackpool Cat Club show in Preston. It was Monty and Deeks' second show and they were really well behaved and slept most of the day or just sat very chilled out watching the people go past.


We met some new people and saw some people we had met at the last show, its a nice little group of people we are getting to know. The kittens were both entered in 6 classes all together and here's how they did:

Monty:
Kitten Breed Class - 1st and Best of Breed (BOB).
Misc: 1st, 1st, 3rd.


Deeks:
Kitten Breed Class - 3rd
Misc: 2nd, 2nd, 3rd.


It seems at the moment, Monty is our little champ, but different judges mean different results so I'm sure Deeks will sneak up on him soon enough. Im so proud of my babies, they are 4 and a half months old now and growing so much, they are almost the same size as Phoebe cat now!

We were meant to have a break now until June as there are no shows close by, but today we entered the Cambridge / Bedford cat show which is on 25th April! I really enjoy the shows, and Im sure the boys do too. Here's to getting more rosettes for our display!




Friday, 27 March 2015

MCTP Photo Challenge April 2015

The first MCTP photo challenge is starting on the 1st April. Photo challenges are all the rage these days, mainly on Instagram but also Facebook and Twitter. The basics of it are, you take a photo of something, usually in a theme, using the prompt for that day and post it on social media using specific hashtags. They are just for fun, and using a hashtag means everyone doing that specific challenge can find each other and share their photos along the way.

The More Cats Than People photo challenge is all about cats, obviously! I have made the following graphic showing all the prompts for the month of April. I would love it if you would share this on Instagram or other social media and then on Wednesday when April arrives, share your photos and use the hashtag #mctpphotochallenge.


I hope you will join in with this challenge and use the hashtag so I can share some of my favourite photos over the course of the month! Do you think you'll be joining in? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Cat Breeds I would Love To Own

I was reading the schedule for an upcoming cat show and discovered a cat breed I had not heard of before. The class was "A.C. Norwegian, Siberian or Nebelung Kitten". I had to google the Nebelung cat and they are beautiful! I have definately added this cat to the cat breeds I would love to own list.

There has been a 'nominate' thing going round facebook, probably just around the 'cat people' of facebook, which is. 'List 5 cat breeds you'd like to own and havent' and then nominate however many people to do the same. I actually havent done it yet, but I have been thinking about it and now I have this new breed to add! So... my top 5 breeds I'd love to own....

1. Maine Coon
They are very similar to my beloved NFC's, they get a bit bigger than NFC's and they havent slight differences in their face profile and head shape. I love big cats, so these have to be first on my list! Image from wamiz.com

2. Nebelung
Here's the Nebelung that I mentioned, I have to research more about them, they don't get very big, but they are bigger than a standard cat. They have green or yellow eyes and have long fur, long legs and a long body.
Image from boredbug.com

3. Bengal
This is one of the first breeds I fell in love with. What's not to love? They have such beautiful markings and huge personality. 
Image from playconquest.com

4. Siberian
This is another fluffy large cat, more rounded than a NFC or MC. They originated from Russia and have loving, active personalities.

5. Ragdoll
Yes, another big fluffy cat, I just love them! Ragdoll's are known for going 'floppy' like a doll when held. They have big heads and are solid but have a gentle nature.
Image from bib.ge

I know they are all very similar cats, apart from the Bengal, but I would love one day to own one of each, I can dream! My true love though is Norwegian Forest Cats, and I can see me owning more of those too in the future.

What are your dream cat breeds that you'd love to own? Let me know in the comments or on the facebook page.




Monday, 23 March 2015

Easter Gifts for Cats and their Owners

Easter is on its way, and for many people who only love it for selfish chocolate related reasons, there is now another reason, and that is cat related easter cards, prints, gift and much more. I've been on Etsy and found my favourite Easter gifts for cats and people who love/own them.


The above cat bag, for carrying your Easter eggs, cat food and other things too. 

An easter egg fascinator for your cat. Yes- it's glittery Easter eggs for your cat to wear, on its head. I think probably brave owners or patient kitties for this one!

This cat with Easter egg print is painted by AmyLyn Bihrle. Visit her website or buy this print from her Etsy shop.

If you are an avid knitter, or even a beginner then try this egg warmer knitting pattern.


Which cat wouldnt want to eat a catnip carrot on Easter Sunday?

Or wear an Easter tie or Easter bowtie to look the part?

And finally, no home would be complete without these vintage-style Easter cat decorations.

I'd love any of these in my home this Easter, which one would you buy? Or is there something else, let me know in the comments!



Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Lancashire Cat Club Show, 14th March 2015.

I was meant to get this post done for Sunday but its been my birthday so I have had a busy few days, but finally here it is!

Saturday was Monty and Deeks' first ever cat show. We attended the Lancashire Cat club Show in Wigan which we entered in February with the help of the kittens breeder Linda Grant of Noynarock.
We got things ready to go the night before and set the alarm for 5am! I kept waking up all night every 2 hours or so because I was worried I would sleep through the alarm! We got up, put the kittens into their carrier and put them in the back seat of the car. Deeks was meowing his head off for the first 10 minutes but then settled down and they both curled up and went to sleep. It's an hour from our house to Wigan  so we set off at 6.30 and arrived at 7.30.

There was already a few other people and cats at the venue when we arrived so we got the cats out of the car and went to queue up for vetting in. The vet we saw was lovely and gave both kittens a kiss and cuddle after she had checked them. They have to be checked for any signs of illness, ear mites or fleas or anything that could be passed to other cats at the show. Once we had the vets 'ok' to enter the show we went to our pens, numbers 99 and 100. Got the kitties all settled in their pens, gave them breakfast and went for a coffee. We met some other people with Noynarock kittens and adult cats, there are quite a few Norwegian forest Cats from the Noynarock breeding.  We went back to the kittens, took out their food and toys and left them for the judging to take place. You can't be in the hall for the judging of the breed classes so it is closed to 'exhibitors' from 10-12.



We went for an early lunch and returned at 12 to see the kittens and check the result:
Monty: Breed Class 1st place!
Deeks: Breed Class 2nd place!

 


The other classes are called 'miscellaneous' classes and the judging for those takes place after 12 when the hall is open to exhibitors and visitors, so the results for the other classes trickle in over the afternoon. The kittens were both so happy sat in their pens and Deeks especially loved the attention from the visitors, he was definately the 'people's choice' as they walked past him and coo-ed and aww-ed at him. Monty was just taking it all in and had a snooze for most of the afternoon. The results for the other classes were:

A.V.  S. L. H. Non Breeders Kitten - Deeks 4th.
A.V.  S. L. H. Debutante Kitten - Deeks 2nd.
A.V.  S. L. H. Novice Kitten - Monty 2nd.
A.V.  S. L. H. Maiden Kitten - Deeks 3rd
A.C. Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest Kitten - Monty 3rd.
A.V.  S. L. H. Kitten (Club Class) - Monty 3rd,



So all in all, it was a very amazing and proud first show for both me and the kittens. The show closed at 5pm and we were all very tired and couldnt wait to get our feet up. When the kittens were home and had their tea then they were so giddy and running around like a pair of wildebeasts! Being cooped up all day meant they had alot of extra energy, whereas I fell asleep really early whilst watching TV!


Thursday, 12 March 2015

What makes a Norwegian Forest Cat different?

If you've read any more of my blog posts you will know that our two newest recruits are Norwegian Forest Cat kittens. They are 16 weeks old now and are getting the trademark ruff and fluffy tail that Norwegians are famous for. So what else sets them apart from other cats? Here is Grand Premier Noynarock Milliemop (aka Millie) showing off some of her features. You can find out more about her on her facebook page. Thanks to her Mum (Charlotte) for taking the photo and letting me use it!


They are really beautiful cats, and their temperament makes them even more appealing. Our boys love nothing more than curling up on your knee, or chest, and going to sleep. They will purr away for half an hour after you have stopped stroking them, they really are lovers of people.

Thanks for reading, please share this post if you can to spread the word on how amazing these beautiful cats are!

Monday, 9 March 2015

How To Prepare For a Cat Show.


It is not long till Monty and Deeks go to their first ever cat show! We will be attending the 'Lancashire Cat Club Show' which is in Wigan on 14th March, this coming Saturday. I decided I would do a post sharing what I have learnt so far about the process of cat showing, starting with preparing your cat for the show.

If your cat has never been to a show before, you will need to make sure they are comfortable with strangers picking them up and handling them for a period of time. This is probably the most important thing to think about, you may have the most stunning cat, but if they cant be picked up without a fuss they wont be able to be judged. Try and get different people you know to come and pet your cat, pick them up and cuddle them. If your cat is lead trained, you can take them to places like 'Pets at Home' and they will meet other people there who will no doubt want to make a fuss of them.

You will need to prepare the cat for the vetting in process, which takes place before you get into the show hall. The vets will be checking the cat for things like clean ears, healthy coats without any fleas and making sure they are in good health. If your cat has fleas/mites or anything like that, you will not be able to take part in the show. Your cat must also be in good health, not too thin, and no signs of illness.

To prepare your cats, make sure you give their ears a good clean, I just use a baby wipe, these are fine to use on cats ears and to get the 'sleep' out of the corner of their eyes. The next step is to clip their claws. Just use human nail clippers and snip off the very end, this is just to make sure the judges dont get scratched by accident. Check your cats paws and give them a wipe with a baby wipe if they look a bit grubby, if necessary you can use warm water to clean them but don't use any soap as they will lick it off and might become ill.

More Cats The People | How to Prepare for a Cat Show
Clipping claws
Next, make an effort to give your cat a brush/comb. I use a moulting comb, it has metal teeth of 2 different lengths. If your cat is long or semi-long haired, you should really comb or brush them weekly anyway, and this is what I do with Monty and Deeks. For the day before the show I will give them a more thorough brushing, and make sure their mane/knickerbockers and tail are extra poofy!

More Cats The People | How to Prepare for a Cat Show
Monty investigating the cat comb
For the actual show day, you will need 'show whites' which are a white litter tray, white food and water bowl, and white blanket. You can use any colour litter you like in the litter tray but everything else should be white. You can put a favourite toy in with them too if you want to. You can feed them when you arrive, but the food has to be taken out of the pen prior to judging.

More Cats The People | How to Prepare for a Cat Show
Show whites
When your cat has been vetted in and you get your pen number, go to your pen with the cat and use antibacterial wipes to give it a wipe round before you put your cats in the pen with their show whites. Then you can give them a final brush and let them be calm before you have to leave them for judging.

I hope you found this useful and I will do more about showing cats in later posts on my blog, so please come back to find out more.

Have you ever shown your cat? Leave me a comment about how it went!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Shiny New Layout and another kitten update...


Ive finally found a blog layout that I'm enjoying looking at and working on, its based on a layout from bloggercandy.com so thanks so much! I especially love the little kitten Ive made for my header on here. Not sure about the yellow but hopefully I will get used to that. I really like my font I found on 'dafont', its called 'Always in My Heart' which is quite apt for me at the moment.

In kitten news, they are growing so fast! It wont be long till Monty is bigger than Phoebe, and she knows it, so she is hissing and growling at them whenever she gets the chance. Victor is slowly getting more used to sharing me and the home with the two babies, he has taken a swing at Deeks a couple of times, but I know he is calming down and maybe even starting to -like... no- cope with them being around.

I couldnt sleep last night and ended up lying down on the sofa, well, the kittens loved that and were purring away, cuddling into me and being so loving. These kittens are definately going to grow to be gentle giants, they are so sweet and they really love to cuddle. Monty especially loves to cuddle into your face and love you. Deeks gets hot quite quickly so he prefers to give you a quick lick and then settle down and lie down next to you and curl up into your leg.

Thanks for reading this little update, its only a quick one as its teatime here. Thanks for following me on instagram (morecatsthanpeople) and liking the facebook page (facebook.com/morecatsthanpeople).




Sunday, 1 March 2015

10 Places Cats Love to Nap!


Cats love to nap, they spend alot of time doing it hense the term 'cat-nap'. Heres a list of 10 places you might find your cuddly feline taking a nap...

1. Radiator


2. Cat Tree


3. Human's Lap/Chest/Head/Arm etc etc!


4. Human's Bed


5. Cardboard Box


6. Washing - clean!


7. In the dryer


8. Laptop/ Computer


9. Windowsill


10. Sofa including the arms and back.


Really anywhere they want to nap is fine by them!


 
Images by Freepik