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Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease. The parasite infects most warm blooded animals, even people, but it’s primary host is the family Cat. Animals are infected by eating infected meat, by eating the feces of an infected cats, or passed on by a mother cat to her fetus. Catsthrough contamination of hands,and contact with raw meat, especially pork are the main source of infection to people.

The infection usually  causes mild flu-like symptoms, but healthy adults genrlly do not show any symptoms. However people with a weakened immune system, such as AIDS patients or pregnant women, may become seriously ill, and it can occasionally be fatal. The parasite can cause encephalitis an inflammation of the brain and neurologic diseases, and can also affect the heart, liver, inner ear and eyes.

The most common way for a cat to become infected with toxoplasmosis is by eating  infected prey such as rodents & birds, it is also possible for a cat to become infected by eating raw meat.

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A statistical analysis, conducted by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council shows as Kiwis love our pets. (companion animal – CA) (New Zealand – NZ)

  • with approximately 5 million companion animals in New Zealand.
  • 68% of households own  a CA.
  • New Zealanders are the worlds greatest cat owners – total feline population around 1.419 million.
  • 48% of households own 1 or more cats.
  • NZ  total canine population – 700,000.
  • 29% of households own a dog.
  • 10% of NZ households own fish 1.678 that’s an avg of 9 per household.
  • 6% of NZ households around 5 birds each.
  • The majority of CA are found in urban areas.
  • New Zealanders spend around $1583.8 million a year on where CA’s
  • $766 million is spent on food, that’s almost 50%
  • we spend $358 million a year on Veterinary services
  • $166 million on healthcare products.
  • Dogs – The avg household would spend $1571 per year caring for their dogs.
  • Cats – The avg household would spend $838 per year caring for their cats.

Don’t forget, your pets need to be de-sexed and microchipped

For more fascinating facts pick up a copy of the Welfare Pulse

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Whangarei's Best Cat Boarding @ Deloraine Holiday Retreat for Cats

Whangarei's Best Cat Boarding @ Deloraine Holiday Retreat for Cats

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Animal lovers can show their support later this month at a fun Pet Expo being held at the Deloraine Cattery – and meet Pascal West (Siobhan Marshall) from the cult TV show Outrageous Fortune.

She is throwing her support behind the event on November 26 and anyone who wants to dine with her that night at Spilt Bar & Restaurant can bid for the honour at a charity auction.

Organiser Rachael Seymour says she decided to host the event to highlight animal cruelty and give the Whangarei SPCA a pat on the back for the amazing job they do.

Entry is by gold coin donation with proceeds going directly to the local SPCA, which relies heavily on public donations.

Rachael says she has been overwhelmed with the response from businesses with many donating numerous services including major sponsors More FM.

An array of activities have been planned including bouncy castles, face painting and a vege pet competition for the kids – with the winner taking home a digital camera from 100% Barrell’s.

There is also live musical entertainment, raffles, charity auctions and numerous stalls.

No Pet Expo can be complete without some furry friends and you won’t be disappointed with bunny rabbits, guinea pigs, ponies and turtles to name a few.

Rocky Bay Alpacas owner Kathy Bloom is taking a few of these amazing creatures as well for people to admire.

Date: November 26. Time: 10am – 4pm. Location: Deloraine Cattery 50 Konini Street, Whangarei.

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Cattery Whangarei

They say it’s bad luck when a black cat crosses your path, So is it good luck if a white cat crosses it ?

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Rachael & Mr B at Whangarei Cattery The Deloraine
Rachael a true care-giver

People often ask me, “what did you do before you came to the Cattery Rachael”? 

I grew up on the Family farm in the Waikato, when my family moved North I started working at the  Bendon factory in Kamo. It was a job and I was only young. I met a lot of new friends working  there over the years, got my first car stolen from in the car park while I was at work, brought my first house, life was good. I left there to have my first Child and the Bendon factory closed not long after that.  I’ve had another Child since, studied a little and had a few part-time jobs, merchandising, Bar work,  just a couple of hour here and there, to earn a bit more money.

When my youngest daughter went off to school I decided it was time to get a job, I needed something 9-3 so I could still be there for my girls. My Mum who is a Care giver for Home Support North said I should try there, so I did.  For four and a half years I worked with the elderly. The pay was sad, but this was one of the most rewarding  things I have ever done, and I met some of the most wonderful people. I wasn’t just the cleaner and care giver, I was a friend, someone to talk to, in some cases I was the only person they saw all week. I’d clean up the house, make the bed, and cook meals, some even needed help with showering.  I miss that life sometimes and the people… they are gone now, but I am happy to have been part of their lives even if it was only for a short time.

So now I’m here at what I believe is, Whangarei’s Best Cattery, The Deloraine….. Wow…. I sometimes need to pinch myself, from care-giver to Business women, but we all know at the end of the day I will always be a care-giver, only difference is I now look after Cats and I Love it. I’m not an academic, as you tell by my Blog posts, nor do I need money to be truely happy, although it keeps the bank manager off my back. I love my Family and friends, It makes me feel good knowing I’ve done the best I can, and to help make someone elses life better for it.

Rachael Seymour

“Whangarei Cattery”

Don’t forget theres only 1 place your cats should stay while you’re away The Whangarei Cattery 

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The Tapeworm is an intestinal parasite; that needs two hosts, an intermediate host for example fleas, mice or other wild animals, and a final host being your cat, here inside your cat it develops into an adult tapeworm and lays its eggs. Tapeworms have both ovaries and testes so are capable of reproducing on their own; they have a head, neck and a segmented body white or cream in colour, and are ribbon like in appearance. An adult tapeworm can grow up to 15 -60 cms in length.

Tapeworm eggs are passed in the faeces and eaten by flea larvae the eggs then hatch inside the flea larvae and become tapeworm. The flea larvae then develops into an adult flea witch goes on to infest your cat and suck its blood, your cat then ingests the flea while grooming, then once inside the cats stomach the flea is broken down and the tapeworm released. It hooks itself onto the wall of the small intestine and from here develops into the adult tapeworm. It takes around 2-3 weeks to reach maturity, and at this stage small egg filled segments break off and leave the cats body with the faeces.

Signs of tapeworm in your cat, your cat will have small rice like segments around its anus and in its faeces, as tapeworm take nutrients from your cat they may also cause the cat to lose weight and their fur to have a rough appearance.

So how do you get rid of tapeworm in your cat? There are a number of very affective products on the market. The most commonly prescribed is Drontal by Bayer, but please always ask your vet what they would recommend.

Can you catch tapeworms from your cat? No, you can not get tapeworms from your cat, how ever if you happened to swallow an infected flea it may be possible to get tapeworms. Eating fleas is not recommended, and a regular defleaing treatment of pets is.

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