RagaMuffin Kitten Blog
iCandy RagaMuffin Parasite Control
The first of the month is a big day here at iCandy. Every month for years. It’s the day I treat all animals to prevent parasites. The dog gets her heartworm pill along with her flea and tick medicine. The cats are on a program to meet their needs. The RagaMuffin males and neutered pets
Letting Giblet Go
Giblet was sixteen years and four months old when I said goodbye to him today. I was up during the night with him with an apparent cardiac episode. I loaded him up on pain medicine because I wasn’t ready, even though in my heart, I knew he was. It was hard. Really, really hard.
Is My Cat a RagaMuffin?
One of the most common comments I see on Facebook is a cat owner posting a picture of their beloved kitty and asking if it is a RagaMuffin. The answer is virtually always going to be no. Same with other breeds like Maine Coons. Unless you go to a breeder for a pedigreed cat,
Raisinette’s Last Kitten Show
In the cat show world kitties can be shown in kitten class from the day they turn 4 months old through the day before they turn 8 months old. Since Raisinette was born on 5/17, it means that she will age out of kitten class today! The top 25 kittens in each region at
Final For Raisinette
It was the typical cat show in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. A venue full of cat lovers vying for judges’ points for their beloved kitties. I brought three RagaMuffins with me to show. iCandy Jolly Rancher was in championship class; iCandy Raisinette and iCandy Toffee Crunch were in kitten class. Raisinette was my big hope for the
But My Cat Won’t Eat That!
Why are cats so picky? Well, one reason is that cats develop taste preferences very early in life. If a kitten is not exposed to beef, for example, prior to five or six months of age it doesn’t really recognize beef as a food item later. It is not just food flavors or ingredients
Heart Disease in Cats
I recently had an inquiry from someone interested in acquiring a RagaMuffin kitten from me. Pretty typical email. When I responded with general information that I always respond with including waitlist information, price, testing including echocardiograms on the parents, and other details, I got a surprising response. It appears the inquirer got the impression
The Amazing Raisinette
Last weekend I took a trip to Atlanta for the Cotton States cat show. I’ve always heard what a great show it is, but have never made it there. I decided this was the year to go. A cat show friend (and fellow veterinarian) was going as well. We made plans to meet at the
Senior Cat Dental Woes
My RagaMuffin Nougat is ten years old now. He has always been happy and healthy. Long retired from the show ring, he is not retired from the couch or the cat yard. Like all my cats, he gets regular grooming including nail clips and comb outs. Once a year, they each get a formal
Learning is Forever
Now that I have sold my veterinary practice, I want to maintain my license so I can help out another veterinarian if the need arises and do the routine care of my own animals. To keep my license, I need to continue taking approved continuing education. It has never been an issue for me
So Ya Wanna Be a RagaMuffin Breeder?
A number of years back, I was emailed a handout to help explain to people about the challenges involved with breeding RagaMuffins or any other cats. This was meant to eliminate surprises new breeders may encounter. The goal is to help one decide whether or not breeding is an adventure to pursue. I have
Windsor Brave and Loving
Author- Catherine Foldesi RagaMuffin lover We have only had Windsor (iCandy RagaMuffin’s Solo and Kahlua) for less than three weeks but in this short time he has captured our hearts more and more each day, and seems to have a power over all of
CFA Cattery of Excellence
I was recently scanning a RagaMuffin cat page on Facebook. A poster posed a question concerning how to evaluate a breeder. I think that is a valid question. After all, so much is done on line these days. RagaMuffin kittens may be placed on the other side of the country or even on another
Adding a New Kitten to the Family
It’s an exciting time when a new RagaMuffin kitten joins the household. A bit of planning will help things go smoothly and reduce the stress for the new kitten as well as any existing pets. The first thing to consider is a place where the new kitten will go for a couple of weeks
Not All Goes As Expected
RagaMuffin Brulee was due to have her kittens on Monday. This was her third litter. The last litter produced six kittens with no issues. She went through the day hanging out around me. A couple of times she climbed into a birthing box on her own. Around 7 pm she had her first kitten and