August 15, 2011                                                                           Volume 2011, No. 8

Ocicats International is a CFA affiliated breed club dedicated to the Ocicat breed. We strive to increase public awareness of the Ocicat breed and promote the responsible ownership, breeding, registration and exhibition of the Ocicat

In This Issue:
1. Ocicat International – Maine Street Cat Club are putting on a show!
2. Back to Back Best in Show!
3. Ocicats International launches a new web page.
4. Ocicat Breed Booth on Display
5. Ocicat Rescue
6. Feline Health Corner – House Soiling
7. Follow us on Facebook
8. Membership Application



























































Ocicat International – Maine Street Cat Club
planning a "Beary Good” Show

Don’t miss our annual cat show in Simpsonville SC on September 3 and 4 this year.

Ocicats and Maine Coons aren't the only breeds you'll find in Simpsonville on this fur-and-fun-filled weekend!
Many of CFA's most popular breeds will be found. Over 200 beautiful cats all under one roof, each being handled 5 times a day in the various rings where you can listen to the judges talk about the breeds and watch them strut their stuff.
We'll have CFA Ambassador Cats that our visitors can pet and chat with, including one of the newest and most rare breeds to be found in the US, the Chinese Li Hua (pictured right)

There will be vendors with lots of cool cat toys and various cat-oriented items that you will never find in a store.
It's the place to be if you just love cats!

Garden State Best in Show Ocicat Repeats performance earning
Best in Show title at Sanguine Silver Society

August 7th, 2011 was definitely a “Spot Light Day” for Wildtracks Bootlegger, a chocolate spotted ocicat grand champion.

 Congratulations to Boot legger on his repeat performance as Best in Show!!! Bootlegger was bred by Sue Riley and Mark Henrichs of Wildtracks Ocicats and is owned and loved by Sue Riley, Karen Hess and Russ Haller.
Way to Go Bootlegger!!!!

Ocicats International launches a New Web Site
Visit Ocicats International’s New Website at:
Designed to provide the history and achievements of our wonderful breed, this site is for the casual ocicat fan as well as the dedicated breeder.
Ocicats International is pleased to partner with Susan Blevins of Designs by SKB to develop and maintain our website.

Ocicat Breed Booth will be on display at the upcoming CFA Sanctioned Shows

The Ocicat Breed Council will proudly display our breed booth sponsored in part by Dr Elsey’s at the following shows


Ocicats International and Maine Street Cat Club in Simpsonville SC September 3 and 4 2011


National Capitol All Breed Show in Chantilly VA September 10 and 11 2011


CFA National Show in Indianapolis IN. November 19 and 20 2011

Ocicat Rescue
Part of Ocicats International’s mission includes the active participation and support of ocicat rescue throughout the world. Members of Ocicat international have the following ocicats in fosterage at this time.

These 2 girls are currently in fosterage
in Georgia.

They are approximately 4 years old, spayed, in good health and ready to warm someone’s heart as their forever kitties.

Please contact lcocicats@lcocicats.com
for more information.

Feline Health Corner – Why is my cat not using her box?
Reprinted with Permission

House soiling is the most common behavior problem reported by cat owners. It includes urination and/or defecation outside the litter box, as well as urine spraying.

Why do cats eliminate outside of the litter box?

One common misconception is that cats soil in inappropriate places for revenge. It is tempting to conclude, "He defecated on the living room carpet to punish me for leaving him for the weekend." But this kind of calculation requires sophisticated cognitive abilities that cats aren't believed to possess. Furthermore, this conclusion assumes that cats view their urine and feces as distasteful, when in fact they do not. It is only we humans who view it that way. Medical Problems

So why do cats urinate or defecate on your bed or carpet?

Medical problems are one possibility. Inflammation of the urinary tract may cause painful or frequent urination, inability to urinate, bloody urine, and crying during urination. An affected cat is likely to eliminate outside the litter box if he comes to associate the box with painful urination, or if he has an increased urgency to urinate. In addition, kidney, liver, and thyroid diseases often lead to increased drinking and urination. Inflammation of the colon or rectum, intestinal tract tumors, intestinal parasites, and other gastrointestinal conditions may cause painful defecation, increased frequency or urgency to defecate, and decreased control of defecation. Age-related diseases that interfere with a cat's mobility (for example, arthritis, nervous system disorders, or muscular diseases), or with his cognitive functions can also influence his ability to get to the litter box in time. In short, any medical condition that interferes with a cat's normal elimination behavior can lead to house soiling.
Litter Box Aversions

Behavioral problems, such as litter box aversions, inappropriate site preferences, or urine spraying can also lead to house soiling. An aversion implies that there is something about the litter box that your cat finds unsavory. It could be the box, the litter, the location of the box, or all three.

Cats with aversions usually eliminate on varying surfaces. You may find puddles of urine and/or feces on either soft surfaces like carpets, beds, or clothing, or on hard, shiny surfaces like tile floors or bathtubs. Depending on the severity of your cat's aversion, he may continue to use the litter box, but only inconsistently.
Alternatively, your cat may develop a preference for eliminating in a spot other than the box. Preferences can be categorized as follows:

· Another surface is more desirable for elimination. Cats that prefer certain surfaces usually stick with that choice. For example, a cat that finds it more pleasing to eliminate on soft surfaces like clothing or carpets would be unlikely to use tile floors.

· Another location is more desirable for elimination. This usually results from an aversion to the current box location.

As with aversions, cats with preferences for certain surfaces or locations may continue to use the litter box inconsistently. One cause for house soiling may lead to another. For example, a cat with a urinary tract disorder that can't make it to the litter box in time will urinate wherever she is. She may then develop a preference for the new site and continue to eliminate there.

Ocicats International is now on Facebook!!!
Did you know you could follow Ocicats International on Facebook?

Do you know someone who might enjoy joining our club?
Use this link to fill out a membership application!

Ocicats International is a CFA affiliated breed club dedicated to the Ocicat breed. We strive to increase public awareness of our breed and promote the responsible ownership, breeding, registration and exhibition of the Ocicat


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