I distinctly remember the stories of our Mother, Gracie, who was calling from a young age of 6months old. She was a winter baby and as soon as spring hit, she was off in her monotone one voice. Unfortunately, it made her very poorly indeed and Momma was advised by the vet to mate her at 10months old. There was, of course, a big hoohaa in the cat fancy, but thankfully her breeder stood up for Momma and look what we have today, Flaire and me. I am, of course, neutered after my ordeal with Delvolostron and all my breathing issues. I was never going to have another litter after all my breathing difficulties last time. All the Drugs just finished me off!
So, here we are again, not five years on and my daughter's daughter is doing the exact same thing! Yelling for a king of her own and Ikon is willing to oblige, well, he would if he could but his urge has gone, rendering him a baby brain again on his Neuter-UM chip. So he scruffs and bites them which is enough to keep the girls quiet. Then there is SaBreena, well, you read her story last week and know the pains of calling too early can lead to potential infections in the lady bits. And since all her bloods came back negative with a slight raise on her C-reactive protein (CRP) levels to denote inflammation of some sort, not in her heart though Vet Ellie said.
Where do we go from here? Momma spoke in depth with Vet Ellie who had looked into injecting a Neuter-UM chip, or to try Delvolostron again. Momma had asked about the old cat pill Ovarid and Melotonin implants that can be purchased from the USA. or even tablet containing Melotonin. All these things most EU catteries manage with all over the world, except most are not licenced and there is a lot of humming and arrhhing going on at the clinic as to their use. There is a big jump Vet Ellie says from studies on sheep to cats.
Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the sleep–wake cycle. It is primarily released by the pineal gland. As a dietary supplement an hour before sunset it is used as a sleep enhancer and in cats it confuses the body into thinking it is still winter and reduces the calling rate of queens. It is especially used in northern Scandinavian countries and sub tropical south for this very reason as they have much more daylight than us here in the UK. Momma has a pot of 1mg tablet from awhile ago she never used. So she tried it on Tyga and it reduced her call to 4 days. Apparently you are to feed it every day for the length of time you require no calls. Not sure yet about this. We shall trial it on the babies next so stop them calling all together. The reports in the cat community is they go on to produce babies with no problems. Being natural, it might just save the day!
Momma gave Pearl and Flaire a smidgen of the ovarid that was left over and just hope that they don't have the dreaded Pyometra. They certainly can not have babies just yet, they only just had some! It is forever a balancing act and one that is easily solved by mating the catwomen earlier in the end. We prefer them to have a good distance between litters, but at what cost?
This is the new normal, trialing different things to suit our Maystar Pride and chatting to other breeders who seemingly 'get away' with administering these bigger drugs. The ones we have had issues with here, we are never sure why the issues occurred and what the solution is? Melotonin may well be the way to go and for the time being it will be tablets instead of the chips as Momma would be 'on her own' to put those under the skin. Yikes. She doesn't fancy that just yet, maybe after the microchipping course? That could be easier? Tablets will have to do, hidden in tasty miamor for some and poked down the gullet for others!
To that end, I shall sing you out with a lullaby of the green wriggly worm. I shall carry him aloft in my mouth, mewling softly between green fuzz to bring you a rendition of 'Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, guess I'll go and eat worms'.
Much love everyone, from my heart to your heart.
Queen Vee =^..^=