Devon Rex Care
What do we feed the Maystar Pride?
Firstly and foremost, any animal requires the very best food you can afford. We free feed using microchip feeders because of the many diets for each cat. The main diet of biscuit complete meal comes from Purina One ProPlan Sensitive Turkey, Taste of the Wild Canyon River and Feringa Duck & Potato. All these products are devoid of chicken and provide a really good quality kibble base for our Pride.
We offer wet food to the entire girls. Two products that we use often are MAC's Turkey and Carrot, Turkey & Veal or Feringa tins. There is no filler in either food and they are made from 97% pure meat.
When they are heavily pregnant or have given birth we use PURRFORM raw diet, Rabbit & Ox Heart. All kittens are weaned onto raw meat until they are 10wks, then they try kibble.
What is the health routine?
Even though all our Pride are indoor cats they still have injections for Flu, Enteritis & Leukemia. All the cats are PKD (Kidneys), CMS (Spacticity) genetically tested and wormed with Panacur, Milbremax or herbal wormers depending on the cat..
We have selected lines without the genetic Malassezia Dermatitis, which is an over growth of yeast in the ears, paws and tummy and makes life a misery for cats and owners. Each cat has it's ears cleaned once a week, eyes wiped daily, claws trimmed as and when. I try to keep them in show condition daily and it is a good time to get hands on each kitty and give them a good checking over for lumps and bumps.. It's just a routine and everyone is happy to oblige even if they would rather be doing something else!
It is really important to have a good rapport with your Vet and ours is really great, we use Broad Lane Vets, Coventry for everything. We trust the vets and find them very helpful, even just for questions or queries, they are always happy to advise.
How the Pride are kept?
Our home is a modest three bed house which the cats have access to every room (except during kittening) even the bathrooms and the kitchen. They have 7 litter trays between 10 cats, we really like the the lift up lids on the Nestor litter trays from Crystal Clear.
It is important that these are kept very clean and we use Golden Grey Master litter or Greenwoods Clay which have crystals added to keep the house smelling fresh and each tray is disinfected each week. We don't use any deoderizers in the form of sprays or plug-ins.
When kittens are born we use Breeders Celect and Greenwoods natural fiber for them and they use this going to their new homes. Wood Chip is used in the House of Fun and Al-CAT-traz because it sweeps up easily.
We use Safe 4 DEFRA Approved Cleaner in all cleaning duties and spray the cat enclosure inside and especially outside each week with Zoflora, letting it dry thoroughl, as well as the front door for spraying tomcats. Their bowls which are ceramic and stainless steel are dishwashed each day and they have fresh water from both water fountains and bowls in the kitchen and bathrooms. This ensures that the water gets changed twice daily as they are all near taps! All the cats have access to an outside area that is 12ft x 12ft and is fully enclosed with steel mesh panels to the outer sections. There is a Skybridge that takes them over to the House of Fun, where there is a cat wheel made by The Cats' Claws and viewing stations to watch the birds and squirrels. Only the neuters may visit now as Ikon & Magnus Rex live there.
The outside roof is specially designed blue fiberglass which stops the majority of UV rays and the same fiberglass as a 3ft sneeze barrier to the outside world. It is really another room for us and the cats but they do have platforms to watch the birds on their feeders inches away as well as 12 hour access through the cat flap. They just love it!
Inside they have 3 very large floor to ceiling cat posts, a special handcrafted driftwood one by Crraoliso Cats in the lounge and a couple from ZooPlus range of solid wood scratchers. Kitten scratchers I make myself.. This gives them exercise as well as vantage points to look outside and get away from each other. We give them an hour a night of full on playtime with 'Cat Frenzy' toys or some cat nip to make them feel frisky. They have a long radiator bed made into four compartments for them to keep toasty in winter. All the beds are thick pads either made here at Maystar or from TiggaTowers. We also have a number of Igloo Zipper Beds from Canadian.