We take a unique natural approach to sanitation, ensuring that our cats are never in contact with harmful chemicals. Several common household cleaners and disinfectants are poisonous for cats, so we use only natural and safe cleaners in our cattery. We are earth-friendly and recycle or compost as much as possible. Our major appliances are all energy star certified, and our home is extremely efficient.
We maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. Shoes are removed upon entering, hands are washed and sanitized before handling kittens and in between litters, clothing and bedding are washed on sanitary high temp cycle, and surfaces are disinfected regularly with non-toxic natural methods. This all helps keep diseases, fungi, or bacteria out of our home cattery.
Inbreeding is the mating of related cats. Because of the dangers inbreeding places on a cats health, Blue Eyes Cattery strongly opposes any form of inbreeding, including line breeding! We never mate cats that are related. Inbreeding can cause a variety of physical defects and health problems, including genetic diseases, immune system dysfunction, congenital defects, heart malformation, cleft palate, cryptorchidism, fluctuating asymmetry, low birth weight, neonatal mortality, lower growth rate, and reduced fertility.
Our cats and kittens are strictly indoor-only pets. If allowed to freely roam the outdoors, cats have an increased risk of injury and disease. Indoor-only cats live longer and happier lives. We provide climbing condos, multiple scratching surfaces, and window perches to give the cats natural stimulation and exercise without the dangers of the outdoors. Our cats are spoiled and live with us as part of our family.
Most commercial cat litter is is loaded with chemicals that can cause serious health problems including asthma, bronchitis, intestinal blockage, respiratory illness, and lung cancer. Cats breathe in the harmful dust when they dig in the litterbox, and they ingest the harmful chemicals when they lick themselves clean. To prevent these problems, we use only natural, biodegradable, clay-free litter. My favorite brands are "Simply Pine" and "Feline Pine Pelleted", which are made from 100% natural pine. I've also toilet trained several of our siamese (they use the human toilet and don't need a litterbox at all). For more details click on "kitten care" in the menu.
Blue Eyes Cattery will never declaw any of our cats or kittens. Declawing is serious surgery- an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period (cats can't use wheelchairs). Our kittens are trained from an early age to use scratching posts, so they do not claw furniture. There are also alternatives to declawing available, such as "soft paws" adhesive claw covers.