Blog post by Shamintha Kumar, ‘Bruce Finds A Home’ Digital Content Coordinator
Bruce the Cat followers are fascinated by the kitten which changed colour from grey to black within a few months.
Fever Coat is a condition that occurs when a pregnant cat falls sick due to an infection, or if the cat is stressed during pregnancy. It can also occur when cats are put on medication by their owners without knowing that their pets are pregnant.
Fever Coat appears in kittens because the pigments have not been properly deposited in the fur. This causes parts of the fur to appear silver-grey, cream or reddish as a result.
Fever coat remains present for up to 6-8months in newborn kittens but eventually fades away. (Bruce’s coat was completely black by the time he was about four months old.)
You can see Bruce's transformation in the video below.
Want to see other kittens with fever coat?
Black Persian kitten with fever coat
Litter of kittens with fever coat
Ghost stripes on kitten
When I was a tiny kitten George Takei beamed me up by featuring my story on his Facebook page. I've gone on to become a huge George fan, and today I'm boldly going where no cat has gone before... revealing the top five similarities between George Takei and me, Bruce the Cat.
1. Let's start with the most obvious one. We're both incredibly handsome.
2. We both look great in costume. (The trouble with Tiddles is that I don't really enjoy wearing my one.)
3. We're known for our expressive paws.
4. We're both pleasing in plaid. (Resistance is futile!)
5. And most importantly of all, we both stick up for what we believe in. (One of us is slightly more focused on human rights and the other one is slightly more focused on cat rights. I'll let you try to figure out who is who.)
Another similarity between us is that we've both written books! You can find out more about George's books here, and more about my book here and below.
I loved the story about me and my book in the Otago Daily Times the other day, and I've been featured on Dunedin's Channel 39 too! If you haven't visited my Kickstarter page yet, you can check it out here.
If you would like to spread the word about my book you can print off the poster or some flyers and post them at your school, in your office... or just keep them for yourself.
You are invited to enter the Bruce the Cat colouring competition! There are two categories and the winner of each will win great prizes.
Download the colouring in page here:
Colouring in page - PDF
Colouring in page - jpeg
How to enter
To enter, simply download the PDF or jpeg of the colouring in page (above). You can either colour it in by hand or use your computer. Once you're done, scan or photograph your handiwork and share it on my Facebook page Facebook.com/Brucethekitten and use the hashtag #Brucethecatbook. (If you're not sure how to do that, you can email your finished copy to me.)
There are two age categories:
(A) 0 - 11 years old
(B) 12 - 112 years old
Make sure you specify which category you are in when you enter.
This competition is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, and you can enter as many times as you like.
The competition closes at midnight on Monday 19 June.
The winner of each category will be able to choose the item of their choice from my shop (see examples below).
Three great reasons to get your next pet from a shelter
Blog post by Shamintha Kumar, ‘Bruce Finds A Home’ Digital Content Coordinator.
Thankfully, not every pet is found lying on a footpath like Bruce was. If you’re thinking about getting a new pet, here are three reasons to consider adopting an animal from your local shelter:
And if you do happen to find a pet (it happens - both Bruce and his "big sister" Jager were found), remember to get them neutered. That way you can help break the cycle of stray and homeless animals.
Here's a little trailer for my Kickstarter campaign. My upcoming book 'Bruce Finds a Home' is proudly supported by Otago Polytechnic, Pet Doors R Us, Quick Brown Fox, Humanimals Vet Clinic, Black Cat Interiors, Blackcat Education, Royal Canin and Black Cat Candles. The Kickstarter launch is supported by Invercargill Brewery's Pitch Black beer. Thank you so much everyone!
Hello, my name's Bruce. Mum found me when I was just one day old. She and my dad are keeping me warm and fed with help from my other new human friends.