Friday, July 27, 2018

National Creme Brulee Day

Creme Brulee... Just what is this interesting sounding name? Creme Brulee is a mouth-watering creamy dessert. Creme brulee is also known as burnt cream, crema Catalana, and Trinity creme.  It is a dessert that consists of a rich custard base that is topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel and served at room temperature. National Creme Brulee Day is observed annually on July 27th!  Our own little Crystalpurrs Creme Brulee believes this day is set aside for her.


Head Shot of Brulee
Brulee - July 2018





We thought we'd have a little fun today and celebrate our quirky little beautiful Silver Shaded Persian, Brulee.


Brulee's Birth

Brulee's birthday is coming up next month and it's hard to believe she will be 7 years old. Brulee was a blessing to our family because she was born just four days after we lost Beignet (Truffle's little brother) to cancer.

Brulee - 5 days old
Brulee at 5 days old sleeping next to her mom and littermates
Photo courtesy Terri Rogers

Brulee was born on August 27, 2011 to a beautiful Golden Shaded Persian, Mikayla. Mikayla had four beautiful Silver Shaded Persian kittens that day and Mom Paula had the difficult and challenging choice of letting another kitten choose her. 

Silver Shaded Persians are born dark and almost look like grey tabby kittens. I remember Terri telling me not to be surprised when I saw the first photos of the girls as kittens because they would be dark. As this special breed matures, their base coat is white with tips of black which gives them the "silver" look. There is usually a mantle of black on the back and shaded evenly on the sides. The Silvers have green or blue-green eyes rimmed with black, black paw pads, and brick red or rose nose leather. By the time I had my first visit to let one of the kittens choose me, a lot of the black had already moved to the tips of the fur. Their eyes don't fully develop into a beautiful green color until they are about two years old. According to the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), Silvers should have "enough black tipping to give them that shimmering, silver look - vibrant green or blue-green eye color, and eyes outlines with black as if made up with mascara and with nose margin and lip liner to match" (www.cfa.org). Neither Brulee nor Truffle fully meet the CFA standard for "show" cats, but Brulee is the closest to meeting this standard.

The Choice

Brulee at 6 weeks old
Photo courtesy Terri Rogers

I was still quite upset about losing Praline to cancer in April 2011 and then Beignet in August 2011 to cancer when Brulee was born. Truffle was still scheduled to come live with me the first week of September, but I wouldn't have her brother, Beignet coming with her. When Mikayla had her litter of kittens, I was offered the choice of another kitten. I remember telling Terri that I wanted a second kitten, but needed a few weeks to adjust to losing Beignet and settling in with Truffle before making a decision. I waited until after Truffle had lived with me a few weeks before telling Terri that I still wanted a second kitten. She allowed me to come visit the kittens when they were 6 weeks old. I remember feeling very honored because this would be the first time the kittens were out in the larger room and I was to be the first person outside the family and vet to see them.

Terri and I shared tears over losing Beignet (not only was Terri the breeder, she was the vet tech doing the anesthesia when Beignet died on the operating table removing the cancer). Then we focused on these adorable little kittens. I love kittens at this age!!! There was one kitten who was very similar in looks and personality to Truffle and she showed me a lot of attention. I wasn't sure if I should bring another female home with the same personality traits as Truffle. There was one little male kitten, but I just couldn't select another little boy after losing Beignet. Maybe I was wrong, but I felt I wasn't meant to have a little male since we lost Beignet at such a young age. I'd been there for about 3 hours playing with the kittens. There was one kitten who slept off to the side during most of the visit. As I was getting ready to leave, this kitten woke up and walked over to Terri and rolled over for a belly rub. I said, "so, you decided to join us." The next thing I knew, she reached her little paw over and touched my arm as if to say, "don't forget about me." I told Terri as I was leaving that I had no idea which kitten I would choose, but I would give her a decision within 48 hours because there were other potential adopters who needed to select a kitten. I should have known that I wasn't choosing the kitten; the kitten was choosing me and I couldn't get that last little kitten out of my mind during the 2-hour drive home. I kept looking at the photos of all of the kittens and I kept coming back to kitten #2. I called Terri two days later and told her I'd selected #2 because I believe she'd chosen me. Kitten #2 became Crystalpurrs Creme Brulee. Since Terri live less than 2 hours from me and my job had me traveling in the area during the summer and fall, I was able to visit Brulee a couple of times before bringing her home. On my last visit, I took a blanket with Truffle's smells on it for Brulee to become familiar with her future sister and Terri provided a blanket with Brulee's smells on it to let Truffle become accustomed to her future little sister.

One more thing, Truffle and Brulee are half sisters. They have the same daddy cat, but different mommy cats.

First Day Home

First Family Photo of Brulee, Mom Paula, and Truffle
Brulee with Truffle and Mom Paula on November 4, 2011

A reputable breeder will not allow Persian kittens to leave their home until they are about 12 weeks of age. This gives the kittens time to be healthy, well-socialized, and properly developed because they've spent extra time with their mother and littermates. Maris Munkevics (cat behaviorist) and Signe Munkevica (veterinarian and groomer) (www.pet-happy.com) identify three key cornerstones for knowing when a kitten can leave its mother and littermates.
  1. End of nursing between 8 - 10 weeks
  2. Socialization period between 2 - 8 weeks
  3.  Active play with littermates until 12 - 14 weeks. 
Terri chose to bring Brulee to me a little earlier because we were noticing the strong bond Truffle had developed with me. We thought if we waited much longer to bring Brulee home that the adjustment period may be more difficult. Brulee came to live with me at 10 weeks of age. I remember when Terri walked in the door with Brulee, Truffle immediately hissed (Truffle was only 5 months old). When Brulee was placed on the floor, she immediately began playing with Truffle. It didn't take too long for the two of them to begin wrestling on the floor. Brulee loved playing with Truffle. I didn't keep them separated those first few days, which is usually recommended. I took time off of work those first few days and watched them like a hawk. When I thought Truffle was playing a little rough, I'd pull her away, but Brulee would hop right back up and play again. Truffle only hurt her one time those first couple of weeks and it was a scratch that healed quickly.


Personality

Brulee on guest bed with stuffed cats
Brulee among the stuffed kitties

The Silver Shaded Persians have a different personality from Persian Cats of other colors (CFA) in that they are far more active. They are outgoing cats with unique personalities and are intelligent, affectionate, and people-oriented. The Silvers tend to not be "couch potatoes" which is the reputation of Persian Cats. This unique Persian is sensitive and doesn't do well in isolation and confinement.

I remember being quite surprised with Truffle and Brulee, especially Brulee. My previous Persian Cat, Praline, was the stereotypical Persian in that she was a couch potato who loved to sit and be adored. Praline didn't play much once she became an adult. This wasn't the case with Brulee. Brulee loves to jump and twist when playing with a feather on a wand. She will race to the top of the cat tree as if she were still a kitten. She will take off running throughout the house with her long and luxurious fur flowing. Brulee has that "Persian scowl" but don't be fooled that she is an angry cat. Brulee has a quirky little personality, but she knows what she wants and she lets me know it. She isn't a lap cat, but she loves to be near me all the time. Brulee is usually the one who wants to be in the center of all the action (after a short adjustment period) when people come to visit. She's been known to sit and watch a repairman working, but a safe distance away. One should feel honored when Brulee chooses to let them pet her. However, she can usually be won over with treats. Brulee doesn't like to be isolated or left alone and was very clingy with me when she came home from her recent stay at the emergency veterinary hospital.

Health and Daily Care

Brulee eating Wellness® Core
Brulee eating her Wellness® Core Hearty Cuts cat food

Fur and Grooming

Brulee has the "cotton candy" coat which is difficult to groom. Her fur is a fine texture that can break easily and she has very sensitive skin. She needs to be groomed on a daily basis to keep her long and flowing coat looking its best. This is easier said than done! Brulee has been a wiggle worm from the beginning and it takes a lot of patience and determination to groom her. I need to use different grooming tools on her fur than I do with Truffle. I've found a small slicker brush designed for kittens that works on her chest and belly. I use a greyhound comb for her back and sides. I use a soft brush for her tail. I've found some small blunt-nosed grooming scissors to help remove mats (you must be very careful when cutting out mats) because she mats so easily. I tend to use my fingernails to work underneath the mat and form a small hole with my nails where I can use the blunt-nose scissors to cut upwards and separate the mat. I must work in small increments of time because she gets stressed so easily. I'm thankful she has a flat little face because she's been known to quickly turn and try to bite me when I've found a tender mat. I usually end up with a bruise instead of a bite.

Eye Care

I've already written a detailed post about her eye care. Brulee has a flatter face that qualifies as a Brachycephalic, which means the shape of her skull is shorter than typical for cats. Brachycephalics can experience breathing problems and shorter or closed tear ducts. Instead of tears being funneled into the tear ducts, they spill out onto their face causing excessive tear production. Excessive tear production can cause tear staining, which is the reddish brown streaks that can appear under the cat's eyes (this is also possible with certain dog breeds) and it's really noticeable on cats with light fur. 

Health

Brulee is basically a healthy Persian Cat. However, she tends to get Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs). The vets believe she may have some allergies or gets the herpes virus. Unfortunately, when these URIs attack Brulee, she gets really sick very quickly and is usually rushed to the emergency animal hospital where she's received fluids, antibiotics, and been placed in oxygen cages. I try to be very vigilant and watch for any changes in her personality or activity levels and take her to the vet when I notice changes. There are other diseases known to Persian Cats that I'll discuss in later posts.

Nutrition

Cats are known to be picky eaters, but Persian Cats may have the reputation for being the pickiest. Brulee has the flatter face, which makes eating difficult at times. Rather than biting into her food, she picks up her food with the underside of her tongue. Brulee prefers kibble, but small pieces are difficult for her to get into her mouth and chew. When she's given wet food (I'm trying to transition her to it), she licks it up, so she needs food with gravy and small bits or shreds. I'm beginning to add some water to some of her food that doesn't have gravy to make it a little easier for her to eat the wet food. I've rotated protein, texture, and brands of wet food with Brulee. She will usually lick the gravy a few times (maybe bite a few pieces) and then walk away. The one wet food I've found she tends to enjoy and eat more of is Wellness®. Wellness has a variety of textures and flavors of cat food to allow for the numerous preferences of cats. When Wellness changed their formulas last year to exclude carrageenan, I was thrilled. Turns out, Brulee loved the change in the food because it's the one brand she always tends to eat. She prefers the Complete Health™ Gravies, the CORE® Signature Selects®, and the CORE® Divine Duos™. We've reviewed these different recipes several times in the past. There are other wet recipes available from Wellness and I encourage you to try this food for your feline. I'm confident that Brulee will eat wet cat food when I serve one of these recipes. I still alternate brands, textures, and recipes to keep her interested in the food. The last thing I want to do is allow her to get bored with the same food every day. I wish I could get her off the kibble...

Crystalpurrs Creme Brulee - 2018

In case you are wondering about the name above, Crystalpurrs Creme Brulee is Brulee's registered name with the CFA. Crystalpurrs was the name of the cattery and is usually used with all registrations with CFA. We hope you've enjoyed celebrating Brulee today. There is so much more we could tell you about our beautiful and quirky little girl, but we'll save those tales for the future.

Giveaway

We're excited to announce that Wellness® Pet Food has agreed to let us host a giveaway in honor of National Creme Brulee Day.  One of our readers will have the opportunity to win $100 of Wellness products of her choice (This food can be for cats or dogs).   No purchase necessary. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States 18+ years, except where prohibited by law. The giveaway will run from July 27 - August 3, ending at 11:59pm ET. One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be randomly chosen. To qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left on our blog post.  Other entry options are available after a comment is left.  Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book! Good luck!

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51 comments:

  1. Happy Creme Brulee Day!

    We didn't know silver-shaded Persians were more active - that's interesting! We think Angelique has some Persian in her - she has that Persian-texture to her coat and her face is a little flatter than our other kitty's has been. She's also a petite girl.

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  2. I loved learning more about Brulee, and about silver shaded Persians too! How cool that they are more active than the usual Persian kitties.

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  3. How fabulous Brulee has a whole day in her honour! I love kittens, they're so incredibly adorable I can't resist them, but she was an exceptionally adorable one. I love the new focus of your website, or at least a greater focus on Persian cats. I don't know anything about that breed so I'm finding it really interesting learning.

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    1. Thank you! This was part of my rebranding this summer. There are not a lot of cat bloggers who blog about Persians and I wanted that to be the focus of the blog, but I still wanted to talk about all cats.

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  4. Creme brulee is my all-time FAV desert and of COURSE the day is in honor of your stunning, special Creme Brulee kitty. Love this gotcha-day story. And THANK YOU for emphasizing the 12-week-old adoption age. Bravo! I'm so glad you have a responsible breeder in your corner with your girls.

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  5. Happy National Creme Brulee Day, Brulee!! I loved reading the story of your homecoming, what a little sweetie you were. I didn't know Persians like you started off looking like little tabbys.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  6. How well we remember when you two came to live with Mom Paula. And we know all too well the upkeep for maintaining persians as Angel Cerise was a Himalayan.

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  7. Happy Creme Brulee Day ! We enjoyed reading the whole story of Brulee. Claire had Persian cats years ago (Angel Hercule and Angel Isis), and she didn't know that Silver Shaded Persian cats were more active than other Persian kitties. Purrs

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  8. I learned that Persian cats are the pickiest eaters. She sure is a beauty!

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  9. Wow when I had a Persian in Israel and she was a picky eater I never knew it was their trait, now I do and feel less bad as I used to battle to get her to eat. You have beautiful cats and Persians are my favorites in so many ways and they are lucky to have a Mom like you. As for the Creme Brulee Day - hmm yummm

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    1. Thank you. Even though Persians are high maintenance, they have my heart. I love the breed.

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  10. I love your Brulee especially her little furry horns😋 She makes me fall in love with Persians😍

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  11. I was under the impression that Persians were all the "sit around and adore me" kitties so it was interesting to learn that the silvers are more playful and active😘

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  12. I didn't realize Brulee had chosen you, that is so sweet. XO

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    1. Both Brulee and Truffle had their unique way of choosing me. When I went for that first visit, Brulee wasn't one of the kittens I was interested in. She had other ideas.

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  13. Brulee ... we love seeing you through the years. Happy Creme Brulee Day! We love you.

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  14. Brulee, you chose wisely sweetie! That was fascinating information, most of which we did not know.

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  15. Oh my goodness, Brulee was such an adorable kitten! Heart melting! Happy Creme Brulee Day sweetheart!

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  16. How cool it sis Brulee's day! She deserves to have her own day because she is adorable. And the giveaway for free food is appreciated =)

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  17. How cool to have a day to celebrate your name! We love Wellness food, and will be entering. You were such a cute little baby!

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  18. I used to share my home with a chocolate brown with white socks, nose and bib. He was adorable, but I was terribly allergic to him, I adored him. He was very active, an outdoors cat and would often bring us 'presents' through the cat flap. Brulee is adorable and how cute that she has day all to herself!

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  19. Aw, so sweet! I learned she was the CUTEST kitten ever!

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  20. It was very interesting to learn so much about Persians. I remember so well when she arrived and didn't realise it was approaching 7 years ago. Creme Brulee is my favourite dessert and I had it most nights on the cruise we have just come back from.

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  21. This is interesting- I meet a lot of cats at the animal shelter, but rarely any besides domestic short hairs of every variety. She's lovely and so exotic. How funny that they start out as gray tabbies.
    Happy Creme Brulee Day!

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  22. Well of course this is your day sweetie (we won’t tell her about the dessert right?). I love the story of how she chose you. When it’s meant to be it will be. I entered the giveaway. I can’t feed it to Plush but I’ve got three tiny critters about to start eating solids.

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  23. I didn’t know Persian cats had a hard time eating because of their cute flat faces.

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  24. I learned that Persian cats may have the reputation for being the pickiest eaters

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  25. I learned that shaded silver persians are not couch potatoes and are more active than persians of other colors....probably the most recent demonstration of this is Mythicbells Persians Nova and Nanook, lol.
    I also learned that Catalina and Trinity Creme are other names for creme brulee, which I much appreciate because it is my favorite dessert.
    I also am thrilled wellness is giving away such a nice prize. As it happens, their Chicken pate is one of two canned cat foods Luna will eat...I know, I know, she's supposed to eat only bladder urinary formulas, (she will eat the kibble) but because she's anorexic, her vet says try anything but keep her away from fish and seafood.

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    1. I'm still mixing some other food with the prescription foods for Truffle because I don't want her to get bored and become finicky.

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  26. i did not know there were different types of persian cats. i dont know much about cats anyway. i knew about the registration because i have show dogs and show horses. i did not know that the different color such as the shaded silver persians were more active and is more attached and not as independent as other cats. i am familiar with the flat faced pets because many breeds of dogs have the same thing, with breathing problems, etc. i did not know the persian cats were pickier eaters than other cats. i like the wellness brands, i use their organic brand for my dogs, if you sign up for their, wellness emails, they send you coupons every month. i think they also have a breeders program, i know they have one for dogs.

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  27. i learned that persians are one of the pickiest eaters!

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  28. I'm pretty sure that she's right in thinking Creme Brulee day is to celebrate her! She sure is a beauty!

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  29. I learned they are outgoing and not couch potatoes.

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  30. I can honestly say I have yet to try a creme brulee but I've always wanted to! I've always loved Persians but have yet to own one. I am not at all surprised they are known to be picky eaters, my aunt had a Persian who had to be hand fed wet food and it had to be certain flavors or texture or she wouldn't touch it.

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  31. I love Creme Brûlée Day it has allowed me to learn a lot of new stuff! Your Persians are so beautiful.

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  32. Time goes by too fast. Just the other day Cookie got to visit some of our neighbors and the people visiting there asked about her age. Hubby told them she was 5.5 and they were amazed that she looks so much younger. In fact, hubby was wrong, she's 6.5

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  33. I learned that Brulee and Truffle are half sisters. How cool!

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  34. Happy National Creme Brulee Day! Brulee is adorable! Mr. N has the same kind of fur. Lovely to pet but so prone to matting.

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  35. National Creme Brulee Day is definitely worth celebrating! Own it, Crème Brulee MOL. That reminds me, I recently saw a recipe for vegan crème Brulee - I must give it a try and see if it turns out similar to the real thing. Nothing is as sweet as your Crème Brulee, of course!

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  36. I had not heard of "cotton candy" coats before

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  37. Miss having cats. I use to have a pigmy Persian named Nefertiti. Loved her SO much. Sadly now I have severe allergies. Ugh.

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  38. I had never thought about cats having "brachy" breeds, but that does make sense with the flat faces.

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  39. I actually USE Wellness for my cats!!! But I'd love to win and do a half cat and half dog. I'm adopting very very soon!!!

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  40. With your name, your making me hungry!!! You are gorgeous. Love the persians!! My friend has a shaded silver one named Zeus!

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  41. Paula, this clearlyis not where I sign up for the contest, but I'm having trouble finding what you described.i think my head must be stuck in the sand! Lol

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  42. What a great tale and not a tall one. Brulee chose you and the rest is history. How fortunate they got along so well almost from the beginning.

    Jean

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  43. I didn't realize that Truffle and Brulee are half sisters. That's pretty cool!

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  44. i learned Persian Cats may have the reputation for being the pickiest eaters.

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  45. I learned that Persian Cats may have the reputation for being the pickiest eater.

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  46. I celebrate all holidays relating to Peaches so it is only right you should shine on your Brûlée Day! Unfortunately my sisfur Paprika cannot find a holiday with paprika in it... -- Peaches the cat

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