No comparable study has been conducted on cats, however. A colleague of mine, Duncan Irschick, who is a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and I decided to remedy this situation. Specifically, our plan was to precisely determine the variability in cat heads to compare to the variation seen among dog breeds and wild species of felines like lions, tigers, and ocelots.
The research is not just about bragging rights. Now that the housecat genome has been sequenced, it will soon be possible to discover the genes responsible for differences among breeds. But to do such studies, exact measurements of anatomy are required. Qualitative terms like “wedge” and “egg-shaped” are fine for breed standards, but more precision is needed to detect the relationships between genes and anatomical variation. In turn, quantifying the discovery of such genetic associations will also benefit the detection and treatment of feline medical problems.
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Up Close And Purr-sonal
While cat people can seem to be just about the cats, they’re almost always about other things, too. In the case of Sibyl Zaden, that’s actually a LOT of other things: the arts, politics, academia, marathons, triathlons, and more.
Help! My Cat Is Stuck In A Tree!
It happens in an instant. Your door is open a split second too long, and your indoor-only cat is outside and up a tree—way up a tree, beyond reach of most ladders. You hear the piteous cries from above. Now what?
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Most of us send our kittens off to their new homes accompanied by a packet of information: food samples, toys, vet records and lots more essentials and goodies. We want our kittens to get off on the right foot! Unfortunately, with the rapidly increasing cost of vet care, there are sure to be unforeseen expenses as the kitten matures, and very few of us educate new owners on how to manage the risk of major vet bills down the road.
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Names. Oh, what an important choice in the life of cat! It is how a cat will be known in the show rings and in daily life. A name can alternate between words of delight or new forms of cursing. Each name tells a story and this is the story of GC RW Starbourne Three Ring Circus, aka Ellie
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A new breed book, The Siberian Cat, written by long-term CFA breeder Alice Wright, was released via Amazon, in paperback and Kindle formats on May 26, 2021. The book is a comprehensive history of the breed, providing extensive details of how the Siberian cat has traveled and expanded its conquest into hearts and families all over the world.
A Short Tale From a Short Season
Most of us have had that special cat—a heart cat with whom we had a deep connection. It may have been one we had as a child, or one that saw us through a troubled time, or one with whom we bonded as we exhibited at cat shows. Whether the cat found us or we sought it out, the connections cannot be denied. These are the stories of some of those special cats and what they meant to us.
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