While there are a wealth of scholarly studies regarding what DNA sequences line up with what disease mutations or the complexities of phenotypic traits such as tabby (agouti) patterns, there is little information or advice on what to do with this information once a breeder acquires it. You might say, “What do you mean, do with it? If your cat screens positive for a defect, that cat should not be used in a breeding program. If you don’t want any color point kittens popping out of two tabby parents, make sure you don’t put two color point carriers together. Why would there need to be a study? Isn’t that obvious?”
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“Take Two Kittens and Call Me In the Morning”
Can Cats Help Humans Be Healthier?
What You Don't Know About Somalis
Ablaze with color, aglow with love!
Using Advanced Technologies: Within a Breeding Program
Most dedicated animal breeders have more than a passing knowledge of basic genetics and will carefully screen their breeding stock for genetic defects and phenotypic traits.
Up Close and Purr-sonal
Welcome to the new Cat Talk series "Up Close and Purr-sonal." While we might know what someone breeds and shows, we often have no idea about what their life and interests are outside of the show hall. And we are surprised at what we are learning about them as well! Do you have a recommendation for someone to interview? Let us know! Email Teresa Keiger at email@example.com.
The Way We Were–2020
I thought that with the mandatory slowing-down-of-life, stay-home-time, my cats would be and stay perfectly groomed.
State Breeder Laws Every Resident Fancier Should Know!
CFA State Breeder Law Series, Part 5 – U.S. States of Region 6: Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
My Special Cat
Most of us have had that special cat—a heart cat with whom we had a deep connection. It may have been the cat we had as a child, or the 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, those connections cannot be denied. These are the stories of some of those special cats and what they mean or meant to us.
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 (especially in this case!). Each name tells a story and this is the story of Toxicate Holy $#&@*
Notes for new breeders
Experienced breeders will tell you that there are a number of things they wish someone had told them before they had their first litter. This article will share a few of those items with you in the hope that it will encourage you to read more and ask more questions.
NO cone No shame just use your noodle
Here is a tip that could save you the “cone-charge” from your vet bill. These cones were obviously designed for long-nosed dogs!