Articles focusing on the issues of breeding and raising pedigreed cats
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- AOV - Any Other Variety
AOV, or Any Other Variety, refers to a cat that is a breed or color or has a characteristic that makes it unacceptable for show competition, while it is allowable for registration and breeding purposes.
- * Are All Problems Inherited?
Knowing which faults in your kittens may be genetic, and which may be due to other factors is essential to evaluating which cats to include or remove from a well thought-out breeding program.
- * Breeder Quality Cat
If you are considering buying a breeder quality cat, it is important to understand what breeder quality means, and how a breeder quality cat can contribute to your breeding program if chosen wisely . . .
- * Breeding A Cat With A Genetic Fault
Should you use a cat with a genetic fault in your breeding program? While the answer may not a simple yes or no, here are things to consider that may help you make an informed decision...
- * Breeding Myths
Learn the what and why about the most commonly held myths and misconceptions about genetics and breeding...
- Breeding Plan
The smart breeder has a PLAN...
- * Breeding Techniques
Inbreeding, Line Breeding and Outcrossing... do you understand what each is and more importantly which breeding technique you should be using?
- * Cutting The Umbilical Cord
Cutting the cord of a newborn is the most common `surgery` the cat breeder is called upon to perform. Enjoy a step-by-step description of the process, complete with photographs.
- Early Retirement (For Your Breeding Cat)
Early retirement is something most of us dream about . . . but what about the cats in your breeding program? Don't they deserve an early retirement too?
- Eye Color In Pointed Cats
Understand why the eye color of pointed cats can vary from pale blue to deepest navy.
- * How Long Should A Cat`s Breeding Career Be?
At what age should a cat be retired from your breeding program?
- * Hybrid Vigor
Whether breeding carnations, cattle or cats, every breeder should understand the meaning and implication of hybrid vigor in their breeding program.
- In Praise of Breeder Quality Cats
While we all strive for show quality cats, the humble breeder quality cat can also be a valuable part of your program.
- * Keeping A Fresh Eye
A longtime breeder shares his thoughts on re-assessing his breeding program
- * Never Double Up On Faults
While cat breeding is part art and part science, a basic principal that smart breeders following in mating cats is to never to breed individuals together that share a common fault . . .
A dog breeder shares her observation of the code of silence in the fancy regarding undesirable genes in bloodlines
- One Litter - Two Breeds
In CFA, when can one litter have kittens registered as two different breeds?
- * One Litter, Two Sires
Have you ever wondered if it was possible for one litter of kittens to be sired by two different cats? Learn the answer ...
- * Process Cat
Sometimes when you cannot find the `perfect` cat for you breeding program, you decide to accept a cat who has one trait you want even though it doesn`t meet all your needs. This is a process cat.
- * Remaining Small
How many cats is enough for a viable breeding progam? How many cats are too many?
- * Three Strikes Rule
Every cat breeder constantly needs to make decisions about their breeding program. One of the most worrisome challenges is deciding how long to keep working with a kitty when things go wrong. To help you decide, you may want to consider using the "Three Strikes Rule".
- * Tongue Tipping
It can be most frustrating to have your beautiful show kitten begin to tip its tongue...
- * Your 2 Cents
See the results of a breeder poll asking such questions as, `At what age do you usually know your kitten has show potential?`