Newbies & Newcomers
Articles every newcomer to the cat fancy should read before buying their first cat
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- Advice To A Newbie
Deciding to become part of the cat fancy can be an exciting and wonderful time. It can also be confusing and disappointing. Learn some of the best tips for making your journey as a new cat breeder as smooth as possible....
- Bear`s First Rosettes
Jodell and Bear attend their final show of his kitten career...
- Breeding Plan
The smart breeder has a PLAN...
- * Buyer Beware
Learn how to be a smart shopper when looking for a new kitten...
- * Calculating Grand Points in CFA
Learn how to calculate the grand points your cat earns at a show in CFA.
- Choosing a Cattery Name
Choosing the perfect cattery name is part of the fun and excitement of taking your first steps along the road to being a breeder.
- * Choosing A Cattery To Buy From
You have decided you want to buy a special show kitten. Which cattery should you be purchasing from?
- Fancy Meeting You Here
A new breeder shares how she came to enter the cat fancy...
- Filling Out a CFA Entry Form for a Cat Show
Are you planning on entering your first cat show? Or maybe you are mentoring a newbie with their first show baby. Here`s the information you need to fill out an entry form correctly.
- * Finding Your First Show Cat
When getting started in the cat fancy, the first steps will involve purchasing foundation stock for one`s breeding and showing program. This is the best advice a newcomer to the cat fancy will ever receive concerning how to buy a first show cat!
- First Bath
Every new cat owner has to face that dreaded first bath of their new feline.
- First Cat, Second Cat
One of the first challenges for newbies entering the cat fancy is finding their first cat. Share one breeder`s positive experience about how she found her first show baby... and her second... and...
- First Goodbye
Adia bids goodbye to the first kitten from her first litter...
- First Show
Jodell (the newbie) and her cat, Bear, go to their first show...
- My First Siamese Grand
An exhibitor shares her experience granding her first cat, and how much the support and encouragement of others means to a `newbie`.
- Grace`s Litter
A breeder shares the experience of her first litter...
- Grace`s Litter Takes Their First Steps
Adia Kilpatrick shares the progress of herkittens from her first litter.
- Helpful Hints For Newbies
Experienced breeders share tips to help a person avoid some common pitfalls that face the newcomer to the cat fancy
- How To Read A Pedigree
There is a knack to reading and evaluating a pedigree. Lean what to look for.
- * How To Write A Kitten Inquiry Email
Learn how can you write a better inquiry letter and improve your odds of getting a reply when looking for that special kitten!
- Jodell, Ed and Bear`s Excellent Adventure
Jodell and Bear head out for their first `away` cat show with hubby, Ed, along for the trip.
- * Making Cat Show Cage Curtains
Basic Instructions on how to sew (or glue!) your own unique set of cat show cage curtains.
- * Marking Your Catalogue at the Cat Show
There really is NO right or wrong way to mark your show catalogue... but learn how the ring clerk does it.
- The Meaning of the Ribbons at the Cat Show
What each ribbon is for and how your cat earns them.
- * Mentorship: A Double-Edge Sword
There are many positives and a few negatives inherent in any mentorship situation. Whether you are the Mentor or the Protege, learn how to avoid the common pitfalls of mentoring...
- My First Cat Show
Mollie shares her experience as a first-time cat exhibitor as she takes her beautiful dilute calico British Shorthair, Angelina, to a CFA show in Utah. . .
- My First Show
Adia remembers her first cat show...
- Newbie 101: Research
The second article in our series for Newbies... Tips for where a novice can begin to learn more about their breed, showing, breeding, grooming and the cat fancy.
- Newbie Lessons Learned
Jodell shares the wisdom she has gained while showing her first kitten.
- Newbiedom News
A newbie shares her thoughts on the CFA mentoring program.
The story of cat who started it all for a British breeder.
Adia Kilpatrick continues the story of her first litter of kittens.
- Road To Grand
Jodell grands her first cat!
- Setting Up Cage Curtains
Pamela Martin of CastlePaws Designs answers the question, `How do I set up my new show cage curtains?`?
- * Setting Up Your Cage at the Cat Show
Basic Instructions on how to wrestle your curtains onto the cat show cage.
- * Show? Breeder? Pet?
Have you ever wondered exactly what `show quality` means? What`s the difference between a `show` kitten and a `top show` kitten? How is a show kitten different from a breeder/show kitten?
- Showing A Household Pet
Learn about showing a household pet!
- Special One
Adia says goodbye to her last kitten - the special one...
- Teri's Legacy
Tashia Lyons of Luvely Persians shares the story of how she was introduced to the cat fancy as a teenager thanks to the generosity and mentoring by a special lady.
A newbie reflects on feeling welcome at the cat show...
- What Color Is Your Cat?
This article by TICA judge, Beth Hicks is a photographic essay showing the different colors of cats from tabbies and torbies to pointed and `with white` in all the shades and patterns.
- What is a Newbie?
This is the first in a new series for Newbies... and about Newbies - Whether you are a Newbie or an `Oldie` you will want to be sure to check out this series and its many tips for learning and advancing in the cat fancy.
- What is a Responsible Breeder?
Is it not having too many cats? Or is it something else?