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  • *Baby Food `Medicine`
    As Mary Poppins would say, `A spoonful of sugar... ah... chicken... helps the medicine go down!` If a cat is very resistant to taking its medicine, sometimes it is easier to simply camouflage a pill, making it seem like a treat . . .
    September 2016

  • *Baby Shampoo For Your Cat
    While baby shampoo is marketed as a gentle product for human newborns, it can also be useful as part of your cat's grooming routine. 
    June 2016

  • *Backed In To A Corner
    If you have ever felt that you had to breed a queen in heat to a near relative because you had no more suitable stud available, perhaps you are "backed into a corner". Learn how to avoid this common problem.
    February 2015

  • *Backgrounds For Photos
    Wondering what color background against which to have your cat photographed? Here are some useful tips on how to pick the perfect color.
    March 2008

  • *Bad Breath In Cats
    Bad breath is often more than just a simple nuisance. If your cat's breath smells abnormally strong or changes for the worse, it may spell the beginnings of a more serious health issue.
    May 2011

  • *Balance
    The dictionary defines balance as an harmonious arrangement of all the parts of the whole. In the cat world, balance is the proportions of the parts of the feline that define the total ideal look of any breed.
    February 2011

  • Balinese Breed Winners In CFA
    Here is a list of the top Balinese for each year in CFA....
    May 2009

  • Balinese DMs
    Balinese who have earned the breeding title of Distinguished Merit
    March 2006

  • Balinese National Winners
    The winningest Balinese in CFA History
    January 2005

  • Barb Brush, Per-lore
    The Persian breed has lost a grand lady whose passion and dedication to the art of "line-chasing" resulted in the creation of the largest online, free access cat pedigree database in the world. This is her story . . .
    January 2016

  • Barbara St. Georges
    CFA has lost long-time judge and Manx breeder, Barbara St. Georges...
    April 2009

  • Basic Color Genetics, Part 1
    Many breeders struuggle to understand the theory behind color inheritance in cats. This is Part One of a two-part article explaining the basics of simple color genetics, using Persians to demonstrate.
    September 2007

  • Basic Color Genetics, Part 2
    This is the second part of an article discussing simple color genetics in cats, using Persians to demonstrate constructing and deconstructing various coat colors.
    October 2007

  • Basic Tabby Pattern Genetics
    Classic? Mackerel? What is dominant? What is recessive?
    October 2002

  • *Basic H2
    Shaklee's Basic H2 is an environmentally friendly organic cleaner with a wide variety of uses. It can even be used to improve your show cat's grooming routine...
    November 2008

  • *Bathing Your Cat in the Show Hotel
    The best-groomed Persians have often just been bathed and blown dry the morning of the show - even if the exhibitor is staying in a hotel. Have you every wondered how people bath their kitties when they are away from home? Wonder no longer! In this articl
    February 2001

  • *Bay Rum For Grooming Your Cat
    Bay Rum is an old-fashioned barber shop tonic that can be used to add shine and volume to your cat's show coat. 
    January 2017

  • *Baycox
    Baycox is the best drug to fight coccidiosis in a cattery situation. Included in this article are details of the latest dosing protocol and a list of Baycox suppliers.
    December 2014

  • *Baycox Dosing Chart
    A review of the use of Baycox in the treatment of Coccidiosis including a chart to aid with determining the correct dosages to give.
    December 2014

  • *Baytril
    Baytril is a `big-gun` antibiotic especially useful in the treatment of difficult respiratory infections and chronic urinary infections in the cat.
    November 2004

  • Baytril Warning
    High dosages of Baytril can cause eyesight problems in your cat.
    January 2003

  • Be Prepared!
    A cat breeder`s of experience with a burst water line in her home is a not-so-gentle reminder of what can go wrong.
    July 2004

  • *Bedding For Birthing Boxes
    Choose the perfect bedding for your cat`s birthing box.
    September 2004

  • *Bee & Wasp Stings
    In warm weather, the possibility that your cat may be stung by a bee or wasp increases — and it can be a life-threatening event if your cat is allergic to the insect's venom. Learn how to protect your cat and treat it if stung . . .
    August 2016

  • *Beer For Body
    Shampooing or rinsing your cat in beer can add volume, texture and shine to your cat`s coat!
    September 2004

  • *Before Surgery
    A pre-anesthetic physical exam is the first step before any surgical procedure should be performed.
    September 2005

  • *Being A Student Of Your Breed
    Do you consider yourself a student of your breed? What should you know about your breed? Why is it important to know more about your cat breed?
    September 2008

  • GP, RW Bejeweled Sterling Silver
    This is the story of two remarkable females—one human and one feline. Pauline Ryan had been breeding and showing cats under the Bejeweled cattery name for almost nine years, but it always seemed like bad luck prevented her from ever granding a cat. Then, in 2013, a lynxpoint Exotic kitten was born in her cattery with a recurring health problem—a prolapsing rectum. Almost everyone told Pauline to put the kitten down—that more surgery would be a waste of money. But Pauline didn't listen to that advice . . .
    September 2015

  • GC, BW, NW Belamy's Desiderata of Cinema
    CFA Cat of the Year 2013-2014 is a stunning calico Persian, GC, BW, NW Belamy's Desiderata of Cinema, bred by Monika Vowe-Lamys, and co-owned and co-shown by Blake Mayes, Dennis Adler and Connie Stewart. This is their story . . .
    May 2014

  • *Benching Area - Tidy or Chaotic?
    Your benching area at the cat show should be clean and reasonably tidy and organized at all times.
    September 2004

  • *Bene-Bac
    Bene-Bac is a useful product for aiding digestion, especially in nursing kittens.
    January 2015

  • Bengals Take Their First Step In CFA
    Beginning May 1st, 2016, Bengals will be allowed to be exhibited in the Miscellaneous class in CFA. This is the first step towards the Bengal achieving full Championship status in the world's largest cat registering organization.
    February 2016

  • *Best Furniture Fabrics For Cat Households
    You need to buy a new sofa and this time you are determined to choose a furniture fabric that will hold up to the demands of both your human and feline families. This article will teach you what to look for when choosing your next couch . . .
    March 2015

  • *Better Sperm From Your Stud Cat
    Vitamin E & Brewers Yeast may help your male cat sire more kittens. This article tells you how —and why — you should consider adding these supplements to your stud cat's diet . . .
    February 2017

  • *Beware Of Photoshopped Images When Purchasing A Kitten
    In our digital age, a steadily growing number of kitten sales are made over the internet, with the buyer making their purchase decision based upon photos alone. It now appears that some sellers are manipulating a kitten's image in Photoshop to improve its appearance—and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Learn how to protect yourself from being taken in by an image that has been manipulated . . .
    August 2014

  • Big Mouth Phenomenon
    Have you heard an exhibitor loudy say something nasty about a cat on the judging table? They have a big mouth - and it`s against the rules!
    April 2006

  • Biggest Cat Litters
    With the tabloid press obsessing over the "octomom", the woman with six children who gave birth in California to octuplets, bringing her total children to 14, the time seems perfect to talk about large litters in the world of felines.
    April 2009

  • *Biolage
    Matrix Biolage offers a wide range of human hair care products that are easily adapted for use in grooming feline coats for the show ring
    November, 2014

  • Biospot - NOT for cats
    Biospot is a topical flea and tick medication that can be toxic to cats!
    March 2004

  • *Biotin
    Biotin is a supplement noted for making the coat thicker and plusher, longer and silkier.
    July 2013

  • Birding Behavior in Cats
    Birding refers to the soft, rat-a-tat, chirping, machine-gun noise a cat makes when it is intensely watching a bird or similar "prey" object that it cannot get to. Learn more about this unusual and comical feline vocalization...
    April 2015

  • Birds Of Prey vs Your Cat
    If your cat goes outside, even occasionally, there may be a danger you have not considered... a bird of prey!
    October 2015

  • Birman Breed Winners In CFA
    Check out each year's winningest Birman in this collection of Birmans that have won the title of Breed Winner in CFA...
    January 2009

  • Birman Color Class Change
    Changes to the Birman color classes in CFA.
    May 2006

  • Birman Color Class Change 2010
    The Chocolate Lynx Point Birmans will be in a separate color classes in CFA...
    May 2010

  • Birman DMs
    Birmans who have earned the breeding title of Distinguished Merit
    October 2005

  • Birman Grands of Distinction
    This article lists the Birman winners of the CFA title of Grand of Distinction to-date; separated by year, and listed alphabetically . . .
    January 2017

  • Birman National Winners
    The winningest Birmans in CFA History
    July 2004

  • *Birth Control Options
    A cat breeder may not always want to breed a female each time she comes into season, yet allowing a female to have repeated heats without breeding can risk her health. The solution is to suppress her heat cycles. Learn about the optionsavailable to the cat breeder to control the cycling of a queen.
    January 2011

  • *Birth Control Pill For Cats
    Ovaban and Ovarid are more commonly referred to as the feline birth control pill. Both contain a form of synthetic progesterone called megestrol acetate which can be used to manipulate a cat's heat cycle if used with care....
    November 2009

  • *Birth Of A Kitten
    This photo essay shows a typical birth of a kitten from the first contraction through delivery.
    March 2011

  • *Birth of A Kitten (Breech Presentation)
    While most kittens are born head first, it is also quite common for a kitten to be born tail first, a position called a breech birth. This article includes a series of photos showing a kitten being born breech....
    March 2011

  • *Birthing Box
    There are a variety of possibilities available to use as a cat's birthing box, ranging from a humble cardboard box to a custom built delivery bed. This article looks at the pros and cons of the best options available...
    May 2015

  • *Birthing Problems
    Learn which birthing behavior falls within the range of 'normal' . . . and more importantly learn the warning signs that a queen needs help to deliver her kittens safely.
    February 2016

  • *Birthing Process Made Easy
    Whether you are a newbie or an old hand at delivering kittens, this is an excellent article for refining your mid-wife-ing skills. It covers everything from before delivery of the kittens, cutting the cord, right up to the kittens snuggling up to their mo
    January 2001

  • *Birthing Protocol For Newborn Kittens
    With kitten season in full swing this is an ideal time to refresh your birthing routine by reviewing the protocol to follow during the birth of each kitten. A good birthing protocol will maximize every kitten's chance of being born healthy and minimize possible problems in the first fragile weeks of its life . . .
    June 2015

  • *Bissell SpotBot
    The Bissell SpotBot is a portable, hands free, compact deep carpet and upholstery cleaner that is receiving great reviews from cat owners.
    February 2007

  • *Bitten!
    Even the most mild-mannered cat may bite under stressful circumstances. A cat bite can be a serious health concern if it becomes infected. This article discusses how to minimize the chances of infection and what signs to watch for that may indicate an infection . . .
    January 2014

  • *Black Cat's Coat
    Understanding everything about a black coat is the first step to breeding and grooming your black show cat . . .
    October 2013

  • *Black Crusted Gunk Under The Eyes
    A breeder describes her journey in trying to find the correct treatment when her Persian developed black crusted eye discharge . . .
    January 2014

  • *Black Hairs On A Red Cat
    One of the most curious color faults occurs when black hairs appear in the red coat of a show cat.
    October 2016

  • *Black Stuff At The Corners Of The Mouth
    If you have a light colored cat, you may have noticed black stuff in the corner of its mouth. Learn what it is and how to get rid of it...
    May 2012

  • *Bladder Stones, Struvite & Calcium Oxalate Crystals
    Bladder stones can be formed from either Struvite or Calcium Oxalate crystals... and knowing which type of crystal your cat has is critical to determining the best treatment.
    April 2007

  • GH Blaise
    A longhaired tortoiseshell spay named Blaise is the first cat to earn the new CFA title of Grand Household Pet (GH). Blaise is owned and loved by Sue Robbins and Warren Cummings of Madison, Virginia. Blaise's story began in the woods . . . . . .
    May 2015

  • Bleach: A Cleaning Mainstay
    Every cattery needs to have a cleaning routine... and the mainstay of cleaning products is good old-fashioned Bleach.
    November 2002

  • *Bleaching Stains: Part Two Removing Stains by Using a Bleaching Paste
    This is the second installment in our article about bleaching out the stains from the coat of a white show cat. Photos of an actual cat illustrate how to apply the simple paste.
    September 2001

  • *Bleaching Stains: Removing stains by using a Paste
    This is the first in a two-part article describing how to prepare and apply a simple paste to remove yellow stains from the white coat of your show cat.
    September 2001

  • Bless The Pet Owners
    Bless the special people who knowingly welcome the less than ideal cat or kitten into their family... and into their hearts.
    December 2012

  • Blocked Bladder
    Read several articles detailing the symptoms and treatment of a blocked bladder.

  • *Blocked Bladder - An Overview
    A blocked bladder can be a life threatening condition. Learn what to look for and what to do...
    May 2006

  • *Blocked Bladder - Case History
    A photographic essay of a cat with a blocked bladder having the obstruction removed.
    May 2006

  • Blocked Bladder - Case History #2
    A breeder tries a different protocal to treat her cat.
    July 2015

  • *Blocked Bladder Case History #3
    A cat experiences an unusual case of a blocked bladder.
    September 2006

  • *Blood In Your Cat's Stool
    Blood in your cat's stool can be an indicator of many different health issues — sometimes it is a minor problem or it may be a symptom of a much more serious condition . . .
    October 2015

  • *Blood In Your Cat's Urine
    Blood in a cat's urine is a condition called hematuria. The blood may be an indication of a simple urinary infection or a more serious problem. Learn more . . .
    October 2016

  • *Blow Drying Your Longhaired Cat
    While exhibitors place great emphasis on the actual show bath, the way you dry your cat is just as important, especially when it is a longhair.
    October 2002

  • *Board Certified Veterinarian
    There are many factors that contribute to finding the right "fit" between you and your vet. Should your cat have a Board Certified Vet? Is a Board Certified feline veterinarian better than a regular veterinarian? Perhaps...
    March 2016

  • Bombay Breed Winners In CFA
    These are the top Bombays that have earned the title of Breed Winner for each show season in CFA ...
    September 2009

  • Bombay DMs
    Bombays who have earned the breeding title of Distinguished Merit
    November 2005

  • Bombay National Winners
    The winningest Bombays in CFA History
    August 2004

  • Bonding With Your Cat
    Does your cat love you? Do you wish your cat showed you more affection? How can you make your bond with your cat stronger?
    September 2012

  • Bookending Your Cat
    Bookending is a training technique that can make your cat co-operate with even the most unpleasant of requests...
    April 2015

  • Boomer
    An owner remembers her "Just Pet Quality" Burmese and the impact he had on the people he met during his lifetime...
    April 2012

  • *Boomerang Babies
    My motto is `A Mockingbird Kitten is a Mockingbird Kitten Forever`.
    June 2004

  • IW RW SGC GC Boraines Sensation
    ShowCatsOnline is honored to present our first featured cat from TICA! Enjoy the story of `Saysha`, a stunning blue cream Persian who became her co-owners` first National Winning kitty.
    August 2001

  • GP, NW Bordeaux LTD's Enzo Purrari
    The first Title Cat to be showcased in ShowCatsOnline's new design is the Ragdoll, GP, NW, Bordeaux LTD's Enzo Purrari. Enzo reached a milestone for his breed when he became the first Ragdoll to earn a national win in CFA! This is his story...
    January 2013

  • *Bordetella
    Feline Bordetella is a highly contagious bacteria that causes upper respiratory infection in felines. Young kittens are at highest risk of dying from Bordetella. Learn how to treat Bordetella and reduce the chance of it spreading through your cattery.
    February 2017

  • *Bottle Feeding Basics
    Every cat breeder needs to know the basics of bottle-feeding kittens. It can mean the difference between survival or death for a kitten...
    August 2016

  • *Bottles For Hand Feeding Kittens
    In this article, we will look at the most popular types of bottles and nipples available for feeding milk substitutes to kittens.
    July 2015

  • *Bovine Colostrum
    Bovine Colostrum can be an important addition to any milk substitute formula used in hand-rearing a newborn kitten. Bovine colostrum can provide the newborn with essential immunity against disease.
    September 2001

  • Braces For Kittens Born With Twisted Legs
    Learn the best techniques to brace the twisted leg of a kitten born with contracted tendons. By combining bracing with simple stretching exercises, the "deformed" kitten can grow up to be a perfectly normal cat . . .
    November 2014

  • Bracing to Correct Twisted Hind Legs
    An update on treatment for a kitten born with twisted legs due to contracted tendons.
    April 2004

  • *Breed Council
    Each breed in CFA that has been accepted for championship status has a Breed Council comprised of fanciers of that particular breed and a Breed Council Secretary elected by the members of the Council. Be part of YOUR breed`s leadership.
    January 2001

  • Breed Registrations in CFA, TICA & GCCF
    Could looking into the breed distribution of kitten registrations explain why some cat registry numbers are growing while other registries are declining?
    February 2006

  • Breed Standard
    When children first go to school, they learn their ABC`s. The first thing every breeder must learn about when beginning in the cat fancy is their BREED STANDARD.
    September 2003

  • Breed Timelines
    Do you know when your breed was recognized in CFA?
    September 2003

  • *Breeder Cat Contract
    After a pet kitten contract, the next most important contract to have is a Breeder Contract.
    September 2003

  • Breeder Cat Contracts (Samples)
    ShowCatsOnline has collected samples of several different Breeder Cat Contracts. pa/members may use them in their entirety or choose bits and pieces to incorporate into their own cattery contracts.
    September 2003

  • *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 . . .
    April 2014

  • Breeder Styles
    What style of breeder will you be?
    March 2004

  • *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...
    September 2014

  • *Breeding Myths
    Learn the what and why about the most commonly held myths and misconceptions about genetics and breeding...
    January 2012

  • Breeding or Showing
    At different stages of a person`s involvement in the cat fancy, they may need to change their priorities to fit their situation. Sometimes breeding will come first. Sometimes showing takes priority.
    November 2002

  • Breeding Plan
    The smart breeder has a PLAN...
    January 2007

  • *Breeding Techniques
    Inbreeding, Line Breeding and Outcrossing... do you understand what each is and more importantly which breeding technique you should be using?
    March 2001

  • GC, BW, NW Briar-Mar's Good To Be Me: CFA Cat of the Year 2016
    GC, BW, NW Briar-Mar's Good To Be Me, a red classic tabby & white male Manx is CFA's Cat of the Year 2016. This stunning boy known as "Manny" is owned and was campaigned to the top spot by Omar F. Gonzalez & Gary L. Veach. This is his story.
    May 2016

  • Bring Your Own Cage
    Asking exhibitors to supply their own benching cage is an innovative concept that could change the landscape of the typical cat show.
    June 2007

  • *Bringing Up Baby: What The Cat Breeder Can Teach The Kittens
    Learn the simple things that you, the cat breeder, can do that will help a kitten grow up to be a wonderful pet, a confident show cat and a great companion.
    March 2013

  • British Shorthair Breed Winners in CFA
    This well researched listing of the British Shorthair breed winners in CFA includes all the cats who are entitled to add the BW in front of their names.
    September 2007

  • British Shorthair DMs
    British Shorthairs who have earned the breeding title of Distinguished Merit
    June 2005

  • British Shorthair Grands of Distinction
    This article lists the British Shorthair winners of the CFA title of Grand of Distinction to-date; separated by year, and listed alphabetically . . .
    November 2016

  • British Shorthair National Winners
    The winningest British Shorthairs in CFA History
    March 2004

  • *Bronchitis In Cats
    Bronchitis in cats can be acute or chronic... and can be a serious problem over the long term.
    January 2007

  • Brush: Loose Cat, Lost Cat
    Loose in the show hall... an open door allows a frightened cat to escape.
    December 2002

  • *Brushing Your Cat`s Teeth
    Instructions on how to brush your cat`s teeth including a photo essay.
    November 2014

  • *Budesonide
    Budesonide is a corticosteroid developed for use in humans but is now being used as an alternative for management of IBD in cats, especially in severe cases that have failed to respond to treatment with the usual corticosteroids . . .
    September 2014

  • Build Your Own Cat Tree
    It`s easier than you think!
    July 2015

  • *Building A Kitten's Confidence
    Learn how you can help raise a kitten that is confident and well-socialized . . .
    July 2014

  • Building A Kitty Condo
    Take a look at these furniture-quality kitty condos!
    January 2006

  • *Building A Nebulizer
    One of the most important pieces of equipment that any cat breeder can have in the fight against respiratory problems is a nebulizer. Relatively inexpensive, with a few modifications, a nebulizer can be used to deliver lifesaving medications.
    May 2001

  • *Building A Wire Window Guard
    Learn how to use vinyl covered wire shelving from your local hardware store to make a window guard to prevent your cat escaping through an open window.
    June 2005

  • Burmese DMs
    Burmese who have earned the breeding title of Distinguished Merit
    July 2005

  • Burmese National Winners
    The winningest Burmese in CFA History
    April 2004

  • Burmese, Dilute Division Breed Winners in CFA
    Look back on the winingest dilute Burmese in CFA - each year's Breed Winners!
    February 2009

  • Burmese, Sable Division Breed Winners in CFA
    This well researched listing of the Sable Burmese breed winners in CFA includes all the cats who are entitled to add the BW in front of their names.
    August 2007

  • *Buspar
    The human antidepressant, Buspar, has proven effective at treating cats with behavioral and litterbox issues.
    January 2005

  • BUSTED! What To Do When Animal Control Comes Knocking
    No breeder wants to have Animal Control come knocking on the door... but if they do, it will help if you know what your options are.
    July 2003

  • *Buyer Beware
    Learn how to be a smart shopper when looking for a new kitten...
    September 2006

  • *Buying A Proven Stud Cat
    Occasionally a breeder may need to find a proven stud cat for their breeding program. This article discusses what to look for, where to look, what questions to ask and how to introduce the proven male into your cattery to maximize his chances of integrating easily.
    June 2015

  • *By The Sire, Out Of The Dam
    When listing or discussing a cat's sire and dam, there is a standard protocol that should be used. Learn how to understand and be understood when discussing your cat's parents...
    October 2012

 

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