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- Hair Apparent
Cat breeders really care about their cat's coats. Some people might even say cat exhibitors can be obsessive about their cat's hair . . . but do you know what kinds of hair a cat has?
- *Hair Complicates Everything
If your cat is experiencing any type of skin problem, the situation will amost always improve if the hair is clipped, trimmed or shaved.
- *Hair Not Growing Back After Being Clipped
This is the medical history of a neutered American Shorthair named Wookie. When the hair on his sides was shaved for an ultrasound, it never grew back properly.
- *Hair Ring
If you have a breeding male cat and he suddenly seems to be having trouble completing the mating "act", his problem may be as simple as a hair ring. Learn more about this troublesome possibility and how to fix it.
With the warm weather and an increase in your cat's shedding, this is the time of year when hairballs are more likely. Learn how best to deal with this common feline problem....
- *Hairless Cat: An Historical Perspective
An excerpt from Francis Simpson`s `The Book of the Cat`, printed in 1903 gives the modern day breeder a historical perspective on the early appearance of the hairless cat over a century ago.
- Halloween Safety
It is Halloween time . . . and while you are buying the candy, designing a costume and carving the jack-o-lantern, don't forget to take a few minutes to make sure your cats are safe and protected.
- *Hand Rearing A Kitten
If you are involved in breeding cats, sooner or later, you will find yourself needing to hand raise a kitten.
- Hands Off
Have you ever sat at ringside at a cat show and decided how you would place the cats on display. Most of us have -- but can you really judge a cat without actually handling it?
- *Handy Medical Abbreviations
Reading a veterinarian report on your cat can sometimes be like reading hieroglyphics... Here is a handy dictionary of medical terms just for the cat breeder.
- *Hanging Paper
In the cat fancy, `hanging paper` refers to the falsifying of a cat`s pedigree.
- *Happy Ring Clerk
Have you ever thought about what it takes to be a ring clerk at a cat show? Maybe you even thought about being a ring clerk? Perhaps you have been guilty of complaining about a ring clerk at one time or another? Learn what it takes to be a clerk — and how you can help make their job easier.
- *Happy Tail
Learn what is meant when a cat has a "happy tail" and how it could affect its success in the show ring....
- Havana Brown Breed Winners
This is a list of each year's top Havana Brown in CFA....
- Havana Brown DMs
Havana Browns who have earned the breeding title of Distinguished Merit
- Havana Brown Grands of Distinction in CFA
In 2011, CFA instituted a brand new title — the Grand of Distinction. The first Havana Brown (and only to-date) to earn this title was GPD, RW Composercat Shaporin-Of-Kastraatjes, bred by Karen-L Rogers & Leann-Bill Rupy, and owned and shown by Harry & Leonis van De Port.
- Havana Brown National Winners
The winningest Havana Browns in CFA History
- *HCM And The Cat Breeder
It is important for every cat breeder to understand the impact that the heart disease HCM (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) can have on their breeding program. This article explains the simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of HCM in your cats . . .
- HCM Gene In Ragdolls Identified
With funding from the Winn Feline Foundation, researchers from Washington State University and the University of California, Davis announce they have identified the gene in Ragdolls responsible for HCM
- *Head Tilt
What does it mean if your cat suddenly develops a head tilt? Is it serious? What should you do? Will the cat recover? Learn the answers to these questions and more...
- Health Insurance For Your Cat
In recent years pet insurance has become available for cats and may be an option to consider to protect the health of your felines.
- *Hear, Kitty, Kitty
How well does a cat hear? Very well indeed!
- *Heart Murmur In A Kitten
The significance of a heart murmur varies greatly. A young kitten with a heart murmur may outgrow it. When an older cat develops a heart murmur, it can be a much more serious condition.
- *Heat and Newborns
Heat is critical to the newborn kitten. Unable to maintain its own body temperature, if it becomes too hot or too cold, the kitten's survival is at risk. It is imperative that the informed breeder know and understand the relationship between a kitten and its need for warmth.
- *HEAT IN A CLICK
HEAT IN A CLICK is reusable and heating pad that requires no electricity to activate. It contains a liquid and a button. At a click of a button, the pad heats up and will remain warm for several hours. After it cools, you can make it ready for use next time by simply boiling it in water. Read on to learn more . . .
As we approach the end of summer, let`s not forget about the danger high temperatures can pose to your cat.
- Heimdall`s Story
This is the story of a brave kitty, and how his microchip saved his life.
- Helpful Hints For Newbies
Experienced breeders share tips to help a person avoid some common pitfalls that face the newcomer to the cat fancy
- *Helping A Cat With A Food Allergy
The only real solution for a cat with a food allergy is to simply avoid the food to which the cat is allergic. The challenge is to discover which food ingredient is creating the problem. The only way to do this is to conduct a food trial.
- *Helping The "Failing To Gain Weight" Newborn
Newborn kittens grow rapidly, making weight gains daily. If a kitten fails to gain weight for more than a day, it becomes a real concern. Learn some of the tricks for getting the kitten back on track and gaining weight...
- *Helping the Cat Who is Afraid
If your show cat has been traumatized, there are several techniques you can use to help him overcome his fear and return to the show ring.
- *Hemobartonella, or Feline Infectious Anemia
Hemobartonella is an infectious cat disease which attacks the red blood cells causing your cat to become anemic, hence its other name, Feline Infectious Anemia.
- *Herd Of Queens
One of the best ways of housing the female cats in a breeding program is not by keeping them in cages — instead, consider keeping the queens in a group that have free run of your home. By allowing the girls to have a pet-kitty lifestyle, your queens will be happier and healthier and their condition will be reflected in the kittens that they produce . . .
- Herman Goes Online!
Checking your cat`s grand points can now be done online!
- *Herpes and Your Cat`s Eyes
Eye problems which can cause conjunctivitis, ulceration of the cornea, and potentially blindness are also a common symptom of feline herpes.
- Herpes Virus
A collection of articles all about the feline herpes virus. Recognize the symptoms, the treatment available, and most importantly, learn how to reduce or eliminate the herpes virus from your cattery.
To help soothe irritations of the skin and to discourage the cat from licking and chewing at itself, consider adding Hexa-Caine to your medicine chest.
- *Hill`s A/D Diet
This specialty canned food is an excellent tool to aid in the recovery of a cat during a serious illness, accident or surgery.
- *Hip Dysplasia
At one time, it was thought that cats were not affected by hip dysplasia. We know know better. Learn the symptoms and treatment for this painful condition.
Kathy Durdick of Ristokat Himalayans shares her story of a special regional winning cat.
A red tabby cat named Cuddle Bug hitches an unusual ride...
- Holiday Stress
The holidays put a lot of stress on everyone involved... including the feline family members...
- Home Cookin`
A Havana Brown breeder shares a recipe that allows you to prepare a cat food at home similar to Hill`s k/d
- *Home Test To Determine If Your Cat Is Dehydrated
Dehydration can be a life-threatening problem, for both young and adult felines, so every cat breeder should know this simple way to test if your kitty is dehydrated. This article includes a handy chart for evaluating a cat's actual percentage of dehydration.
- *Homemade Herbal Shampoo
Here's the formula for a simple herbal shampoo you can make at home. Using this formula as a base, you can tweak it to make the perfect shampoo for your cat's coat.
- *Homeopathic Remedies For Breeding Female Cats
Does your queen sometimes have problems becoming pregnant? Or carrying her litter to term? While there is little scientific research on the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies, an increasing number of veterinarians and breeders have experienced the benefits of using homeopathics in the treatment and care of felines.
- *Homeopathic Remedies For Cats
A breeder shares her knowledge of homeopathic remedies for cats, especially for pregnant and nursing queens.
Homeopathy is an alternative form of treatment based on the principle of like cures like. It has steady gained more acceptance in traditional veterinary medicine over the years.
With the end of the show season fast approaching, now is the time to pause and think about all that you have accomplished this past year.
- Hong Kong`s First One Show Grand
Last month a brown tabby Exotic male became Hong Kong`s first one show grand in CFA.
There is an old expression. "If you hear hoofbeats, look for horses, not zebras". This is a smart philosophy to use when diagnosing health or behavioral problems in your cats. It means you should be looking first for the most likely cause of the problem, and only after that has been ruled out, should you consider other possibilities.
- Hope After Pyo
Liz Ward of Huggibear Burmese shares her experience with a queen successfully producing live kittens after suffering two bouts of pyometra . . .
Hops is a simple herbal remedy that some cat breeders have found useful in controlling or minimizing their female feline's heat periods ...
- *Horse Products For Your Cat
Did you know that the folks who show horses have grooming products that work great on cats too?
- *Hot Oil Treatment
If your cat`s hair is dry, flyaway or brittle, a hot oil treatment may be just what is needed to put life and shine back in to the coat.
- *Hot Soak For An Abscess
This article discusses in detail how best to soak an abscess in hot water as part of its treatment regime.
- *Hot Torties
Part of the charm of the particolor cats is the uniqueness of each individual girl's coat pattern. Sometimes a tortoiseshell's color is "hot". This article includes photos and a description of hot torties.
- *Hot Torties & Reverse Calicos
Do you know what is meant by the term "hot" Tortie. Or how about a "reverse" Calico? Learn the meanings of these color descriptions and enjoy a series of photos of cats illustrating the color patterns ...
- *Hot Towel Treatment
Does your cat have dry or flyaway coat? Lacking shine? Perhaps now is the time for a hot towel treatment!
- Household Pet - A Valued Exhibitor in TICA
Of all the cat registries, TICA most honors the Household Pet Exhibitor. Bravo!
- *How A Cat Drinks
Cats have a unique and sophisticated method of drinking...
- How Did You Find Your Veterinarian?
How many vets did you try before you found the right one for you? What are your priorities when looking for a veterinarian? How did you find your current vet?
- *How Do I Degrease My Cat?
My cat is greasy! It`s one of the commonest complaints from groomers. Have you ever overheard a person say `so-and-so`s cat looks greasy`? Did you agree with their assessment? Did you know what to suggest to `fix` the problem? Now you will!
- How Do You Take Your Cat For A Walk?
Do you dream of long walks on the beach with your furry feline? Mollie and Sampson show you how your dream could become a reality.
- *How Long Should A Cat`s Breeding Career Be?
At what age should a cat be retired from your breeding program?
- *How Much & How Often To Feed When Hand Rearing A Kitten
Hand raising a newborn kitten is always a challenge, however knowing exactly how much formula to feed the little one, and how often to feed it, will make the job easier and less stressful.
- *How Much & How Often To Feed When Hand-Rearing A Kitten
Hand raising a newborn kitten is always a challenge, however knowing exactly how much formula to feed the little one, and how often to feed it, will make the job easier and less stressful.
- How Often Should A Cat Be Bred?
Breeders must consider the health and happiness of a cat when deciding how often it can be bred.
- *How Old Should A Kitten Be When It Receives Its Last Vaccination?
New research suggests we may need to reconsider the age of the final shot in the kitten series of vaccinations....
- How The Digital Age Is Changing The Cat Fancy
As we enter the year 2017, do you yearn for the good old days before everything went digital? The digital age continues to make advances that change our world — and will impact the cat fancy of tomorrow. Imagine the differences our future may hold . . .
- *How To Avoid a Holiday Catastrophe
At the same time as I am reveling in the holiday splendor, I remain aware that December presents some rather unique dangers for my cats. So here is my personal list of potential hazards and some of my own solutions to minimize holiday problems.
- *How To Breed To Get Kittens Of The Sex You Prefer
Do you want more female kittens in your litter? You can actually breed to increase your chances of getting girls . . . or boys. It is impossible to completely control the sex of the kittens produced in a litter, there are a few things you can do that may tip the scales in favor of producing more kittens of the sex you really want -- including the timing of the actual act of mating between the stud and queen.
- *How To Calculate A Cat's Age In Human Years
It is a common misconception that one year of a cat's age is equivalent to seven in human years. That is not quite right. Learn how to really calculate a cat's age in human terms ...
- *How to Calculate the Correct Amount of a Medication to Give Your Cat
Are you sometimes confused about the proper dosages to give to your cats? Learn the correct way to determine the proper dosage of medicine for your feline `patient`.
- *How To Choose Your Veterinarian
Every breeder needs a good veterinarian as part of their cattery `team`. You must have confidence in the level of your veterinarian`s medical knowledge. You must be able to communicate well with your veterinarian.
- *How To Give A Cat An Enema
A serious problem can arise if a cat becomes constipated. It can even be life-threatening! leant how to detect signs of constipation and how to give the constipated cat an enema.
- How To Have Fun At The Cat Show
If your cat isn't winning, do you still know how to have fun at the cat show? Here are some suggestions...
- How To Make A Sock Kitty
Learn how to make the cutest sock kitty you have ever seen — and its easy! Mollie Shutt shows how anyone can make a darling toy with her step-by-step instructions illustrated with photos . . .
- *How to Pill Your Cat
Sooner or later, you will have to give one of your feline family members medication... and that often means the dreaded `pill`. This article includes photos showing the best way to get that pill down your kitty`s throat :-)
- *How To Place a Retired Adult Cat
There are great homes out there for older, retired breeders (cats not humans). You just need to know where to find them.
- *How To Prevent Kittens From Nursing On Their Mother
Sometimes nursing kittens must not drink their mother's milk. She may be sick, have mastitis or must be put on a medication that is harmful to her kittens. Other than completely separating the queen from her newborns, how can you stop her kittens from nursing? This article answers all your questions.
- *How To Quarantine A Cat
Do you know the best way to quarantine a new addition to your cattery? How do you isolate a kitten that breaks with ringworm? Is home quarantine an effective way to prevent spread of disease?
- How To Read A Pedigree
There is a knack to reading and evaluating a pedigree. Lean what to look for.
- *How To Say No
For most breeders, it is not an easy thing to have to tell a kitten inquirer that you don't want to sell a kitten to them. It is uncomfortable. Awkward. It can become combative and contentious. However, it is something that has to be dealt with - hopefully with as much grace as possible. This article provides you with useful tips on how to say no ...
- *How To Take Great "Kitten For Sale" Photos
How you take and present the photos of your kitten for sale can make the difference between a potential buyer deciding they must have YOUR kitten... or going elsewhere.
- *How To Tell A True Tabby
Perhaps the single thing most newbies (and some not-so-new cat breeders) find confusing is understanding the issue of agouti and non-agouti tabbies. Learn how to tell whether YOUR tabby is a true agouti (or not) . . .
- *How To Use A Microscope
Using a microscope is not difficult. In fact, most people become quite skilled after just one session with their new microscope.
- *How To Use A Stethoscope To Listen To Your Cat's Heart
Knowing how to use a stethoscope is a simple and useful skill every cat breeder can learn.
- *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!
- How We Act At Cat Shows
A cat breeder and exhibitor shares the way she interacts with spectators at the cat show and the positive impact it can have for the cat fancy.
- *How We Act At Cat Shows: A Message To The Judges
It is not only the behavior of exhibitors at the cat shows that has an impact on spectators. Judges too can present a positive or negative impact on the public's perception of the the cat fancy.
- *How Your Cat Sees The World
Everyone is familiar with the expression, "Cats see in the dark" . . . There is a lot of truth to that old adage. If we examine more closely exactly what a cat sees, you will realize that a cat is looking at a very different world than what people see . . .
One of the most curious behaviors exhibited by a cat is called `huffing`.
- *Hybrid Vigor
Whether breeding carnations, cattle or cats, every breeder should understand the meaning and implication of hybrid vigor in their breeding program.
- *Hydrocephalic Kittens
Hydrocephalus occurrs occasionally in cats. It is not common but neither is it rare.
- *Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide can be a useful addition to the cat breeders first aid kit, grooming box and cleaning supplies. Learn some of the many uses of this versatile chemical ...
Hyperthyroidism is one of the most common complaints of cats over 8 years of age.
- *Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of heart disease in cats and is characterised by an increase in the thickness of the muscular wall of the heart, especially the left ventricle . . .
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