Titles beginning with "B"
Articles marked with a red asterisk ( * ) are for members only
- * 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 . . .
- * 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.
- * 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.
- * 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.
- * 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.
- * 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.
- 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 . . .
- Barbara St. Georges
CFA has lost long-time judge and Manx breeder, Barbara St. Georges...
- Basic Color Genetics, Part 1
Many breeders struggle 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.
- 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.
- * 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...
- * 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
- Bathing Your Silver or Golden Persian For Show
Pamela Martin of Castle Paws Silvers & Goldens shares her show grooming routine from start to finish!
- * 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.
- * 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.
- * 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.
- * Baytril
Baytril is a 'big-gun' antibiotic especially useful in the treatment of difficult respiratory infections and chronic urinary infections in the cat.
- Baytril Warning
High dosages of Baytril can cause eyesight problems in your cat.
- 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.
- (FIFe) NW, GIC, SC Beaubell's Stetson of Fare Niente
The magnificent black Persian male NW, GIC, SC Beaubell's Stetson of Fare Niente was shown in FIFe for three seasons. In 2012, he was Portugal's co-winner of BCOTY—Best Cat Of The Year in Group 1 (Longhair Cats) in FIFe. Bred by Lyn & Colin Bayliss in the US, Stetson is owned and shown by Jose Luis Correia Ribeiro & Nuno Conceicao of Portugal.
This is his story . . .
- * Bedding For The Birthing Box
Choose the perfect bedding for your cat's birthing box.
- * 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 . . .
- * Beer For Adding Body To Your Cat's Coat
Shampooing or rinsing your cat in beer can add volume, texture and shine to your cat's coat!
- * Before Surgery
A pre-anesthetic physical exam is the first step before any surgical procedure should be performed.
- * 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?
- 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 . . .
- 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 . . .
- GPD, RW BelCats Dream A Little Dream
On March 9th, 2014, a brown tabby Persian spay named GPD, RW BelCats Dream A Little Dream made breed history in CFA when she became the first Persian to earn the title of Grand of Distinction.
This is her story . . .
- * Benching Area - Tidy or Chaotic?
Your benching area at the cat show should be clean and reasonably tidy and organized at all times.
- * Bene-Bac
Bene-Bac is a useful product for aiding digestion, especially in nursing kittens.
- * 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 . . .
- * 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 . . .
- * 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 . . .
- * Bicolor Persian Breed Winners in CFA
Enjoy the well researched article listing the Persians that have earned ithe tile of Breed Winner in the Bicolor/Calico Divisian of Persians in CFA
- * Bicolor Persian DMs
Bicolor and Calicos who have earned the breeding title of Distinguished Merit
- * Bicolor Persian National Winners in CFA
The winningest Bicolor Persians in CFA History
- 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!
- 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.
- GP, DW, DGCA BigPurrs Arthur
In 2014, for the first time in the history of CFA, Israel awarded the DW title to the top cat in Kittens, Championship and Premiership in their country. A red tabby and white Persian neuter named GP, DW, DGCA BigPurrs Arthur was one of the first three cats to achieve this new DW title.
This is his story . . .
- * 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
- Biospot - NOT for cats
Biospot is a topical flea and tick medication that can be toxic to cats!
- * Biotin
Biotin is a supplement noted for making the coat thicker and plusher, longer and silkier.
- 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...
- 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!
- * 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.
- * 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....
- * 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...
- * 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.
- * 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
- * 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 . . .
- * Bissell SpotBot
The Bissell SpotBot is a portable, hands free, compact deep carpet and upholstery cleaner that is receiving great reviews from cat owners.
- * 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 . . .
- * Black Cat's Coat
Understanding everything about a black coat is the first step to breeding and grooming your black show cat . . .
- * 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 . . .
- * 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.
- * 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...
- * 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.
- 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 . . .
- Bleach: A Cleaning Mainstay
Every cattery needs to have a cleaning routine... and the mainstay of cleaning products is good old-fashioned Bleach.
- * Bleaching Stains: The Art of the Paste, Part 1
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.
- * Bleaching Stains: The Art of the Paste, Part 2
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.
- 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...
- * Blocked Bladder - Case History
A photographic essay of a cat with a blocked bladder having the obstruction removed
- Blocked Bladder - Case History #2
A breeder tries a different protocal to treat her cat.
- * Blocked Bladder Case History #3
A cat experiences an unusual case of a blocked bladder.
- * 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 . . .
- * 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 . . .
- * Blood Type Incompatibility In Cats
If you breed a blood type B queen to a blood type A stud, you risk losing the entire litter shortly after birth. Learn why this happens and what you can do to avoid the problem.
- * Blow Drying Your Persian Cat
While exhibitors place great emphasis on the actual show bath, the way you dry your Persian is just as important.
- Blue Silver & Blue Golden Persians Accepted For Championship Status In CFA
CFA has accepted the Dilute Blue Silver/Golden Persians....
- Blue Silver & Blue Golden Persians Accepted In CFA
At last! CFA has accepted the Blue Silver/Golden Persian colors for championship status...
- * 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...
- 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?
- Bookending Your Cat
Bookending is a training technique that can make your cat co-operate with even the most unpleasant of requests...
An owner remembers her "Just Pet Quality" Burmese and the impact he had on the people he met during his lifetime...
- * Boomerang Babies
My motto is 'A Mockingbird Kitten is a Mockingbird Kitten Forever'.
- IW RW SGC GC Boraines Sensation
PandEcats is honored to present our first featured cat from TICA! Enjoy the story of 'Saysha', a stunning blue cream who became her co-owners' first National Winning kitty.
- * 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.
- * 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...
- * 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.
- * 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.
- 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 . . .
- Bracing to Correct Twisted Hind Legs
An update on treatment for a kitten born with twisted legs due to contracted tendons
- * 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.
- Breed Registrations in CFA, TICA & GCCF: A Comparison
Could looking into the breed distribution of kitten registrations explain why some cat registry numbers are growing while other registries are declining?
- * 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.
- Breed Timelines
Do you know when your breed was recognized in CFA?
- Breeder Cat Contract
After a pet kitten contract, the next most important contract to have is a Breeder Contract.
- Breeder Cat/Kitten Contracts (Samples)
We have collected samples of several different Breeder Cat Contracts. Members may use them in their entirety or choose bits and pieces to incorporate into their own cattery contracts.
- * Breeder Contract Sample (A)
- * Breeder Contract Sample (B)
- * Breeder Contract Sample (C)
- * Breeder Opinions for Improvement in the Persian
410 Breeders and judges were surveyed asking where they think Persians and Exotics could most be improved.
- * 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 . . .
- Breeder Styles
What style of breeder will you be?
- Breeder's Journey
Munira Murrey takes you on a photographic journey showing the steps she took in developing the look of the Missionhill Silver Persians.
- * Breeders Edge Supplements
Breeders' Edge is a company that produces a line of products and supplements specifically designed to help pregnant moms and their newborns.
- * 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 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.
- 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?
- 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
- * 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.
- Broken Hearts
Jeanne O'Donnell of Donegal Himalayans invites all breeders of Persians and Exotic Shorthairs to join in the fight to discover a DNA test for HCM.
- * Bronchitis In Cats
Bronchitis in cats can be acute or chronic... and can be a serious problem over the long term.
- Brush: Loose Cat, Lost Cat
Loose in the show hall... an open door allows a frightened cat to escape.
- * Brushing Your Cat's Teeth
Instructions on how to brush your cat's teeth including a photo essay.
- * 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 . . .
- Build Your Own Cat Tree
It's easier than you think!
- * Building A Kitten's Confidence
Learn how you can help raise a kitten that is confident and well-socialized . . .
- Building A Kitty Condo
Take a look at these furniture-quality kitty condos!
- * 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.
- * Buspar
The human antidepressant, Buspar, has proven effective at treating cats with behavioral and litterbox issues.
- 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.
- * Buyer Beware
Learn how to be a smart shopper when looking for a new kitten...
- * 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.
- * 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...
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