Titles beginning with "D"
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- * D Basic Shampoo
D Basic is a 'pre-shampoo' that gives stunning results, producing lustrous, sparkling show coats on a variety of breeds and coat types.
- * Damages Clause In Your Kitten Contact
Ever kitten/cat contract should have a damages clause that defines exactly what will be the consequences if the buyer breaks the contract. This article describes how to word the clause and legally protect yourself and your kittens...
- GC, BW, NW Dandys Hey Jude of Ivy Cat & GC, GP, NW Ivy Cat Ice Breaker of GR8Katz
CFA's 8th Best Cat in Championship for 2013-2014 is a cream spotted tabby male Exotic Shorthair named GC, BW, NW Dandy's Hey Jude of Ivy Cat.
CFA's 7th Best Cat in Premiership 2013-2014 is a black Exotic Shorthair neuter named GC, GP, NW Ivy Cat Ice Breaker of GR8Katz.
This is their story . . .
- Dangers In The Home
Whether you have a new kitten or an older cat, you will need to "baby-proof" your home to make it safe for your feline family...
- IW SGC Dark Angel De Longua Aqua
TICA's Cat of the Year 2015 is IW SGC Dark Angel De Longua Aqua. This stunning black tortie Persian from France was bred by Joel and Catherine Renaudin and is owned by Nathalie Decuzzi of Maneki Love cattery. Nathalie also campaigned a nine-year-old Blue Tortie & White Persian Spay named IW SGCA Altesse du Nid Douillet to TICA's 17the Best Alter of the Year. This is their story . . .
- * De-Hair The House
Whether you own one pet kitty or have a cattery full of felines, loose hair shed in the home is going to be an issue that will need to be addressed.
- * De-Matting Your Cat
With some care and a few tricks, you can de-mat your cat without sacrificing its coat.
- * Deafness In Cats
Just like with people, there are different types of deafness from which a cat may suffer. This article discusses both temporary and permanent hearing loss in cats . . .
- * Deal-Breakers
Every breeder needs to decide what might be a 'deal-breaker' in their breeding program — the line they are not willing to cross — the flaws in a cat that are unacceptable or the conditions in a contract that are non-negotiable. Learn more . . .
- Declining Show Counts in CFA (Where Have All The Entries Gone?)
In this article we will look at how many CFA shows were held each season and the number of total entries shown each season in the past decade. We also look at the numbers in North America compared to the numbers around the world. The results are very interesting . . .
A first time campaigner tells about her experiences with her Persian named Deco.
- * Decontamination of a Cattery Following an Infection
Once a cattery has experienced an outbreak of a contagious infection of any type, decontamination must become a priority. Learn the products and techniques to use to clean and disinfect your cattery.
- * Deep Conditioning Coat Treatment For Your Cat
Giving your show cat's coat a deep conditioning treatment is THE way to produce a silky soft coat on a longhaired cat — or a super shiny coat on a shorthair kitty. Once you've tried this grooming technique, you will never do without it again.
- * Degrees of Cleft Palate
Cleft palate is a birth defect that occurs in all breeds of cats. Sometimes it is a minor problem and sometimes it is severe. Photos of newborn kittens show you exactly what to look for.
- * Dental Disease
The majority of cats over five years of age have some form of dental disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to painful tooth abscesses and resorptive lesions. This article gives a general overview of the signs of dental disease and recommended treatments...
- * DERMagic Shampoo Bars
DERMagic is an eco-friendly company that produces effective, all-natural shampoo bars and solutions for treating skin problems and improving the coat on your kitty . . .
- * Describing Your Cat
When you evaluate your cat, can you descibe its strong and weak points?
- * Developing A Relationship With Your Veterinarian
Perhaps one of the most important and precious relationships you will ever have in your career as a cat breeder, is the one you develop with your veterinarian.
- * Developmental Accidents
Do you understand the difference between an inheritable mutation and a developmental accident? Learn the answer to this question and much more ...
- * Dewclaws on the Hind Legs
Occasionally a kitten will be born with dewclaws on its hind legs.
- * Diabetes In The Cat
Feline diabetes is similar to human diabetes. It occurs when your cat either doesn't produce or is unable to process insulin, a hormone that helps regulate glucose or sugar in the blood.
- GC, DW Diapason Mitico Amore
This is the story of how an Italian breeder's dream came true upon the birth of a gorgeous blue and white spotless van Persian. She named him Mitico Amore, meaning "Mythical Love" . . .
- * Diaphragmatic Hernia
A diaphragmatic hernia is a hole in the diaphragm that allows the abdominal contents to move into the chest cavity. It is the second most common type of hernia in cats....
- * Diarrhea & Constipation
Occasionally, your cat my suffer from either diarrhea or constipation. If either condition persists for more than a couple days, you should be concerned.
- * Diet and Coat Color
Can a diet be supplemented to improve coat color? Perhaps...
A pet owner muses over the difference her cats have made in her life...
- * Different Breeds are Different
What is true for one breed, may not be true for another. When we talk about a breed other than our own we need to understand that different breeds are just that... different!
- Different Kind of Cat Show
While high profile dog shows such as Westminster are a regular part of television programming, we don't see cat shows on TV because they are not considered as entertaining to a general audience as a dog show. Could we mimic the successful dog show format
- Different Opinions
Do you know how to have a lively discussion with someone with the opposite opinion to yours—without it getting nasty?
- * Difficult Birth
A Siamese breeder shares her experience with the delivery of a very large kitten...
- Dirty Nails
An owner discovers 'gunk' at the base of her Persian's toenails.
- * Dirty-Faced Nursing Kittens
Have you ever noticed black specks that appeared on the muzzle of a nursing kitten? Do you know what serious infectious condition it might indicate? Do you know what to do about it? Learn the answers to these questions and more...
- Disaster Plans To Include Pets
New legislation will make provisions for the care and safety of pets in the event of another disaster like Hurricane Katrina.
- * Disaster Preparedness
What should you have ready for your cat's safety in the event of an earthquake, tornado, flood or storm? There is a comprehensive list of what you should have in your pet's 'emergency' suitcase, plus a recommended reading list.
- * Discharge During Pregnancy
If a pregnant female has a vaginal discharge during her pregnancy, it is a cause for concern, not panic...
- * Dishwasher For Cleaning In The Cattery
While most households boast a dishwasher, if you have a cattery, there are other options for using the dishwasher besides just cleaning plates.
- * Disqualified Or Withholding An Award
Do you understand the difference between a cat being disqualified and having an award withheld? Do you know the reason why a cat can be disqualified? Or why an award may be withheld?
- DIY Cat Scratcher
Blogger Mollie Shutt shares instructions and photos on how to create your own homemade cat scratcher using cardboard boxes and masking tape....
- DIY Cat Toys
You don't need to spend a lot of money on fancy cat toys. Mollie Shutt shows you how you can make your own cat toy inexpensively, using just a bit of felt and glue and a touch of creativity...
- DIY Feather Cat Toy
Mollie shows you how to make your own feather toy easily, inexpensively, and in just a matter of minutes.
- DM History in CFA
The title of Distinguished Merit celebrates its 25th anniversary in CFA...
- DMs Receive Complimentary Inclusion in The Photo Gallery!
Photos of cats who have earned the title of DM will be honored with free inclusion in the PandEcats Photo Gallery
- DNA Blood Type Test
UC Davis has developed a diagnostic DNA test to determine the blood types of cats.
- DNA Test For Dilute Gene
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California, Davis adds a test for the dilute gene to their increasing list of DNA tests available to cat breeders.
- DNA Test for HCM in Maine Coons
The DNA test for the HCM gene in Maine Coons is now available - Good News for all breeds!
- DNA Tests For The HCM Mutation In Cats
Cat breeders can be confused about the subject of DNA testing for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). As of February 2014, two different DNA tests for HCM in cats — one for Maine Coons and one for Ragdolls. Neither test can be used to detect genetic HCM in other breeds. Learn more . . .
- Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia?
This article takes a statistical look at why a controversial article published in National Geographic suggesting a link between cats and schizophrenia may just be mass of misinformation .
- Do you have what it takes to be a HERO?
It takes a special commitment to help save our feline friends in distress. This is a tribute to people involved in feline rescue. Included is a large list of links to rescue organizations.
- * Do's and Don'ts of Good Cattery Website Design
Having your own cattery website is fast becoming as necessary as having a phone number. It is important that your present your cats as beautifully on the internet as in the show ring. To help you make some wise choices, we have collected and organized a list of tips to help you have the best website possible.
- Does It Matter What You Name Your Kitty?
Does your cat answer to its name when you call? Have you ever welcomed an older cat in the family that was already named, then changed its name? Does it really matter what you name your kitty?
- * Doming
Do you understand the concept of doming? Do you knowing how to evaluate the doming of your Persian or Exotic?
- * Don't Bite!
Have you ever been petting you cat and it suddenly turns around and bites you?
- Don't Litter
Is your benching area clean and tidy? Or are you a litter-bug at the show?
- Don't Talk Baby Talk
Recent scientific research suggests that your cat responds better to being spoken to in a normal voice...
- Donegal's Tail of Two Kitties
This Title Cat is the most uniquely colored kitty you will ever see. Registered as Donegal's Tail of Two Kitties, but nicknamed "Possum", the cat appears to be half Himalayan and half Tortoiseshell in coloring — and yet he is a male cat!
Possum is a chimera — a cat that developed from the fusion of two different embryos into one individual. This is his fascinating story . . .
- Donna Cook - A Lady Who Will Be Missed
CFA has lost the quintessential Lady of Persians, Donna Cook of Jadon...
- Donna Davis
On July 19, 2014, CFA judge and Siamese breeder Donna Davis passed away at the age of 76. CFA has lost a legend and the Siamese breed has lost one of its true grand dames.
- Donna Norris
CFA LH Judge, Donna Norris, passed away recently. She is a treasure lost.
- * Dopram
A few drops of this medication may save your newborn kitten by helping it take its first breath.
- * Double Entering
Entering two shows on the same weekend may be a tool you wish to employ to maximize the success of your cat's show campaign.
- * Double Nails
Occasionally, a cat will have two nails coming from a single toe. There are several reasons why double nails might occur, but it usually involves an anomaly that occurs during the development of the embryo.
- * Double Pregnancy
Is it possible for a cat to be bred, become pregnant, then be bred again during her pregnancy and conceive again?
- * Doxycycline
Doxycycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic that is part of the tetracycline family. Doxycycline penetrates the cell tissues better than many other antibiotics.
- Dreamer... and a Little Faith
The story of an owner and a cat...and the journey they take together to overcome an incredible medical obstacle...
- * Drooling
There are a variety of reasons why your cat might begin to drool excessively - and some are very serious if left untreated. Learn how to tell if your cat's drooling is serious or not.
- * Drowning
Though an uncommon accident, do you know what to do should your cat be drowning? Doing the right thing may save your cat's life.
- * Drugs? Mexico Style
There are considerable savings and advantages that cat breeders can enjoy by traveling to Mexico to purchase some of the medications commonly used for the continued good health and maintenance of cats in a breeding program. You can even order drugs online.
- * Dry Coat
Mid-winter is often a time when your cat's coat starts to appear dry and develops dandruff. Here are some grooming tips to get it back into condition!
- * Dry Eye In Cats
Tears are essential to the health of the eye. Dry eye in cats is a condition in which the glands of the eyelids are unable to produce a sufficient volume of tears to lubricate and protect the eye, keeping it moist. Dry eye is a serious condition that can result in severe pain and blindness if it is not addressed quickly.
- Dry Fur
A new mat for the bottom of your cat's carrier is designed to keep your cat dry and clean during trips.
- * Dryer Choices
The hair dryer is probably the single most expensive grooming tool you will ever purchase for your cats. Before you buy, learn the best type of dryer for your cat's needs.
- Drying Cabin For Cats
Piet Broeders of Wooly Home Persians cattery shares the story of how he designed and created a drying cabin for his show cats, as well as scratching posts, multi-level cages and litter boxes.
- * Dual Mothering
Should you let two mothers share their kittens between them? Should you give a kitten from a large litter to a mother with a smaller litter to care for? Learn the pros and cons of dual mothering.
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