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- * Safe Drugs For Pregnant Cats
Do you know which medications are safe to give to your pregnant cat? And which drugs may pose a potential harm to her kittens?
- * Safe-Guarding Your Kittens Once They Leave Your Home
Breeders all want their kittens to go to wonderful new homes. Do you know the four things you can do that will help protect your kittens welfare once it leaves your care?
- * Safety In The Hotel Room
Even a five star hotel room can pose a danger to your cat. Learn how to cat-proof your hotel room to make your stay enjoyable and safe for your feline roommate.
- Saying Good-Bye
The hardest decision you may ever make may be the final gift you can give to your cat.
- * Scales For Weighing Kittens
When you purchase a scale, there are certain features you need to consider in making a wise purchase.
- Scam! Beware!
Kitten sellers need to be aware of an email scam that has been around a long time, but still catches the occasional cat breeder with a knock to their wallet.
- * ScatMat
The ScatMat is a touch sensitive training pad which quickly conditions cats to avoid areas by emitting a mild harmless static pulse when the cat steps on it.
- Scoliosis and Vertebral Fusion In A Cat
This is the story of an Oriental Shorthair named Shrimpbait who was born with a condition called scoliosis. A twisting and fusing of the bones in her spine left her permanently leaning to the right . . .
- * Scoop on Poop
Your cat's bowel movements can tell you a lot about how he is feeling. Enjoy a handy chart that helps you get the scoop on what the poop is telling you.
- * Scratching Posts & Cat Trees
With a huge selection available in the marketplace, how do your choose the best one for your kitties?
- * Scruffing A Cat
Scruffing a cat is a useful technique for immobilizing a kitty to keep it calm and cooperative for grooming or medicating. With a little practice, anyone can become expert at scruffing a kitty quickly and easily . . .
- * Sculpting Mistake
This brave exhibitor shares with you the error of her ways :-)... and how she made the best of things gone wrong...
- * Sculpting Your Persian Cat, Part 1: Why? What? Where? When? How?
If you are a novice, one of the most challenging skill you will need to acquire is the art of sculpting your Persian's head. This article is the first in a seven part series that will teach you everything you need to know.
- * Sculpting Your Persian Cat, Part 2: Tools & Techniques
You too will find the job of sculpting your Persian Cat both easier and more successful if you buy good quality grooming tools. Without the right equipment, it will be difficult to do a good job. Here is a complete list of what you will need, and the best
- * Sculpting Your Persian Cat, Part 3a: The Step-by-Step Sculpting Process with illustrations
Part 3a will explain each step of the sculpting process, complete with line drawings to illustrate in a simple way exactly what we are referring to on the cat's face.
- * Sculpting Your Persian Cat, Part 3b: The Step-by-Step Sculpting Process with photos
In Part 3b we will follow the actual sculpting of 'Oscar', a five month old cream Persian male. With photos taken at every step, you will really be able to 'see' how to take an kitty from hairy to show ready.
- * Sculpting Your Persian Cat, Part 4: Photos of Mistakes to Avoid
Now we are going to look at some of the common mistakes that are made as we learn to perfect the sculpting of our Persian cat.
- * Sculpting Your Persian Cat, Part 5: Compromises
Whenever you are sculpting, you may need to make a choice about how removing hair from one portion of the face will affect the appearance of another part. Sometimes you need to compromise. Once again, we illustrate with great photos.
- * Sculpting Your Persian Cat, Part 6: Before & After
Photos showing a variety of cats before sculpting and after... The comparisons help you to understand the difference sculpting can make.
- * Scurf
Scurf is the common word used to describe a scaly or shredded dry skin condition. Dandruff is an example of a mild scurf.
- * Scurf From Being Bred
A scurf (dry, flakyskin condition) that is unique to cats is the result of the irritation to the skin when it is gripped by the teeth of a male cat as he grabs and holds the female's skin on the back of her neck when mounting and attempting to breed. Learn more...
- Second Time Around
An exhibitor shares her story of granding her cat... twice!
- * Seeing In Color: A Cat's Perspective
One of the most common questions veterinarians are asked it whether cats see in color...
- * Selection & Care of Scissors
A good pair of hair scissors will help you groom your cat to perfection. Learn how to select the best pair for your needs and how to care for them properly.
- * Self-Righting Reflex
The cat's ability to always land on its feet when falling from a height is legendary. Learn how it accomplishes this feat...
- Senior Cat Program
An animal shelter institutes a special policy to help their older felines manage better while waiting to be adopted...
- * Separate Litter Boxes For Mom And Her Kittens
Do you know that if you provide separate litter boxes for your mom-cat and her kittens, it is one way you may have healthier kittens? Do you know how to stop kittens from using their mother's litter box? And visa-versa? Learn the answers to these questions and more...
- * Septicemia
Septicemia is an infection that is seen in kittens under two weeks of age. It is a generalized bacterial infection of a kitten's system that can quickly lead to death.
- * Septicemia In A Newborn Kitten
Follow one breeder's experience in trying to save a litter of kittens with with a suspected case of septicemia...
- * Setting Up A Cageless Cattery
What is a cageless cattery? How do you go about making your cattery 'cageless'. Why do most breeders prefer to have a cageless cattery?
- 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 Benching Cage at the Cat Show
Basic Instructions on how to wrestle your curtains onto the cat show cage.
- * Settling The Kitten Into Its New Home
Next to actually being born, the most stressful day in a kitten's life is the day it leaves the home of its birth to start its life with a new family. That's why it is so important for the kitten's breeder to provide detailed instructions to the prospective buyer telling them the best way to settle their new kitten into their home and family.
- * Seven Day Food Changing Plan
To avoid a tummy upset when changing the food you are feeding your cat, it is almost always better to introduce the new food gradually. Here is a simple 7-day plan to effectively switch your cat to a new brand or type of cat food.
- * Sex Chromosomes
By definition, a cat breeder is interested in kitty sex. It is a major part of the job. On a genetic level, the cat breeder needs to learn about the sex chromosomes -- those unique chromosomes that determine whether a kitten will be male or female, a boy or a girl.
- * Sexing A Kitten: Part 1
Determining the sex of a newborn kitten is not always as simple as it sounds. See photos of young male and female kittens and learn what to look for.
- * Sexing A Kitten: Part 2
Due to popular demand, this article is a follow-up to Sexing A Kitten: Part 1.
- * Sharing Pedigrees: Good Or Bad?
Some breeders believe in sharing their cats' pedigrees. Some breeders do not. Learn the reasons why people are either for and against the making public their cat's pedigrees...
- * Shaving Your Cat's Nose
Exhibitors of well-presented Silvers and Goldens and tabbies take care that the mascara on their cat's nose leather is not obscured by hair along the edge of the nose leather. The best way of emphasizing good nose mascara is by shaving the hairline around
- * She Is A He!
An Abyssinian breeder discovers her kitten has an identity crisis ...
- * Shedding
Your cat has cycles of hair growth and cycles of increased hair loss. The phases are affected by several different factors, some that you can control . . . and some that you can't.
- Shelter Success Story
A city pulls together and an innovative idea saves kittens lives.
- * Shipping Your Cat By Air
Learn how to prepare the carrier, choose the best airline, and ensure that your kitty arrives safely.
- Should Judges Campaign Cats?
Increasingly, the average exhibitor in CFA is questioning the fairness of competing against cats owned and campaigned by judges
- * Should You Feed Your Cat A Raw Food Diet?
A nutritious, balanced diet is essential to keeping your cat healthy. The challenge is choosing which food to feed your feline. One of the choices might be an all raw food diet...
- * Show Bath by Fabuls
Vikki Valentine describes the bathing routine she follows to present her stunning FABULS Bicolor Persians. This article includes step by step photos of the grooming routine.
- Show Count Announcements
Why should cat clubs be required to announce their show counts?
- * Show Etiquette 1: In Your Benching Area
Ten things we can do to make the show hall a happier place to spend the weekend.
- * Show Etiquette 2: At Ringside
When we go to ringside, we not only want to behave politely, we must consider our behavior in light of the rules of good sportsmanship.
- * Show Etiquette 3: Etiquette and Sportsmanship
Etiquette and Sportsmanship are each basically defined by a set of (often unspoken) rules. This article discusses how to be a true winner no matter whether you cat wins a rosette or not.
- * Show Grooming A Black Cat
This article discuss everything you need to know about a black cat's coat. Learn the best "tricks" to presenting your black cat to purrfection . . .
- * Show Hall Dos And Don'ts
The start of a new show season is a bit like New Year's Day. Regardless of what happened last season, or how you may have behaved, the slate has been wiped clean and you have the opportunity to write a different story... maybe a better story...
- Show Is Born
A photo-essay of setting up for the cat show... from an empty arena to the finished show hall.
- * Show Kit
What do you need to include in your show kit? Indeed, what do you need to pack to go to your show?
- * Show Kitten Contract
Special conditions may be part of the Show Kitten Contract so that both Buyer and Seller understand each other's expectations.
- * Show Momentum
The cat show season is almost one-third done. For most exhibitors, this marks the time when campaigns heat up and things become more serious. Now is the time you want your cat to be gaining momentum in the show ring. . . but how? This article answers that question . . .
- * Show Report
Learn how the experienced exhibitor gives a show report with easily understood details.
- Show Ring Number Cards
This article includes downloadable templates for printing sets of show number cards for both CFA and TICA
- * 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?
- * Show-Proofing Your Kitten
Learn the training tips that will help your kitten shine at the shows.
- Showcase Your Cat On The Gallery
Are you proud of your kitty? You can now feature your cat in the title graphic of any page in our Gallery!
- ShowCatsOnline Web Design
Lee Harper invites you to visit her website, ShowCatsOnline Web Design, if you are looking for a designer to create or update your cattery website.
- * Showing A Female In Season
What should you do if you have your female cat entered in a show, you are on the road Friday night, and as you are checking into your hotel, she starts to call?
- Showing A Household Pet
Learn about showing a household pet!
- * Showing A Male Cat That Sprays
Having your male show cat begin to spray in the judging ring can feel like the end of his show career - but there are things you can do to make it easier on everyone and still keep showing...
- * Showing For Less
With the halfway point of the show season fast approaching here are a few tips for reducing show campaign expenses.
- * Showing More Than One Cat In The Same Class
Depending on circumstances, the exhibitor may choose to show two (or more) cats in the same class at the same time. Learn the reasons why and how best to handle the challenge of showing more than one cat in the same class!
Do you know when you can talk to a judge in the show ring? And when you shouldn't? If a person is a non-officiating judge that is visiting or exhibiting at a show, have you ever shown them your new kitten and asked for their opinion? Is that allowed?
- * Shy Show Kitty
What can you do when your beautiful show cat is afraid or intimidated in the judging cage?
- * Signs of Distress In A Newborn Kitten
The key to detecting signs of distress in a newborn is OBSERVATION. This article discusses what to look for in your newborns — and what to do if you see a problem.
- * Silent Heat
Occasionally a female cat will be in heat, but show none of the telltale behaviors. When a queen displays no sign of being in season, she is said to be in a 'silent heat'. Learn how even a queen in silent heat can be successfully bred.
- * Silver & Golden Persian DMs in CFA
A list of Silver & Goldens in CFA who have earned the prestigious breeding title of Distinguished Merit
- * Silver & Golden Persians
Janice Reichle of Diadem Silver Persians discusses the origins and challenges of breeding and exhibiting in the Silver & Golden division.
- Silver Is Precious: Part 1
Janice Reichle tells of story of the development of Diadem silver Persians and in the telling also traces the progress of the silver Persian from its beginnings.
- Silver Is Precious: Part 2
This is the second in a 4-part series tracing the development of the Silver Persian through the eyes of Janice Reichle of Diadem Silvers. Part 2 discusses the prominent breeders and cats of the 1970s.
- Silver Is Precious: Part 3
This is the third in a 4-part series tracing the development of the Silver Persian through the eyes of Janice Reichle of Diadem Silvers. Part 3 discusses breeding techniques...
- Silver Is Precious: Part 4
This is the final installment of a 4-part series tracing the development of the Silver Persian through the eyes of Janice Reichle of Diadem Silvers.
- * Silver National Winners in CFA
The Silver National Winners in CFA.
- * Silver Persian Breed Winners in CFA
This well researched listing of the Silver and Golden breed winners in CFA includes a photo of the first cat to earn the BW title in the division, GC, BW Gray-Ivy Keepsake of Silver Paws, a chinchilla silver female.
- Silver Persians: You've Come A Long Way Baby! Part 1
This is the first of a three part series by Janice Reichle of Diadem telling the story of the development of the silver Persian in the US in the 1950s.
- Silver Persians: You've Come A Long Way Baby! Part 2
This is the second of a three part series by Janice Reichle of Diadem telling the story of the development of the silver Persian in the US in the 1950s.
- Silver Persians: You`ve Come A Long Way, Baby! Part 3
The third part in the series about the development of the silver Persian in the US.
- * Silver Roots: Part 1
The first in a three part series on the beginnings of the Silver Persian.
- * Silver Roots: Part 2
Part 2 of the history of the Silver Persian.
- * Silver Roots: Part 3
The final article in the series detailing the history of Silver Persians.
- * Silver Tabby Persians: An Historical Persepctive
Enjoy this historical perspective on the development of the silver tabby Persian.
- GC, RW SimbaKui Evolutionary Design
This is the story of a silver Persian kitten who campaigned for a national win . . . and missed by less than 22 points. GC, RW SimbaKui Evolutionary Design was CFA's Best Silver/Golden Persian kitten, 3rd Best Allbreed Kitten in the Southern Region, and 30th Best Allbreed Kitten for the 2013-2014 show season.
- * Simbelair
The cat fancy recently lost one of the Grand Dames of Persians - Lois Weston of Simbelair Cattery fame died last month. She leaves behind an Incredible legacy.
- Singing The Blues
Blue Silvers and Blue Goldens are stunning colors of Persians that are seeking to progress from AOV to championship status in CFA.
- * Six Steps To Eliminating Ringworm
In Your Cattery
Every cattery owner shudders at the thought of a possible ringworm infection in their cats, but should it happen to you, it can be beaten. Learn the six steps to eliminating ringworm from your cattery . . .
- * Skeletal System of the Cat
Understanding the bones of the cat is a useful tool in understanding structure and development of your cat.
- * Slippery Elm
Slippery Elm is a safe, non-toxic herbal remedy that is especially useful for helping cats with digestive upsets or diarrhea ...
- * Smart Newbie
One of the most exciting times in the future cat breeder's life is when they first start looking for their foundation stock to start their cat breeding and showing career. How can you be a smart Newbie and find the right kitten and the right Breeder from who to make that first purchase?
- * Smoke & Shaded Persian Breed Winners in CFA
This well researched listing of the Smoke and Shaded Persian breed winners in CFA includes all the cats who are entitled to add the BW in front of their names.
- * Smoke & Shaded Persian DMs in CFA
A list of the smoke and shaded Persians who have earned the title of Distinguished Merit
- * Smoke & Shaded Persian National Winners in CFA
The CFA National Winning Persians of the Smoke and Shaded Division from 1972 until the present.
- Smoking And Your Cat
If you smoke, you may be endangering the health of your cat.
- * SnuggleSafe
A microwavable plastic disc can provide a gentle comforting heat for your cat.
- * Solid Color Other Than White Persian DMs in CFA
Solid Colored Persians other than whites who have earned the title of Distinguished Merit in CFA
- * Solid Color Other Than White Persian National Winners in CFA
The winningest colors of Persians!
- * Solid Persian Breed Winners in CFA
This well researched listing of the Solid Persian breed winners in CFA includes all the cats who are entitled to add the BW in front of their names.
- Solid Persian Grands of Distinction in CFA
In 2011, CFA instituted a brand new title — the Grand of Distinction. The first Persian to earn the award in CFA was a Brown McTabby spay named GPD, RW Belcats Dream A Little Dream. This article tracks the Tabby Persians that have earned this prestigious title to-date.
- Solution To Inappropriate Urination: Nugget's Story
An observant and creative owner designs a unique solution to help a one-eyed Golden Persian regain her proper litter box habits.
- Solveig Pflueger
On July 14, 2014, the cat fancy lost Dr. Solveig Pflueger. From the initial founding of TICA until her passing 35 years later, Solveig shaped and expanded the face of TICA through her talents, wisdom and genetic expertise.
- Solving The Cat's Purr Mystery Using Acceleroleters
The purr has lasted through hundreds of generations of cats, so there must be a survival mechanism behind its continued existence.
- Sooty Girl
An adventurous Persian kitten finds herself in a bit of a mess...
- Sound of Healing
A cat's purr may be able to heal bone fractures, increase bone density and control pain...
- Spanish Articles Now Available on PandEcats.com
We share with our readers a written show standard describing the ideal for felines of mixed parentage ...
- Special One
Adia says goodbye to her last kitten - the special one...
- Spectators At The Cat Show
Part of being a good ambassador for the cat fancy and cat breeders in particular is learning how best to deal with spectators in a way that makes everyone happy.
- Sponsoring a Humane Society Cat
A new feature at some cat shows is sponsoring the showing of a Humane Society cat in the HouseHold Pet Class.
- * Sporonox
Sporonox is an important medication to consider in the fight against ringworm (fungus) in the cat.
- * Sportsmanship
Sportsmanship. What is it? Do you have it? Is it common in the show halls of the cat fancy?
- * Spotting Gene
Some of the most strikingly marked cats are the bicolors, calicos and all those other colors of cats "with white" patches on their coat. These beautiful colors are the result of the spotting gene. Learn about its action, inheritance and effect on other genes...
- * Spraying
Understanding the reasons most cats spray is the first step to controlling the unwanted behavior.
- * Spraying In The Judging Cage
When a cat begins to spray in the judging cage, it can be a trial for all involved: the exhibitor, the ring clerk, the judge and the cats in the next cage. Learn a few tricks on how best to deal with this awkward situation.
- * Stages of Kitten Growth & Development
This article includes an easy-to-understand chart showing the different stages of development of a kitten from birth to weaning at 4 months.
- * Standards From A Judge's Viewpoint
TICA judge, Beth Hicks, gives pointers on how best to write breed standards from a judge's point of view.
- CH, GP, NW Starbourne's Eye-of-the Tiger
At the end of the 2011-2012 show season, an impressive brown mackerel tabby Exotic Shorthair neuter was CFA's 19th Best Cat in Premiership and 6th Best Cat in the Southern Region. This the story of CH, GP, NW Starbourne's Eye-of-the Tiger . . .
- * Start Your Campaign Now
Getting out on the campaign show trail early in the show season has distinct advantages — especially for the first time campaigner. Learn why and how you maximize your chances of a successful campaign by showing your cat in May, June and July.
- * Steam Treatment To Unblock A Stuffy Nose
When your cat has a stuffy nose, not only does it have difficulty breathing, it often stops eating because it cannot smell its food. Learn how to give the kitty a simple steam treatment to unblock that stuffed up nose!
- * Steroids
Steroids are valuable medications in feline medicine - but they must be used wisely to avoid serious side effects...
- * Stimulating Appetite
Is your cat a picky eater? Does your show cat need more weight? Here are a few tips to help pack pounds on your kitty or help the kitty that is eating poorly.
- * Stitch
Follow the story of a seven day old kitten who tears the delicate skin on its shoulder and must have it stitched closed ... twice in a single day!
- * Stolen Cat Photos
It can be quite a shock to suddenly see a photo of one of your own cats on someone else's website... and with them saying it is a different cat altogether!
- * Stop The Bleeding
If you cut a cat's nail too short, or a cat bites another on the ear, it is easy to stop minor bleeding as long as you are prepared in advance and have the proper emergency supplies available. Learn how to stop the bleeding . . .
- Story of Love - and Fear
A breeder shares her experience with two cats... with cancer.
- * Stress & Your Cat's Health
Like with people, stress can adversely affect your cat's health
- * Stuck Kitten
When a pregnant queen goes into labor, if a kitten becomes lodged in her birth canal, it may be necessary for the cat breeder to step in. This article describes the techniques you can use to help a "stuck" kitten be born safely.
- Stud Buddies
Contrary to popular opinion, stud cats do not necessarily need to be kept separated...
- * Stud Cat Odor
Ever cat breeder faces the challenge of minimizing the odor of cats in their home. No odor is quite as pungent and distinctive as that of the unneutered male feline ... so here are some tips that can help control the smell of a stud cat's urine...
- * Stud Cat With Breeding Position Problems
This article provides tips about how you can help the inexperienced male cat that is struggling with "assuming the position" when breeding, or attempting to breed, a female.
- * Stud Service Contract
While most catteries are 'closed', there may be circumstances under which you decide to provide a stud service to another person's female cat.
- * Stud Service Questions
Questions you need to ask before offering stud service
- * Stud Tail
Stud tail is a build-up of sebum secretion at the base of your cat’s tail. Initially it is a grooming issue, however, if not treated it can develop into a serious medical problem.
- Stud Tail Remedy
An exhibitor shares her experience with using a grooming pre-cleaning creme to help cure her cat's stud tail.
- * The Stud Cat & The Neuter Compare "Equipment"
Let's not be too indelicate, but there is a distinctive difference between the working "equipment" of a stud cat and a neuter that goes beyond whether or not a boy has pom-poms. . . and this "other difference" can be used to determine when a recently neuter stud cat can be allowed to safely run loose with the girls without the risk of a surprise litter of kittens . . .
- Study Reveals Cats Manipulate Women
A new study reveals that cats attach to humans, and particularly women, as social partners, and it's not just for the sake of obtaining food...
- Stuffing - Let's Stop It!
The time has come when the leadership of CFA must accept the challenge to end stuffing or risk having the determination of their national winners deteriorate into a contest of who stuff shows the best...
- Stuffing - What Is it?
Stuffing is a tactic used by national campaigners to artificially enhance the count of cat shows - in effect 'buying' extra points for their cats.
- * Sub-Clinical Infections
Understanding the impact of sub-clinical infections on the general health of both the individual and the cattery population is an essential part of monitoring the health of the felines in your breeding program.
- * Sub-Q Abscess
Complications associated with the subcutaneous administration of fluids are very uncommon, occasionally an abscess can develop at the site of the injection...
- * Sub-Q Abscess Medical Case History
Two kittens that had been given sub-Q fluids when they were ill and dehydrated, developed abscesses just under the skin at the site of the injection...
- * Submitting Your Cattery Website To Search Engines
Tips for submitting your cattery website to search engines.
- * Summer of Fire & Ice
Enjoy a journey detailing the first appearance of the Blue Golden Persian.
- * Sunburned
Just like people, your cat can get sunburned. And just like people, too much sun can lead to skin cancer. You need to protect your cat from excessive sun exposure for both its health and comfort...
- * Sunset Eyes
Sunset eyes is the name for a condition where the eyes point downwards and outwards in a kitten - and can be a symptom of a life-threatening condition...
- Sunset Eyes Case History
Follow in photos the developmental progress of kitten with "sunset eyes"...
- (CFA) GC, RW (CCA) GCH, CNW Sunsoar Jamaican Me Crazy of Katrina-Cat
A breeder looking for an outcross male Exotic Shorthair finds the cat of a lifetime when an older breeder made the decision to retire. . .
- * Support Therapy For Your Cat
Learn how to support your sick cat during the critical period between becoming ill and responding to treatment.
- * Surrogate Mother Cat
While a breeder can take on the task of hand-rearing some of the kittens, a surrogate mother, if available, is a better solution.
- * Swimmer Syndrome
Swimmer Syndrome is the name given to a condition in young kittens characterized by the animal's failure to stand or crawl normally. Instead, while remaining in a lying position on its tummy, the kitten moves by paddling its feet out sideways in a swimming motion. Learn how this condition can be corrected if treated early.
- * Swimmer Syndrome Case Histories
See the progress kittens with Swimmer Syndrome can make if promptly given the proper therapy.
- * Swinging A Newborn Kitten To Clear Its Airway
You can use centrifugal force to remove fluids from the mouth nose, throat or even the lungs of a newborn kitten. Learn this simple technique that may save the life of a kitten...
- * Swollen Paw Medical Case History
In an unusual medical case, a rescue kitten has a badly swollen paw, but it is neither injured, broken nor abscessed...
An owner tells of her experience campaigning a minority color kitty with attitude.
- * Syringes You Should Own
A selection of syringe in various sizes and types can help make the care and feeding of your kittens much easier.
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