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Can You Trust Information On The Internet?

As of 2023, everyone with a computer, a laptop, a tablet or a cellphone has access to almost TWO BILLION websites. That is over 50 BILLION pages. And the number is constantly climbing higher.  There are more than FIVE BILLION users of the internet, more than half of the world’s population. With the increased presence of social media, there is more and more information available to everyone — all at the simple click of a mouse or tap on your touchscreen. Almost anyone can share their opinion online… and there are plenty of opinions to go around. There is both information and mis-information aplenty. Just because something is published on the internet, it doesn’t mean it is true. Perhaps even more importantly, not only might information be false — believing it to be true may be dangerous. So the question must be asked, how reliable is all this free information?

How This Impacts The Cat Breeder

Obviously, the better informed and well-educated cat breeders are about all health and husbandry issues involved with owning and maintaining a cattery, the better we can care for our beloved felines, save on vet fees and raise healthy, happy kittens. With so much information available on the internet, however, how do you know if the advice you have found when searching online is the right thing for your cat?

How Credible Is The Source?

While you can’t believe everything you read on the internet, you can sort fact from fiction if you follow a few easy guidelines. First, consider the quality of the source of the information. For example, an article published on the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine website is more credible than an article on the same subject published on Auntie Mame’s Kitty Blog.

How Informed Is The Source With Respect To Cat Breeding?

Even seemingly credible sites are not all created equal with respect to the needs and concerns of the cat breeder. While a veterinarian is the medical professional we all turn to when our cats have a health issue, a vet may not be as informed as an experienced and knowledgeable cat breeder regarding some health issues of a cattery. For instance, when presented with a female cat with pyometra, most vets routinely suggest that the cat be spayed — but there is a very successful protocol for treating pyo (See Pyometra Treatment To Save Your Queen’s Breeding Career) that every cat breeder should know. Another example is when a queen is having a problem delivering her kittens, most vets will suggest a C-section. The experienced breeder may have a better option learned through experience on how to deliver the kittens naturally. A vet may not be experienced with dealing with other issues specific to a breeding cattery such as Fading Kitten Syndrome or a Kitten Born With Twisted Legs.

So, especially when you are online searching for information about the breeding, pregnancy and labor of felines, look for websites specifically dedicated to helping cat breeders. We recommend PandEcats.com or ShowCatsOnline.com as well-researched online magazines devoted to breeding and showing cats.

Fact or Opinion?

When you are evaluating information on the internet, check to see if it is supported by scientific studies and research, or is it someone’s opinion? When it is a person’s opinion, is the info misleadingly presented as fact? Or does the writer make it clear that it is their opinion based on their own experience?

Is The Website Well-Designed?

Professional websites should have a consistent look and feel as well as quality, high-resolution graphics and an easy-to-use menu. A professional site will almost always have an “about” section to explain who they are. There should also be a contact page with the information you need to get in touch with them. While there are sleek and slick websites that are total frauds in the content and product departments,  most scammers don’t spend a lot of time on a site’s look and feel.

Grammar And Spelling

If an article is poorly written, there’s a good chance the information isn’t credible. Misspellings, bad grammar, or sections in all capitals should raise red flags regarding the value of the website’s content.

Is The Information Updated?

When researching a topic, it is best to look for a website that is updated frequently. Information can become quickly out-dated, especially medical protocols, so when looking for information on the internet, note how old it is.

Avoid Websites With Pop-ups, Lots Of Advertising & Cookies

Beware of information on a website if there is an endless series of persistent pop-up ads, advertising on every page or if it uses cookies, asks your location or employs other data-gathering technologies. The focus of this type of website is selling and data-gathering. They are not prioritizing spending their resources to provide you with the best information available.

What Are They Selling?

People can have an online sales business and still be truthful, but if a website is selling a cat supplement, don’t let them be your only source of information about cat supplements.

Final Thoughts

The is a wealth of information on the internet that will help you be a better cat breeder — and with thoughtful research you can find the best online resources for your kitties.

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