Vaccination against FIP and FIV: is it possible?

Vaccination against FIP and FIV: is it possible? By Pr. Oswald Jarrett, University of Glasgow, 2007.(Reprinted with permission). FIP Introduction FIP is a fatal disease caused by infection with feline coronavirus (FCoV). Although the virus is very common in domestic cats, particularly in multi-cat households, most infected cats remain healthy and the disease occurs only in a small proportion of…

Tube Feeding Kittens

Tube Feeding Kittens By Lies Klösters, 2006. With 'tube feeding', we mean feeding animals (or humans) by way of a catheter inserted via the mouth into the stomach. Fortunately, tube feeding is rarely necessary. Only when the animal is too weak to eat or suck on its own we need to resort to tube feeding. This can be the case…

The revival of the German Rex

The revival of the German Rex By Tony Batchelor, Snugglebugs, Denmark.(Reprinted with permission) First I will tell the story from the earliest days to the present. I will then add an appendix that attempts to summarise the known facts regarding the mutation that started the breed, together with some speculations of my own about the later genetic inheritance. The story of the German…

The Pigment Parade (updated 2018)

The Pigment Parade (updated 2018) by Lorraine Shelton, TICA Provisional Allbreed Judge and Genetics Instructor Of all the genetics questions I get asked, no other genetic phenomenon seems to inspire curiosity quite like our cats that have white on them. Some are totally white, some have patches of white, some have cute little white mittens and boots, and some have…

The Origin of the Maine Coon

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The Book of the Cat

By Francis Simpson, printed in 1903. Here we present a few chapters from Francis Simpson's "The Book of the Cat", printed in 1903. The pictures are from the same book. Chapters The Maine CatsWhite PersiansBlack PersiansBlue PersiansSilver or Chinchilla PersiansCream or Fawn PersiansOrange PersiansSilver Tabby PersiansSmoke PersiansTortoiseshell PersiansTortoiseshell-And-White PersiansSiamese CatsShort-haired Cats Mexican Hairless Cats      The Maine Cats From…

Test Breeding new Maine Coon Foundation Lines?

Test Breeding new Maine Coon Foundation Lines? By: Judith Schulz, Masterweaver (previously Prairiebaby/Masterweaver) Maine Coon Cats) www.masterweaver.ca. (Please note: This article can be applied to other breeds as well!) When a breeder brings new foundation lines into the Cattery for the first time, he will most likely ask himself the following questions: What type of test breedings are the most…

Test Breeding new Maine Coon Foundation Lines?

Test Breeding new Maine Coon Foundation Lines? By Judith Schulz, Prairiebaby cattery, Canada. (Please note: This article can be applied to other breeds as well!) When a breeder brings new foundation lines into the Cattery for the first time, he will most likely ask himself the following questions: What type of test breedings are the most conclusive? What about inbreeding tests?…

Tati-Tan Cattery

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Roselu Cattery

"This page was originally a part of the Maine Coon Heritage Site, a site that was first created in 1998 by Cynthia Bowen (Coontopia), Ulrika Olsson (Ylletrollets), Astrid Straver (Tricks and Tails) and Janet Marr (Furkats). It was then taken over by PawPeds, and it is now split up to fit better with the structure of PawPeds' website." Roselu Cattery…

Polyps - Frequently asked questions

Polyps - Frequently asked questions By Cat Moody, Stormwatch Maine Coons(Reprinted with permission) Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian, just a breeder who experienced the problem of polyps many, many times. Please consult your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment of the problem. This is just intended to give some practical background information on what polyps are, what my experience has…

PKD in Persians and other breeds

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) in Persians and other breeds By Dr. Ingrid Putcuyps, veterinarian. 2005.(Reprinted with permission.) What is Polycystic Kidney Disease – PKD? PKD is a hereditary kidney disorder, which implicates that there are already cysts present at birth and usually in both kidneys. These cysts are cavities filled with fluids that originate from normal kidney tissue. In kittens these…

Past-Present-Future

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Our Cats

Our Cats By Harrison Weir, printed in 1889. Here we present a few chapters from "Our Cats", written by Harrison Weir in 1889. The drawings of the cats in his book were also made by him. Harrison Weir was the one who arranged the first cat show in England, in Crystal Palace, London, 1871. He was also the one who…

OMERTA: The Breeders' Code of Silence

OMERTA: The Breeders' Code of Silence By Sierra Milton, Stormsong GSPs Mafia and Breeders What do most modern-day breeders and the Mafia have in common? What a strange question, you may say. It is, sadly though, a very real commonality. The answer is simply what Padgett, a well-known geneticist refers to as the "Code of Silence" for breeders and, perhaps, more…

Old articles about Maine Coons

Articles about Maine Coons             Created 2003 by Fog City Cat Web Designs.The Maine Coon Ancestors and PawPeds are unable to grant permission for the reuse of any materials found on these web sites.

Observations of Feline Polydactyly

Observations of Feline Polydactyly By Sheila L Curtis, Indys, & Lucinda King BA (Hons), Handaros. 17th January 2007.(Reprinted with permission) Cats usually have eighteen digits, 5 on each foot and 4 on the hind feet. Polydactyl (also referred to as hyper-dactyl) cats have extra digits on their feet. Polydactyly is the presence of more than the usual number of digits. It derives…

Natural Protection of Genetic Variation

Natural Protection of Genetic Variation By Per-Erik Sundgren, Dr Agric., Genetica, Sweden.(Reprinted with permission) Introduction Programs to preserve genetic health in dog breeds have been intensively discussed in Sweden in connection with the development of breed specific genetic strategies. Why have breed specific strategies at all become a necessity in dog breeding? In nature there are no special breeding programs or strategies…

Myosin Binding Protein C 3 (MyBPC 3) gene

Myosin Binding Protein C 3 (MyBPC3) gene A report on Drs Meurs & Kittleson works on MyBPC3 mutation gene & DNA-based test. By Catherine Muller-Sautreau, Ailuropus cattery, France. (Written in 2006, January)(Reprinted with permission)   A DNA-based test for the myosin-binding protein C gene mutation, which has been proven to be causative for HCM in Maine Coon cats, is now available…

MyBPC3 DNA test

MyBPC3 DNA test A report on Drs Meurs & Kittleson works on MyBPC3 mutation gene & DNA-based test. By Catherine Muller-Sautreau, Ailuropus cattery, France. (Written in 2006, January)(Reprinted with permission)   A DNA-based test for the myosin-binding protein C gene mutation, which has been proven to be causative for HCM in Maine Coon cats, is now available to breeders.   Disclaimer:…

MtKittery Cattery

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Mouth and Teeth Problems in Cats

Mouth- and teethproblems in Cats By Lies Klösters, 2006 Humans and animals can develop all sorts of tooth problems. The problems that occur mostly in humans (caries under the influence of sugar) don't often occur in animals because most animals eat much less sugar than humans do. Still, your pet could develop tooth problems. A single check-up will tell you…

Manual 1934

Manual on how to treat a cat Below you'll find the text of "Handleiding voor de behandeling van de Kat" by L.J. Quarles van Ufford, printed in 1934. The original language of this booklet is Dutch.      The Cat   A slogan in a treatise about songbirds, caged birds and canary birds states: "One should empathise with their animals".With…

Maine Coon Cats Maine Origin Authenticated

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Kennebec Cattery

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JoStad Cattery

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Indications for vaccination against feline leukaemia virus

Indications for vaccination against feline leukaemia virus By Pr. Oswald Jarrett, University of Glasgow, 2007. (Reprinted with permission). Introduction: why is FeLV important? FeLV is the cause of several serious, ultimately fatal, diseases in the cat, particularly lymphomas, anaemia and immunodeficiency. Of cats that develop a persistent infection, almost 90% die within 4 years of becoming infected. Young kittens are…

Inbreeding and its Effect on the Immune System

 "This page was originally a part of the Maine Coon Heritage Site, a site that was first created in 1998 by Cynthia Bowen (Coontopia), Ulrika Olsson (Ylletrollets), Astrid Straver (Tricks and Tails) and Janet Marr (Furkats). It was then taken over by PawPeds, and it is now split up to fit better with the structure of PawPeds' website." Inbreeding and…

Illustriertes Katzenbuch

Illustriertes Katzenbuch   By Jean Bungartz, printed in Berlin 1896. Here we present a chapter from "Illustriertes Katzenbuch", written by Jean Bungartz in 1896. Bungartz has also made the beautiful drawings of the cats in the book. The original language in this book is German. In Bezug auf Bildungen von Rassen, hat die Hauskatze so Ziemlich ihre Selbständigkeit gewahrt und…

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a genetic disease that affects cats, dogs, pigs, and people. How it is passed on in generations is still not clearly discovered. Since the 1970's it is known that HCM is the common cause of heart failure, thrombus, and sudden death in cats. A major study has been done on Maine Coon cats in…

Heidi Ho Cattery

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Health Programmes: what is it all about?

By Ulrika Olsson Health Programmes: what is it all about? Most breeders work, more or less actively, to improve the health of the cats they breed. Far from all however know what a health programme is and how it should be designed in order to give the best possible results. Although studies have been done by geneticists on the subject…

HCM, The Silent Killer

HCM, The Silent Killer By Francesca Doria, 2006.(Reprinted with permission.) This is the story of Francesca Doria, a Ragdoll breeder, who has had to deal with HCM in her cattery in a very hard way. This is not a scientific study of HCM, and no rights can be derived from this article. But it does give an expression of the emotions…

Guldfakse Cattery

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Glossary of Terms

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Genetics

Genetics By Ulrika Olsson Introduction Basic genetics Different types of inheritence The color genetics of cats Cat genetics for coat, ears and tail The inheritence of some diseases and defects Breed to avoid genetic diseases How do we fight already existing health problems? Summary Introduction Why is one supposed to learn all this? After all, it is a hobby, not…

Forebears of our present day Maine Coons

Leo, Maine Cat, 1884-1901King Max, 1895Martha, daughter of King MaxCosey, BIS-winner in 1895Swampscott, 1900 Tobey, a Maine Trick CatBlue DanubeYellow HSnowball, 1942  We are always in search of old photographs and picuters of the Maine Coonaround the change of century/beginning of 1900. Please share them with us if you have any... Leo, Maine Cat, 1884-1901 "Leo," brown tabby, born 1884, died…

Flat Chest Kitten Syndrome

Flat Chest Kitten Syndrome Unfortunately this article has been outdated over the years. For now we can't offer an up to date article on the subject. Wikipedia has a good article though.

FIP

An Overview of Feline Enteric Coronavirus and Infectious Peritonitis Virus Infections By Niels C. Pedersen, 1995 Department of Medicine and Epidemiology School of Veterinary Medicine University of California Davis, California 95616 (Reprinted with permission.) Introduction The purposes of this discussion were to review past knowledge about feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) and feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV) infections and to update…

Felinotherapy

Felinotherapy Felinotherapy is an activity in the field of Animal Assisted Interventions, sometimes called zoo rehabilitation. Animal Assisted Interventions was first defined in the USA. It includes all positive beneficial interactions, where people and animals meet. Positive interactions between humans and animals have had a long history that could be traced to the middle ages. Delta Society, now Pet Partners…

Feline vaccination

Feline Vaccination By Marie-Bernadette Pautet, Chacolaterie's Somalis, 2006.Report on 2006/03 SFF seminar entitled "Update on Feline Vaccination".(Reprinted with permission). About 50 breeders and veterinarians attended the seminar organized by the French Felinotechnic Society (SFF), held at the national veterinary school in Maisons-Alfort on 2006, march 25th, to review current knowledge on feline vaccination. This article tries to sum up this seminar's highlights,…

Explanation of the HCM Form

HCM Screening Form, what it says and what it means By Misha Peersmans What is where The feline heart is a miniature copy of the human heart, both organs work in the exact same way. The heart contains 4 separate chambers, 2 on the left and 2 on the right side. The two top chambers are the right and the…

Embryology of the Domestic Cat

Embryology of the domestic cat By A.L. LeipoldtReprinted with permission. (Note by PawPeds: The author talks about trimesters in the pregnancy. In the context of this article, a trimester means a period of three weeks.) Introduction Since the beginning of the 19th century, biologists knew that the early developmental stages of the different classes of vertebrates were very much alike and…

DNA Sampling and Storage

DNA sampling and storage Why should we store DNA? More and more research is being done to determine the loci of certain diseases. And thus it becomes more and more important to perform DNA tests on our pets. But what do you do when you want to test a pet that already passed away? Or one that has been rehomed,…

Dirigo Cattery

"This page was originally a part of the Maine Coon Heritage Site, a site that was first created in 1998 by Cynthia Bowen (Coontopia), Ulrika Olsson (Ylletrollets), Astrid Straver (Tricks and Tails) and Janet Marr (Furkats). It was then taken over by PawPeds, and it is now split up to fit better with the structure of PawPeds' website." The Beth…

Diagram for inheritance of PRA

Diagram for inheritance of PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) reproduced with kind permission from Swedish Siamese Society (SES) PRA is a hereditary eye disorder where the retina slowly degenerates, making the cat blind. This page illustrates the inheritance. = Normal - cat without the gene for PRA, does not pass on the gene for PRA = Carrier - cat with one…

Charmalot cattery

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Cats in Thailand

Cats In Thailand in the 1960s' The following article about a journey to Thailand was written by Daphne Negus, who has bred Korat cats with the cattery name Si Sawat since 1964. Here she tells the story about how she went to Thailand to bring home Korats for her and her friends' breeding programs. The article was published in CFA's…

Catruns

Catruns Fresh air and daylight is important for the health and wellbeing of both humans and animals. But just letting a cat out to run free outdoors is a very risky thing to do! Depending on where you live, the risks for your cat range from being hit by a car - your own included - or being accidently locked…

Calicoon-Tanstaafl

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Breeding a Litter

Breeding a litter maybe fun, never simple By Lies Klösters, 2004 You have a dream; a beautiful queen who will give you beautiful, healthy kittens to cuddle, to play with, to take care of... How to realize this dream? Maybe the following 'book' can help you to make this dream come true. Introduction Ethics Breeding animals Housing Stud service Pedigree…

Breed to Avoid Genetic Diseases

Breed to Avoid Genetic Diseases By Ulrika Olsson The risk of genetic diseases is something that is discussed more and more often among cat breeders and in the different cat clubs and associations. Of course we all want our cats to be healthy! Still bad genetic diseases show up every now and then in different breeds. Why does this happen?…

Bordetella

Bordetella bronchiseotica infection in cats By Lies Klösters. 2007.(Reprinted with permission.) The widespread vaccination of cats against feline calici virus (FCV) and feline herpes virus (FHV) has failed to eliminate the problem of feline upper respiratory tract disease (URTD). Bordetella bronchiseptica (Bb) has long been recognized as an important agent in canine kennel cough but only in recent years has its…

Blood Groups in the Cat

Blood Groups in the Cat By Tony Batchelor, Snugglebugs, Denmark.(Reprinted with permission) I started this investigation following a blood test on our Devon Rex kitten. She was found to be type B, when both her parents had been tested as type A. I had already been involved with the article by Judith Picknell, and the Danish translation of it, so was…

Birman History

Birman History Origins The Birman is said to have originated in western Burma; and certainly cats with similar markings are recorded in documents from ancient Thailand. One story claims that a pair was given as a gift to an Englishman named Major Gordon Russell and his friend August Pavie by the priests of the Khmer people; another that the cats…

BAER Test Cristalline

BAER Test Cristalline By Daniëlle Rozeboom, Traditional Persian Cattery Yeri Shaes.(Reprinted with permission) In The Netherlands it's not allowed to breed with deaf white cats (also not cats who are deaf on only one ear). To prove that a white kitty is not deaf, you need to do the BAER test. In The Netherlands there are not many locations where you…

Anatolien Cattery

 "This page was originally a part of the Maine Coon Heritage Site, a site that was first created in 1998 by Cynthia Bowen (Coontopia), Ulrika Olsson (Ylletrollets), Astrid Straver (Tricks and Tails) and Janet Marr (Furkats). It was then taken over by PawPeds, and it is now split up to fit better with the structure of PawPeds' website." How the…

A schedule for vaccination of cats

A schedule for vaccination of cats By Pr. Oswald Jarrett, University of Glasgow, 2007.(Reprinted with permission). Is annual vaccination necessary? There is general agreement that vaccination of cats and dogs against the major infectious diseases of each species is highly desirable, and that a primary course of vaccination should be given early in the life of the animal followed by…

A Cat Tale

 "This page was originally a part of the Maine Coon Heritage Site, a site that was first created in 1998 by Cynthia Bowen (Coontopia), Ulrika Olsson (Ylletrollets), Astrid Straver (Tricks and Tails) and Janet Marr (Furkats). It was then taken over by PawPeds, and it is now split up to fit better with the structure of PawPeds' website." A Cat…