The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) unveils CatDNAtest.org, an affordable feline DNA testing tool to effectively provide valuable health information, enabling early diagnosis and treatment of genetic disease. Health impacts are measurable.
“We are very pleased to partner with the Cat Fanciers’ Association to provide cat owners and caregivers the numerous benefits that advanced DNA testing technology can offer,” said GeneSeek’s Lindsey Kock, DVM. “As we’ve found through our many years of working with various animal species and their associated breed registries, DNA testing provides significant opportunities to both improve the overall health of the population through more informed breeding decisions, and provides valuable information about the health and traits of an individual enabling earlier diagnosis and treatment. In both cases, the impact on animal health is significant.”
CatDNAtest.org is a cooperative effort by CFA and GeneSeek, the world’s largest animal genetic testing laboratory. The state-of-the-art testing procedures uses SNP Array Genetic Evaluation (pronounced “snips”). The testing helps identify genetic diseases and traits such as color. Not only does genetic testing offer insights to the health of an individual cat, it also provides genetic information that can be used to make informed breeding decisions and improve the health of future off-spring and long-term viability of a breed.
Cats can be tested at any age via a cheek swab. Participants will receive an officially certified SNP DNA Testing Certificate, which shows all the genetic information obtained from the test.
The service is available to all those who seek feline DNA testing, including breeders, veterinarians, and cat lovers.
For more information, including costs and step-by-step instructions, visit www.catdnatest.org.
The overall impression of the ideal Burmese would be a cat of medium size with substantial bone structure, good muscular development and a surprising weight for its size.
The facial expression of a Burmese is sweet, innocent and unique among pedigreed cats. It has been said that when the Burmese looks at you, it feels like it is “looking into your soul.”
This little bundle is clothed in a shiny, close-lying coat that feels like satin. The Burmese coat come in four colors: sable, champagne, blue and platinum. Sable is the most common of the four, and is a deep chocolate brown color.
These are the ultimate companion cats. They love being with people, playing with them, and keeping them entertained. They crave close physical contact and are referred to by some breeders as “Velcro cats.” They abhor an empty lap, will follow their humans from room to room, and sleep in bed with them, preferably under the covers, cuddled as close as possible.
Learn more about the Burmese…
For some inspiration setting your own New Year’s Resolutions, let’s take a look at what your cat has decided on…
Finishing up our 12 Days of Catmas…..
On the twelfth day of Catmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve sweet Exotics
Eleven Cornish Rexes
Ten British Shorthairs
Nine playful Abys
Eight fluffy Persians
Seven blue Chartreux
You can find days 1-6 here….
If you aren’t following us on our Facebook Page, we’ve been sharing the 12 Days of Catmas! (Yes, traditionally the 12 Days of Christmas happen AFTER December 25, but these are cats, and they don’t follow the rules….
Here’s our first 6 days:
On the sixth day of Catmas, my true love gave to me:
Six Maine Coon Cats
Five Russian Blues
Three Devon Rexes
and a sweet little Somali girl
The British Shorthair, probably the oldest English breed of cat, traces its ancestry back to the domestic cat of Rome. Although first known as the British Blue, due to the breed’s original color, its native country incorporated a wide variety of colors under the term British Shorthair in the 1950’s. CFA also recognizes the British Shorthair in many different colors and patterns.
The British Shorthair is a medium to large cat of compact build, powerful and well balanced. Taking years to mature, British Shorthairs often do not reach full size and development until the age of three.
The British Shorthair coat is like no other; short and as dense as deep pile carpet. Their coats are another factor that serves them well in English gardens during the winter. No other breed of cat has as dense a coat with more hairs per square inch, than the British Shorthair. Running your fingers through the coat is so pleasurable that breeders often extend this courtesy, when politely asked. Though luxurious to pet, the short coat needs minimal care.
Living with British Shorthairs is relaxing. They are not overly active cats, which is why they are comfortable in apartments as well as houses. With true British reserve, they will wait for an invitation to join you at your side on a couch or chair.
Learn more about the British Shorthair…
The behavioral studies team of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis needs your help!
Please participate in their survey of cat behaviors – the survey is short and completely anonymous.
Click here for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LifeWithYourCat
Congratulations to our Best-In-Show winner from the Dr. Elseys CFA International Cat Show this past weekend….
One cat from each show (Red and Purple) was chosen in Championship and Premiership along with one Kitten from each show. Selection was based on total points earned. The six cats were then judged by CFA All Breed Judges Kathy Black of Duncan, OK; Wain Harding of Ukiah, CA; and Yaeko Takano of Tokyo, Japan. They selected their first and second runners up, along with the Best Cat in Show.
BEST IN SHOW
GP, NW CINEMA’S LIBERACE OF CALCAT
Copper-Eyed White Persian Neuter
Breeder: Blake Mayes-Dennis Adler
Owner: Joseph Deutsch-Joanne Hardeman-Kerry Ury-Cynthia A Lewis-Constance W Wardlaw
GC CACAO WHISKEY IN THE WATER
Brown Tabby & White Persian Male
Breeder/Owner: Janet & Carissa Altschul
GC, RW VELVETKIST DESIGNER GENES
Cream & White Persian Male
Breeder/Owner: Noralyn Heisig
Coming this weekend, November 19 and 20!
If you are in the Novi, Michigan area this weekend, be sure to come see the CFA International Cat Show, being held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi, MI.
In addition to the judging rings, the show offers a variety of activities for the entire family. Spectators can enjoy watching the feline agility competition. And for those wanting more in-depth information about the different breeds of cats, there is an education ring.
The first 250 adult attendees purchasing a ticket at the show will receive a coupon good for a free sample of Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter, redeemable only at Dr. Elsey’s show booth the days of the show.
The show is open to the public on Saturday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm and on Sunday from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm.
View our Press Release for a link to a coupon good for $1 off the price of admission!
The Bombay originated in the mid-1960s as a hybrid between the Burmese and the American Shorthair.
With its jet black, gleaming coat, gold to copper eyes, solid body and sweet facial expression, the ideal Bombay has an unmistakable look of its own. The Bombay is a medium-size cat, well-balanced, friendly, alert, and outgoing; muscular and having a surprising weight for its size.
Bombays are wonderful companions and will sit on your lap hour after hour; they love to be around people. They will follow you wherever you go changing rooms whenever you move. They want to be the center of attention and in the middle of everything. They are highly intelligent cats that love to play and are easy to train.
The Bombay is one of the easiest breeds to groom and bathe. Since their coats are so short and satiny there is very little shedding. If given a monthly bath, their shedding is almost nonexistent.
Learn more about the Bombay…