Articles focusing on the issues of breeding and raising pedigreed cats

Titles marked with a red asterisk * are for members only.


  • * Are All Problems Inherited?
    Knowing which faults in your kittens may be genetic, and which may be due to other factors is essential to evaluating which cats to include or remove from a well thought-out breeding program.
    September 2022

  • * Breeder Opinions for Improvement in the Persian
    410 Breeders and judges were surveyed asking where they think Persians and Exotics could most be improved.
    September 2003

  • * Breeding A Cat With A Genetic Fault
    Should you use a cat with a genetic fault in your breeding program? While the answer may not a simple yes or no, here are things to consider that may help you make an informed decision...
    April 2018

  • * Breeding Myths
    Learn the what and why about the most commonly held myths and misconceptions about genetics and breeding...
    October 2020

  • Breeding Plan
    The smart breeder has a PLAN...
    June 2021

  • * Breeding Techniques
    Inbreeding, Line Breeding and Outcrossing... do you understand what each is? And more importantly which breeding technique you should be using?
    November 2017

  • Early Retirement (For Your Breeding Cat)
    Early retirement is something most of us dream about . . . but what about the cats in your breeding program? Don't they deserve an early retirement too?
    April 2018

  • * How Long Should A Cat's Breeding Career Be?
    At what age should a cat be retired from your breeding program?
    June 2021

  • In Praise of Breeder Quality Cats
    While we all strive for show quality cats, the humble breeder quality cat can also be a valuable part of your program.
    December 2020

  • * Keeping A Fresh Eye
    A longtime breeder shares his thoughts on re-assessing his breeding program
    May 2022

  • * Never Double Up On Faults
    While cat breeding is part art and part science, a basic principal that smart breeders following in mating cats is to never to breed individuals together that share a common fault . . .
    January 2021

  • One Litter - Two Breeds
    In CFA, when can one litter have kittens registered as two different breeds?
    July 2019

  • * One Litter, Two Sires
    Have you ever wondered if it was possible for one litter of kittens to be sired by two different cats? Learn the answer ...
    August 2021

  • * Process Cat
    Sometimes when you cannot find the 'perfect' cat for your breeding program, you decide to use a cat that has some of the characteristics you want even though it doesn't meet all your needs. This is called a "Process Cat".
    September 2021

  • * Remaining Small
    How many cats is enough for a viable breeding progam? How many cats are too many?
    October 2002

  • * Three Strikes Rule
    Every cat breeder constantly needs to make decisions about their breeding program. One of the most worrisome challenges is deciding how long to keep working with a kitty when things go wrong. To help you decide, you may want to consider using the "Three Strikes Rule".
    June 2016

  • * Tongue Tipping
    It can be most frustrating to have your beautiful show kitten begin to tip its tongue...
    July 2019

  • * Your 2 Cents
    See the results of a breeder poll asking such questions as, 'At what age do you usually know your kitten has show potential?'
    September 2006



You can also search for articles by clicking on a link in the menu on the left including

Articles by Title, Author's Name, Spanish Articles

or use the Search feature by entering a keyword



Back :: Top :: Home


Photos at the bottom of this page are by Chanan





Legal Disclaimer | Report A Broken Link or Typo

Website created & maintained by
ShowCatsOnline Web Design