What Are the Signs of an Inbred Cat?

Penelope- inbred Persian dumped at cat shelter

Cat inbreeding causes what is described as “inbreeding depression” which is another term for general weakness. Robinson’s Genetics for Breeders and Veterinarians provides a list of signs of inbreeding depression which are as follows: There may be a decline in … please continue reading

Shock horror: first Ragdoll cats were like ragdolls because they were drugged!

Ragdoll cat

What can I say? I am horrified. But I am not surprised. Sarah Hartwell, the internet’s doyenne of cat fancy history, has a shocking snippet of information regarding the early days of the Ragdoll cat breed tucked away within one … please continue reading

Scientists criticise cat breed standards which promote flat faced cats leading to breathing problems

Flat faced cats and health

We know it and now scientists have confirmed it: snub-nosed cats (heavily shortened muzzles) are vulnerable to breathing problems. Cat purchasers should be very clear on this. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh conducted a questionnaire survey involving 1000 cat … please continue reading