important is record keeping? When you
have just one or two
cats as pets their care and upkeep is considered incidental. Few people
consider saving receipts for food or veterinary bills as that is simply
part of having a pet.
can take on a new
importance if you are thinking about raising purebred animals of any
kind. You need accurate records for
breeding of cats does not require the outlay of someone breeding
purebred horses or cattle but anything worth doing is worth doing
When there are
a half dozen cats of various ages
have litters, you then have pedigrees to record, health records to keep
and evaluating your litters.
- Does one queen consistently produce that
look while another has constant health problems? Health is a factor
- Animals that get sick right
before a show are no
fun and from a “just a pet” situation healthy
evaluating the litters you know whether you are getting the look that
you want. If you aren’t then take a step back and make changes
do that you need records!
$7 per bag pet food at the store for one or two pet cats is different
from the more expensive premium food needed for best production of ten
- Queens producing good litters deserve good food
to stay healthy
and raise kittens.
- If you notice on one food there are less – or
problems than another then it warrants documenting this on your
you to not only make smart decisions
about your cats but with any species breeding for show you can
sometimes breed the best to the best and get a dud. What to do with
them? Good records let you not only dig out a waiting list of people
who wanted a pet but allows you to accurately say what was done when
from a health point of view.
records allow evaluation.
- Is there a trait that is often mentioned – good
- If you look at
your records and see ten judges all had positive comments about coat
condition then don’t change what you’re doing!
- On the other hand if
they all point out the same fault you can rest assured that is
something to build on and find a mate that is particularly strong in
of the most important information is
records of identification.
- If your cats
are microchipped have that information where you can lay hands on it
- Regularly take updated photos of
- This allows you to physically see changes as
your management decisions
change but it also provides photos if your cat were to get out and
one likes to think about this many
people as well as ‘experts’ do not know cat breeds. Many know Siamese
and anything with other-than-short hair is Persian but beyond that it’s
a black hole of knowledge with many people. A photo can make the
difference sometimes between finding your cat or not.
system need not be expensive – folders and an expandable
notebook can keep things in order. If you keep records on your computer
be sure to back them up regularly. Good record keeping help produce
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