The idea behind this e-book came from a casual discussion I once had with one of our cat breeder. He was telling me how much he loved participating to cat shows, but that he couldn’t help thinking of all those infectious diseases his cats could potentially pick up while participating to those events…
No doubt there might be a dilemma : cats shows are where breeders will show the world the results of their genetic selection efforts. This is where they will compete to be rewarded for those efforts. This is also where all cat lovers gather and where they will share good moments with friends who like them, speak and breath cats. Definitely THE place to be when one is so passionate about breeding cats.
The other side of the coin : in all textbooks, you will read that cats have an inherent predisposition for developing infectious diseases. And a gathering of cats originating from different catteries can obviously be seen as an important risk factor. That is something that scares many cat lovers.
We cannot deny it : there is and will always be a risk. But that is the same from any kind of gathering – animal or human. The real question is : how big a risk is it ? And more importantly, can we do something about it ?