[BLOG] The Maternity : What I was reminded of while traveling

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A week ago I was in Jakarta, Indonesia to give a series of lecture on sanitation in kennels & catteries.

Jakarta is famous for its super-dense traffic… and I surely experience that ! I was told beforehand not to be scared about the amount of motorbikes and scooters I would see. And for sure, while we were driving those busy streets, there were quite a few surrounding our car. Nearly at all time !

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[BLOG] Kittens & Transport: What You Must Tell Their Owners

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Number 1 priority these days in catteries? Prevent the consequences of stress. This is of the utmost importance for kittens. Especially when they are leaving your cattery to go to their new owners’ place.

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[BLOG] Feline Reproduction : she just delivered… and is now back in season ?!?!?

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When it comes to reproduction, the feline species never ceases to amaze me.

Despite our ever growing understanding of the hormonal mechanisms behind the reproductive function, things that are theoretically not possible might be seen from time to time in queens.

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[BLOG] Hygiene of the litter box in catteries : my recommendations

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Few times a year, I get the following question: “what do you think of this type of litter? It is said that we can only change it once a week, once a month… “

I totally understand why cat breeders might look into those options. They are indeed more convenient, requiring less work on their side. I am sure they can be very practical… for private cat owners. For breeders, I have huge doubts. Especially when it comes to prevent diarrhea in kittens. Let me explain why.

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[BLOG] The #1 cause of Infertility in the Feline Species

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A few years ago, a cat breeder I met during at a seminar contacted me. One of his queens was having fertility issues, obviously it was a very interesting subject for his genetic selection program. He tried several males he told me, of proven fertility… but his girl never got pregnant. When he contacted me, I could feel how desperate he was. He was wondering if we had any “high-tech” approach to this kind of problem. “Sure we have, I told him. But let me ask you this question first.”

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[BLOG] My Christmas Gift : 11 Free E-books on Kennel & Cattery Management

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I really love this time of the year.

It’s in the air : hope, love, joy, happiness… Everything slows down for a moment. We put our grieves aside and focus on what is really important: spending great moments with family and friends. Again, I really love this time of the year.

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[BLOG] Something to always look for in infertile queens…

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–  We bred her several times Doc. She had this one litter a couple of years ago but since then, nothing… We used different males, we are sure they are fertile since they bred again after and did not miss any other female. To tell you the truth, we are a bit desperate. She is such a valuable breeding subject.

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[BLOG] Breeding cats ? Make sure you know that one !

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Social media. My parallel universe. Where I can escape. Live up to my dreams. And connect with the world. I’m always seeking for new connections. People who like me, have a huge interest in management of kennels and catteries. People with who I can share my passion. And these days you know, I find out that this is where come from the most interesting discussions.

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[E-BOOK] At the cat show : Infectious Disease Prevention

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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 ?

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[BLOG] Tritrichomonas foetus in catteries : an update

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Every week, I watch several webinars. They give me ideas for my next webinar series and they also help me keep track on what is happening in the field of veterinary medicine. And this week, I watched an interesting one. The topic : Tritrichomonas foetus in catteries.

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