Breeders – General

  What originally inspired you to author your book, Feline Husbandry: Diseases and Management in the Multiple Cat Environment? I needed to take a sabbatical leave and decided to stay at Davis and write two books.  I was going through a serious bout of depression, due both to my Scandinavian background and complete over-work and mental exhaustion.  I started the book Feline Infectious Diseases first, and used that as a springboard to the husbandry text.  I set a goal of writing just a few pages a day, and as you all know, if you even write one page a day, you will end up with a book in a year.

The quest for solutions to companion animal disease can be a long and complex journey. To achieve success, veterinary researchers must use a wide variety of techniques and skills that include clinical work, laboratory experimentation and analysis, evaluation of related research, fundraising and grant writing, and above all, patience and persistence. Another key component is collaboration, which often involves academic colleagues.


But researchers at the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health and the Koret Center for Veterinary Genetics of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory also work closely with community practice veterinarians, animal shelters, rescue groups, pet owners, and breeders to find ways to identify, treat, and prevent disease.

"Feline Husbandry", authored and edited by Dr. Niels C. Pedersen of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, was originally published in 1991. The book struck a chord with breeders of purebred cats, is a respected resource covering all aspects of managing feline health...

Resistance is the ability of the immune system to cope with a disease. It is known that 50% of the incidence is heritable, and that resistance (or susceptibility) factors exist in both toms and queens. However, culling problem toms is the simplest genetic procedure to reduce incidence. Toms produce far more litters and kittens than queens, and therefore have a much bigger effect on the disease. Good judgment and husbandry will influence the other 50% of the equation.


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