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RornDoone wrote at 2016-09-02 00:58:48
He looks like Ashen, my cat in days gone by. Before he was up for adoption, I visited him every day at the Pound. The most common comment I heard as random visitors passed by was, "My God! Look at the SIZE of that CAT!!!" He was 18 pounds and very muscular, no fat, and the coolest, biggest cat I have ever seen -- and the most loving -- came when called, scrambled all over on that first night to figure a way up to my loft bed. Often woke me by gently nudging my nose with his. I think the fictional "Cat Guild" would have kicked him out if they'd known he was so sweet and responsive to commands. He also had a tail about 6-7 inches long, looked like he'd been in an accident. But when I got him to the Vet, she ran her fingers along his tail and whadd'ya know, he had a "crook" on the end of that short tail, just like the crook a Siamese should have! So no accident, it was genetics. By this clue, she decided he was a Manx/Siamese. Manx are huge cats with very short or no tail.  She said it was possible for littermates to have a long tail like a Siamese, even with same markings, but it was very nice of him to have this clue into his genetic heritage.


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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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