The cat is an obligate carnivore which is a classification of animal with a shoulder joint that enables the animal to extend the upper portion of its body when asleep or inactive, allowing the tail to fully fold over its back in such a way as to protect the body from cold and/or heat. It is probably the most commonly known domestic animal in the category Felidae and is also known as the domestic cat to differentiate it from its wild forefathers. The cat is probably the oldest domestic animal in history, as fossils have been discovered supporting the view that cats lived on the earth thousands of years ago.
The cat may be a solitary or semi solitary feline, with the range sometimes overlapping. It has a varied diet consisting of meat, seed and vegetation, with hunting on the ground being the main focus of the animal. In order to qualify for the cat exam, candidates must show all the currently accepted characteristics listed below.
The majority of breeds accept the simplified scoring rubric used in determining cat behavior, with some variations in respect to coat color and variation in activity levels. The remaining breeds require more detailed observation of the behavior of the animal and the scoring of each cat section depends upon the number of candidates in each section who pass the written exam. In order to be eligible for examination, candidates need to demonstrate the four major categories of behavior: house chewing, four-legged walking and resting, marking, and traveling.
The most common qualification requirement for entry into the domestic cat registry is proof of cat health status, demonstrating a well-developed tail and mild to moderate coat condition, with no evidence of current disease. A description of each cat’s behavior is required including the pups behavior, age and current health status, in addition to a description of each cat’s individual appearance. The breed standard of each cat category also requires a description of each characteristic required by the common admission test for prospective candidates. Two years of experience in providing veterinary services is necessary to meet the guidelines for entry into the felines registry. To enhance your candidacy, you will also need to supply the department with documentation that demonstrates your cat care knowledge and abilities.
Proof of cat ownership is not the only prerequisite for registration as a common cat eligibility candidate. If you have been approved as a cat eligibility candidate, you will also need to provide proof of liability insurance. As the department’s requirements for eligibility change from year to year, there is no guarantee that your previous registration will be approved for reapplication. It is recommended that applicants re-apply for approval every five years to ensure consistent, comprehensive screening of cats as each year new rules are implemented. As each year approaches the expiration date of the registration period for each eligible breed or type of cat, the department may require additional documentation.
A thorough examination of each cat’s history is critical to determining eligibility for cat registration. Information provided by the animal control officer during the interview process will help the veterinarian complete this examination. In order to be considered for registration, prospective candidates should have no previous felonies, significant current health problems, or infectious diseases. The owner of the home where the cat will be residing must also sign an agreement authorizing the cat’s use for a specific period of time. All cat eligibility candidates must be current on their vaccinations at the time of application.
If the cat has not been spayed or neutered, the applicant will be required to provide documentation of past operations. This is another requirement of being considered a cat eligibility candidate. A prospective candidate who has been spayed or neutered may be considered a candidate if they do not produce a tomcat odor when the cat is present in the home. The cat may still be required to undergo general anesthesia during the procedure.
There are two separate processes for cat eligibility candidates. The first cat notification year allows students to begin to learn about the cat breeding process. The second cat notification year provides students with final year graduation requirements and allows candidates to make it through the year without having to worry about legal issues.
The veterinary school at the college that a student is attending will handle the cat breeding process. At the conclusion of the bachelor’s degree program, if the candidate does not become eligible for breeding licenses and is not eligible to participate in the National Rabbit Breeders Association tournament, the candidate may apply to enter another Bachelor of Science with another eligible institution for a final year of study. The final year of study will give candidates the opportunity to apply for state certification as an exhibitor in their field of choice. The cat broker will handle all aspects of the process from application to exam fulfillment.