The growth of the internet has changed the way we do so many things in the world. There is hardly any area in society that has not been affected... and the cat fancy is no exception.
Cat-related email lists have become an ordinary part of the cat fancy and they are here to stay. Some people find cat lists of great benefit, making it much easier to learn more about cat showing and grooming, breeding and medical issues.
Other people find that belonging to a cat list is just not something that interests them or that they have time for.
- Making contacts
- Becoming more involved
Drawbacks to Belonging to Cat Lists
- Vulnerable to attack/misunderstanding
- Preaching to the Choir
Options On How To Receive Your Cat List Emails
Your interests and the amount of time you want to devote to reading emails about cats will determine to some extent which cat lists you join. You also have three options on how to receive your emails from a list.
- Individual Emails: Each post to the list is sent to your email address one at a time as it is received. The advantage is that you received every email quickly. The disadvantage is if you belong to many lists, the emails from each list are jumbled up with one another, sometimes making it difficult to follow each thread.
- Digest: A daily digest of up to 25 messages. The advantage is that all the messages from one list are kept together. The disadvantage is that you will be receiving messages later than if you were receiving each one individually.
- No Email: You can read the emails on the internet at your leisure by going to the particular cat list's homepage.
If you decide that you would like to join a cat list, the choices are endless. There is a perfect cat list for ever person's tastes and needs.
Which List to Join?
With a huge choice of cat lists, how do you decide which one would be best for you? Start with asking yourself a few questions:
- What are your primary interests - Showing? Breeding? Medical Issues? Pedigrees?
- What are you looking for on the list? General Information? Friends? Chit chat? Support? New Kitten?
- What is your level of interest?
- How informed are you?
- How much time do you have to devote to reading on the computer?
Types of Lists
Cat lists often seem to fall into one of several main categories:
- Registry List
- Regional/Country List
- Breed List/Color of cat
- General Health/Medical or Specific Diseases/Conditions
Volume of an Individual List
Some lists have a huge volume of emails, some have very few. Not every post in a high volume list will interest every member. Depending on the individual's needs, high volume lists will be of great interest with lots of benefits or will take too much time to weed through to find the occasional item of particular benefit. If you find the volume of a particular list is overwhelming, the list may not be a good choice for you.
"Style" of an Individual List
Different people want different things from a list. And depending on the style of the list, individuals will join and participate, while others will join, stay a while, and leave. It all depends what the individual is looking for and if the style of the list suits their needs.
Some lists focus on the sharing of information. Some list have a more "social" feel, with individuals relating to one another as friends.
Some lists have frequent controversies.
Some lists share lots of photos, some almost never do.
The list that best suits me may not suit you at all :-)
Which List Should You Join?
If you are looking for a starting place, the minimum lists to join might include:
- a cat health list
- your main breed list
- your cat registry list
Where do I find cat lists to join?
New lists are being created every day. A good place to start looking for cat lists is by doing a search on yahoogroups.com, one of the main hosts of "lists". Most lists have an open membership. You do need to register with Yahoogroups.com before joining any of their lists. Each list includes a description about their list content and when you join you can usually access archives of past messages. Each list also shows the number of members to give you an idea of its size. You can also browse through Cat Email Listscurrent only up to January 2001 for some ideas of the variety of lists that are out there on the web...
Have fun! :-)