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Russia’s Largest Bank Lending Cats??

Smart business move!

According to Russian superstition, when new home owners let a cat walk through their new home before they move in, it will bring good luck. With that in mind, Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, is offering to lend cats to customers who take out home mortgages.

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Parisian Luxury Hotel Adopts Cat as Mascot

It looks as though Paris has gone crazy for cats! In addition to a cat café, now a Paris hotel has a resident cat. The Bristol Hotel in Paris has adopted a Birman cat named Kléopatra, who will join its other resident cat Fa-raon and will be allowed to roam the hotel as its pet mascot.

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Featured Breed: Sphynx

The Sphynx, aka “the hairless cat” is not always totally hairless. There can be a fine down on the body, which makes the cat feel like a warm peach. The texture of the Sphynx skin has been likened to suede, a hot water bottle, or a heated chamois. Sphynx are extremely lovable, known to perform silly antics and can be downright clumsy in their attempts to be the center of attention. They have abundant energy and are mischievous, always wanting to be with you, on you or showing off for you. Sphynx seem to prefer human attention, but enjoy the company of dogs and all other breeds of cats.

Read more about the Sphynx...

How a Cat Breed Becomes Official

Dedication and Commitment: Two traits that are necessary for the process for acceptance of a cat breed.

Our friends at Vetstreet asked the pros what it takes to get a cat recognized as an official breed in the United States, Canada and the U.K.

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Cute Kitten Pictures Promote Focus

Next time you find yourself unable to focus, take a look at a cute kitten picture!

In a recent study, researchers conducted three experiments which examined the effects of viewing cute images on subsequent task performance and found that participants performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute images.

First Cat Café Opens in North America

Cat Café Montreal, which is located at 3435 St. Denis, is the first cat café officially registered in North America with eight resident cats who were adopted from the local humane society. Patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy coffee and pastries while relaxing and bonding with the residents of the café.

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Featured Breed: Somali

The Somali is the “little fox” of the cat fancy. While Somalis are generally known as “the longhaired Abyssinian”, they truly are their own breed, and their longer hair, fluffier tail and breeches, and full plume tails do truly give them a look that resembles a wild fox. The Somali is the epitome of everything most people want in a companion animal – lively, alert, and actively engaged in everything that piques their curiosity – but when playtime is over, they will seek all the attention and affection their caretakers are willing to give. Once you’ve lived with a Somali, you’ve experienced the best!

Read more about the Somali...

Are you a cat person?

While this article is not a scientific study, there is still some truth in the rationale as to why cat people are so appealing.

Check out these six reasons from our friends at Vetstreet as to why they love cat people, and see if you agree.

Meet Pedigreed Cats at a CFA Show Near You!

CFA Ambassador Cat GP Kaluamoa Mister Peabody and his human, Ken Cribbs, were special guests at the "Paws-itively Furr-tastic" pet adoption event sponsored by The Pet Corner at the Ward Warehouse shopping center in Honolulu on August 16, 2014. Mister Peabody met and charmed at least a thousand visitors, from very young to very old, most whom had never seen, held or petted a pedigreed cat.

Check out a CFA Cat show near you to meet more pedigreed cats.

Study to Shed Light on the Secret Lives of Cats

It is best to keep your cat indoors so your cat will stay safe. However, for cats who are outdoor cats, researchers at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University are trying to shed some light on the secret lives of cats by tracking participating cats with tiny satellite tracking harnesses.

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Featured Breed: Singapura

The streets of Singapore are the origin of this breed. The Singapura is a small, shorthaired cat distinguished by its large eyes and its unusual warm beige colored and brown ticked coat. It is the smallest of the cat breeds. The word Singapura is the Malaysian word for Singapore.

Read more about the Singapura...

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Cat House

The four-foot square house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1954 for the Gerald B. Tonkens family of Cincinnati, Ohio. Tonken was a successful car dealer in Cincinnati. Wright also designed a house for the Tonkens family. The CFAF recently purchased the cat house from a private collector. Read more about this interesting piece of history.

Litterbox Training for Your Cat

Each cat needs to understand litterbox protocols when coming to a new home. After a visit to the vet to make sure there are not any problems, be sure to commit to a supervised litter box training period. Here are some tips to keep things clean and tidy when introducing kitty to a new home.

Los Angeles Feline Film Festival Hosted by Tara the Hero Cat and Lil Bub

We are happy to learn that Tara the Hero Cat will be hosting the L.A. Feline Film Festival on September, 21, 2014. Sponsored by the Santa Monica pet company Organikat and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, who notably first conceived the idea of doing an all-feline film fest in 2013, the festival will feature cat videos, real cats and even a few famous cats. Read more....

Featured Breed: Siberian

The Siberian cat is a natural breed and has been around for at least as long as recorded history. This Russian treasure was first imported to the United States in 1990. Agile and intelligent; the Siberian is a hefty, sturdy cat with medium-long hair and good temperament. Nature provides several coat and eye colors for this cat that nature made to survive in the harsh Russian climate.

Read more about the Siberian...

Great Characteristics of “Cat People”

Whether you are a cat person or a dog person, you will agree that people who own pets have interacted with their pets long enough so that they are able to acquire some extraordinary abilities. Take a look at this cute article from our friends at Vetstreet for the top six qualities of cat people. Do you agree?

Is your Country a “Cat Country?”

Most states in the U.S. have a pretty balanced cat to dog ratio. But, when it comes to countries there is a definite divide. If you live in countries of Switzerland, Austria and Turkey, you will see more cats than dogs by a 3 to 1 ratio. Check out this article to see if where you live is a cat or dog region?

The Musical Cats is Back on Stage!!

If you have never seen it, the time is now as the popular musical "Cats" opens to audiences in Broadway series musicals. Overall, “Cats” set records for running 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway. The story is entirely based on T.S. Eliot's collection of poetry, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the “Heavenside Layer and come back to a new life. Read more....

Featured Breed: Siamese

Siamese have fascinated people around the world since they were first officially exported from Thailand, or as it was known then Siam, in the late eighteen hundreds. Their sleek lines, striking color contrast, finely chiseled aristocratic heads, deep blue almond eyes, and short silky coats make them living art. Combine this beauty with acute intelligence, inquisitive personality and a loving nature and you have the essence of the Siamese cat.

Read more about the Siamese...

Foods You Will Want to Avoid Feeding Your Cat

It is important that your cat gets proper nutrition each day. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they must have meat in order to survive. In addition to animal protein, cats need fats, a small amount of carbohydrates and water for a balanced diet. Read more about what foods to feed your cat for a balanced diet, and also learn more about which foods to avoid.

Cat Whiskers Serve as Internal GPS

Did you know that a cat’s whiskers act as your cat’s internal radar system? The long, stiff hairs called vibrissae are connected to the cat’s muscular and nervous systems and send your cat information about his surroundings so he can respond to any changes in the environment. Read more about cat’s whiskers and how they help your cat navigate.

Japanese Island Has More Cats than Humans

With only 100 humans on the island and several hundred stray cats, Tashirojima Island, off the east coast of Japan is also known as Cat Island.  The cats were originally brought to Tashirojima to chase away mice which would harm the silk-making economy of the island.

The cats remain on the island and thrive because locals believe that feeding them will bring them good wealth and fortune. Read more....

Featured Breed: Selkirk Rex

From the moment of birth, curly kittens can be distinguished from their straight haired littermates by their curly whiskers. The Selkirk Rex breed is not for the uptight organized pet owner. These cats' humans must be prepared to take all kinds of hair jokes. Although they may not always win the beauty pageant, they always win the title of Miss Congeniality. Selkirk Rex owners are consistently stopped by people with anxious hands wanting to pet and feel this soft, plush pet. The fortunate humans are those who can take these live teddy cats home for cuddles and hugs.

Read more about the Selkirk Rex...

Meet Tama the Station Master

Tama, who turned 15 this past April, attracts thousands of tourists each year, after his seven years on the job for Wakayama Electric at the Kishi station in Wakayama, western Japan. Tama works four days a week, and has her own office - complete with a litter box, of course!

Read more about Tama...

Cat Ladies are in Good Company

What do Audrey Hepburn and Taylor Swift have in common? They have adopted cats. Audrey as Holly Golightly in the film "Breakfast at Tiffany’s", and Taylor Swift has taken pics of her cats Meredith and Olivia Benson, named after the SVU character. There is something to be said for the term “Cat Lady”, as now it shows that women are embracing their independence by owning a cherished pet.

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Supercats! Celebrates Cats in Movies

Argentine-based film makerAriel Belziti has a montage of cats in film with “Supercats!”

Quick, grab the cat and check out clips of your favorite felines including the protagonist of the film "That Darn Cat!", as well as Buttercup from the Hunger Games and more!

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Havana Brown

July 1, 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the acceptance of the Havana Brown into the CFA family of pedigreed cats. The phrase “Chocolate Delights” is often used by Havana Brown enthusiasts to describe this charming chocolate brown cat with the mesmerizing green eyes. They are alert, intelligent, affectionate and occasionally exhibit a mischievous personality. A breed for the true cat connoisseur, many say that once you have been “owned” by a Havana Brown, no other breed will do.

Read more about the Havana Brown...

Photographer Dresses Kittens as Beloved Film and TV Characters to Find Forever Homes

Kudos to Photographer Wendy McKee of Crosswind Studio found a creative way to find homeless cats forever homes when she began taking pictures of strays and her own cats to match them up with the perfect owner. Patterning kitty costumes after Princess Leia, Frodo Baggins and Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen, McKee’s efforts are paying off.

Congratulations to the Feline Agility Competition Winner

Best Cat in Agility for the 2013-14 season was GC, BW, RW, AG Folie A Deux Impurpriety, a silver spotted tabby & white Turkish Angora owned by Sarah Sieffert and Bob & Iris Zink. 

 Find out more about the CFA Feline Agility Competition and learn about which CFA-licensed shows offer Feline Agility.

The Top Ten Best Cities for Cats

Take a look at the top ten best cities for cats by the Movoto Real Estate blog. Selections are based on the 100 largest cities with a significant number of vets, shelters and pet stores.

Featured Breed: Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold kittens are born with straight ears. At about three to four weeks of age, their ears fold...or they don’t! The Fold is a medium cat with a rounded, well-padded body and a short, dense, and resilient coat. It has large, round, broadly spaced eyes full of sweetness; well-rounded whisker pads and a short nose with a gentle curve in profile.

Scottish Folds adapt to almost any home situation and are as comfortable in a room full of noisy children and dogs as they are in a single person’s dwelling. They don’t usually panic at shows or in strange hotel rooms, and they adjust to other animals extremely well.

Read more about the Scottish Fold...

Keep Your Cat Safe this Fourth of July

The 4th of July is a great time for family celebrations and get-togethers. Be sure to keep your cat indoors and never use fireworks around your cat or any animal. The day after the Fourth of July, animal shelters and veterinary offices are filled with pets that panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed.

Follow these basic tips to ensure your cat’s safety and comfort this 4th of July.

The Amazing Acro-Cats

The Amazing Acro-Cats are a group of talented felines who perform and educate the general public at sold out venues across the country. The cats perform tricks with such items as hoops, tumblers, skateboard, while hoisting flags, reading signs, and rolling balls over parallel ropes. The cats are trained by animal behaviorist Samantha Martin who teaches the importance of Clicker Training to improve the feline-human relationship and help the cat solve problems.

Check out dates as to when the Acro-Cats are in a city near you.

Study of IQ’s of Dog vs. Cat Owners

According to a new study from the U.K, cat owners are smarter than dog owners. The study’s findings revealed that university graduates were more likely to seek feline companionship, possibly due to longer work hours and the fact that cats do not need to go out for walks like dogs.

Read more about the study’s findings....

Featured Breed: Ragdoll

Ragdolls are large, laid-back, semi longhaired cats with captivating blue eyes. The Ragdoll is a pointed breed, which means that the body is lighter in color than the points on the face, legs, tail and ears. Ragdoll cats are known to run to greet you at the door, follow you from room to room, flop on you, sleep with you, and generally choose to be where you are. Many Ragdolls have been taught to come when called and play fetch. Ragdolls tend to be floor cats, not jumpers.

The Ragdoll’s semi long coat is plush and silky, and requires minimal grooming to keep it looking its best. In all, Ragdolls are well behaved, and easy to care for – perfect for our modern, busy, lifestyles.

Read more about the Ragdoll...

Tara the Hero Cat Receives First CFA Hero Cat Award

On Saturday, June 14 CFA honored Tara the Hero Cat and her family at its Region 5 Banquet in Palm Springs, CA. Tara is the first recipient of the CFA Hero Cat Award in Celebration of the Feline Human Bond.

Read more about Tara....

Cat Video Festival in New Orleans

Live near Mew Orleans? Come on over to New Orleans City Park on June 28, 2014 and enjoy a unique festival celebrating cats with booths, costume contests, photo contests, feline art and jewelry, food, fun and three showings of old and new favorite cat videos from the internet.

This unique and fun-filled event provides a platform for the Walker Art Center’s, cultural non-profits and animal welfare groups to increase awareness and support to advance scientific investigation of feline diseases, to promote improved health and well-being for cats and to encourage and support the artistic community. Read more....

CFA Annual in New Orleans

CFA will honor its Top Cats in Championship, Kitten and Premiership competitive classes for the 2013-2014 season at its Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans.

CFA’s Cat of the Year is GC, BW, NW Belamy's Desiderata of Cinema, a Calico Female Persian born on June 24, 2012. Desi’s breeder is Monika Vowe of Leverkusen, Germany. Her owners are Connie Stewart of Temple City, California and Blake Mayes and Dennis Adler of Boise, Idaho.

The Kitten of the Year is GC, NW Dotdotdot Bornintheusa (Uncle Sam) of Wild Rain, a Chocolate Spotted Male Ocicat, born on March 25, 2013. Breeders/Owners are Roger & Nancy Brown of Elkhorn, Nebraska & David and Carol Freels of Pleasant Grove, California.

The Premiership Cat of the Year is GP, NW Sandesox Justsweetness (Tommy) of Whitesox, a Blue Point Birman Neuter born on August 17, 2012. Tommy’s breeders are Karen Lane & Sandy Faust. He is owned by Karen Lane of Delray Beach, FL, Sandy Faust of Antioch, Illinois & Yvonne Griffin of Casselbarry, Florida.

All Aboard! Amtrak Announces Pilot Program for Cats on Trains

It’s a start--as Amtrak is doing a test program for only dogs and cats who weigh up to 20 pounds. Owners will be required to put the animals in carriers and place them at their feet and under their seats.

Last year, lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced the Pets on Trains Act, calling for Amtrak to produce a plan to allow "domesticated cats or dogs on certain trains." The bill currently has 33 co-sponsors, 18 Republicans and 15 Democrats.

CFA Museum Persian Breed Exhibit

The Cat Fanciers’ Association Foundation, Inc. announces the opening of a special breed collection -- The Persian Breed Exhibit at the Feline Historical Museum in Alliance, OH which will run from May 1 until October 31. According to registration statistics from The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the Persian is the most popular of the forty-two recognized breeds of pedigreed cats.

This new breed exhibit will take a look at the Persian breed through historical documentation regarding the early beginnings of the breed, and its development over the centuries, as well as show the Persian cat in various styles of art and collectibles.

Featured Breed: RagaMuffin

RagaMuffins are gorgeous cats, with large expressive eyes that are just begging you to come closer. RagaMuffins are wonderful with children and even other pets. Their calm and patient temperament lends itself to the boisterous, robust play of youngsters and they can easily be found attending tea parties or taking rides in baby strollers.

RagaMuffins want to please, and some pet owners even report they can be taught tricks, such as fetching, or wearing a harness/leash. They also make wonderful companions for those who live alone because they provide much needed company and support. They listen to you and offer their love as a response.

Read more about the RagaMuffin...

Help Your Cat Beat the Heat This Summer!

Cats can suffer illnesses which range from heart difficulties, heat stroke, breathing issues just like humans when warmer weather hits.

Take note of the danger signs and use these preventative measures for keeping your cat safe and cool this summer.

CFA’s Cat of the Year

CFA’s Cat of the Year is GC, BW, NW Belamy's Desiderata of Cinema ("Desi"), a Calico Female Persian born on June 24, 2012. Desi’s breeder is Monika Vowe of Leverkusen, Germany. Her owners are Connie Stewart of Temple City, California and Blake Mayes and Dennis Adler of Boise, Idaho. Desi also took the highest honors at the Best-of-the-Best competition at the CFA-Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show in Novi, Michigan this past November. The Championship competition is for unaltered pedigreed cats over the age of eight months.

See all the top cats...

CFA’s Kitten of the Year

The Kitten of the Year is GC, NW Dotdotdot Bornintheusa of Wild Rain ("Uncle Sam"), a Chocolate Spotted Male Ocicat, born on March 25, 2014. Breeders/Owners are Roger & Nancy Brown of Elkhorn, Nebraska & David and Carol Freels of Pleasant Grove, California. Uncle Sam was named second runner up in the Best-of-the Best competition at the CFA-Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show. The Kitten competition is for unaltered or altered, pedigreed kittens between the ages of four and eight months.

See all the top Kittens...

CFA’s Premiership Cat of the Year

The Premiership Cat of the Year is GP, NW Sandesox Justsweetness of Whitesox ("Tommy"), a Blue Point Birman Neuter born on August 17, 2012. Tommy’s breeders are Karen Lane & Sandy Faust. He is owned by Karen Lane of Delray Beach, FL, Sandy Faust of Antioch, Illinois & Yvonne Griffin of Casselbarry, Florida. Tommy is the first Birman ever to receive the title of CFA's Premiership Cat of the Year. Tommy was the third runner up in the Best-of- the Best competition at the CFA-Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show. The Premiership competition is for altered pedigreed cats over the age of eight months.

See all the top Cats in Premiership...

Featured Breed: Persian

The Persian is CFA’s most popular and easily recognized breed, known for its beautiful long, fluffy coat, stocky body, big round eyes, flat face and sweet docile temperament. There are seven Divisions in the Persian breed – Solid, Parti-Color, Smoke and Shaded, Silver and Golden, Tabby, Calico and Bi-Color and Himalayan – with a wide variety of colors and patterns available. Their sweet, gentle, personalities blend into most households once they feel secure in their new environment.

Read more about the Persian...

Cat Café in London is the Cat’s Meow!

Named after Alice's cat in Alice in Wonderland, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium of London opened last month.

It is the first cat café in London, where visitors can go and enjoy the company of cats along with a cup of tea and biscuits.

Cat Communication 101

How can you tell when your cat is mad, sad, scared or happy?

Watch this cute video that explains how cats communicate their emotions.

Adopting a Retired Show Cat

There are many advantages of adopting a retired, show cat. From time-to-time, breeders make show cats available to forever homes to live out their retirement years. Attend a CFA show to see if there is a retired show cat that fits your lifestyle. Read this wonderful article about Darlene and Stormy, a retired Chartreux show cat.

Cat Owners Beware of the Easter Lily

Known for their beauty and fragrance, Easter lilies, tiger lilies, rubrum lilies, and some species of day lily are all poisonous to our feline friends and can cause kidney failure and even death.

Learn to recognize these signs and symptoms of lily poisoning.

Smart Cat!

Not wanting to retype a paper he had already written, Physicist J.H. Hetherington learned of an unfortunate style rule: the journal, Physical Review Letters, does not accept the pronoun we in single-author papers. Due to the fact that this paper was written before word processors became widely used, Hetherington added his cat as a second author, “F.D.C. Willard,” which stood for “Felis Domesticus Chester Willard.” Chester is the cat’s name and Willard was the cat’s father’s name. Read more....

Keeping Your Indoor Cat Safe

Read these tips on how to keep your indoor cat safe and happy in a cat-proof home. By incorporating these simple suggestions, such as bringing the outdoors inside to entertain your cat and providing solo diversions such as toys and a scratching post, you will keep your cat entertained and secure ‘year round.

Featured Breed: Oriental

The Oriental is a study in long straight lines, with long tubular bodies, long slender legs and tail all in perfect harmony with each other. The dramatic almond eyes and large flaring ears compliment the wedge shape of the head.

Orientals are energetic, personable cats who come in a myriad of colors and patterns, as well as shorthair and longhair

Read more about the Oriental...

Kitten Paw Star Game Comes To the Hallmark Channel

The Hallmark Channel has annoucned that it will open its stadium doors in Summer 2015 for the baseball Paw-Star baseball game of the year. The Kitten Paw-Star Game will feature kittens that will be challenged to swat balls, catch line drives and run the bases. The game is part of the Pet Project an initiative devoted to celebrating pets and to show the joy and enrichment that they bring to our lives.

Featured Breed: Ocicat

The Ocicat is a medium to large cat bred to resemble a small, spotted wild cat. It is a purely domestic breed that was created by combining the Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair.

Ocicats are only shown in the spotted pattern of each of our 12 colors, but are also available in classic tabby, ticked tabby and a ghost marked solid.

Read more about the Ocicat...

Spay and Neuter Your Pets

It’s Spring, and time to make sure that your pet cat is spayed or neutered. In order to help with the cat population surplus, there are some things you can do, right in your own community.

Read more information about neuter/spay and find out about how you can help cats in your own community.

Discovery Suggests Cat Domestication Date of 3600 B.C.

Skeletons of six cats, including four kittens, were found in a cemetery for the wealthy in Hierakonpolis, and may push back the date of original scientist estimates for cat domestication in Egypt by nearly 2,000 years.

Research on Calico Pattern May Provide Insight into Obesity and Other Diseases

At the beginning stages, scientists hope research reveals how traits, disorders and diseases in humans – such as obesity -- can be turned on and off the same way color traits are controlled in a calico cat’s coat. Read more....

Featured Breed: Norwegian Forest Cat

Known as the Skogkatt in its native Norway, the Norwegian Forest Cat is a solidly muscled cat that can be found in most colors and patterns. A triangular head shape and almond shaped eyes give the Forest Cat its unique expression. Its dense double coat and well-furnished extremities provide winter protection and are testimony to this breed’s Scandinavian heritage.

Read more about the Norwegian Forest Cat...

Kids Reading to Cats

Children in grades 1-8 read to cats up for adoption as part of The Book Buddies Program at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Birdsboro, PA.

Students who read to the cats improved their reading skills and gained confidence.

Ever Wondered Why Your Cat Rubs Against a Toy Filled with Catnip?

Nepeta cataria, commonly known as catnip or cat mint can be found in fields across America and is believed to mimic a cat pheromone. In large quantities, this herb will also work as an attractant for lions and tigers. There is no scientific evidence that causes harm to cats.

If your cat needs a bit of a pick-me-up to beat the winter blues, try some catnip.

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Ten Tips for Bringing a New Kitten Home

As a kitten leaves its mother for the first time, it can be a stressful time for both kitty and the new owner.

Take a look at these top ten suggestions for making a smooth transition as your kitten comes to stay at his forever home.

Featured Breed: Manx

The Manx is a cobby cat whose overall impression is that of roundness. The Manx is known primarily for its tail-lessness, although it can have anywhere from absolutely no tail to a full tail. The Manx come in shorthair and longhair varieties in a great variety of colors and patterns. The Manx is a sturdy, loyal, playful, intelligent family cat, good with children and other pets.

Read more about the Manx...

Check out The Moon Cat Festival

The Moon Cat Festival will be held in Lloret de Mar, on the Costa Brava in Spain, from February 22-March 1, 2014. Moon Cat”, is a symbol of creative freedom. During last the 12 years, invited fans of the festival include Cat lovers and romantic travelers and artists and poets.

Scientists Map Out Genome of Cats

Dr. Leslie Lyons of the University of Missouri is conducting a full mapping of 20,000 genes in various breeds which could help pinpoint the genetic cause of distinguishing marks, such as fur and eye color, but also could provide insight to cat health problems and even shed light on diseases that can occur in cats and humans alike.

Read more about it...

Most Popular Breeds

The Cat Fanciers’ Association announces the most popular cats for 2013. Persian and Exotic Rank #1 and #2 for the third straight year, and the Persian holds the top spot for over 30 years!

See the complete listing...

Featured Breed: Maine Coon

Our own “National Treasure” the Maine Coon is the only long-haired breed native to the United States. It is a medium to large cat with a smooth, shaggy coat, well tufted ears and toes and a rugged appearance. Best known for its temperament, they are personable, remarkably gentle and are referred to as the “Gentle Giant.”

Read more about the Maine Coon...

Keeping Your Cat Safe in Cold Weather

There are plenty of winter weather hazards from anti-freeze to space heaters. Also, it is important that your older animals have warm, soft bedding to curl up in.

Take a look at these tips to ensure your cat’s safety in these cold weather months.

Check out The Cat Museum of Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava Spain

The Cat Museum of Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava Spain is a museum that is dedicated to cat artifacts which have a special art value.

The museum has more than 10,000 items with a cat shape including antique toys, coins and tableware.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Cat

Just like their human parents, cats need to have New Year’s Resolutions to stay healthy. Read these tips on exercise, grooming, diet, and regular veterinary care to keep your cat looking and feeling great throughout the year.

Photo Cheryl Windsor

Featured Breed: LaPerm

La Perms are known for their light and airy, curly coat. They come in both long and short hair varieties. Their unique coat is a natural mutation that occurred in barn cats. Coming from domestic cats, they are very healthy genetically and come in all colors and patterns. They make loving and affectionate pets.

Read more about the LaPerm...

Lil Bub and Keyboard Cat to Perform at Puppy Bowl Half-time Show

Wake the cats up for Super Bowl Sunday February 2 at Half-time on Animal Planet! Entertainment Weekly reports that the famous half-time show at the Puppy Bowl will feature Keyboard Cat as the headliner with Lil’ Bub making a special appearance!

Image Tony Campbell

You Tube

Check out CFA’s You Tube Channel to get grooming tips, to find out what feline agility competition is all about and get a cat’s eye view as to what’s happening at CFA shows around the world!

Featured Breed: Korat

The Korat is a medium-sized, semi-cobby bodied shorthair cat, with a single, silver-tipped coat. Their native homeland is Thailand, where they are considered a “Good Luck” cat. Their eyes are a large, luminous, peridot green, and the most unique attribute about them, besides their coat, is the heart-shaped bone structure of the face. Korats form strong bonds with their owners and respond warmly to cuddling, sitting as close as possible. They are very active in play, but gentle with children.

Read more about the Korat...

Twitter

Check out CFA’s Twitter feed for up-to-minute news and information from the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats!!

New Year’s is a Great Time to Get Your Pedigreed Kitten

Now that the holidays are over, it is a perfect time to get a pedigreed kitten for your family. Take a look at our breed characteristics and personalities chart to help determine which breed will fit purrfectly into your home.

Research Confirms Cat and Human Relationship Dates Back Thousands of Years

Recent findings provide concrete evidence of the relationship between humans and cats dating back thousands of years. Researchers discovered cat bones which were unearthed from a 5000-year-old Chinese farming village and gives us clues as to how humans and cats interacted.

World Championship Show - Best-In-Show Winner!

Congratulations to the BEST-IN-SHOW Winner of the CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show in Novi, Michigan

GC BELAMY DESIDERATA OF CINEMA is a calico Persian female, bred by M. Vowe and owned by Connie Stewart, Blake Mayes, and Dennis Adler

World Championship Show First Runner-Up

Congratulations to the First Runner-Up of the CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show in Novi, Michigan

DOTDOTDOT'S BORNINTHEUSA OF WILD RAIN is a chocolate spotted Ocicat male kitten, bred and owned by Roger & Nancy Brown and David & Carol Freels

World Championship Show Second Runner-Up

Congratulations to the Second Runner-Up of the CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show in Novi, Michigan

GP, RW SANDESOX JUSTSWEETNESS OF WHITESOX is a blue point Birman neuter, bred by Karen Lane and Sandy Faust and owned by Karen Lane, Sandy Faust and Yvonne Griffin

Featured Breed: Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is full of energy, always playful, loving, endearing, and happy. They are very people-oriented and want to be the center of family life. If you want a cat that will interact with you and your family, then the Japanese Bobtail is the breed for you!

Read more about the Japanese Bobtail...

Keep your Cat Indoors!

As the winter months approach, it becomes even more important to keep your cat safe and warm from the elements. The average life span of an outdoor cat is 2 to 3 years, whereas an indoor-only cat can live 10 or more years. By providing toys, an area for play and fresh food and water, your cat will enjoy being at home with you. Read more for tips on how to keep your cat inside.

Featured Breed: Havana Brown

The Havana Brown is distinguished by its rich warm mahogany-toned coat color, expressive green eyes and distinctive muzzle shape. They are medium sized, well-muscled with a short glossy close lying coat. The whiskers of this breed must be brown, complimenting the coat color. This breed is active and playful and extremely people-oriented.

Read more about the Havana Brown...

Pinterest

Check out CFA’s Pinterest page showcasing our 42 Breeds, Show Activities and more! You’ll agree when you see the beautiful breeds of cats that a picture is truly worth a thousand words! Pin Away!!

Companion Animals

Read more about CFA’s work to raise general public awareness of the value of cats as companion animals.

Featured Breed: Exotic

How about your very own teddy bear? The Exotic is a wonderful, friendly and playful breed with a round, flat face and large round eyes and is exactly like the Persian breed in structure. The Exotic has two coat lengths, the typical, long coat of a Persian and a shorter, thick, plush coat more typical of the Exotic breed. The Exotic comes in all colors!

Read more about the Exotic...

Cat Grooming Tips

Regular grooming sessions should include trimming your cat’s claws, a thorough combing or brushing and inspection of your cat’s coat and general appearance.

Read more here, and learn some of the most common questions on cat grooming.

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Like CFA’s Facebook page to keep up on the latest CFA News and to learn more about CFA’s breeds and cat shows.

Take advantage of our contests, play our cat trivia game and read other contributions from the cat fancy!

USDA/APHIS Adopts New Rule for Home Hobby Breeders

After more than a year of deliberation, on September 10, 2013 the USDA/APHIS announced their final rule changing their interpretation of the Animal Welfare Act. The final Rule was published in the Federal Register on September 18, 2013 and becomes effective on November 18, 2013.

Read the CFA Legislative Team's latest updates:

Featured Breed: European Burmese

The European Burmese is a very affectionate medium-sized cat of far eastern origins. The European Burmese is a very affectionate, intelligent and loyal cat.

They thrive on companionship and will want to be with you, participating in everything you do. While they might pick a favorite family member, chances are that they will interact with everyone in the home as well as any visitors that come to call. They are inquisitive and playful, even as adults. They become fast friends to other cats and even dogs, making them the perfect addition to your family.

Read more about the European Burmese...

Cats May Be Key to Human HIV Vaccine

A team of scientists at the University of Florida and University of California, San Francisco have found that cats may be the key to a human vaccine for HIV infection. Different viruses affect people and cats. However, the cat virus resembles the human virus so that researches can observe cross-reactions and allow them to identify regions of HIV that might prove useful targets for a vaccine.

Read more...

New CFA Breed Poster from Yasmine Surovec

Looking for a fun and sweet illustrated guide to CFA’s 42 breeds?

Download and have fun with this new breed poster from author/illustrator Yasmine Surovec, author of I See Kitty!

Teaching Your Cat to Use a Scratching Post

Scratching is a natural behavior and along with leaving a visual mark, scratching serves many purposes for cats from communication, to getting attention and to showing they are happy and content. Ideally, cats should be encouraged in this natural behavior.

Learn more about how to encourage this instinctual behavior in order to avoid declawing your cat.

Featured Breed: Egyptian Mau

The elegant Egyptian Mau bears a striking resemblance to paintings of ancient Egyptian cats. These active, athletic cats have an exotic pattern and are the only naturally spotted domestic cat. They are distinguished by vivid gooseberry green eyes and their spotted pattern. The main showable colors are bronze, silver and smoke.

Read more about the Egyptian Mau...

I See Kitty Activity Guide for Kids!

Yasmine Surovec loves kitties! She is the artist behind the popular comic blog and book Cat vs. Human.

In addition to her blog, Yasmine’s first picture book, I See Kitty, is now available. The book tells the story of a young girl who is so desperate to have a cat, she starts to see them everywhere! As a bonus, there is a wonderful downloadable activity guide for children ages 3 to 6. Parents and clubs can download, print, and make copies to extend the book experience!

Cat Grooming Basics

Keeping kitty’s nails trimmed and brushing or combing your cat’s coat are not only for show cats and are two very important grooming regiments that can become part of a regular routine with practice and consistency. Read more about proper cat care.

A Whole New Meaning to “Cat-alog”!

Did you know that there are several libraries across the U.S. with resident cats? These cats perform many jobs from mouse patrol to promoting literacy to just keeping people company as patrons search for their favorite literary works. So, next time you are at your local library see if there is a cat around so that you can curl up with a good book and spend time with a very special feline.

1-888-752-CATS

Do you have questions about cat showing or cat shows in your area? How about specific CFA breed questions?

Call our CFA CATS hotline and get your questions answered! We are just a phone call away.

So, call us! We’re waiting for you! 1-888-752-CATS.

Featured Breed: Devon Rex

The Devon Rex is noted for its soft, short, naturally curly coat. The large eyes, wide head, and large low set ears give the Devon Rex an “elfin” appearance. It is a medium sized cat and is distinct in appearance from the Cornish Rex, though the coat mutation appears similar. Devons are available in a variety of patterns and colors.

Read more about the Devon Rex...

Ernest Hemingway Home

Author and Journalist Ernest Hemingway described his many cats as purr factories” who soaked up love and in return gave back love and companionship. The Ernest Hemingway home and museum is now home to 40-50 six-toed cats. Find out how you can visit Hemingway’s home in Key West, Florida.

New Cat Token is Now in Monopoly Game Sets!

There is now an easier way to play Monopoly with a cat! Get your Monopoly game with the cat token today!

Watch this video to see how Monopoly added the cat!

What Does Pedigreed Mean?

Pedigreed Cat = Recorded, historical lineage; predictable appearance and behavior; beauty and manners you can count on.

Find out more about pedigreed cats and how you can find the right pedigreed cat for your family.

Featured Breed: Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex have a unique, single layer of coat that lays in tight, soft-to-the-touch, even waves. Their bodies are all curves, with large ears, egg-shaped head, arched back, high tucked-up waist and long, whippy tail. Cornish Rex are affectionate, intelligent, energetic and inquisitive and often act like kittens well into old age.

Read more about the Cornish Rex...

CFA New Bee Program

Want to show in CFA, but not quite sure what to do? The CFA New Bee Program is designed exclusively for the new exhibitor to navigate the show experience. This program offers the opportunity for new exhibitors to gain knowledge and interact with seasoned exhibitors.

Wondering about questions such as: How do I enter my cat in a show? What should I bring to a show? How do I prepare my cat for the show ring? The CFA New Bee Program has the answers.

Legislative

Cats are independent creatures, but they do rely on us for care and support. The CFA Legislative group supports that concept by providing guidance on issues related to legislation, of animal rights/welfare, and dog and cat population dynamics at the local, state and federal levels. Consider a donation to the CFA Sy Howard Legislative Fund to protect the interests of both pet owners and cats.

Ancient Feline Figurines Found in El Salvador

The National Foundation of El Salvador Archaeology archaeologists have found fragments of what could be statues of Jagaurs at the site of Cihuatan, a ceremonial center and site of Maya origin, north of San Salvador. The Mayans were known for worshipping Jaguars as gods. Archaeologists have previously found inscriptions, murals, and sculptures depicting jaguars in warrior or god form.

Featured Breed: Colorpoint Shorthair

The Colorpoint Shorthair has a Siamese body and head type. This cat comes in 16 individual colors which give the breed a unique flair. The colors include red and cream points, lynx points, and parti-color points. Devoted to their “people,” Colorpoint Shorthairs are playful, intelligent, and every bit as talkative and affectionate as the Siamese.

Read more about the Colorpoint Shorthair...

Cat Communication

Did you know that a cat’s purring can be a sign of content or distress? A recent on line survey of over 1100 cat owners from Britain’s Cats Protection revealed that many cat owners fail to understand how cats communicate. To help owners enjoy a more meaningful relationship with their pet, Cats Protection has posted a free education tool on its website called Understanding Feline Origins designed to help owners recognize their cats’ basic needs along with a video which explains the various cat behaviors.

Owning a Cat has Several Benefits for Children

Owning a cat has several benefits for children including developmental benefits that include physical, social, emotional, and cognitive. Plus, owning a cat is an excellent way to teach your child about the responsibilities involved in owning a pet. Understanding your child’s strengths and preferences will help you determine the appropriate pet. Make sure that the pet is age appropriate for your child so that s/he is able to learn to care for it. By starting early, you can instill responsible pet ownership from a very young age.

View this video which talks about how to select the right breed of cat for your family.

What Does it Take to be a CFA Judge?

CFA judges have the equivalent of a Ph.D in “Cat.” To become a judge, an individual must have gone through a thorough and rigorous training period. Once approved, judges officiate at CFA licensed shows and evaluate the cats using CFA’s breed standards and policies. As CFA’s distinguished Ambassadors, judges project unwavering integrity, dedication, love of cats and sound ethical behavior to the cat fancy and public. Read more about what it takes to become a CFA Judge.

Kitten Classes Teach Art of Socialization

Kitten classes just like the ones at L’Chaim Feline are becoming increasingly popular in teaching owners to recognize feline behavior and learning how to handle a kitten properly so it isn’t fearful. Classes teach owners basic training principles such as how to take the fear out of getting into a carrier for a trip to the vet to the proper way to trim claws. CFA has excellent resources on kitten socialization. Be sure to contact your veterinarian or local humane society to find a kitten training class near you.

Keep your Cat in Purr-fect Shape!

Keep in mind some basic tips from our friends at Pet 360 to keep your cat the fittest feline around. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian to keep your cat in tip top shape year ‘round. Feed a diet that mainly consists of meat as the main ingredient, rather than empty calorie fillers and regular exercise are two key things you can do. CFA has excellent resources to learn more about feline nutrition and health.

Treatment for People Allergic to Cats possible

Do you love cats but are allergic to them? Well, good news is on the horizon! The most common cat allergy comes from the Fel d 1 allergen which is passed on by cats through saliva. When cats clean themselves, the saliva, hormones and microscopic skin cells - known as dander/dandruff - pass to the cat’s coat causing an allergic reaction to the human. Scientists at Cambridge University now suggest it is possible to develop a drug that will control cat allergies.

Featured Breed: Chartreux

The Chartreaux is an old breed which originated in France and said to have been raised as a companion to the Carthusian monks. Known for its woolly blue coat, brilliant orange eyes and smiling expression, the Chartreaux can quickly become attached to one family member and frequently follow her from room to room. This breed of cat can be taught to fetch a ball and most will respond to their names.

Read more about the Chartreux...

Keeping Your Cat Cool This Summer!

During the summer months, leave extra bowls of fresh water around the house. When traveling NEVER leave your cat inside of a closed car as your cat can quickly develop heat stroke which can be fatal. Fill a hot water bottle or towel with ice for your cat to lay on and draw your shades to keep cats ( and you!) nice and cool in warmer weather!

Cornell Discovery Offers Hope Against Deadly Cat Virus

Cornell researchers have found exactly what changes when a common, benign intestinal virus corona virus mutates into the deadly peritonitis virus. Traveling through the body, the virus kills most cats within weeks. This knowledge is expected to help develop tests, vaccines and treatments to protect cats from the deadly Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP).

Read more...

Featured Breed: Burmilla

The Burmilla is an elegant cat of medium size with a short dense silky coat. It is a man-made breed which resulted from the mating of a European Burmese to a chinchilla Persian. They have a silver tipped coat and large bright green eyes. They are loving and affectionate and make great pets. They also come in longhair with a full plume tail and a silky semi-longhair coat.

Read more about the Burmilla...

Keep Your Cat Indoors

Cats depend upon their humans for food, shelter and companionship. Keep your cat safe indoors by “cat proofing” his environment, providing favorite toys that you can play together, and giving him nutritious meals, plenty of water, and a clean litter box. Indoor cats have an average life span of 12 to 20 years when compared to 1 to 5 years for a cat kept outdoors.

Read more about keeping your cat safe indoors.

Dr. Elsey and Royal Canin Sale

This July and August Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat litter and Royal Canin food are offering a special sale in PetSmart. With the purchase of one 20lb bag of Precious Cat litter and one 2.5lb or 3.5lb bag of Royal Canin you will receive a bonus of 2 free cans of Royal Canin cat food. With your help we can make this event a huge success for you and your precious cat.

Companions

The term pet hospital takes on new meaning as health care professionals allow pets to visit sick owners in the hospital to help speed their recovery process. Hospitals such as the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, the University of Iowa Hospital, Clinics in Iowa City; Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond; Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and two hospitals associated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; and more than a dozen other medical centers have taken a different approach to a patient’s recovery process by allowing the patients’ dogs or cats to visit. Read more....

Congratulations to CFA’s Feline Agility Winner!

GC, GP, AG Ra'sAbi's Elijah “Eli” was the highest scoring cat in Agility for 2012-2013 with 7,218 points. He is also the first cat to earn CFA’s Agility Grand Master (AG) title in 10 consecutive shows and one of only five cats nationally who have earned this distinguished title! Eli is owned by Robert Weller & Carol Babel of Nutting Lake, MA. Find out more about the CFA Feline Agility Competition.

Winn Feline Foundation

The Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1968 that supports studies to improve cat health. Winn Feline Foundation Grant Review Committee selected the top nine studies for a total monetary award of $176,752.

Since its founding in 1968, Winn has funded more than $4 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide. For more information go to www.winnfelinehealth.org and read more about recent projects that have been funded.

The Pet Effect

The Pet Effect Showcases ‘Lead by Example’ Good Deeds which range from adoption events to marine conservation from Ohio’s Pet Industry. CFA is proud to join other Ohio-based organizations including Coastal Pet Products, flexi USA and United Pet Group and companies across the U.S. in an effort to promote responsible pet ownership.

Read more about the Pet Effect Project.

Garfield’s Birthday June 19

Did you know that June 19th is Garfield’s Birthday. He is 35 years old! As of 2013, Garfield was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals. Garfield has also held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. CFA is proud to have its Offical Spokescat, Garfield as its #1 Feline!

Americans Love Their Pets!

We’ll do anything to take care of our furry, feline friends! A new CouponCabin.com survey reveals that 37 percent of cat owners spend more than $50 per month on their pets.

In addition, owners spend money on extras that range from pet insurance to Birthday celebrations. More than one-in-five or 22% of U.S. adults report they have held or attended a birthday celebration for a pet and 16% report they have held or attended a funeral or memorial service for a pet.

Visit a Cat Show

Here are some of the things you’ll find at a CFA Cat Show: CFA Feline agility, CFA Ambassador Cats, 42 Breeds of pedigreed cats, continuous judging in all rings, vendors and more!

Check out http://www.catshows.us/ for a complete show listing.

CFA Cat of the Year

CFA’s Cat of the Year is GC, BW, NW Parti Wai EX Jackpot, a Cream Spotted Tabby & White Male Exotic born on May 9, 2011.

Jackpot’s breeder/owner is Penni Richter of Riverside, California. Jackpot placed third runner up in the Best-of-the-Best competition at the CFA Royal Canin World Championship Cat Show in Columbus, Ohio this past November.

See all the top Cats...

CFA Kitten of the Year

The Kitten of the Year is GC, NW Wild Rain Let’s Dance of Dotdotdot, a Chocolate Spotted Male Ocicat born on April 14, 2012.

Dance’s Breeders are David and Carol Freels. He is co-owned by Carol & David Freels of Pleasant Grove, California and Roger & Nancy Brown of Elkhorn, Nebraska. Dance took the highest honors, winning Best of the Best at the CFA-Royal Canin World Championship Cat Show in Columbus, OH this past November.

See all the top Kittens...

CFA Premiership Cat of the Year

The Premiership Cat of the Year is Zehnder’s Roger Vivier of Nudawnz, a Blue Abyssinian Neuter born on July 29, 2011.

Roger’s breeders are Monica Zehnder & Sue VandeSande. He is owned by Lorna Friemoth of Columbus, OH; Seth Baugh, Columbus, Ohio; and Monica Zehnder of Marquette, MI. Roger is the first blue Abyssinian to ever receive the title of CFA's Premiership Cat of the Year.

See all the top Cats in Premiership...

American Heart Association

The American Heart Assocation (AHA) recently issued a scientific statement saying owning a pet may help to decrease a person's risk of suffering from heart disease and is linked with lower levels of obesity, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Read more!

Lil’ Bub Wins Tribeca Film Festival

Lil’ Bub & Friendz took home the Best Feature Film award at the online 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. An internet sensation and movie star, Lil Bub tells the story of how the runt of the litter beats the odds and shows us how to be happy and positive and that it is ok to be different.

“Cat People” vs. “Dog People” Survey

The common belief that there are major differences between “dog people” and “cat people” seems to hold true!

Read more from Royal Canin’s latest nationwide survey which reveals America’s favorite cat and dog breeds and explores how owners choose what’s best for their pets.

View the Infographic...

Meow Fit Exercise App for Felines

Download MeowFit from Google Play or the Apple App Store!

MeowFit is an iPad/tablet app that is designed to help combat feline obesity and with feline fitness in mind! Cats get in shape with a series of entertaining fitness games as owners keep track of their cat’s progress.

MeowFit was designed and developed by students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio as a part of the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies. Help this talented group of college students reach their goal of 1500 downloads! The MeowFit app is Free!

CFA Ambassador Program

The CFA Ambassadors assists spectators at cat shows. The CFA Ambassadors wear buttons that say "Ask Me!" Look for our CFA Ambassadors at your local show! You’ll be able to ask the Ambassadors questions and get more information about CFA cat shows and our CFA pedigreed breeds.

1-888-752-CATS

Do you have questions about cat showing or cat shows in your area? How about specific CFA breed questions?

Call our CFA CATS hotline and get your questions answered! We are just a phone call away.

So, call us! We’re waiting for you! 1-888-752-CATS.

Moscow’s Cat Theatre Re-Opens

Tightrope walking, climbing poles, balancing balls on noses, paw stands and more! These are the kind of acts that you will see at the newly renovated Moscow Cat Theatre. Touted as the only entertainment of its kind, the Kuklachev theatre is the only one in the world dedicated to “actors” with four paws. In addition to the acts, there is now a space for cat lovers to interact with the cats along with breed-themed areas.

Thanks to Royal Canin

The Cat Fanciers’ Association thanks Royal Canin for its generous food donation to the CFA Breeder Assistance Program Food Pantry.

Read more about Royal Canin’s generous donation and how it helps cats in need.

CFA's Official Blog

Want to read more info about Cat Behavior, Cat Grooming, Cat Shows, Celebrities & Their Cats, and even All Things Cat?

Now you can, by reading The Cat Fanciers Association Official Blog. Cat enthusiasts will find the latest news and information about our furry, feline companions. Check it out!

Youth Feline Education Program

The CFA Youth Feline Education Program engages youth from the ages of 7 to 18 in Education, Community Service, Cat Show Preparation, Presentation and Participation activities. The program is designed to allow youth to enjoy the cat fancy and excel at their own pace through age-appropriate activities within their age categories while enhancing their appreciation for felines and feline-inspired professions. Children are recognized at the regional and national level for their efforts. Learn more about how your child can participate in the CFA YFEP.

Cat Videos... Everywhere!!

Have you noticed recently that Cat Videos are the craze? Get in on the “cation.” Create your own cat video just like the one starring Henri the Cat!

All you would need to do is to submit your work of art to cat film festivals just like the film festivals that are being held this year in Brooklyn and Minnesota. Who knows? Maybe your cat will be the next star!

CFA is now on Pinterest!

We have launched CFA’s Pinterest site with our 42 recognized breeds. Each breed has its own FAQ which links back to CFA’s breed pages. Visit CFA’s Pinterest site and if you have not already done so, sign up for your own Pinterest site so that you can begin collecting and organizing things that you find on the web! Don’t forget to add CFA’s breed boards to your own site so that you can like and pin the images of our breeds to your boards for all of your followers to see and share.

A new body of research disputes previous findings that cats in the wild are not social animals, and indicates that both male and female cats are highly social and cooperative and can fluctuate between solitary living and large groups of a dozen or more.  Learning how your cat interacts with other cats is important to realize potential conflicts that your cat may have.


The CFA Foundation Feline Historical Museum is cited in Travel and Leisure.com as one of the Best Travel Destinations for Cat Lovers along with the Hello Kitty Theme Park in Tokyo, Belgium’s Festival of the Cats, Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum as well as 12 other events that place the focus on all things feline.

So, you have decided that you want a pedigreed kitten of your very own? That’s wonderful!!

Read all about Finding the Purrfect Pedigreed Kitten so that you can select the breed which will easily fit in with your family and your lifestyle.

Cat Dolls on Display

The Feline Historical Museum has opened a unique collection of cat dolls, including the Tyber Katz “Gibson Girl” pictured here.

The dolls represent a wide variety of mediums -- some are made of hand-painted papier-mache, while others are of ceramic and even fine porcelain. The period costumes on the dolls are one-of-a-kind, with some dressed in brocade, silk and satin, while others wear velvet robes, sweaters and even suede clothing. Many of the dolls are original artist proofs, and several were commissioned for a private collector.

The museum is located at 260 East Main St., Alliance, OH and is open to visitors Tuesday-Friday (10am-4pm) and Saturday (9am-12pm).


When you go to the Feline Historical Museum, take note of the full size photograph which is on display on the mezzanine level. The photograph of the scroll was completed with the expertise of photographer Art Graafmans, and is a full color print on canvas. The original scroll remains in storage to protect the delicate silk fabric and rich watercolors.

In 2006, the Cat Fanciers' Association was presented with a 27-foot long scroll by the Hong Kong Cat Lovers' Society to celebrate the centennial of CFA. The original watercolor on silk scroll features 100 cats frolicking among blossoms has been on public display only twice - at the original presentation in Hong Kong and at the CFA International Show in San Mateo, CA. This wall mounted photograph of the original scroll is an impressive sight when you first enter the museum.

Do you ever confide in your cat? Do you believe that your cat is a part of your family? Do you believe that your cat reduces your stress levels? If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions, you are not alone. A new report explores the parallels and commonalities between little cats and their big cat cousins and helps owners understand how to bond with their cats and take better care of them.

Feline Agility

FELINE AGILITY is for cats that love to run and jump! Cats are definitely trainable and most are willing to follow a feather or dangling toy anywhere! It's amazing how they can climb up and down those high steps and race through those weave pole areas with such ease and speed. Agility is a pre-entered competition, open to any cat, so a household pet could be the overall winner as easily as could a top winning grand champion. Additional info is available at our agility website. Pedigreed kittens over the age of four months, pedigreed cats and altered Household Pets can all participate in Feline Agility Competitions. Entry Forms are available here...

2013 Annual

The 2013 Annual is coming up in June, in Vancouver, Washington!  

Make your hotel reservations today....

Were you as surprised as we were to hear about how cats impact wildlife?

Well, as usual, there is more to THIS story. The Impact of Free-ranging Domestic Cats on Wildlife of the United States is based on outdated and discredited research, miscalculated estimates and brought to light by media sensationalism. Read how you can join CFA and Alley Cat Allies and support the Alley Cat Allies petition to the Smithsonian to stop funding this kind of junk science and focus their attention on research to remediate the real threats to wildlife populations—habitat destruction, environmental pollution, and climate change.

Hello Kitty!!

Hasbro, the makers of the family-favorite game Monopoly, revealed on Wednesday, February 6 that the winner of Monopoly’s Save Your Token Facebook campaign is THE CAT!

The boot, iron and wheelbarrow drew the least support from fans, while the Scottie dog received the most support. In the end, fans voted out the Iron.

The cat received the most votes in a close race, edging out the diamond ring and the robot to take first place. Stay tuned for details as the new token is expected to make its debut in mid- to late 2013.

Order your copy of the 2013 CFA Yearbook with Garfield on the cover!

The CFA Yearbook is an 8 1/2” x 11” hard cover book showcasing CFA’s beautiful breeds. Garfield collectors will love Jim Davis’ depiction of Garfield’s part in the evolution of the cat ! Inside you’ll find photos of all of CFA’s National Winning Top Cats and Kittens as well as National Breed Winners, Grand Champions Grand Premiers and Distinguished Merit Cats. Other features include a record of CFA news, business and accomplishments; highlights of the annual meeting and awards banquet; and the CFA World Championship Cat Show and advertisements from CFA’s breeders, exhibitors and clubs, all fully indexed to help you find what you’re looking for! Order your copy today!

CFA is on top of the world!

Take a look at our video to see what is happening at CFA shows! Want to find out more about how to show your cat or how to locate the show nearest you? Call 1-888-753-CATS!

CONGRATULATIONS.....

to the Houston Cat Club on their 60th Anniversary!! Read more...

CFA's Pet Passport Program

For all non-pedigreed cats, marketed and distributed through shelters and rescues, this comprehensive program provides the ultimate in pet health education, identification and easy access record keeping with opportunity for ALL non-pedigreed cats to share in the benefits CFA has to offer.

Breeder Assistance

CFA has developed a program for owners of catteries who find themselves overwhelmed for various reasons. The program aims to help and support breeders, who find themselves in an out-of-control situation, by making assistance available through other breeders. The Breeder Assistance Program is able to help with advice, food, physical assistance, and placement of cats, if requested.

CFA Announces Most Popular Cats!

The Persian and Exotic Rank #1 and #2 For Fifth Straight Year!

For the full rankings, read more >>

Cat Behavior Survey

As a cat owner, you can help researchers understand cat behavior and temperament by taking this survey! The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is in the process of developing a new online survey tool for evaluating the behavior and temperament of domestic cats. The goal is to create a feline equivalent of the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ) to help pet owners, behavior counselors, animal rescue shelters, and cat researchers understand the behavior and behavioral problems of Felis catus. The prototype for this survey tool is now available for completion by cat owners....

Household Pet Recording

As the world's largest registry of pedigreed cats, it is CFA's mission to enhance the well-being of all cats! We are proud to offer the CFA Household Pet Recording to the owners of non-pedigreed cats! Recording your Household Pet with CFA is proof that you take pride in your cat's well-being and demonstrates that you are committed to serving as a responsible cat owner throughout your cat's life span. From proper nutrition and health to regular grooming techniques and appropriate play-time activities, you recognize that owning a cat is a responsibility that gets rewarded ten-fold! While a CFA Household Pet Recording is not a requirement to show your Household Pet in a CFA-licensed show, it is a sign that you care just as much about your cat's health and well-being as we do! Find out more information about how to record your favorite feline with CFA or learn how you can show your household pet at a local CFA licensed cat show.

Ocicat steals the show!

Congratulations to CFA's Best-of-the-Best World Show Winner

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