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.
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...
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.
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
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...
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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...
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!!
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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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.
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