Do Cats Need Their Owners?
Researchers at the University of Lincoln have concluded that cats do not need humans to feel protected, preferring to look after themselves. However, the researchers say cats can still develop bonds with and have affection for their owners - just that they do not need their owners in quite the same way that other animals, such as dogs, do.
Read the latest research...
Retirement Home for Cats
Sadly, there are times when a pet owner dies and no one is left to take care of your cat. In Lincolnshire, England the Lincolnshire Trust for Cats offers a solution as it will accept your former pet and care for it after your death. For a one-time fee of $1300, your cat will enjoy such amenities as south-facing rooms where cats can sunbathe all day. They also have private rooms for less social cats, enclosed outdoor cat runs and round-the-clock care from a live-in caretaker.
A notable accomplishment for any cat to live this long, at 26 years old, Corduroy was recently named the oldest living domestic cat by Guinness World Records. While his age may not seem that impressive to long-living humans, the cat's 26 years are remarkable for a domestic cat. Most domestic cats have an average life span of only 12 to 15 years.
Read more about this amazing 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
Learn more about the Egyptian Mau...
Take a Survey on Feeding Practices
Researchers at Tufts University are looking for volunteers over the age of 18 who currently own a dog or cat, to complete a brief, 15 minute survey about feeding practices for dogs and cats. This survey will ask questions about your pet, what food you purchase for your pet, how you feed your pet, and your relationship with your pet.
Take the survey here...
New Dr. Suess Book: What Pet Shall I Get?
All pet lovers need to get a copy of the new Dr. Suess book. The manuscript for this book was rediscovered in 2013.
At that time, only a few color illustrations were found, so the same color palette from One Fish was used for this book. Children of all ages will be able to read this story about a classic childhood memory – choosing a pet.
Of course, we think it should be a cat!
Top 13 Best Attractions for Cat Lovers
How about a cat themed vacation this summer? There are plenty of options available according to the BLT, a lifestyle & travel blog that named The CFA Feline Historical Museum in Alliance, OH as one of the best tourist attractions for cat lovers.
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. They are available in a variety of patterns and colors.
Learn more about the Devon Rex...
Did Your Cat's Name Make the List?
Pedigreed cat owners are following an on-going trend of selecting cute and cuddly human cat names along with the names of pop culture characters as names for their beloved felines.
Find out the top names from 2014, as well as from the last 30 years of CFA registrations!
Trend Sees Retirees Including Pets in their Wills
When it comes to planning a will, pets are just as much a part of the family as the children. A recent survey showed 44% of pet owners have made plans for their pets after they pass away, but it is usually not in writing. However, that trend seems to be changing as there are an increasing number of people who are making sure their pets are being taken care of with a “pet trust” in case their owners pass away.
Featured Breed: Cornish Rex
Cornish Rex have a unique, single layer of coat that lays in tight, soft-to the-touch, even waves. Their bodies are all curves – large ears, egg-shaped head, arched back, high tucked-up waist and long, whippy tail.
Affectionate, intelligent, energetic and inquisitive, Cornish Rex often act like kittens well into old age.
Learn more about the Cornish Rex...
6 Life Lessons Kids Learn from Pets
Having positive sense of self, the initiative to take on more responsibility, the dedication for exercising regularly and the initiative to assume a leadership role are all life lessons kids can learn from being a responsible pet parent.
Read more from the experts at Vetstreet.
AVMA Announces Winners of Animal Law Writing Contest
CFA partnered with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Kennel Club, and the Animal Health Institute to encourage law students to write about animal law issues. Students were instructed to provide an in-depth analysis of two topics related to animal welfare.
Congratulations to Christopher Moores and Kristina Rozan, the first and second place prize winners. Read more...
Form a Fulfilling Bond with Your Cat
Research has shown that cat ownership reduces stress and improves overall health and well-being. Did you know that there are ways you can bond with your cat and enhance the relationship?
Read some suggestions to help you teach your cat to be more affectionate.
Best Cat in Agility
Congratulations to the Best Cat in Agility for the 2014-2015 show season with 5,302 points! GC, RW, AG Spunkepawz Fastlnae, is a Turkish Angora female owned by Sarah Sieffert and David Peet.
Learn more about the CFA Agility Program and how your cat can participate.
Featured Breed: Colorpoint Shorthair
The Colorpoint Shorthair has a Siamese body and head type with 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.
Learn more about the Colorpoint Shorthair...
Introducing CFA’s First Household Pet Grands!
CFA is now scoring Household Pets for regional awards! Congratulations to our first HHP Grands – Blaise owned by Sue Robbins of Madison, VA and Gromit owned by Julie Benzer of Mesa, AZ! ! Come join the fun and excitement in CFA! Show your Household Pet at a CFA show near you!
Learn more about showing Household Pets in CFA and how your cat can participate.
Featured Breed: Chartreux
The Chartreux is an old breed which originated in France, said to have been raised as a companion by the Carthusian monks. This breed of cat is known for its woolly blue coat, brilliant orange eyes and smiling expression.
Learn more about the Chartreux...
Watch Cat Videos to Improve Your Health
We knew it all along! A study conducted at Indiana University shows that watching cat videos boosts viewers' energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings.
Read more about the findings of this study.
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.
Learn more about the Burmilla...
The Science of Why Pets Are Good for Kids
Having a pet is good for your child’s development and well-being and can boost his or her self-confidence and social skills according to a new study by Matt Cassels a Ph.D student from Cambridge University. Cassels' study focuses on children with low cognitive skills and their relationships with others and with their pets. Teaching your child how to take care of a cat is a learned behavior and can lead to a life-long commitment to being a good pet parent.
Read more about the findings of this latest study.
On June 6th and 7th, 2015 at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles, CatConLA will debut with seminars, meet and greets and special appearances. The event boasts some of the biggest names in pop culture, including Simon Tofield, creator of “Simon’s Cat” and Lil Bub, entertainment and other popular felines; as well as seminars - which will be live streamed by Animal Planet.
Polish "Nurse Cat"
Rademenes, a rescue cat, is a black cat who lives at an animal shelter in Bydgoszcz, Poland and his main job is to comfort the other animals. He is the perfect nurse, and provides comfort and companionship to animals undergoing medical treatment.
Read more about this amazing rescue cat.
Guide to Cleaning Spills and Stains
Living with a cat can be fun and entertaining. However, sometimes cats can be less than graceful and accidentally knock over a glass of wine on your brand new rug. Keep your home in tip-top shape with this visual guide, full of advice and information that will help you easily clean up spills and stains, address allergy issues and offer advice for home training.
2014-15 Best Cat in Championship
CFA’s Cat of the Year is GC, BW, NW Venizia Redsilver Surfer, a Cameo Mackerel Tabby and White Male Maine Coon Cat born on January 16, 2014. Surfer’s breeder is Chuleeporn Namisiriwiwat of Samutprakaren Thailand. His owners are Fion Cheng of Hong Kong, China, Chuleeporn Namisiriwiwat, and Jimmy Lee of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Championship competition is for unaltered pedigreed cats over the age of eight months.
See a listing of all the top cats...
2014-15 Best Kitten
The Kitten of the Year is GC, NW Kitties Land Main Event (M.E), a Blue British Shorthair Female, born on May 5, 2014. Breeder/Owner is Allen Shi of Shanghai, China. The Kitten competition is for unaltered or altered, pedigreed kittens between the ages of four and eight months.
See a listing of all the top kittens...
2014-15 Best Cat in Premiership
The Premiership Cat of the Year is GC, GP, NW Velvetkist Pack’n Heat of Krimpurrs (Frankie), a Cream and White Bi Color Persian Male Neuter born on March 31, 2010. Frankie’s breeder is Noralyn Heisig of Reistertown, MD. He is owned by Beth Holly of Huber Heights, OH and Noralyn Heisig. Frankie 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 Oaks, Pennsylvania this past November. The Premiership competition is for altered pedigreed cats over the age of eight months.
See a listing of all the top cats in premiership...
Featured Breed: Burmese
The Burmese is an even-tempered cat that is loyal and affectionate. Although moderate in size, Burmese are a very
solid and muscular cat with a silky short lying coat and yellow-gold eyes. Originally the only coat color recognized
was sable brown, however today they also come in champagne, platinum and blue.
Read more about the Burmese...
Do you wish you could escape to a place where cats roamed free, meowing and purring all around you?
Over the past five years, Photographer Fubirai has documented his furry friends with a collection of photos from the island of Tashirojima, off the coast of Japan.
The How's and Why's of the Purr
A cat’s purr is a form of communication. Cats can purr for a variety of reasons including a sign that the cat is content, hungry or to show that they are sick or hurt.
Read more to find out the how’s and why’s of your cat’s purrs.
Understanding Your Cat's Postures
Cats communicate in a variety of ways from posture to vocalization. Taking time to understand how your cat communicates will help you have a better understanding of your cat needs and help you bond with your cat.
Take a look at this fun, visual guide about cat postures and behaviors and the interpretation as to what each one means.
Featured Breed: British Shorthair
The British Shorthair is a compact, sturdy cat resembling a plush teddy bear. Reserved by nature, this quiet cat usually prefers to have all four feet on the ground. While blue is the color most associated with the breed, “Brits” are found in a number of other colors and patterns as well.
Read more about the British Shorthair...
What do the Persian, Bombay and Exotic have in common? CFA Allbreed Judge, Jacqui Bennett, gives her list of top ten friendliest cat breeds for Pets 360. Is your favorite breed on her list?
Ozzie the Cornish Rex Bonds with Disabled Navy Vet
It was love at first sight for this Disabled Navy Veteran and a Cornish Rex named Ozzie.
Thanks to the generosity of breeder Kathy Pritchard, learn how this amazing cat found his way into the heart of Navy Veteran Pedro Rodriguez.
Assisted Living with Pets
More and more senior living centers are accepting pets as health care professionals have realized that having a pet around is not only is one of the last remnants of a senior’s prior home life, and shows that interacting with animals can help people decrease their cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke.
Click here to find senior living facilities which accept pets.
Featured Breed: Bombay
The Bombay is a hybrid breed created by breeding a sable Burmese with a black American Shorthair. The result is a medium sized cat with substantial boning and muscle development, a sleek, close lying, glossy black coat and luminous gold to copper eyes. The Bombay is an outgoing, friendly cat with a loving personality, who is comfortable with other cats, dogs and children.
Read more about the Bombay...
Music for Cats
A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science suggests that cats would rather have music that is created for them and fits into their method of communication, rather than human music.
Stow-a-way Cat Found Thanks to Microchip
Kevin, the stow-a-way cat went missing from his home in South Carolina and was found two years later and 2,000 miles away from home near the Arizona-California border... all thanks to a microchip which identified his owner!
Featured Breed: Birman
The Birman is a semi-longhaired cat with a medium size, stocky body. It’s a color pointed cat with four distinctive
white feet, which are known as “gloves.” The Birman has a moderate head type with large blue eyes and a silky,
non-matting coat. The Birman is gentle and playful with a true affection for its owner.
Read more about the Birman...
Five Foods for your Cat to Avoid
As a pet parent it is important to make sure that your cat has a diet that is right. Be sure to consultant your veterinarian on the most appropriate feeding regimen for your cat.
In the meantime, read about the five foods you should avoid feeding your cat.
According to a report by the World Wildlife Fund, the Amur leopard, which is indigenous to southeastern Russia and parts of northeastern China, has doubled in population since 2007. The number of leopards has doubled from 30 to 57. It is a good sign that populations are being monitored for these endangered species.
Life of Cats Exhibit
If you live in or are visiting New York, you will want to see the Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection illustrates the connection between cats and the Japanese people. Depictions of cats are found in ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1615-1867). The exhibition is divided into five sections: Cats and People, Cats as People, Cats versus People, Cats Transformed and Cats and Play. Roughly 50 items will be replaced with new works halfway through Life of Cats—Rotation 1 will be on view from March 13 until April 26; Rotation 2 will be on view from April 29 until June 7.
Cat Translation Device Helps You Communicate
Are you ever confused as to what your cat is trying to say to you? Well, this may be the answer!
There is now a device on the market that will help you translate what your cat is saying to you. The Meowlingual Cat Translation Device will apparently help you understand what your cat is telling you.
Featured Breed: Balinese
The Balinese is a semi-longhaired variant of the Siamese and was named for the graceful dancers of Bali. Initially accepted in the four colors and patterns associated with the Siamese, the Javanese Division includes the lynx (tabby) point and tortie point patterns, as well as additional point colors such as red and cream.
Read more about the Balinese...
Crazy Cat Lady Myth or Fact?
Are we as crazy about our cats as people were in the Victorian Era? Did you know that a description and profile of crazy cat lady was around in the late 1800’s?
A New York Times editorial from 1872 defines what a “crazy cat person” is. Do you agree with them?
Top Ten Most Beautiful Cat Breeds
What do the Persian, Siamese and Ocicat have in common? CFA Allbreed Judge Emeritus and Education Chair, Joan Miller gives her list of top ten most beautiful cat breeds for Pets 360.
Is your favorite breed on her list?
Most Popular Breeds
Busy cat owners who like the look of a Persian, but don’t have time for daily grooming sessions, have made the Exotic the most popular cat breed according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) registration statistics.
See the complete listing...
Why Cat Love Sleeping in Cardboard Boxes
How many times have you emptied a cardboard box only to find your cat sleeping in the box at a later time? According to a study conducted at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, boxes make cats less stressed because they are less likely to be pestered when hiding in them. Read more...
Featured Breed: American Wirehair
Distinguished by its coat – as the result of a natural mutation, the coat of the American Wirehair is crimped and springy, including the whiskers. The breed was developed from the American Shorthair, so apart from the coat, the two are very similar. Pet owners delight with their quiet, reserved and loving ways.
Read more about the American Wirehair...
Smartest Cat Breeds
What do the Abyssinian, Siamese and Scottish Fold have in common? CFA Allbreed Judge Emeritus and Education Chair, Joan Miller gives her list of top eight smartest cat breeds for Pets 360.
Is your favorite breed on this list?
Featured Breed: American Shorthair
The American Shorthair is America’s own breed, originating from cats that followed settlers from Europe. It is a medium to large breed with a short, thick, hard coat in more than 80 different colors and pattern combinations. This breed is known for its health, good looks, quiet disposition and amiability with children and dogs.
Read more about the American Shorthair...
Protecting Kitty from the Cold Weather
Cold weather can have some serious risks to your cat.
Be sure to check out these tips to keep kitty safe, warm and cozy all winter long.
Cat Fancy Magazine Becomes Catster Magazine
The next issue of Cat Fancy will have a new name and a new look.
While we are sad to see it go as Cat Fancy Magazine ends it run as it celebrates 50 years for those who, “fancy the cat,” CFA welcomes Catster which will serve as,” a voice for all cats and those who love them.”
Check out the Kitten Bowl!
Kitten Bowl II returns to the Hallmark Channel on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 12 Noon. You won’t want to miss this adorable competition.
Featured Breed: American Curl
The American Curls, a California original, are known for their curled back ears with furnishings coming out of the ears. Curls come in two coat lengths with the longhair coat the most popular length. Curls come every color of the rainbow. Both coats are silky, with the shorthair coat being resilient.
Read more about the American Curl...
Puppy Bowl, featuring Bissell Kitty Half-Time Show
Forget the Super Bowl! You won’t want to miss this fun-filled, feline entertainment half time show at 3pm on Feb 1, 2015.
Eight Benefits of Being a Cat Owner
If you own a cat, you may recognize some of the advantages to cat ownership such as companionship, keeping your heart healthy and giving insight into your own personality.
Learn more about the benefits of cat ownership.
New Year’s Resolutions from the Cat
You’ll enjoy this entertaining and fun article from the Huffington Post as they discuss your cat’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2015.
Have a Happy New Year from all of us at CFA!
Featured Breed: American Bobtail
The American Bobtail is a medium to large, naturally occurring, bobtailed cat. It possesses a unique natural hunting gaze that combines with the breed’s body type and natural bobtail to give the American Bobtail a distinctive wild appearance. This gorgeous breed comes in both a long and a short coat in all colors and patterns.
Read more about the American Bobtail...
Most popular kitten names of 2014
Bella, Lily, Jack and Charlie are the most popular kitten names of 2014.
Read more from our friends at Vetstreet to find out if your kitten’s name made the list.
Meet the Stars of the first New York City Cat Café
The Meow Parlour opened on the lower east side of Manhattan on Monday, December 15 to rave reviews.
Read all about the café, which also offers cat adoptions.
Rare Cat Breeds
All pedigreed cats are considered to be rare cats. However, read more from CFA Judge Emeritus and Outreach and Education Chair Joan Miller, and our friends at Pets 360, as to which breeds would be popular if they were more well known.
Featured Breed: Abyssinian
The Abyssinian is a slender, shorthaired breed, with a ticked coat pattern, like that of squirrels, rabbits and wild cats. One of the oldest breeds, it comes in red, ruddy, blue and fawn. Abyssinians are alert, intelligent, very people-oriented and have been known to train their owners to play with them.
Read more about the Abyssinian...
Happy Holidays from CFA!
Wishing you the all the best this holiday season! Don’t forget to hug your cat!
Read more on ways to take care of your cat in the new year.
These Animals are in the Cat Family
Cats have distant relatives which are known as Feliformia or cat-like.
See if you recognize any of these species of animals which are related to cats?
Keep Kitty Safe this Holiday Season
From tinsel to mistletoe and the tempting Christmas tree.... the holidays can be dangerous for your kitty!
Here are several tips to keep your cat safe from known holiday hazards.
Featured Breed: Turkish Van
The Turkish Van is a semi-longhaired cat with soft fur and a distinctive color pattern: a white body with a colored tail and colored markings on the head.
An old natural breed from the Middle East, they have very muscular bodies which portray balance and power. They are very loyal and loving companions.
Read more about the Turkish Van...
Pets in the Classroom Program
Children with limited exposure to animals in their home environment get to connect with the world of animals through the Pets in the Classroom Program. The goal of the program is to demonstrate the benefits of pets through education, support, and interaction through responsible pet care in school. More than 50,000 grants have been awarded since 2011, bringing a pet into the lives of nearly 2 million children!
Meet Honey Bee: the Blind Hiking Cat
Honey Bee is from Seattle, WA and is a blind cat who beats the odds, maintains a normal life by hiking with her owners and teaching us about overcoming a disability and seeking new adventures.
Read more about Honey Bee....
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 Oaks, Pennsylvania
GC, GP, NW VELVETKIST PACK'N HEAT OF KRIMPURRS is a cream and white Persian
neuter, bred by Noralyn Heisig
and owned by Beth Holly and Noralyn Heisig
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 Oaks, Pennsylvania
GC, NW WYNTERWYND CLAIR DE LUNE is a Russian Blue female, bred
and owned by Annette Wilson
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 Oaks, Pennsylvania
GC TOMBROCK'S CHOPIN is a black Exotic male, bred by Salvatore Cuccu and Giovanni Giordano
and owned by Salvatore Cuccu, Maria Christina Bertello and Giovanni Giordano
Be sure to follow these tips to keep kitty safe this Thanksgiving.
We are thankful for all of our cats and wish everyone - including our beloved felines - a Happy Thanksgiving!
99 Lives Cat Genome Sequencing Initiative Goal is to Improve Feline Health
Through the 99 Lives Cat Genome Project, cats will have the same health care opportunity as other animals. In an effort to better understand cat health issues, the project looks at genetic conditions of cat diseases such as asthma and obesity so that better treatments can be administered. A side benefit of the project is that it has provided insight about human eye diseases.
Featured Breed: Turkish Angora
The Turkish Angora is a semi-longhaired cat that originated in Turkey. They are long-bodied and graceful with a fine silky coat. Though solid white is the most well-known color, they come in a variety of additional colors and patterns.
Read more about the Turkish Angora...
Do Cats Really Care What You Want?
Research shows that cats really don’t care what you want. It is very difficult to study cat’s cognitive ability because they do what they want, not necessarily what you want them to do. However, when scientists were able to get the cats to do what they wanted, they performed just as well as dogs.
Cats Can Help Their Owners Get in Shape
Here are some tips from CFA’s Feline Agility Coordinator on the ways you can enlist your cat to help get you moving!
Keep Your Cat Safe this Halloween
Halloween is a fun night for everyone. However, for your cat it can be a stressful time.
Here are some precautions and safety tips to protect your cat and keep him safe during this year’s Halloween festivities.
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Featured Breed: Tonkinese
Tonkinese are beautiful, medium-sized, surprisingly heavy and muscular cats with short soft silky fur. These cats are people-oriented, social, active and playful, and are also loving lap cats. Tonkinese come in four base colors and three coat patterns for 12 varieties. The coat patterns are varying amounts of contrast between body and points.
Read more about the Tonkinese...