Featured Breed: Bombay
The Bombay 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...
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.
Featured Breed: Balinese
The Balinese is a semi-longhaired variation of the Siamese and named for the graceful dancers of Bali.
Despite their regal bearing and aristocratic appearance, the Balinese is a clown with a heart as big as a circus tent. To gauge their intelligence level, you have only to gaze into their sapphire eyes which sparkle with alertness and healthy curiosity.
Read more about the Balinese...
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.
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...
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.
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!
Featured Breed: American Shorthair
The American Shorthair is America’s own breed, originating from cats that followed settlers from Europe. Records indicate that even the Mayflower carried several cats to hunt the ship’s rats. 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 longevity, robust health, good looks, sweet personality, and amiability with children, dogs, and other pets.
Read more about the American Shorthair...
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.
Featured Breed: American Curl
Designed exclusively by Mother Nature, the ears of an American Curl can be likened to those of a Lynx with long tufts fanning outward accentuating the swept-back look which curl back in a graceful arc offering an alert, perky, happily-surprised expression and complements the Curl's overall sophistication, stylish elegance, and dynamic presence.
Read more about the American Curl...
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.
Featured Breed: American Bobtail
The American Bobtail is a medium to large, naturally occurring, bob-tailed 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...
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...
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.
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!
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.
Featured Breed: Abyssinian
One of the oldest breeds, Abyssinians come in colors of red, ruddy, blue and fawn. In appearance, Abyssinians resemble the paintings and sculptures of ancient Egyptian cats which portray an elegant feline with a muscular body, beautiful arched neck, large ears, and almond shaped eyes. Abys today
still retain the jungle look of felis lybica, the African wildcat ancestor of all domestic cats. Abyssinians are alert, intelligent, very people-oriented and have been known to train their owners to play with them. but a cat that likes to be with people, a cat that wants to know what you are doing – that wants to help. There is probably no breed anywhere more loyal than the Aby. If you like a cat who is active, inquisitive and intelligent. Read more about the Abyssinian...
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.