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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