CFA Approved Cattery Environment Program

A cattery environment inspection program exists for catteries registered with The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. (CFA). A cattery is a mutiple-cat household maintained for the purpose of perpetuating and protecting the heritage and desirable traits of the various breeds of pedigreed cats. The program, which went into effect on July 1, 1992 offers CFA registered catteries an opportunity to voluntarily participate in the CFA Approved Cattery Environment Program(ACEP).

The cattery inspections are conducted by licensed veterinarians, using criteria established by CFA. The ACEP program has two tiers: “CFA Approved Cattery” and “CFA Cattery of Excellence”. The inspection and approval process encompasses the environmental conditions of the cattery.

The cattery inspection form is a multi-part NCR form that will be mailed on request. Please send your request to Amber Goodright, and be sure to include your mailing address.

Current list of Catteries of Excellence

CFA Approved Cattery – Environment Inspection – INSTRUCTIONS


A completed Cattery Inspection form MUST BE RECEIVED in The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. (CFA) office DIRECTLY from the inspecting veterinarian. To facilitate this process, please provide the inspector with the enclosed pre-addressed and postage paid envelope and your check or money order in the amount of $20.00 payable to The Cat Fanciers’ Association.


The Cat Fanciers’ Association is relying heavily on your professionalism to ensure only those deserving, high quality catteries receive cattery approval ratings. If, for any reason, you feel a cattery does not meet the minimum standards specified on the inspection form, then please annotate the appropriate area(s) as “unacceptable”. We request you do not pass any cattery with cats and/or kittens exhibiting signs of poor condition or contagious disease.

Inspectors must be licensed veterinarians in the state in which the inspection is conducted. Inspecting veterinarians can be active breeders/participants of CFA. However, any evidence of veterinarian client collusion on inspections will be investigated by the CFA Animal Welfare Committee.

Please ensure the owner(s) of the inspected cattery provide you with the complete inspection form, a check or money order for $20.00 made payable to CFA, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for you to mail the completed inspection form to CFA.