TrapKing’s ‘From Feral to Fancy’ CFA Cat Photo Contest Reaches its Successful Conclusion
March 11, 2021
The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) and Zymox report an exciting – and surprising — outcome to their partnership with rapper-turned-trapper Sterling “TrapKing” Davis! The three organizations collaborated on a virtual cat competition – The TrapKing From Feral To Fancy Contest – with ten internet-celebrity judges. Although CFA is best known for its focus on pedigreed cats, over 85% of 850 entries were rescued cats that had never previously participated in any sort of cat competition!
Cats from the US, Canada, Europe, even as far away as South Africa battled it out to win their share of 150 prizes sponsored by ten prominent cat-related businesses: Zymox and Oratene, Kitty Poo Club, CUDDLY, Hauspanther, Yeowww! Catnip, Purrniture, Catalyst Pet, Tomahawk Live Trap, and even Tabby Dates, “the cat person’s dating app.”
Judges included cat product designer and author Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther, talk show host and columnist Arden Moore, Laura Moss of Adventure Cats, cat experts and brand parents The Two Crazy Cat Ladies, Sunglass Cat, Nathan The Cat Lady (aka Nathan Kehn), the Cowboy Cat Wrangler (aka Bob Lynch), the Mad Catter (aka Angelo Ruffo), Dobby the Sphynx and Lobo the Lykoi from South Africa, and of course, TrapKing himself. Cats competed in categories such as “Beautiful Eyes,” “Purrfectly Impurrfect” and “Where’s Your Cat At?” First place winners’ photos in each category will be featured on a 23-story-tall Times Square billboard in New York on March 11-12, 2021.
Davis is thrilled by the virtual cat contest’s success. “This event was so amazing!” he says. “I loved all of the cats’ pictures and looked at each and every one of them. I wish everyone could have won a prize.” He believes the contest has helped fulfill his dream of uniting cat people, “no matter if they’re feral or pedigreed, we all come together for the sake of cats . . . and you don’t lose cool points for compassion.” The event will help support cat rescues all over the country through TNR education or directly for spay/neuters of feral cats to prevent cat overpopulation.
According to CFA Marketing Director Desiree Bobby, “Davis is on a mission to bridge gaps between contrasting groups of cat lovers . . . men and women, supporters of rescue/TNR programs and responsible breeders . . . we’re all connected by our love of felines and our dedication to doing right by them.” Supporting his efforts reflects CFA’s policy of promoting equal participation without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or disabilities. It also shows CFA’s commitment to preserving, protecting and celebrating all varieties of domestic felines.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc.™
The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc., a not-for-profit association of member clubs and the world’s most influential registry of pedigreed cats has been preserving, celebrating and protecting cats since 1906. CFA’s mission is to preserve and promote the pedigreed breeds of cats and to enhance the well-being of ALL cats. CFA promotes education, responsible cat ownership and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. CFA and its affiliate clubs work nationally with local shelters to help humanely reduce homeless and feral cat populations and to encourage voluntary neuter/spay of pet cats. To learn more about the Cat Fanciers’ Association or to find the nearest CFA cat show, visit https://www.cfa.org.