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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!

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You Tube

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!!

Companion Animals

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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Featured Breed: European Burmese

The European Burmese is a very affectionate medium-sized cat of far eastern origins. The European Burmese is a very affectionate, intelligent and loyal cat.

They thrive on companionship and will want to be with you, participating in everything you do. While they might pick a favorite family member, chances are that they will interact with everyone in the home as well as any visitors that come to call. They are inquisitive and playful, even as adults. They become fast friends to other cats and even dogs, making them the perfect addition to your family.

Read more about the European Burmese...

Cats May Be Key to Human HIV Vaccine

A team of scientists at the University of Florida and University of California, San Francisco have found that cats may be the key to a human vaccine for HIV infection. Different viruses affect people and cats. However, the cat virus resembles the human virus so that researches can observe cross-reactions and allow them to identify regions of HIV that might prove useful targets for a vaccine.


New CFA Breed Poster from Yasmine Surovec

Looking for a fun and sweet illustrated guide to CFA’s 42 breeds?

Download and have fun with this new breed poster from author/illustrator Yasmine Surovec, author of I See Kitty!

Teaching Your Cat to Use a Scratching Post

Scratching is a natural behavior and along with leaving a visual mark, scratching serves many purposes for cats from communication, to getting attention and to showing they are happy and content. Ideally, cats should be encouraged in this natural behavior.

Learn more about how to encourage this instinctual behavior in order to avoid declawing your 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.

Read more about the Egyptian Mau...

I See Kitty Activity Guide for Kids!

Yasmine Surovec loves kitties! She is the artist behind the popular comic blog and book Cat vs. Human.

In addition to her blog, Yasmine’s first picture book, I See Kitty, is now available. The book tells the story of a young girl who is so desperate to have a cat, she starts to see them everywhere! As a bonus, there is a wonderful downloadable activity guide for children ages 3 to 6. Parents and clubs can download, print, and make copies to extend the book experience!

Cat Grooming Basics

Keeping kitty’s nails trimmed and brushing or combing your cat’s coat are not only for show cats and are two very important grooming regiments that can become part of a regular routine with practice and consistency. Read more about proper cat care.

A Whole New Meaning to “Cat-alog”!

Did you know that there are several libraries across the U.S. with resident cats? These cats perform many jobs from mouse patrol to promoting literacy to just keeping people company as patrons search for their favorite literary works. So, next time you are at your local library see if there is a cat around so that you can curl up with a good book and spend time with a very special feline.


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.

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. Devons are available in a variety of patterns and colors.

Read more about the Devon Rex...

Ernest Hemingway Home

Author and Journalist Ernest Hemingway described his many cats as purr factories” who soaked up love and in return gave back love and companionship. The Ernest Hemingway home and museum is now home to 40-50 six-toed cats. Find out how you can visit Hemingway’s home in Key West, Florida.

New Cat Token is Now in Monopoly Game Sets!

There is now an easier way to play Monopoly with a cat! Get your Monopoly game with the cat token today!

Watch this video to see how Monopoly added the cat!

What Does Pedigreed Mean?

Pedigreed Cat = Recorded, historical lineage; predictable appearance and behavior; beauty and manners you can count on.

Find out more about pedigreed cats and how you can find the right pedigreed cat for your family.

Featured Breed: Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex have a unique, single layer of coat that lays in tight, soft-to-the-touch, even waves. Their bodies are all curves, with large ears, egg-shaped head, arched back, high tucked-up waist and long, whippy tail. Cornish Rex are affectionate, intelligent, energetic and inquisitive and often act like kittens well into old age.

Read more about the Cornish Rex...

CFA New Bee Program

Want to show in CFA, but not quite sure what to do? The CFA New Bee Program is designed exclusively for the new exhibitor to navigate the show experience. This program offers the opportunity for new exhibitors to gain knowledge and interact with seasoned exhibitors.

Wondering about questions such as: How do I enter my cat in a show? What should I bring to a show? How do I prepare my cat for the show ring? The CFA New Bee Program has the answers.


Cats are independent creatures, but they do rely on us for care and support. The CFA Legislative group supports that concept by providing guidance on issues related to legislation, of animal rights/welfare, and dog and cat population dynamics at the local, state and federal levels. Consider a donation to the CFA Sy Howard Legislative Fund to protect the interests of both pet owners and cats.

Ancient Feline Figurines Found in El Salvador

The National Foundation of El Salvador Archaeology archaeologists have found fragments of what could be statues of Jagaurs at the site of Cihuatan, a ceremonial center and site of Maya origin, north of San Salvador. The Mayans were known for worshipping Jaguars as gods. Archaeologists have previously found inscriptions, murals, and sculptures depicting jaguars in warrior or god form.

Featured Breed: Colorpoint Shorthair

The Colorpoint Shorthair has a Siamese body and head type. This cat comes in 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.

Read more about the Colorpoint Shorthair...

Cat Communication

Did you know that a cat’s purring can be a sign of content or distress? A recent on line survey of over 1100 cat owners from Britain’s Cats Protection revealed that many cat owners fail to understand how cats communicate. To help owners enjoy a more meaningful relationship with their pet, Cats Protection has posted a free education tool on its website called Understanding Feline Origins designed to help owners recognize their cats’ basic needs along with a video which explains the various cat behaviors.

Owning a Cat has Several Benefits for Children

Owning a cat has several benefits for children including developmental benefits that include physical, social, emotional, and cognitive. Plus, owning a cat is an excellent way to teach your child about the responsibilities involved in owning a pet. Understanding your child’s strengths and preferences will help you determine the appropriate pet. Make sure that the pet is age appropriate for your child so that s/he is able to learn to care for it. By starting early, you can instill responsible pet ownership from a very young age.

View this video which talks about how to select the right breed of cat for your family.

What Does it Take to be a CFA Judge?

CFA judges have the equivalent of a Ph.D in “Cat.” To become a judge, an individual must have gone through a thorough and rigorous training period. Once approved, judges officiate at CFA licensed shows and evaluate the cats using CFA’s breed standards and policies. As CFA’s distinguished Ambassadors, judges project unwavering integrity, dedication, love of cats and sound ethical behavior to the cat fancy and public. Read more about what it takes to become a CFA Judge.

Featured Breed: Chinese Li Hua

The Chinese Li Hua (pronounced “Lee Wah”) is one of the earliest known breeds of domestic cats native to China. They have lived in a wide area of China for centuries, and are mentioned in old books and old pieces of literature. Their disposition is gentle and easy to handle, and they will live quite peacefully with other cats and other breeds. This breed is a sturdy, well-proportioned, natural breed with a gentle, even disposition. There is spectacular contrast and clarity of the brown mackerel tabby pattern.

Read more about the Chinese Li Hua...

Kitten Classes Teach Art of Socialization

Kitten classes just like the ones at L’Chaim Feline are becoming increasingly popular in teaching owners to recognize feline behavior and learning how to handle a kitten properly so it isn’t fearful. Classes teach owners basic training principles such as how to take the fear out of getting into a carrier for a trip to the vet to the proper way to trim claws. CFA has excellent resources on kitten socialization. Be sure to contact your veterinarian or local humane society to find a kitten training class near you.

Keep your Cat in Purr-fect Shape!

Keep in mind some basic tips from our friends at Pet 360 to keep your cat the fittest feline around. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian to keep your cat in tip top shape year ‘round. Feed a diet that mainly consists of meat as the main ingredient, rather than empty calorie fillers and regular exercise are two key things you can do. CFA has excellent resources to learn more about feline nutrition and health.

Treatment for People Allergic to Cats possible

Do you love cats but are allergic to them? Well, good news is on the horizon! The most common cat allergy comes from the Fel d 1 allergen which is passed on by cats through saliva. When cats clean themselves, the saliva, hormones and microscopic skin cells - known as dander/dandruff - pass to the cat’s coat causing an allergic reaction to the human. Scientists at Cambridge University now suggest it is possible to develop a drug that will control cat allergies.

Featured Breed: Chartreux

The Chartreaux is an old breed which originated in France and said to have been raised as a companion to the Carthusian monks. Known for its woolly blue coat, brilliant orange eyes and smiling expression, the Chartreaux can quickly become attached to one family member and frequently follow her from room to room. This breed of cat can be taught to fetch a ball and most will respond to their names.

Read more about the Chartreux...

Keeping Your Cat Cool This Summer!

During the summer months, leave extra bowls of fresh water around the house. When traveling NEVER leave your cat inside of a closed car as your cat can quickly develop heat stroke which can be fatal. Fill a hot water bottle or towel with ice for your cat to lay on and draw your shades to keep cats ( and you!) nice and cool in warmer weather!

Cornell Discovery Offers Hope Against Deadly Cat Virus

Cornell researchers have found exactly what changes when a common, benign intestinal virus corona virus mutates into the deadly peritonitis virus. Traveling through the body, the virus kills most cats within weeks. This knowledge is expected to help develop tests, vaccines and treatments to protect cats from the deadly Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP).


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.

Read more about the Burmilla...

Keep Your Cat Indoors

Cats depend upon their humans for food, shelter and companionship. Keep your cat safe indoors by “cat proofing” his environment, providing favorite toys that you can play together, and giving him nutritious meals, plenty of water, and a clean litter box. Indoor cats have an average life span of 12 to 20 years when compared to 1 to 5 years for a cat kept outdoors.

Read more about keeping your cat safe indoors.

Dr. Elsey and Royal Canin Sale

This July and August Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat litter and Royal Canin food are offering a special sale in PetSmart. With the purchase of one 20lb bag of Precious Cat litter and one 2.5lb or 3.5lb bag of Royal Canin you will receive a bonus of 2 free cans of Royal Canin cat food. With your help we can make this event a huge success for you and your precious cat.


The term pet hospital takes on new meaning as health care professionals allow pets to visit sick owners in the hospital to help speed their recovery process. Hospitals such as the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, the University of Iowa Hospital, Clinics in Iowa City; Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond; Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and two hospitals associated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; and more than a dozen other medical centers have taken a different approach to a patient’s recovery process by allowing the patients’ dogs or cats to visit. Read more....

Congratulations to CFA’s Feline Agility Winner!

GC, GP, AG Ra'sAbi's Elijah “Eli” was the highest scoring cat in Agility for 2012-2013 with 7,218 points. He is also the first cat to earn CFA’s Agility Grand Master (AG) title in 10 consecutive shows and one of only five cats nationally who have earned this distinguished title! Eli is owned by Robert Weller & Carol Babel of Nutting Lake, MA. Find out more about the CFA Feline Agility Competition.

Featured Breed: Burmese

The Burmese is an even-tempered cat who 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 this breed also comes in champagne, platinum and blue.

Read more about the Burmese...

Winn Feline Foundation

The Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1968 that supports studies to improve cat health. Winn Feline Foundation Grant Review Committee selected the top nine studies for a total monetary award of $176,752.

Since its founding in 1968, Winn has funded more than $4 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide. For more information go to and read more about recent projects that have been funded.

The Pet Effect

The Pet Effect Showcases ‘Lead by Example’ Good Deeds which range from adoption events to marine conservation from Ohio’s Pet Industry. CFA is proud to join other Ohio-based organizations including Coastal Pet Products, flexi USA and United Pet Group and companies across the U.S. in an effort to promote responsible pet ownership.

Read more about the Pet Effect Project.

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...

Garfield’s Birthday June 19

Did you know that June 19th is Garfield’s Birthday. He is 35 years old! As of 2013, Garfield was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals. Garfield has also held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. CFA is proud to have its Offical Spokescat, Garfield as its #1 Feline!

Americans Love Their Pets!

We’ll do anything to take care of our furry, feline friends! A new survey reveals that 37 percent of cat owners spend more than $50 per month on their pets.

In addition, owners spend money on extras that range from pet insurance to Birthday celebrations. More than one-in-five or 22% of U.S. adults report they have held or attended a birthday celebration for a pet and 16% report they have held or attended a funeral or memorial service for a pet.

Visit a Cat Show

Here are some of the things you’ll find at a CFA Cat Show: CFA Feline agility, CFA Ambassador Cats, 42 Breeds of pedigreed cats, continuous judging in all rings, vendors and more!

Check out for a complete show listing.

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...

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 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.

Read more!

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