Nitama the Cat Replaces is New Station Master at Kishi Station

Nitama a.k.a. Tama II is Tama’s new successor.  Tama, who presided over Japan’s Kishi station for eight years, passed away at the age of 16 this past June. Tama was credited for saving the Wakayama Electric Company from financial ruin. After a period of mourning, the time had come for the railway’s president Mitsunobu Kojima to announce her successor.

Nitama learned from Tama and was the receptionist with the Okayama Electric Tramway and filled in for Tama at Kishi Station.  A calico, just like Tama, graduated from the “Training school for Cat Stationmaster.”  According to Kojima,  “the main requirements for the role are the ability to “feel comfortable with people at the workplace” and a willingness to wear a hat.”

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We think Tama looks cute in the hat! Welcome to Tama!

 

Inspector Dewey Book by Kristen Heimerl

We love Inspector Dewey at CFA!  Be sure to put Inspector Dewey on your reading list and make a point to give a copy to one of your favorite kids!  Kids read about cats! Inspector Dewey is based on a true story.  When an unexpected intruder stumbled into her life two years ago, author Kristen Heimerl turned the unusual event into an irresistible story idea! And, irresistible it sure is!

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Easy to read and engaging as you turn every page, Inspector Dewey talks about how he and his pet parent foiled the attempts of an intruder and saved the day!

Great for kids of all ages! Inspector Dewey will be available for Fall 2015 on line and at selected retailers.  The book is 32 pages with full color illustrations. Pre order your copy today!   $19.99.

 

Take this Survey and Tell Tufts University Researches What Foods You Feed Your Cat

Researchers at Tufts University are looking for volunteers to complete a brief, 15 minute survey about feeding practices for dogs and cats. This survey will ask questions about your pet, what food you purchase for your pet, how you feed your pet, and your relationship with your pet.

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You may be eligible to participate if you over the age of 18 and currently own a dog or cat.  If you are interested in participating, please click here.  Your responses to survey question will be kept confidential.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association Releases Most Popular Registered Cat Names

 

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Jem-Dandy Gizmo Photo: Svetlana Levchenko

Did your cat’s name make the list?  

Pedigreed cat owners are following an on-going trend of selecting cute and cuddly human cat names along with the names of pop culture characters as names for their beloved felines.

Based on CFA registration statistics from 2014, the top names are:

  1. Coco
  2. Bella
  3. Luna
  4. Daisy
  5. Alice
  6. Lily
  7. Candy
  8. Lucky

Based on CFA registration statistics over the last 30 years, the top names are:

  1. Gizmo
  2. Samantha
  3. Tiffany
  4. Sasha
  5. Princess
  6. Cleopatra
  7. Jasmine
  8. Angel
  9. Chloe
  10. Sabrina

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Gizmo Photo: Debra Clayton

Names are selected by the breeder and/or owner when a cat is registered with CFA.  The breeder’s cattery name is on the prefix and the owner’s cattery name is on the suffix.  Following a naming trend of the past several years, what we choose to name our pets indicate our preference for making our cats members of our family.  Names such as Coco, Alice and Bella are reminiscent of days gone by.  Names that end in ly such as Daisy, Candy, Chloe and Lucky are cute and cuddly and demonstrate the personal affinity we have for our cats.  Gizmo is from the film, Gremlins and Luna is most likely named after Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter book series.

 

Vets Plus More new Vet Mobile App

Here is an interesting concept that we have come across.  It looks as though this app will bring medical advice, insurance, referrals and lost and found services! Could this type of service be the wave of the future?

The Vets Plus More Animal Service being Launched October 1, 2015.  Vets Plus More is a mobile App that will give you access to a certified Vet via text, phone or video call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

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No more worrying about your animals when your vet office is closed.  They can answer any of your questions and give you the advice you need to put your mind at ease.

Along with Trained Vets at your access, they will also make it easy for you to sign up for pet insurance and to easily make claims when you need to.  The services has plans to partner with leaders in Pet Insurance to help you ensure your pet is well cared for without a huge cost.

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Should you need any services for your pet, you can also check out our referral site and find a local pet sitter or trainer in your area.

This App will be essential for every pet owner in the world.  If you have an essential service you want to list with us, you will have access to millions of animal lovers who will be able to reach you just by the touch of your phone.

In December of this year, they will also be launching their lost and found service.  If your animal goes missing, just upload a picture and let them know where your cats were last seen and Vets Plus More will send out a Pet Alert to all their clients.  Also, If you find a lost animal, just take a picture and send it to them and they will post a picture.   The cost of the subscription is only $8.95/month.

We will be interested to see how this new service works.

 

 

Save the Date for the L.A. Feline Film Festival

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate all things cat?

You won’t want to miss Saturday, October 3, 2015 for the second annual LA Feline Film Festival from 1pm-10pm.

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Line forms to meet Lil Bub from last year’s Festival

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A lot of cool things are planned from films to art projects to bands and even some famous cats. In addition, there will be a wide range of wares, exhibitors and cat company sponsors in attendance. You can even bring your cat!  Stay tuned for more info!

Tama the Cat Dies at Age 16

We were so sorry to hear this past week, the passing of Tama the cat, who served as the train stationmaster of Kishi Station in Japan.

Not only did this female tortoiseshell’s popularity rise quickly following her 2007 appointment as the stationmaster of Kishi Station, which serves Japan’s rural neighborhood of Kinokawa in Wakayama Prefecture, she saved the station from financial ruin and has greeted visitors every day since.

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According to the Japan Times, Wakayama governor Yoshinobu Nisaka paid tribute to Tama in a statement.

Tama was a “tourism superstar extremely popular in and out of Japan who contributed greatly to promoting tourism in our prefecture. I am filled with deep sorrow and appreciation,” Nisaka said.

Tara the Hero Cat Received “Hero Dog” Prize from ASPCA

We were so pleased to learn that last year’s recipient of the CFA Hero Cat Award, Tara the Hero Cat, received an award last week which has been traditionally given to dogs. Tara received the CFA Hero Cat Award last June. This June she was recognized by the LA ASPCA for her efforts. The first time a cat receives the honor normally reserved for dogs!

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Photo Credit: Chanan for CFA

In May of last year, Tara’s owner, a young Jeremy Triantafilo, was playing on a bike in his home driveway when a neighbor’s dog attacked, biting and dragging the boy by his leg. Before his mother could get to him, Tara, raced to his aid and threw herself at the dog, sending the dog running in the opposite direction. Jeremy only showed minor injuries as a result.

The ASPCALA was very impressed by Tara’s loyalty and bravery, saying that, “A cat who was abused, forgotten, or neglected by her family would not have been as likely to perform selfless, heroic acts to save her companion.”

Congratulations to Tara on this award! She truly is a hero.

Show Your Household Pet in CFA and Compete for National Awards

Starting with the 2015-2016 show season in CFA, you can now compete for regional and national awards with your household pet!

First, you must get a recording number for your household pet from CFA. You can still show your household pet without a recording number, but it will not count for points.

Points will be calculated the same way that regional points are calculated in the pedigreed classes. Best Household Pet in the ring receives a score equal to the number of cats competing less 1. 2nd Best receives 95% of the score that Best receives, and that procedure continues in 5% decrements.

Household Pets will keep their highest scoring 100 rings each season, towards year-end awards.

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CFA All Breed Judge Sharon Powell judging the Household Pet Class.

Only rings that are judged by a CFA-licensed judge, an approved guest judge, or a CFA judge trainee, will be scored for awards. Celebrity judges such as a local vet or radio/TV personality will not be scored – if celebrity judges are used by a club, the show flyer must state which Household Pet rings will be scored for CFA Household Pet points and awards.

The Grand Household Pet title:

CFA will award the title of Grand Household Pet (abbreviated GH) to a household pet that earns 200 points from a minimum of six different judges. There is no time limit for these points – they can be earned over different show seasons. The GC title must be claimed from CFA for a fee.

Household Pets earning their GH will receive a certificate from CFA, and the title will become part of the cat’s record.

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HHP Grand, Gromit Owned by Julie Benzer

Julie said of her experience wit Gromit, “I think one of the best parts about showing HHPs is that every judge is different. Because there is no set standard for HHPs, they have each had to develop their own criteria for judging and ranking the cats. So while one judge might not particularly like your cat, the next one might fall in love with it. It’s also the one class where you get to see some of the truly magnificent colors and patterns pulled off by Mother Nature when she is left to her own devices.”

The Grand Household Pet of Distinction title:

CFA will award the title of Grand Household Pet of Distinction (abbreviated GHD) to Household Pets that earn 30 finals in each of three separate show seasons, with a minimum of 250 points earned in each of those seasons. The show seasons do not have to be consecutive – seasons prior to the start of the program in May 2015 cannot be used for the title. The GHD title must be claimed from CFA for a fee.
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Household Pets earning their GHD will receive a certificate from CFA, and the title will become part of the cat’s record.

Come join the fun!!