Cat Fanciers’ Association, Royal Canin Announce Top Awards for International Cat Show

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Velvetkist Don’t Touch My Tutu took Best in Show honors at the 2017 Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) Cat Show presented by Royal Canin. The event, which is the national’s largest pedigreed cat show in the nation, was held this past weekend, November 18 – 19, in Portland, OR. It drew entries from around the world.
The dilute Calico female Persian six-month-old kitten is bred and owned by Noralyn Heisig from Maryland. Heisig is no stranger to the CFA’s International Shows. In 2014 Velvetkist Pack’n Heat of Krimpurrs took Best In Show honors at the 2014 International Cat Show. Then in 2016, Velvetkist Designer Genes was named second runner-up at the International Cat Show.
Also taking honors at the 2017 CFA International Cat Show presented by Royal Canin were:
1st Runner Up
GC, DW, Chapter XXI Gabu
Black Male Bombay
Breeder: Phebe Low, Sig & Sharyn Hauck
Owner: Phebe Low, Sig & Sharyn Hauck, SM Wong, Wong My

2nd Runner UP
GC, GP, BW, NW Parti Wai Hear Me Roar
Red & White Persian Neuter
Breeder: Gloria Busselman
Owner: Carol Warrens & Gloria Busselman

“CFA congratulates Noralyn and everyone who participated in the show,” said Mark Hannon, CFA President. “We also thank the many exhibitors who flew in from around the world to compete and to the people of Portland for making us feel welcomed.”

More than 500 cats, representing 41 breeds, competed for top honors in the largest pedigreed cat show in the country.

Jason Taylor, Royal Canin National PRO Sales Director, added: “This year’s event attracted an incredible showcase of pedigreed cats from around the world. We are proud to support the Cat Fancier’s Association through our title sponsorship of the International and would like to congratulate all of the winners!”

Royal Canin, a leading global pet nutrition company specializing in breed-specific nutrition, has spent nearly half a century developing diets that are highly palatable and provide complete and balanced nutrition for cats.

To learn more about CFA, visit www.cfa.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about Royal Canin, visit www.royalcanin.com.

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Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. was founded in 1906 as a not-for-profit association of member clubs and is the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats. 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.

Royal Canin USA
Royal Canin USA is a leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition. Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has more than 40 years of experience in delivering individualized nutritional solutions. In collaboration with an expert team of nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world, Royal Canin places cats and dogs at the central point of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets based on size, age, breed, lifestyle and therapeutic requirements. Royal Canin diets are available at veterinary hospitals and pet specialty stores nationwide. Royal Canin is a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. To learn more about Royal Canin, visit www.royalcanin.com and “LIKE” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/royalcanin.us.

Denver Deals with Cat Declawing Head-on

Denver is to become the first city outside of California to ban the declawing of cats. The vote was unanimous during the legislation’s first reading. Declawing would be allowed only under specific medical reasons, such as a tumor or a malformed paw.

The maximum fine for violating the ban would be $999, with jail time possible.

To read the full story, click here.

In 1996, CFA Board of Directors approved a guidance statement regarding the declawing of cats. It was revised in 2003.

In part, it reads:

CFA perceives the declawing of cats (onychectomy) and the severing of digital tendons (Tendonectomy) to elective surgical procedures that are without benefit to the cat. Because of the discomfort associated with the surgery and potential future behavioral or physical effects, CFA disapproves of routine declawing or tendonectomy surgery in lieu of alternative solutions to prevent household damages.

To read more, click here.

The CFA urge cat fanciers to be alert to laws in your state and community and to become active.

October 21: Cures4Cats

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Join the Cat Fanciers’ Association and the Winn Feline Foundation as we celebrate Cures4Cats Day.

Cats provide their people with companionship and love, and as 92% of surveyed cat owners agree, feline health plays a significant role in their overall well-being. Winn Feline Foundation has established October 21 as the inaugural Cures4Cats day to emphasize the importance of feline health. This annual day of awareness is dedicated to highlighting Winn-funded research, the critical need for evidence-based medicine, early-stage biomedical research, and health answers for cats.

“Our mission at the Cat Fanciers’ Association has always been promoting the health and welfare of all cats,” said Mark Hannon, CFA President. “We applaud and support the efforts of the Winn Feline Foundation in their promotion of Cures4Cats Day. Their continued efforts have built a strong foundation for improving and managing cat health.”

Winn Feline Foundation has been on the leading-edge of feline health research since 1968 and Cures4Cats Day encourages cat lovers to support their efforts. As Winn embarks on its next 50 years they aim to deliver even more critical advances in cat health.

 

 

Cat Fanciers Make Funds Available

The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) earmarked $8,000 for cats and their owners affected by recent hurricanes.

“Relief efforts will be centralized through our respective regional directors,” Mark Hannon, president of CFA said. “The board voted to immediately allocate $4,000 to the CFA geographic regions that include the states of Florida, Louisiana and Texas. An additional $2,000 will be distributed to the CFA’s Breeder Assistance.” The Breeder Assistance Program was created for breeders seeking help in situations out of their control, including acts of nature that result in temporary loss of homes.

According to Hannon, the remaining $2,000 will be held for future relief as needs are identified.

CFA has a long history of proactively supporting and assisting cat owners and breeders in times of disaster.

Contact your regional director, the Breed Assistance Program or the CFA Central Office by visiting http://www.cfa.org for more information.

CFA Congratulates PetPartners President Rick Faucher

The Cat Fanciers’ Association congratulates Rick Faucher who was recently elected as the President of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association. Faucher is also President of Pet Health Division at IHC Specialty Benefits, a member of The IHC Group and President of PetPartners, the official pet insurance provider to CFA.

According to NAPHIA’s 2017 State of the Industry Report, close to 1.8 million pets were insured at year-end 2016 in North America. This represents an average annual growth rate of 11.5% from 2015. Approximately 1.6 million pets were insured in the United States and 220,000 pets were insured in Canada.

To learn more about Pet Partners, visit: https://www.petpartners.com/?cs=WL&csd=CFA_ROS

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Refresher Course: Disaster Checklist and Tips for Your Pets

(Editor’s note: As we are in the midst of hurricane season, we thought it important to review the disaster checklist and tips. To read the full article, click here. Also, check out our latest issue of Cat Talk Magazine. Subscription details are here.)

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In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, pets are NOT normally allowed inside emergency shelters for humans due to public health and safety reasons. If you and your family need evacuation to a public shelter during a disaster, you must have planned in advance for the care of your dog and cat. Check to see which shelters in your area will allow you to bring your pets. Such planning could save your pets’ life and make yours easier. The alternative, which may not always be wise, is to stay in your home with your pets.

Have a carrier available for each cat, clearly labeled with your name and address.

Water for everyone in your household (enough for at least 7 days to use for drinking, cooking, pets and personal hygiene).

Pet food. Canned food should preferably be in pop-top cans. Dry food should be stored in waterproof containers.

Water bowls and dishes or paper plates for food.

Litter. Have a sufficient supply on hand, and a litter scoop plus garbage bags.

Medication, if necessary, in a sufficient quantity for a minimum of 7 days.

Make sure all pets are either microchipped or have collars with ID (their name, your phone # and address) on them in case they get loose during the storm. Have a picture of them on hand in case you have to go to shelters or post “missing” ads in your neighborhood. “Missing” posters can even be printed ahead of the disaster, just in case they are needed in the aftermath.

Protect important documents (registration certificates, pedigrees, vaccination certificates, etc.), photos, and keepsakes in watertight containers/bags.

Create a family communications list, and copy it to all members of your family. Include home and work phone numbers, your cell phone numbers, and numbers for a close friend as well as email addresses that can be used for contact before, and after, a disaster.

Let your family members know what your plans are (staying put, evacuating, where to, etc.) in advance of a storm, and contact them asap afterward. It will most likely be easier for you to contact them, than for them to try and contact you. Consider setting up a Yahoo! Groups mailing list for your family members and close friends, so that one message to a list will be distributed widely to all who have a need to know. A single mailing list address is easier to remember than a list of dozens.

 

Happy Labor Day!

On #LaborDay, we celebrate the hardworking people who work. But we thought we would digress and give you a peek at some #cats who also have jobs:
Maltilda, Algonquin Hotel – She is a #Ragdoll and the 10th cat in the history of NYC’s #AlgonquinHotel that greets guests, and poses for photos with fans. Fun fact: In addition to the three Maltidas, 7 male cats – all named Hamlet by the legendary actor #JohnBarrymore – have ruled the roost at the Algonquin.

Stubbs, Mayor of Talkeentna, Alaska. This female feline became mayor of this tiny Alaskan town in the late 1990s. He served for just over 20 years before finally passing in July of 2017.

Spike, Left Bank Books – He’s the part-time night manager at the bookstore in #St.Louis, MO.

How about your cats? Do they have jobs, too? Let us know!

Happy Labor Day reading!

CFA’s Ambassador Cats Program Unveils Children’s Coloring Book “Caring for Your Kitty”

coloring bookThe Cat Fanciers’ Association (#CFA) and its Ambassador Cat Program unveil a new coloring book Caring for Your Kitty. Developed to help children understand the importance of caring for a #pet #kitten or cat, it focuses on the four C’s of #pet care:

  • Commitment – while owning a #cat is a life-long responsibility, it also brings many rewards.
  • Care – teaches responsibility
  • Compassion – in addition to caring and loving a new pet, it also helps teach children compassion for all living creatures.
  • Contact – cats provide unconditional love and attention.

Original artwork is by Austen Redinger. He began drawing at a very young age and turned his passion into his career. Austen began his business Anything Cartoon, which specializes in cartoon illustration and design. He provides clients all around the world with illustrations and cartoons that help businesses grow and improve their marketing efforts.

The coloring book is being distributed at CFA shows by the CFA Ambassador Cats Program and is free of charge to show attendees. Check our show calendar to find a CFA show near you.

For ordering information, visit CFA.

CFA and China’s CAAA Enter into Relationship

The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) and the China Animal Agricultural Association (CAAA) are set to establish a cooperative relationship that will officially recognize CFA’s activities in China and will bring of level of authority to CFA with the People’s Republic of China. CAAA, which is largely responsible for China’s animal husbandry industry, is formally recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, and is the entity that will oversee the relationship.

“This new relationship with this nationally-recognized Chinese industry association elevates the status of CFA as the largest pedigree registry in China and the world. We will be able to serve the cat fancy in China with unprecedented products like DNA testing and secure registration, while creating a business model that we can use to grow CFA’s presence in the other parts of the world,” Mark Hannon, President of CFA, said.

The relationship, with final details still being discussed, forges a mutually-beneficial arrangement between the two organizations. CFA benefits by being officially recognized by the Chinese Government, which is in a better position to monitor and enforce legitimate registrations of pedigreed cats. It is anticipated that a sub-organization within CAAA will facilitate CFA’s registrations in China. This cooperation will promote CFA registration in China.

Wu Wang, who is serving as liaison to CAAA for CFA said, “The pedigreed cat population is growing substantially in China and we feel it is imperative that we be involved with the cat exhibitions and registrations. Our involvement will help assure that people buying cats from breeders and others are receiving exactly what they expected and paid for.” He added that the Ministry of Agriculture’s involvement protects consumers, cat fanciers, and the pet industry.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1906 and headquartered in Alliance, Ohio, USA and is the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats. CFA’s mission calls for the promotion and improvement of pedigree cats, the welfare of all cats, and the registration of breeds recognized by CFA. The organization has a presence in more than 50 countries around the world, through cat show competitions and registration of pedigreed cats.

The Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China and its affiliate, China Animal Agricultural Association are located in Beijing, China. Together organizations support the development of agriculture and the science of animal husbandry.

For more information, contact Richard Kallmeyer, Asian representative for CFA at rhkallme@ix.netcom.com.

Join Us and Royal Canin: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 22 has been set aside as a date to remind cat owners everywhere to take their #cats to the Vet. CFA has joined with Royal Canin with this promotion.

According to a release from Royal Canin, did you know that while 92 percent of cat owners agree that their cat’s health is important to them, only 41 percent take their cat to the vet for regular checkups, according to a new survey from Royal Canin, a pet nutrition company? In fact, only one cat is seen by a veterinarian for every five dogs, despite the fact that 10 million more cats are owned in the United States.

“Our goal with this year’s program is to rally cat owners, veterinarians, industry partners and even celebrities together to shine the spotlight on the importance of veterinary care for cats,” explained Kamie Eckert, president of Royal Canin USA. “While the gap in preventive veterinary care between dogs and cats in the U.S. continues to be a concern, the great news is that it can be addressed.”

For more information and tips on stress-free vet visits for cat owners and cats or to learn more about Royal Canin visit www.royalcanin.com/Cat2VetDay. You can also join the conversation on social media by using hashtag #Cat2VetDay.

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