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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Photo credit: dugspr — Home for Good / Foter / CC BY-NC

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!!

Register for the 37th Annual Winn Symposium in Toronto, Canada

Please register for and attend the 37th Annual Winn Symposium at the CFA Annual Meeting on Thursday, July 2, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, ON, Canada.

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What’s New Pussycat- Advances in GI Therapy

 

This year’s program includes:

Jody Gookin DVM, PhD, DACVIM from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Understanding the probiotic versus pathogenic role of gut bacteria in kittens with diarrhea”

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Craig Webb, DVM, PhD, DACVIM from Colorado State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

“Feline stem cells as novel treatment for cats with chronic intestinal disease”

For more details to register and to download the Symposium Flyer  (Link to http://www.winnfelinefoundation.org/education/winn-symposium)