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.