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.


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.

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Use a Harness on Your Cat for Safety, Exercise and Fun!

This is the time of year when your cat may be interested in going outside. Believe it or not, your cat can adapt to using a harness and leash.  It just takes some time, patience and practice.  You can teach your cat how to use a  harness or leash and take your cat for a walk!

Cat trainer and breeder, Lisa Maria Padilla demonstrates how to harness your cat with a Sturdi Harness.


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Be sure to discuss with your vet ahead of time your intention and ask how to properly protect your cat from fleas and ticks.

Below are some tips for you to consider in using a harness and leash:

1. Purchase a harness like the Sturdi harness that is made specially for cats.

2. Leave the harness laying around so that your cat gets used to it and let your cat sniff the harness and get used to it.

3. Use treats to encourage your cat the entire time you are trying the harness on your cat.  If your cat objects, don’t get discouraged, just take the harness off and try again another day. Be sure you have two fingers between the harness and your cat’s body.

4. If your cat is agreeable to the harness, let him sit with the harness on wait a bit before you use the leash. Observe your cat to see how relaxed he is and that should give you a guide as to how to proceed.

5. When you attach the leash, follow the same procedure and monitor your cat’s comfort level.  You can let the leash drag on the floor until you see that your cat is comfortable. Practice using the harness and leash indoors until you and your cat are comfortable. Keep the leash loose to give your cat room to move, speak in a soothing voice and give him treats to let him know he is doing a good job.

6. Apply gentle but firm pressure. Be sure not to jerk or drag the leash.

7. Once you decide to venture outdoors, take your cat to a quiet spot and sit with him while your cat roams around with you holding the leash.

8. Repeat this process until you and your cat are comfortable.  Allow him to explore his surroundings with you following behind with the leash.  You will get an idea as to when a good time is to venture further with your cat.

Read more about how to train your cat.

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

Cat Con LA Releases Schedule



CatConLA will debut on June 6 and 7, 2015 at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.  The event will debut with seminars, meet and greets and special appearances with some of the biggest names in the cat world, including Simon Tofield, creator of “Simon’s Cat,” and Lil BUB.

Over 100 exhibitors will be in attendance to showcase their cat-centric wares, all of which will be for sale to the public.  The convention is also giving away free cat inspired manicures.

The event will also have adoptions as part of the program, spearheaded by Best Friends LA and housed in a specially themed adoption area courtesy of Rachael Ray Nutrish called “Rachael Ray Nutrish Furever Home.”

Attendees will be afforded the opportunity to meet some of their favorite cats, celebrities, cat enthusiasts and kitty commentators.  Meet & Greets will be held at the following times:

Saturday, June 6th:
11:00-2:00    Lil Bub, Mike Bridavsky
11:30-1:30    Simon Tofeld Book Signing
1:45-2:45     Diane Lovejoy Book Signing
1:00-2:00    Mayim Bialik, in the PetSmart Charities Lounge
1:00-3:00    Lisa Erspamer ‘A Letter to My Cat’ Book Signing
2:30-2:45    ‘Cat Man Review’ with Will Braden & Scott Stulen

Sunday, June 7th:
10:30-12:00   Lil Bub, Mike Bridavsky
11:00-1:00    Pudge and Cats of Instagram
12:30-1:45    Will Braden Book Signing
1:15-3:15    Big Jack: America’s Newest Internet Cat
2:00-3:30   Francesco Marciuliano & Angie Bailey Book Signing
3:30-4:30    Rob Reger Book Signing

The event boasts some of the biggest names in pop culture, entertainment and felines; the seminars – which will be live streamed by Animal Planet – is as follows:

Saturday, June 6th:
10:15      Cats, Cartoons and Life

(Simon Tofield, Creator of “Simon’s Cat)
11:45       PetSmart Charities Presents: Goodbye Dowdy, Hello Gorgeous: Debunking the Cat Lady Myth
(Diane Lovejoy, author of “Cat Lady Chic” and Ashley Tschudin, creator of Choupette’s Diary) and hosted by “The Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik
1:15         Cat Guys of Animal Planet
(Shaun Sears and Tom Otto, stars of Animal Planet’s “Treetop Rescue”)
2:30         Photographing Cats–It Looks Easy, But It’s Not.
(Joann Biondi, creator of Lorenzo the Cat)
3:30         You Can Be a Cat Guy and Still Be Cool.
(Keith Bowers, Senior Editor, Catster)
4:40        My Cat’s a Celebrity…and How I’ve Dealt With That.
(Scott Stulen, Cat Vid Fest creator, Mike Bridavsky and Lil BUB,
Kady Lone and Pudge, & Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir)

Sunday, June 7th:
10:00     How Cats Have Changed the Internet & My Favorite Memes.
(Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger, creator of the cat meme)
11:15     Cat Vid Fest Favorites
(Will Braden, creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir;
Scott Stulen, creator of the Internet Cat Video Festival)
12:45     Humor…with Cats.
(Francesco Marciuliano, author of “I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats;
Angie Bailey, author of “Texts from Mittens”)
2:00     How Cats Have Shaped My Life As An Artist: A Short History.
(Rob Reger, creator of Emily the Strange and the
Bad Kitten Club)
4:00     Lil BUB’s Big Show Live at CatConLA
(Lil BUB, Mike Bridavsky and “30 Rock’s” Jack McBrayer)

$1 of every ticket sale for CatConLA will benefit FixNation, a non-profit organization committed to cats and supporting Trap-Neuter-Return. In addition, 50% of the proceeds from Lil BUB’s Big Meet and Greet and the Pudge/Cats of Instagram Meet and Greet go to FixNation.

CatConLA sponsors include: Rachael Ray Nutrish for Cats, Animal Planet, PetSmart Charities, The Ace Hotel, Modern Cat, Purpose Cat Litter, Scrap Cat, and Zoomer Kitty.

How to Spot an Allergy in Your Cat

The following outdoor allergens can cause allergic reactions to cats who are sensitive:

  • Tree, grass, weed, mold, mildew and dust pollens


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Watch for or the following symptoms in your cat, especially this time of year as flowers are blooming and the grass is growing.

1.  Itchy skin and scratching

2.  Itchy, watery eyes

3.  Vomiting and Diarrhea


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Visit your veterinarian as soon as you notice symptoms.  Your vet will take a complete history,  conduct a physical examination where veterinarian may determine the source of your cat’s allergic reaction. If an examination is not sufficient, your vet will most probably recommend skin or blood tests and/or a special elimination diet, to find out what’s causing the allergic reaction.

Finding the Perfect Cat Toy

Teaser toys, mice filled with catnip, bizzy balls (you know, those plastic balls with a jingle bell that your cat finds to play with at 4am), catnip logs, lasers, electronic toys and more! There are a variety of toys that you can choose for your cat:

1.  Interactive Toys-help to engage and mentally stimulate your cat’s “play instinct.”  Such toys include puzzle type of toys, lasers and even some “catch the mouse” or ” catch the string” type of toys.    Photo: Radio Systems Brilliant-Pet_Pounce_Hero


2.  Catnip is a member of the mint family and contains an oil called nepetalactone that can neurologically stimulate your cat and give him an emotional high, sudden burst of energy or make him feel relaxed.  Not every cat responds to catnip as 50 percent of all cats appear to be immune.

3. Cat Trees/Scratchers are excellent for keeping your cat in tip top shape and it feels good to the cats to sharpen their claws on the post.


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4. Balls, Mice and Other Misc. Toys These toys resemble prey and stimulate your cat’s predatory instincts. After your cat has hunted for her toys, she may decide to bring you the prize.  Don’t forget to tell her she has done a great job!

The right cat toy not only fosters your cat’s hunting instincts, they help you and your cat bond for life!

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When It’s Time to Say Good-bye

My cousin recently lost her cat a few weeks ago.  She was understandably upset and instant messaged me on Facebook to ask me a few questions.  Her beloved cat was 17 years old and up until recently was in fairly good health for a senior cat.  Basically her cat died of old age and her kidneys just stopped working.

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As every pet parent knows and dreads, this is the worst decision that we will need to make for our cats. As my cousin talked about the past few months with her cat, she and I talked about quality of life for her cat and what she did for her during this time.  I hope through our discussion that she came to the realization that she did all she could for her. And now, she must go through the grieving process and help her three year old daughter understand and grieve as well.

We all want to know we did the right thing when it comes to euthanize our fur kids.  In those first few dark days, we wonder if we did the right thing at the right time and know that one day I will see them again.   I told her that our cats rely on us to know when it is time.  After sharing your life with your cat, I believe that we do know when it is time to say good-bye.  I hope that after our discussion, her guilt was reduced and she knew she gave her the best care she could and in the end, she did the right thing for her cat.

I always send this poem out to those who are grieving.


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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

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There are plenty of resources to take advantage of today on grieving for an animal.  Be sure to take the time and grieve and remember the good times with your beloved cat.  After all, your cat was a cherished member of your family.  Please know that after all is said and done, you did the right thing.