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


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.


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!!

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.


Photo: Larry Johnson

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.