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.

CFA Hosts World Cat Congress Show

Cats will rule in Vegas, April 22-23!

wcc_logo_globeOver 200 pedigreed cats and kittens to see, as well as everyday household pet cats. You can sit and watch cats on the judging table, or walk around and visit with the cats between judgings.

There will be six judging rings going on concurrently throughout the day, each day. No matter what time you arrive you’re bound to see your favorite breed being judged.

There will be booths with cat toys, cat supplies and unique cat-related apparel and gift items for sale.

Tickets will be available at the door.
Admission:
Adults $5
Children 4 – 17 $2
Children under 4 FREE when accompanied by a paid adult admission.
Click here for $1 off coupon

More details can be found here…

Meet the Burmilla

Burmilla-1While the Burmilla is the newest breed to grace the cat fancy as a CFA breed, the origin to this breed dates back over 30 years ago, as a cross between a Burmese and a Chinchilla Silver Persian.

The Burmilla is medium sized cat with a muscular yet elegant body. The head is sculptured in appearance, where the rounded top head, nose profile, medium broad muzzle and well-developed chin set the balance. The eyes can be any shade of green and are often greenish gold to yellowish in youth, with the green coming in as they mature.

Burmilla-2 Their distinguishing feature is their sparkling silver coat, and distinctive “make up” lining the nose, lips and eyes. The Burmilla comes in two coat lengths, semi longhair and shorthair.

The Burmilla is an irreverent and independent cat that adores its owner and displays many kitten-like characteristics even into adulthood. Fun loving, yet quiet and gentle, this sweet natured cat gets along well with children and other animals.

Learn more about the Burmilla…

Affordable DNA Testing Available

The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) unveils CatDNAtest.org, an affordable feline DNA testing tool to effectively provide valuable health information, enabling early diagnosis and treatment of genetic disease. Health impacts are measurable.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Cat Fanciers’ Association to provide cat owners and caregivers the numerous benefits that advanced DNA testing technology can offer,” said GeneSeek’s Lindsey Kock, DVM. “As we’ve found through our many years of working with various animal species and their associated breed registries, DNA testing provides significant opportunities to both improve the overall health of the population through more informed breeding decisions, and provides valuable information about the health and traits of an individual enabling earlier diagnosis and treatment. In both cases, the impact on animal health is significant.”

CatDNAtest.org is a cooperative effort by CFA and GeneSeek, the world’s largest animal genetic testing laboratory. The state-of-the-art testing procedures uses SNP Array Genetic Evaluation (pronounced “snips”). The testing helps identify genetic diseases and traits such as color. Not only does genetic testing offer insights to the health of an individual cat, it also provides genetic information that can be used to make informed breeding decisions and improve the health of future off-spring and long-term viability of a breed.

Cats can be tested at any age via a cheek swab. Participants will receive an officially certified SNP DNA Testing Certificate, which shows all the genetic information obtained from the test.

The service is available to all those who seek feline DNA testing, including breeders, veterinarians, and cat lovers.

For more information, including costs and step-by-step instructions, visit www.catdnatest.org.

Meet the Burmese

BurmeseThe overall impression of the ideal Burmese would be a cat of medium size with substantial bone structure, good muscular development and a surprising weight for its size.

The facial expression of a Burmese is sweet, innocent and unique among pedigreed cats. It has been said that when the Burmese looks at you, it feels like it is “looking into your soul.”

BurmeseThis little bundle is clothed in a shiny, close-lying coat that feels like satin. The Burmese coat come in four colors: sable, champagne, blue and platinum. Sable is the most common of the four, and is a deep chocolate brown color.

These are the ultimate companion cats. They love being with people, playing with them, and keeping them entertained. They crave close physical contact and are referred to by some breeders as “Velcro cats.” They abhor an empty lap, will follow their humans from room to room, and sleep in bed with them, preferably under the covers, cuddled as close as possible.

Learn more about the Burmese…

The Twelve Days of Catmas, part 1

If you aren’t following us on our Facebook Page, we’ve been sharing the 12 Days of Catmas!  (Yes, traditionally the 12 Days of Christmas happen AFTER December 25, but these are cats, and they don’t follow the rules….  :-)

Here’s our first 6 days:

On the sixth day of Catmas, my true love gave to me:
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Six Maine Coon Cats


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Five Russian Blues


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Four Siamese


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Three Devon Rexes


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Two Orientals


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and a sweet little Somali girl

Meet the British Shorthair

British ShorthairThe British Shorthair, probably the oldest English breed of cat, traces its ancestry back to the domestic cat of Rome. Although first known as the British Blue, due to the breed’s original color, its native country incorporated a wide variety of colors under the term British Shorthair in the 1950’s. CFA also recognizes the British Shorthair in many different colors and patterns.

The British Shorthair is a medium to large cat of compact build, powerful and well balanced. Taking years to mature, British Shorthairs often do not reach full size and development until the age of three.

British ShorthairThe British Shorthair coat is like no other; short and as dense as deep pile carpet. Their coats are another factor that serves them well in English gardens during the winter. No other breed of cat has as dense a coat with more hairs per square inch, than the British Shorthair. Running your fingers through the coat is so pleasurable that breeders often extend this courtesy, when politely asked. Though luxurious to pet, the short coat needs minimal care.

Living with British Shorthairs is relaxing. They are not overly active cats, which is why they are comfortable in apartments as well as houses. With true British reserve, they will wait for an invitation to join you at your side on a couch or chair.

Learn more about the British Shorthair…