Celebrate!

It’s that time of year again…time to celebrate, time to reflect, time to look forward.

There’s less than one week officially left in the CFA show season, and then we begin anew on May 6. We will soon be announcing the top cats for 2016-17. Congratulations to all who participated this season!

The awards will officially be presented at the CFA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in Chicago. Dates for the event are June 29 – July 2 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. It’s the Midwest Region’s turn to host the annual event.

There’s lots of cool things planned. Everything you need to know is online. Don’t wait to make your reservations!

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In addition to celebrating, it is also a time to say thank you!

Thank you for registering/recording your cat with CFA. By registering/recording and participating in CFA events, you help support our mission to enhance the well-being of ALL cats worldwide…through education, responsible cat ownership, and proper care.

Also, thank you for your numerous hours of volunteer services, whether it be through your local cat club or by serving on a CFA committee or the Board. Your time and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated.

And, thank you for sharing your vision via mentorship. You have helped so many newcomers move forward and discover a life-time passion.

Thanks to you, CFA continues to grow as the premier cat association.

See you at the next show!

Meet the Cornish Rex

Cornish RexIn appearance, Cornish Rex cats are a study in curves starting most noticeably with their coat which ideally falls in washboard waves. The coat is very short, lies close to the body and is incredibly soft to the touch, prompting comparisons to cut velvet, karakul lamb, rabbit fur or silk. In fact, it feels like a Cornish Rex coat and nothing else is the same.

Their bodies resemble Greyhounds, with a naturally arched back, large thigh muscles which gives them the opportunity to launch themselves at a moments notice. Their heads are smallish and egg shaped. They possess huge, luminous eyes. No cat has ears like the Cornish Rex and the bigger the better, as long as they are set high on the head.

Cornish RexIn personality, the Cornish Rex is extremely affectionate and people-oriented. They are also active cats whose kitten-like antics last for their lifetime and who can be very inventive in their play. Favorite Cornish Rex games are fetch, catch and even “discus”, in which the cat uses its hand-like paw to pick up and toss a small object. In spite of their sophisticated, elegant appearance, Cornish Rex cats are anything but cool, aloof or dignified. They are perfect pets for the owner who wants active cats to participate in family life.

Learn more about the Cornish Rex…

 

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 Colorpoint Shorthair

CPSH-1The Colorpoint Shorthair is a medium sized, svelte, refined cat with long tapering lines, very lithe, but muscular. The ideal is a cat with type identical to the Siamese, but with its own distinct and unique colors. While the color differences set it apart as a unique breed, the purpose of the hybridization was to establish cats identical in type to the Siamese but with separate colors.

CPSH-2Like the Siamese, they should have long, smooth heads resembling a fine wedge and large, wide placed ears that flow into the top of the wedge created by the head. From the side, the profile should be straight from the tip of the nose to the forehead. The graceful body starts with a long, slender neck connected to a tubular, muscled body. Not skinny, the body should be the same width and depth from the shoulders to the hips when viewed from any angle. Completing this elegant body is a long whippy tail which, when viewed overall, is the single element with the most point color on the body of the Colorpoint Shorthair.

Extremely inquisitive, this breed will get into almost anything at least once at any level, a testament to their athleticism and highly developed intelligence.

A joy to watch and an even greater joy to have in one’s life, the graceful and playful Colorpoint Shorthair is an endearing variation of the renowned Siamese.

Learn more about the Colorpoint Shorthair…

 

Meet the Chartreux

Chatreux-1Old as antiquity, the robust and muscular French Chartreux (pronounced: shar trew) is built for survival. Its physical appearance still reflects its ancient origin in the harsh arid cold of mountainous Asia Minor. Its large body mass conserves heat, aided by a dense woolly coat that repels dew and seasonal weather. Small, fur-covered appendages-ears, legs, and tail-prevent heat loss and resist frostbite.

 

The Chartreux is a study in contrasts. Often described as a “potato on toothpicks,” the Chartreux has a robust body, broad shoulders and a deep chest, all complemented by medium short, finely boned legs. The Chartreux is also known for its smile. The rounded head with its softly contoured forehead tapers to a narrowed muzzle. This gives the Chartreux an image of smiling.

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Chartreux are highly communicative. Very active tails, ear movements, ever-changing facial expressions, and a vast repertoire of trills, chirps, and coos speak volumes to the observant owner.

 

Chartreux are named according to the French convention of using the letter of the alphabet assigned to a given year. For example, kittens born during calendar year 2005 have names beginning with the letter A; 2006, B; 2007, C; and so on. The letters K, Q, W, X, Y, Z are not used, so letters repeat every 20 years. As a result, fanciers can tell the age of a Chartreux simply by knowing its name.

 

Learn more about the Chartreux…

 

Best In Show winner!!

Congratulations to our Best-In-Show winner from the Dr. Elseys CFA International Cat Show this past weekend….

One cat from each show (Red and Purple) was chosen in Championship and Premiership along with one Kitten from each show. Selection was based on total points earned. The six cats were then judged by CFA All Breed Judges Kathy Black of Duncan, OK; Wain Harding of Ukiah, CA; and Yaeko Takano of Tokyo, Japan. They selected their first and second runners up, along with the Best Cat in Show.

Best In Show

BEST IN SHOW

GP, NW CINEMA’S LIBERACE OF CALCAT
Copper-Eyed White Persian Neuter
Breeder: Blake Mayes-Dennis Adler
Owner: Joseph Deutsch-Joanne Hardeman-Kerry Ury-Cynthia A Lewis-Constance W Wardlaw

FIRST RUNNER-UP

GC CACAO WHISKEY IN THE WATER
Brown Tabby & White Persian Male
Breeder/Owner: Janet & Carissa Altschul

SECOND RUNNER-UP

GC, RW VELVETKIST DESIGNER GENES
Cream & White Persian Male
Breeder/Owner: Noralyn Heisig

 

Dr Elseys CFA International Cat Show

Coming this weekend, November 19 and 20!

If you are in the Novi, Michigan area this weekend, be sure to come see the CFA International Cat Show, being held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi, MI.

CISIn addition to the judging rings, the show offers a variety of activities for the entire family. Spectators can enjoy watching the feline agility competition. And for those wanting more in-depth information about the different breeds of cats, there is an education ring.

The first 250 adult attendees purchasing a ticket at the show will receive a coupon good for a free sample of Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter, redeemable only at Dr. Elsey’s show booth the days of the show.

The show is open to the public on Saturday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm and on Sunday from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm.

View our Press Release for a link to a coupon good for $1 off the price of admission!

Meet the Abyssinian

RuddyAbyAlthough the Abyssinian is one of the oldest known breeds, there continues to be speculation and controversy concerning its history. In appearance, Abyssinians resemble the paintings and sculptures of ancient Egyptian cats, which portray an elegant feline with a muscular body, beautiful arched neck, large ears and almond shaped eyes. Abys today still retain the jungle look of felis lybica, the African wildcat ancestor of all domestic cats.

The breed is permitted four coat colors by CFA: Ruddy, Red, Blue and Fawn. The shape of the head forms a modified wedge with eyes curved like almonds. The Abyssinian has large, slightly pointed ears. The head, eyes and ears all fit together in a complimentary fashion favoring neither extreme length nor extreme shortness.

RedAbyThe personality of the Abyssinian is best described by one word: busy. These are incredibly intelligent cats, good problem solvers with an insatiable curiosity. Add to this their natural athleticism, which comes with their muscular bodies , and you have a potent combination. Abyssinians want to do everything on their own terms. Unless you understand their unique personality these fascinating cats can be a great challenge when living with one as a pet. They are incredibly playful even into adulthood. Everything they do seems larger than life. When they play, they seem to have no concern for life or limb and commit all of their energy and concentration.

BlueAbyFor the most part, these are low maintenance cats although they do enjoy being rubbed affectionately and require a bath at least once during the shedding season. Washing them with a good cat shampoo, quick towelling, and drip-drying is all that is needed. Bathing should be started when they are young and so should clipping their claws regularly and before each bath.

FawnAbyFor those who want a portion of the wild kingdom, who want an active, independent, loving cat, this very ancient breed may be just right. These mischievous, highly animated shorthaired cats, with their iridescent, colorful coats, can provide years of pleasure for any household. It is not a mystery to see why those who have had an Aby, usually have no other breed as a pet. It has become one of the most popular cat breeds of modern time.

 

Fact vs. Myth Cat Show Perception

If you have never been to a cat show, you may not know what to expect as you may have heard some rumors that cat shows are only for stressed out, pedigreed cats.  However, that notion is far from the truth!

There are many things to do at a cat show, let’s take a look at what kinds of things go on:

  1. Judging: Cats are judged within their respective breeds and then the top ten cats are chosen from the best and second best of breeds.  Cats are kept in a benching area away from the judging rings and are held in cages or “show shelters” until they are called to the ring for judging or a final. At the conclusion of class competition, the judge will call his top ten final and award rosettes to the top cats in Kitten, Championship and Premiership.
  2. Benching Area: This is a great place to have a conversation with a breeder.  It’s where you can learn about the breed of your choice and ask questions about the breeder’s expectations and preferences for placing cats. Many times, you can find out about whether the breeder has a retired show cat available to a forever home.  That forever home can be yours!
  3. Feline Agility Competition: feb 29-2Cats can compete in a timed, enclosed feline agility course. It is fun to watch them as they compete against the clock.  If you are at a show which has feline agility, you will spend several minutes at a time just mesmerized watching the cats jump through hoops and climb stairs.
  4. Vendors and more! You will love shopping for all things cat: from teaser toys to scratching posts, you will find all the latest in cat products! Of course, you may find “people” vendors as well.
  5. Family-friendly Activities: Feb 29
    You will find that several shows have additional activities for the whole family such as Breed Showcase where you will get to see and learn more about the different breeds or a stuffed animal judging competition for kids or coloring contests and more.  Show flyers list activities that each club is planning.
  6. Animal Rescue Adoptions:  Many clubs have animal rescue groups participate.  The mission of CFA is to promote the welfare of all cats.  You can choose a homeless animal to add to your family and so the cat can have a forever home.

There is a myth that cats are stressed out at shows and it is an unnatural place for them to be.  While there are cats who do not like to show and they are “retired” quickly from showing if they act up and are cranky, many cats love the attention from their owners and like to be admired by strangers.

Check out CFA’s list of upcoming shows at go to www.catshows.us

CFA’s Most Popular Breeds

Feb 22

The Exotic is CFA’s Most Popular Breed for the second year in a row.  The top ten CFA breeds are:

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  1. Exotic
  2. Persian
  3. Maine Coon Cat
  4. Ragdoll
  5. British Shorthair
  6. American Shorthair
  7. Scottish Fold
  8. Abyssinian
  9. Sphynx
  10. Oriental

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Rankings are based on registration 2015 figures.  While not a breed, this is also the first year the household pets are able to compete for regional wins.  Household pet recordings increased by 300% in 2015.  To learn more about cat shows, go to http://www.cfa.org/Shows/AboutCFAShows.aspx