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

CFA’s Most Popular Breeds

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


  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


Congratulations Best-of-the-Best in Show for the 2015 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter International Cat Show



2015 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show

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Photo: Larry Johnson

The excitement of the two day event came to a colorful end on Sunday with the selection of Best-of-the-Best in Show Winner, a 1 year and one month old Red Classic Tabby & White Shorthair Male Manx was named Best in Show at the 2015 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show on November 22, 2015.  One cat from each show (Red and Purple) was chosen in Championship and Premiership and one longhair and one shorthair kitten were also selected from each show. Selection was based on total points earned. The six cats were judged by CFA All Breed Judges Sharon Roy of Manchester, NH;  Kayoko Koizumi of Japan; and Hope Gonano of Port Orange, Florida who selected their first and second runners up along with the Best Cat in Show.



Red Classic Tabby & White Shorthair Male Manx

Breeder: Omar Gonzalez, Gary Veach, Suki Lee

Owner: Omar Gonzalez, Gary Veach

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Photo: Larry Johnson


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Chocolate Spotted Male Ocicat Kitten

Breeders/Owners: Roger & Nancy Brown

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Photo: Larry Johnson



Calico Female Persian Kitten

Breeders/Owners: Robert & Debbie Rosas

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Photo: Larry Johnson

The Exotic is CFA’s #1 Breed for First Time!

The Exotic Breed Takes Over Top Spot from Persian Breed for the First Time

The Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Most Popular Cats!


Pictured: CFA’s Best Exotic for 2014, GC, BW, NW Dandys Hey Jude of Ivy Cat, a cream spotted tabby male, bred by Natalie Blakeley and P & R Degolyer and owned by Natalie Blakeley and Pam Degolyer.

Busy cat owners who like the look of a Persian, but don’t have time for daily grooming sessions, have made the Exotic the most popular cat breed according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) 2014 registration statistics.  The Exotic is bred to meet the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat.  The thick, plush, short coat gives the Exotic a soft, rounded, teddy bear look. Based on registration statistics, the Exotic took over the top spot from the Persian breed.

Take a look at the ranking of all of CFA’s breeds here.

Scooter and Boots Take an In-depth Look at CFA Agility Training

We cannot wait to show you this great video which shows what is involved in feline agility competition which is just like the one coming up and will be hosted by the CFA’s San Diego Cat Club this weekend !


CFA/Dr. Elsey World Championship Cat Show Winners

The excitement of the two day event came to a colorful end on Sunday with the selection of Best-of-the-Best in Show Winner, a 4 year and seven month old Bi-Color Persian Male Cream and White Neuter was named Best in Show of 1,000 cats at the 2014 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show on November 23, 2014.  One cat from each show (Red and Purple) was chosen in each of the three categories in Kitten, Championship and Premiership. Selection was based on total points earned. The six cats were judged by CFA All Breed Judges Larry Adkison of Springfield, MO; Diana Doernberg of Akron, OH; and Kathy Black of Duncan, OK who selected their first and second runners up along with the Best Cat in Show.




Cream and White Persian Male Neuter


B: Noralyn Heisig


O: Noralyn Heisig, Beth Holly




Blue Russian Blue Female

B/O: Annette Wilson









Black Exotic Male

B: Salvatore Cuccu, Giovanni Giordano

O: Salvatore Cuccu, Maria Christina Bertello, Giovanni Giordano

CFA Holds Largest Cat Show in North America!

Do you live in or near Columbus, OH? Come on over to the CFA/Royal Canin World Championship Cat Show at the Columbus Convention Center on November 17-18, 2012!

You will see cats, cats and more cats at the largest show in North America.

20 rings of judging, educational seminars, feline agility competition, breed booths where you can see the cats up close, Ambassdador Pet Me Cats where you can touch and interact with the cats, Garfield appearances and more!

 Fun for the whole family!