The British Cat Fancy

    The USA Cat Fancy
    The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA)
    The International Cat Association (TICA)

    flowericongrey The British Cat Fancy

    Although the first recorded cat show was held at the St. Giles Fair in England in 1598, the true birth of the cat fancy as we  know it today started with a cat show organized by Harrison Weir at the the famous Crystal Palace of London in 1871. He also determined the rules or standard by which the cats were judged and served as one  of the three officiating judges.

    Several different breeds were exhibited, including Persians, Angoras (called "longhairs"), Manx, Abyssinian and Royal Cats of Siam (ancestors to today's pointed  Siamese and to the mahogany colored Havana Browns). Other classes included neutered ("gelded") cats, domestic cats crossed with wild cats, fat cats and "Cats Owned by Working Men"

    The  show was a huge success and in 1887, led to the creation of the National Cat Club of which Harrison Weir was president. The NCC organized a register and stud book to record and establish the geneology of  pedigreed cats.

    In 1898, The Cat Club was founded by the aristocratic Lady Marcus Beresford. Cat owners wishing to belong to this organization had to record their feline's lineage also in this  association. After five years of squabbling with the National Cat Club, The Cat Club was disbanded.

    In 1910, the cat clubs of England agreed to the formation of one registry, the Governing Council of the  Cat Fancy which remains, to this day, the largest cat association in Great Britain.

    flowericongrey The USA Cat Fancy

    For many years informal cat shows had been held in the U.S. in New  York, Boston, Philadelphia. However, the show that officially established the U.S. cat fancy was organized by James T. Hyde and held at Madison Square Garden in New York on a sweltering May 8,1895. Best Cat,  out of 176 entries was a Maine Coon male.

    Although the next year's show was somewhat smaller, with only 130 entries, , enthusiastic exhibitors got together at the show's end and formed the American Cat  Club. A year later the club was disbanded. Several other groups formed clubs, including two in Chicago. One of these, the Beresford Club, created the first register and stud book in America in 1899. It's  duties and registry were gradually assumed by the American Cat Association (ACA), incorporated May 11, 1904, which remains today the oldest cat registry and association in America.

    A difference of  opinion (very common among cat fancy advocates!) led to a splinter group of ACA dissidents forming a new organization in 1906, the Cat Fancier's
    Association. With 168 cats entered, CFA held its first show  that year.

    In 1919 another disagreement caused several cat clubs to break away from CFA and form the United Cat Fancier's Association, a name that was quickly changed a few months later to the Cat  Fancier's Federation, which remains active, mainly in New England and the Midwest.

    By 1929, CFA had become the "Numero Uno" registry in the US, registering 1,000 cats that year. In the 1993-94  show season, CFA registered more than 75,000 cats from 36 different breeds.

    In CFA, individuals participate as members of clubs which are members of the association. Delegates from these clubs go to  semi-annual or annual meetings to vote on proposals, amendments and other changes. A board of directors is elected annually.

    The American Cat Fanciers Association was developed by CFA members desiring a  different structure. Individuals are members with direct membership to the association. They cast votes by mail to elect officers or to implement changes in rules. Clubs are formed to organize shows or to  promote animal welfare activities.

    In 1979, another of the many breaches occurred in cat associations, this one within the ACFA and led to the formation of The International Cat Association. Many ACFA  judges and members flocked to the new organization and TICA quickly became second in size and number of shows only to CFA.

    The new study of genetics influenced the innovations in TICA. TICA was organized  so that cats were registered according to their genetic background, but were shown according to how they looked (i.e. if a cat has long hair, it is shown in the longhair division in TICA and not, as  sometimes occurs in CFA, in the short haired division, just because the cat was originally developed from a short haired breed).

    Other innovations included eliminating cat's titles from the judging books  (allowing more impartial judging). TICA is more flexible in allowing the registration of new breeds and colors. For this reason, new breeds are often first campaigned and registered in TICA, and, after  achieving TICA championship status, go through the process in other associations.

    In all of the associations, the breeders determine the original breed standards, agreeing on what should be allowable  out crosses. A majority vote decides any changes to the standard.

    All of the above cat fancy associations share universal interest in promoting the health and welfare of all cats, of maintaining a  registry of breeds and raising public awareness about cats. (See also: Registries and Associations in this section)

    If you have purchased a pedigreed kitten as a pet from a breeder, there are generally  two possibilities of what may occur regarding registration papers. The breeder will either give you the pink and/or blue slips signed "Not for Breeding" and "Spay/Neuter", or they will  withhold the papers until they have received your veterinarian's confirmation that the kitten has been spayed or neutered. With the papers in hand, you can register your kitten.

    Kittens purchased for show  will generally need to register their kittens by or immediately following the first show.

    Household pet kittens and cats may also be registered. A minimal amount of information is required, but owners do  have to be over 18 years of age. Generally what is required is the cat's name, birthdate (approximation is okay), color, sex and whether long or shorthaired.

    Although kitten registration slips may vary  from association to association (and you may receive three or four different ones from your breeder) the information is basically the same. Usually the breeder's cattery is imprinted as a suffix on the line  where you write your cat's name (i.e. "7th Heaven"). Using a total of 35 spaces, including the cattery suffix, you can be as inventive as you like, as long as you print one letter per box, skip a  box between words and count punctuation in its own box (i.e. "7th Heaven's Touch the Moon"). There is generally space for a second choice of names. It is recommended that you register in one  association first to make sure the name you chose has been accepted before you send in any other registrations.

    The breeder will have already filled in the sex and color of the kitten. The birthdate is  imprinted on the slip along with the names of Sire and Dam with their registration numbers, the breed, the breeder's name, and the litter number. All you have to do is fill out your name (no Mr.or Mrs., limit  30 spaces), address and send a check (usually around $7.00) to the address listed on the back. In a couple of weeks you will receive a certificate that indicates that your kitten has been immortalized in the  stud book registry!

    The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA)

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    If there were no cat associations, there would be no pedigreed cats. Although the major cat associations are based in North America, they are international organizations with affiliate clubs in Europe,  Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia, etc. Here are some of the functions they perform and a list of associations:

    flowericongrey The functions of the Associations

    1. Determine characteristics of a breed and how many previous generations  should be traced in a pedigree. In every cat association, qualified breeders who also exhibit their cats join a Breed Council. As breeds evolve or change, this council makes proposals to the main association  body to make changes to the Official Breed and Judging Standard. These proposed changes might include health, esthetics, increasing or limiting the gene pool (allowable out crosses), etc. The association then  votes to determine if these proposals will be incorporated.

    2. Register litters, pedigreed kittens from those litters and catteries.

    3. Provide potential kitten buyers with lists of cat clubs,  registered breeders and their catteries.

    4. Organize cat shows and serve as a governing body for the cat clubs that actually put on the shows.

    5. Train and certify cat show judges. American, Japanese,  Australian and European judges are regularly sent to other countries to judge cat shows in those countries.

    6. Confer titles on champion and grand champion cats.

    7. Publish yearbooks with information  and photos of the year's international winning cats.

    8. Publish informative pamphlets for the public on specific breed characteristics, care, cat population control, etc.

     9. Sponsor animal health research groups for medical and nutrition research.

    10. Sponsor and assist animal shelters and rescue organizations.

    11. Inform members of pending legislation pertaining to  felines or other companion animals.

    flowericongrey Other Cat Associations

    American Cat Association (ACA)
    8101 Katherine Avenue
    Panorama City, CA 91402

    ACA allows you to register your  cat with a three generation pedigree. As a courtesy, ACA will provide a copy of the parents registration if they belong to another association. ACA also allows registering of unregistered  "foundation" cats in the "Ancestry Record" which permits breeders to start a lineage and "breed up" the necessary generations to obtain studbook status.

    American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA)
    PO Box 203
    Point Lookout, Missouri 65726

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    flowericongrey International and National Registry

    Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
     220 Advance Blvd.
    Brampton, Ontario, Canada L6T 4J5

    CCA enables you to register your cat by sending them a copy of a different association's registration accompanied by a  three-generation pedigree. Household pets are not required to register.

    Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA)
    1805 Atlantic Avenue
    PO Box 1005
    Manasquan, NJ 08736-0805

    This  North America based international association has been in existence since 1906 and has grown to become the world's largest purebred cat association. It has 645 member clubs on four continents and sponsors  over 400 shows per year.

    In order to register your cat in CFA, you need a "blue slip" from the breeder, showing that the parents were registered in CFA or provide a five-generation pedigree from
    another association.

    Cat Fanciers' Federation (CFF)
    PO Box 661
    Gratis, OH 45330

    This association does not require kittens to be registered in order to receive awards or  enter competitions. Cat owners must provide a three-generation pedigree and/or a copy of registration from another association to register a cat.

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    flowericongrey The International Cat Association (TICA)
     PO Box 2684
    Harlingen, TX 78551

    This is the second largest cat association and sponsors many cat shows and clubs worldwide, with over 400 member clubs and 250 shows per year.

     Registration requirements are similar to other associations, except that you can register an individual kitten whose dam is TICA registered even if the sire is not TICA registered. This organization's  registry includes some breeds of cats not recognized for championship by other associations.

    flowericongrey Pedigreed Cats

    If you are searching for a dream kitten to spend the next  15+ years of your life together, you want to be as sure as possible that you are choosing a healthy, well-socialized baby. Serious breeders generally do not sell kittens either through pet shops or through  the newspaper, so, knowing this, where does one go? Or, say you have set your heart on a rare breed, such as a Korat or a Javanese. How do you find a breeder?

    Breeders are listed in the most popular cat  magazines such as "Cats", "Cat Fancy", "Cat World International" or "Cat Fancier's Almanac". For suggestions of breeders of a specific breed, contact the cat  associations listed below. The Cat Fancier's Association (CFA), The International Cat Association (TICA), and the American Cat Fanciers Association are North American based international registries with  associated breeders
    and cat clubs in many countries around the world. (* means international organization)

    flowericongrey American Cat Association, 8101 Katherine Avenue Panorama City, CA 91402

    flowericongrey American Cat Fanciers Association, P.O. Box 203 Point Lookout, Missouri 65726 417/334-5430

    flowericongrey Canadian Cat Association, 83 Kennedy Road S., #1806 Brampton, Ontario,
    Canada L6W 3P3 416/459-1481

    flowericongrey Cat Fanciers' Association, 1805 Alantic Avenue P.O. Box 1005 Manasquan, NJ 08736-0805 908/528-9797

    flowericongrey Cat Fanciers' Federation, 9509 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45242 513/984-1841

    flowericongrey The International Cat Association, P.O. Box 2684 Harlingen, TX 78551 210/428-8046

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