The Cat Fancier’s Association is a non-profit organization that boasts the largest registry of pedigree cats in the world. Feline circles often refer to the organization as simply the CFA. At Mon Chéri Cattery we register all of our Exotic Shorthair kittens and Persian kittens with the CFA. Here’s everything you should know about the Cat Fancier’s Association and why it is so important to buy from a breeder who is a member.
About the CFA
The CFA was founded in 1906, after splitting from the American Cat Association, and held its inaugural cat shows in Buffalo, New York, and Detroit, Michigan that same year.
At the time of writing, the CFA’s global headquarters are based in Alliance, Ohio where you’ll also find the CFA Foundation Feline Historical Museum. But the organization claims chapters all around the world.
According to the official CFA constitution, its goals include furthering the welfare of cats, promoting breeds of cats recognized by the CFA, registering the names and pedigrees of cats, and laying down guidelines for running cat shows.
What Services Does The Cat Fancier’s Association Provide To Cat Owners?
If you’re a cat owner, why should you consider getting involved with the CFA? What will you and your feline get out of it?
Well, first of all, if your feline interest focuses on purebred cats, then you’ll want to take advantage of the CFA’s vast vault of pedigree lists, which often go back for many generations and help document breed lineage.
To date, over two million pedigreed cats have been registered with the CFA.
Some further key functions of the CFA include:
- Furthering feline welfare through actions including legislative advocacy and providing assistance to breeders
- Ensuring breed standards are maintained
- Monitoring the registration process for pedigrees
- Offering assistance to CFA member clubs
- Promoting pedigree cat exhibitions
What is The CFA International Cat Show?
The CFA’s flagship event is the CFA International Cat Show. This purebred cat show attracts feline fanciers and their kitties from all around the world.
At the CFA International Cat Show, competing felines can enter into one of two kinds of rings, which separate the cats into “all-breed” and “specialty” categories. The latter ring then splits contestants into long- and short-haired kitties.
On a more local level, member clubs interested in running their own cat shows can consult comprehensive CFA guidelines, and they’re available to download now via the CFA’s official website.