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January 7-8, 2017
7 Responsible Cat Fanciers of the Northwest (Region 2) Chehalis, Washington, USA
7-8 Houston Cat Club (Region 3) Humble, Texas, USA
7-8 Japan Regional (Region 8) Tokyo, JAPAN
7-8 Swedish Cat Paws (Region 9) Stockholm, SWEDEN
7 Hong Kong International Cat Club (International) Kowloon, HONG KONG
7-8 Shanghai Cat Lovers' Society Beijing, CHINA
January 14-15, 2017
14 Vermont Fancy Felines (Region 1) Burlington, Vermont, USA
15 Club Felins Fleur De Lys (Region 1) Burlington, Vermont, USA
14-15 Crown City Cat Club (Region 5) Ontario, California, USA
14 Tornado Alley Feline Fanciers (Region 6) Gardner, Kansas, USA
15 Frontier Feline Fanciers (Region 6) Gardner, Kansas, USA
14-15 Cat Club of the Palm Beaches (Region 7) Ormond Beach, Florida, USA
14 Tokyo Cat Fanciers (Region 8) Tokyo, JAPAN
14-15 China Zhenai Club (International) Dalian, CHINA
14 Feline Fanciers Society of Singapore (International) Singapore, SINGAPORE
14-15 Shanghai Cat Lovers Society ** Planned Wuhan, CHINA

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International Show First Runner-Up

Congratulations to the FIRST RUNNER-UP Winner of the Dr. Elsey’s CFA International Cat Show in Novi, Michigan.

GC CACAO WHISKEY IN THE WATER is a brown tabby and white Persian male, bred and owned by Janet and Carissa Altschul.

International Show Second Runner-Up

Congratulations to the SECOND RUNNER-UP Winner of the Dr. Elsey’s CFA International Cat Show in Novi, Michigan.

GC, RW VELVETKIST DESIGNER GENES is a cream and white Persian male, bred and owned by Noralyn Heisig.

The Story of James & Bob

James, a homeless man, rescues a cat named Bob who changes his life forever and inspires James to write a best-selling book about how they found hope on the streets together.

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CFA's Best Cat in Premiership, China, 2015-16

Congratulations to GC, GP, BW, NW Chun Lap Treasure-Of-Jamaica, a calico longhair Exotic spay, who is CFA's Best Cat in Premiership in China for the 2015-16 show season!

Featured Breed: Persian

The Persian is CFA’s most easily recognized breed, known for its beautiful long, fluffy coat, stocky body, big round eyes, flat face and sweet docile temperament. There are seven Divisions in the Persian breed – Solid, Parti-Color, Smoke and Shaded, Silver and Golden, Tabby, Calico and Bi-Color and Himalayan – with a wide variety of colors and patterns available. Their sweet, gentle, personalities blend into most households once they feel secure in their new environment.

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CFA's Best Cat, International, 2015-16

Congratulations to GCD, NW Atzelhof's Blue Berlin, a blue British Shorthair male, who is CFA's Best Cat, International for the 2015-16 show season!

Featured Breed: Ocicat

The Ocicat is a medium to large cat bred to resemble a small, spotted wild cat. It is a purely domestic breed that was created by combining the Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair. Ocicats are only shown in the spotted pattern of each of our 12 colors, but are also available in classic tabby, ticked tabby and a ghost marked solid.

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Why Do Cats Purr?

Purring, is a tonal fluttering sound that you have heard from your cat is one of the most recognized sounds a cat makes. Domestic cats purr at a frequency of 20 to 30 vibrations per second. Cats purr for many beneficial reasons such as signaling the he is content, scared, hurt or as a signal to another animal that he is not a threat. Read more...

Featured Breed: LaPerm

LaPerms are known for their light and airy, curly coat. They come in both long and short hair varieties. Their unique coat is a natural mutation that occurred in barn cats. Coming from domestic cats, they are very healthy genetically and come in all colors and patterns. They make loving and affectionate pets.

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San Francisco, Seattle Among Cat Friendly Cities

The percent of landlords which allow pets along with reasonable pet fees, have made San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Oakland and Portland in the top five cat friendly cities. Check out the other cities that are also included on the list.


Featured Breed: Exotic

The Exotic is a wonderful, friendly and playful breed with a round, flat face and large round eyes. The Exotic breed has two coat lengths: the long flowing coat of a Persian and a shorter, thick, plush coat. The Exotic comes in all colors!

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Featured Breed: Siamese

Siamese have fascinated people around the world since they were first officially exported from Thailand, or as it was known then Siam, in the late eighteen hundreds. Their sleek lines, striking color contrast, finely chiseled aristocratic heads, deep blue almond eyes, and short silky coats make them living art. Combine this beauty with acute intelligence, inquisitive personality and a loving nature and you have the essence of the Siamese cat.

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Keep Kitty Safe during the Holidays

Holidays are such a joyous time with family and friends. Your cats are such a big part of your family as well. As a responsible pet parent you want to keep kitty safe, sound and happy this holiday season. From tinsel to mistletoe and tempting treats there are things you will want to be aware of. Here are several tips to keep your cat safe from known holiday hazards.

Best-Of-The-Best Winner

Congratulations to the BEST-IN-SHOW Winner of the Dr. Elsey’s CFA International Cat Show in Novi, Michigan.

GP, NW CINEMA'S LIBERACE OF CALCAT is a copper-eyed white Persian neuter, bred by Blake Mayes and Dennis Adler, owned by Joseph Deutsch, Joanne Hardeman, Kerry Ury, Cynthia A Lewis and Constance W Wardlaw.

Featured Breed: Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold comes in both longhair and shorthair coat lengths, and is a medium-sized cat with a rounded, well-padded body. Their distinctive feature is their ears, which are folded forward and downward,giving them a pixie-like, owl look. Their disposition matches their sweet expression.

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Have you ever observed your cat rubbing herself against a toy filled with catnip and batting the toy around, even trying to eat it? There is actually a physiological reason why your cat reacts that way.

Learn more about the effects of catnip on cats.

CFA's Best Cat in Premiership, Regions 1-9, 2015-16

Congratulations to GC, GP, NW, AC Ahava-Burms Baby T-Ruth of Calcat, a sable Burmese spay, who is CFA's Best Cat in Premiership in Regions 1-9 for the 2015-16 show season!

CFA's Best Cat in Agility, 2015-16

GC, RW, AG Spunkepawz A Lucky Impossibility, a silver spotted tabby & white Turkish Angora male, who is CFA's Best Cat in Agility for the 2015-16 show season! Learn more about agility...

CFA's Best Kitten, China, 2015-16

Congratulations to NW Getrichcat Radar, a blue silver & white American Shorthair male, who is CFA's Best Kitten in China for the 2015-16 show season!

CFA's Best Cat, China, 2015-16

Congratulations to GC, BW, NW Wallhala Plus Ultra of Shou Shou, a blue tabby & white Exotic male, who is CFA's Best Cat in China for the 2015-16 show season!

History of Pedigreed Cats and Cat Shows

Ever wonder how long pedigreed cats and cat shows have been in existence? Scholars and historians have traced the breeding of cats in the latter half of the 19th Century because the gentry and royalty in England became interested in the individual breeds. Cat shows came about because people wanted to discuss the breeds and show them off in a competitive environment. Read more. Read more...

Cimitiere des Chiens Paris

This cemetary in Asnières-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris, is a more than a quiet and peaceful resting place for Rin Tin Tin and many other animals such as cats, horses, monkeys, a sheep, a hen, it is a living representation of the human animal bond. Read more....

Cold Weather Tips For Cats

The weather has been very crazy lately, with warm temperatures one day and cold temperatures the next. Even if you have an indoor cat, it is very important to make sure your cat is protected from cold temperatures and to watch for hazards such as drafty rooms, rock salt and anti-freeze which are poisonous to cats. Here are some tips to keep kitty safe and sound this winter. Read more...

Top Cat Names for 2015

Pop culture, food and beverages and global perspective all influence the top cat names of the year. takes a look at the top male and female kitten names for 2015.


Fifty Fascinating Facts About Your Cat

Read the answers to some interesting questions such as: How high can a cat jump? How do cats sweat? How do they mark their territory and more!


What Our Cats Teach Us About Love

Respecting each other’s space, being yourself and looking past first impressions are three behaviors that cats exhibit towards their owners and show affection that we admire and can emulate in our own lives.


Hero Cat!

A Gatlinburg man missed the alerts telling him to evacuate the area due to the spread of the wildfires. His cat ended up saving his life!

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Feline Behaviors Survey

Please help out the UC Davis Vet school, and participate in their survey of cat behaviors! The survey will only take 10 minutes, and is completely anonymous.

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Allergic Reactions

A cat's saliva and grooming are two areas that often cause allergic reactions. Based on initial research findings, scientists have found that if you are allergic to domestic cats, you may suffer lesser allergic reactions to lions or tigers.

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Why Cat Love Sleeping in Cardboard Boxes

How many times have you emptied a cardboard box only to find your cat sleeping in the box at a later time? According to a study conducted at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, boxes make cats less stressed because they are less likely to be pestered when hiding in them.

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The Sand Cat

For the first time in decades, scientists were able to film and document the elusive Sand Cat!

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Are Cats Afraid of Water?

From an ancestral fear of water to physiological reasons, cats have great displeasure to being immersed in water because of a lack of mobility.

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Featured Breed: Ragdoll

Ragdolls are large, laid-back, semi longhaired cats with captivating blue eyes.

The Ragdoll’s semi long coat is plush and silky, and requires minimal grooming to keep it looking its best. In all, Ragdolls are well behaved, and easy to care for – perfect for our modern, busy, lifestyles.

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CFA's Best Kitten, Regions 1-9, 2015-16

Congratulations to GC, NW PinUpCats Supa Dupa Fly of Kuorii, a black & white Sphynx female, who is CFA's Best Kitten in Regions 1-9 for the 2015-16 show season!

CFA's Best Cat, Regions 1-9, 2015-16

Congratulations to GC, BW, NW Briar-Mar's Good To Be Me, a red tabby & white Shorthair Manx male, who is CFA's Best Cat in Regions 1-9 for the 2015-16 show season!

Does Your Cat's Sun-Sign Reflect Her Personality ?

Can the cosmos affect your cat's personality and moods just as much as they affect humans? The Aquarius Cat is classified as a Hip Cat and the Pisces Cat is a Ship Cat. Look up your cat's zodiac sign for clues as to why your cat acts the way she does? Could it be in the stars? Read more...

Featured Breed: Norwegian Forest Cat

Known as the Skogkatt in its native Norway, the Norwegian Forest Cat is a solidly muscled cat that can be found in most colors and patterns. A triangular head shape and almond shaped eyes give the Forest Cat its unique expression. Its dense double coat and well-furnished extremities provide winter protection and are testimony to this breed's Scandinavian heritage.

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Why Your Cat is Just a Tiny Tiger

Your cat is just like a snow leopard, wildcat, and an African Lion? Yes, it's true. According to researchers from the UK, who have found that domestic cats have more in common with their big cat relatives than we previously thought. Scientists found that cats can be more controlling and have similar personalities to lions and show traits such as dominance, neuroticism and impulsivity. Read more...

Surprising Things You Never Knew About Cats

Gary Weitzman, Veterinarian and Author of a new book, How to Speak Cat, talks about cat behavior and the crazy things that your cat does and explains what he may be thinking.


Featured Breed: Korat

The Korat is a medium-sized, semi-cobby bodied shorthair cat, with a single, silver-tipped coat. Their native homeland is Thailand, where they are considered one of the “Good Luck” cat. Their eyes are a large, luminous, peridot green, and the most unique attribute about them, besides their coat, is the heart-shaped bone structure of the face.

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Dr Elsey and MMRF

When Kathy Elsey was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer, she and her husband Dr. Bruce Elsey, co-founders of Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat, knew they had a unique position to combine corporate success with a bigger mission - enabling pets and their owners to participate in the fight against cancer. Through the Cats Against Cancer Campaign, nearly $8 million dollars has been raised to help the MMRF drive advancements in cancer research and find a cure.

As part of the campaign, users can download a coupon from the campaign landing page that allows them to save $3 on their next purchase of a 40 pound bag of Precious Cat Ultra Litter. For every $3 saved, Precious Cat will donate $3 to the MMRF.



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Featured Breed: Russian Blue

One of the most outstanding features of the Russian Blue is a short, dense coat of an even, bright blue color with each hair dipped in silver. This silver tipping gives the Russian a silvery sheen and lustrous appearance that can best be appreciated in natural light.

In lovely contrast to the blue coat, the Russian Blue has large, rounded, wide-set eyes that are a vivid green.

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Cat Facts You Should Know

Did you know that cats use their whiskers to find out if they can fit through or into a small space and that cats have more than 20 muscles that allow their ears to move?

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Featured Breed: RagaMuffin

RagaMuffins are gorgeous cats, with large expressive eyes that are just begging you to come closer. RagaMuffins are wonderful with children and even other pets. Their calm and patient temperament lends itself to the boisterous, robust play of youngsters and they can easily be found attending tea parties or taking rides in baby strollers.

RagaMuffins want to please, and some pet owners even report they can be taught tricks, such as fetching, or wearing a harness/leash. They also make wonderful companions for those who live alone because they provide much needed company and support. They listen to you and offer their love as a response.

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CFA's Best Kitten, International, 2015-16

Congratulations to GC, NW Toy Tricksy Aquarius of Pinkpawpal, a blue & white Persian male, who is CFA's Best Kitten in the Other International division for the 2015-16 show season!

Featured Breed: Oriental

The Oriental is a study in long straight lines, with long tubular bodies, long slender legs and tail all in perfect harmony with each other. The dramatic almond eyes and large flaring ears compliment the wedge shape of the head. Orientals are energetic, personable cats who come in a myriad of colors and patterns, as well as shorthair and longhair

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Two Cats Featured on U.S. Postal Stamps in 2016

The U.S. Postal Service has announced that they will be rolling out a book of stamps that feature two cats! Read more....

Featured Breed: Maine Coon Cat

Our own "National Treasure" the Maine Coon, is the only longhaired breed native to the United States. It is a medium to large cat with a smooth shaggy coat, well tufted ears and toes and a rugged appearance. Best known for its temperament, they are personable, remarkably gentle and are referred to as the "Gentle Giant."

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Happy Mew Year

If you have not been to a CFA Cat Show, make one of your New Year's Resolutions to attend a show in your area this year. For a list of all CFA shows go to We look forward to seeing you!

Cornell Feline Health Center Seeking Healthy 10 Year Old Cats

In an effort to identify the genetic basis of a variety of common feline diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, chronic renal disease, and diabetes mellitus, Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University need DNA samples from healthy cats greater than 10 years of age to develop a database of cat DNA.

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Featured Breed: Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtails are affectionate, energetic and fun loving. The breed is distinguished by its pompom tail, level back and deep angulations in the longer rear legs. An equilateral triangle shaped head, oval eyes, large upright ears, and a medium body complete the picture. The longhair Japanese Bobtail has a medium long to long coat.

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Largest Cat Painting in Existence Sells for Over $800,000

Carl Kahler's 1891 painting My Wife's Lovers sold on November 3 at Sotheby's 19th Century European Art sale for $826,000, more than two times its estimated price of $300,000. San Francisco millionaire Kate Birdsall Johnson, commissioned the painting of 42 of her 350 cats.