CatFanciers'Association,Inc (CFA) - This is a non-profit organization, which is one of the oldest associations of cat lovers. It was created in 1906 by a group of enthusiastic breeders who separated from American Cat Assosiation (ACA). In the same 1906, the first cat shows according to CFA rules were held in the cities of Buffalo and Detroit. In 1907, Madison Square Garden hosted its first annual meeting. Two years later, the first pedigree book and registry of purebred cats CFA was published in the Cat Journal. In the same 1909, the first volume of the Stud Book was released as a separate book. The rules of the organization are drafted in accordance with the laws of the State of New York and since September 18, 1919 the CFA has been officially registered with the judiciary.
CFA Headquarters (CFA Central Office) is located in the US in New Jersey:
The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc.
1805 Atlantic Avenue
PO BOX 1005
Manasquan, New Jersey 08736-0805
Tel .: ++ (732) 528-9797
Fax: ++ (732) 528-7391
e-mail for questions: [email protected]
CFA Central Office registers new members and issues tribal documents. Information about all registered animals and their exhibition achievements is entered into a single database. The official language of the organization is English.
Today CFA is one of the world's largest felinological organizations, which includes more than 700 clubs from different countries, and its register of purebred cats is the largest in the world (more than a million pedigree documents have been registered since its founding). About 400 exhibitions are held annually under the auspices of CFA in different countries. Judging at these exhibitions is carried out according to the rules of the American ring: openly, without a written description with the choice of cats and the finals separately for each expert. All CFA judges, without exception, must be licensed. Licensing of experts is carried out by breed groups and is carried out once every three years. Experts with a WCF license can also judge CFA exhibitions, but as guest judges (Guest Judge) and only within their region. Any CFA club can always obtain information on licensed referees from the chairman of the CFA panel of judges.
CFA is primarily an association of nursery owners. Typically, these nurseries specialize in breeding any one breed, and sometimes even one color. CFA produces specialized publications, an annual advertising catalog of nurseries, and also conducts research in the field of felinology. Registration of new cat breeds is regulated by strict rules. Breeding cats with the addition of blood of wild feline species is not encouraged or supported, the descendants of such breeding are registered in CFA.
CFA members residing in the USA, Canada and Japan are distributed in eight selected regions, while those living in the rest of the world are united by the international branch of CFA - the International Division, which currently includes 33 clubs.
The breeder himself determines the compliance of the kittens born in the nursery with the breed standard and by filling special form submits data to the CFA Central Office, from where the Certificate of Litter Registration is sent to him - a document on litter registration, which indicates the litter's PIN code, number of kittens, date of birth and parents. CFA Cat Registration Application Supplied With This Certificate
- special forms, called blue slip or yellow slip, for registration of those kittens that had no owners at the time of registration (yellow slip - if an advance payment for individual registration was made, blue slip - if not). When selling a kitten in blue slip (yellow slip), the information about the new owner and the nickname are entered, that is, the buyer can personally give a name, and the completed form is sent to CFA for exchange for a green card (Certificate of Registration).
At the same time, kittens with yellow slip are registered for free, and if there is blue slip, the new owner will need to pay for registration. According to CFA rules, a kitten can be sold at least 12 weeks old when it becomes independent enough and physically strong to change its habitat.
Based on the filled blue slip (yellow slip), a cat can be registered at any age. If the blue slip (yellow slip) is signed by the breeder with the pin code of the litter, then the cat is registered in the CFA as a breeding animal. If blue slip (yellow slip) is signed by the new owner or the pin code is not specified in it, then the cat is registered as not for breeding.
The main document of a cat registered in CFA is Certificate of Registration or Green card.
The green card indicates the CFA registration number, nickname, color, gender and date of birth of the animal, its owner, breeder, title on the last change of ownership and date of sale. If there is a mark “not for breeding”, then kittens from such an animal are not registered in CFA. If necessary, the owner can order the original CFA (Certified Pedigree) pedigree at any time without any problems at the CFA Headquarters.
If the cat is registered with another felinological organization, then it can be registered in the CFA only if one or both of its parents are not registered in the CFA (individually or when registering the litter) and at the moment the breeder does not have his cattery in the CFA. In order to register such an animal, copies of certified pedigrees of the cat’s and her parents ’letters must be sent to the CFA Central Office, which must include five ancestral tribes. An exception is provided when registering the following breeds: Abyssinian - 8 knees, American Wirehair - 4 knees, Balinese and Javanese - 3 knees with permissible crossbreeding or 5, Burmese - 8 knee, chartreux (chartreux) - 4 knees, Devon Rex (devon-rex) - 3 knees, korat - 3 knees, ragdoll - 3 knees, Russian blue - 8 knees, Scottish fold (scottish fold) - 4 knees, Siamese (siamese) - 8 knees, Siberian (siberian) - 3 knees, sphynx (sphynx) - 3 knees, tonkinese - 3 knees, Turkish I am Angora (Turkish Angora) - 3 knees. In order to register selkirk-rex cats in CFA, the pedigree is not required (no pedigree required), it is enough to have only a certificate of ownership (green card). The pedigree must be issued by a recognized international felinological organization in which the cat is listed.
EXHIBITION CLASSES CFA
NON-CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES (NON-CHAMPIONSHIP - NOT TITLE CLASSES)
KITTEN - a class of Kittens - castrated or not animals aged 4 to 8 months on the opening day of the exhibition, which, as adults, will be able to participate in the Championship (Premium). Competitions for the first three places ( blue , red and yellow ribbons) pass in one group (long or short-haired), one breed and one color class without gender division. This class also selects First and Second best in color (black and white ribbons) and First and Second Best of Breed / Division (brown and orange ribbons). In the finals, the top ten kittens who fight for the title "Best Kitten" . According to the results of the exhibition season, the best of the best receive awards at the regional and national level.
AOV (Any Other Variety) - class Other variations - adult cats, castrates or kittens registered in CFA that have a pedigree that allows you to participate in the Championship (Premiere), but which does not meet the accepted breed standard. The discrepancy applies to color, coat length, tail (the presence of tailless breeds). An animal with disqualifying evidence cannot be displayed in the AOV class. All cats are evaluated in the same color, divided by gender. No titles are awarded in this class - animals compete among themselves for awards First place , Second place , Third place (blue, red and yellow ribbons). Also selected Best of Color> 2nd Best of Color Class (black and white ribbons). The breeds for participation in this class are determined by a special list.
PROVISIONAL - Preliminary class - adult cats, castrats or kittens of a new breed registered in CFA, the standard of which has already been approved by the CFA Board of Directors, but it has not yet been allowed to participate in the Championship (Premiere). This class is the last step towards the final recognition of the new breed. Animals are assessed in the same color class, divided by gender. Cats fight for awards to the Best in Breed: Top Three ( blue , red and yellow ribbons) Best of Color> 2nd Best of Color Class , Best of breed and 2nd Best of Breed . Representatives of this class do not participate in ring finals. After 25 breeders have registered at least a hundred cats of a new breed and show newcomers at exhibitions in all CFA regions within five years, the breed can receive the status of an equal participant in the Championship (Premiorat).
MISCELLANEOUS (Non-Competitive) - a class of Unrecognized (non-competing) breeds - adult cats registered in CFA, or kittens of a new breed, the standard of which has not yet been approved by the CFA Board of Directors. To be recognized in the CFA, at least ten breeders must work with the new breed, whose task is to prove its difference from the already recognized breeds and the absence of severe genetic defects. At exhibitions in this class animals of a new breed are shown to study and discuss their preliminary standard. Cats are not awarded any awards. After approval of the standard by the CFA Board of Directors and registration of at least fifty new breed cats, its representatives transfer to the Provisional class. Now in this class are exposed cats of a breed ragamuffin (RagaMuffin)
HOUSEHOLD PET - class of Domestic cats - kittens and adults. Adult animals must be neutered. There is no standard for domestic cats in CFA. In this class can also participate thoroughbred animals with disqualifying characteristics. Wild cats or wild + domestic hybrids are not allowed to participate in the exhibition. Examination of domestic cats is carried out separately and without separation by age, gender, color and length of hair. Animals are evaluated solely by their physical condition, beauty, grooming, exhibition temperament and physical health. The best are awarded special white and red Ribbon. Received Merit award domestic cats are marked as MA in the catalog.
EXHOBITION ONLY - Exposition class - any adult cat, castrato or kitten that is declared for participation in the exhibition and cataloged under the corresponding number, but does not pass examination in any of the rings.
VETERAN - Veterans class - adult animals, neutered or not, who at the time of the exhibition were 7 years old and whose owner preferred to refuse to participate in the Championship (Premiere).
In the classes of the Championship adult animals compete, having reached 8 months at the time of the opening of the exhibition. At the initial stage of evaluation, cats of the same breed, division, color class, sex and show class compete with each other.
NOVICE - Beginner class - all cats that can take part in the Championship, but are not yet registered in CFA. This class is permitted at licensed CFA shows held in the International Division or the coastal provinces of Canada. Cats compete for rewards First place , Second place , Third place (blue, red and yellow ribbons). Blue Ribbon holder rewarded with tri-color Winner ribbon, which indicates that after registering for CFA, the cat claims to be the champion. Since the 2007 show season, a rule has come into force according to which for cats whose both parents are registered in CFA earned in this class Winner ribbons for the title of Champion do not count. When registering, ribbons from only one of the shows where the cat was exhibited in this class will be taken into account.
OPEN - Open Class - CFA registered animals whose pedigree and phenotype meet the standards of breeds recognized for participation in the Championship. Cats compete for the first three places ( blue , red and yellow ribbons). Winner also gets tri-color Winner ribbon contender for the title of Champion and is involved in the fight for Best of Color> 2nd Best of Color Class (black and white ribbons) Best of breed and 2nd Best of Breed (brown and orange ribbons). Starting from this class, adult cats have the right to participate in ring finals and compete for the title. "Best Cat" . If the cat has fulfilled the conditions for obtaining the Champion title, then she is not entitled to participate in further exhibitions in this class.
For title Champion CFA the cat must score six Winner ribbons at least 4 different judges. Due to the smaller number of CFA shows held, an exception is made for cats living and exhibiting in the UK, Mexico, Central and South America, the coastal provinces of Canada, and Hawaii - they need to earn four Winner ribbon from at least 3 different judges, four are enough in Ukraine, Russia and Asia (excluding Japan) Winner ribbons at least 2 different judges.
Owner of a cat who has earned the required amount for the Champion title Winner ribbons, must fill out, pay for and send to the CFA Central Office a special application form for the assignment of a title (CFA Championship Claim form) The form contains information about the organizers and dates of the exhibitions, as well as the experts who awarded the cat at these exhibitions Winner ribbons. The cost of confirmation of the application is $ 10, an additional Champion certificate is paid - another $ 10. A request for confirmation of the title of Champion must be made within three years from the date of the first exhibition at which they were received Winner ribbons. An exception is made when Winner ribbons were earned over a longer period.
CHAMPION - Champion class - all cats with a confirmed CFA Champion title. In this class, animals are awarded all ribbons provided for in the regulation: First place , Second place , Third place (blue, red and yellow ribbons), Best of Color> 2nd Best of Color Class (black and white ribbons) Best of breed and 2nd Best of Breed (brown and orange ribbons), and for the Best Champion of the breed - Best Champion Breed / Div (purple ribbon). Cats also fight for the right to participate in the final and claim the title. "Best Cat" . In addition, they compete for regional and national awards based on the results of the exhibition season.
In this class, cats, along with ribbons and a place in the finals, gain special scheme points (grand points). To get the title Grand champion CFA You must score 200 points from at least three experts. An exception was made for Ukraine, Russia, the Hawaiian Islands and Asian countries (except Japan) - 75 grand points. Cats that score the required number of points for the Grand Champion title are automatically registered at the CFA Central Office and a certificate of ownership is sent to the owner along with an offer to send the photo of the pet for printing in the CFA Yearbook or Cat fancier's Almanac.
GRAND CHAMPION - Grand Champion class - all cats with a confirmed CFA Grand Champion title. As in the Champions class, in this class cats are awarded for the first three places ( blue , red and yellow ribbons) and challenge the ranks Best of Color> 2nd Best of Color Class (black and white ribbons)
Best of breed and 2nd Best of Breed (brown and orange mushrooms). They also fight for the right to enter the top ten and claim the title "Best Cat" . Since there is no title above the Grand Champion in the CFA, cats compete for regional and national awards throughout the show season.
Castrated animals competing in the classes of the Primer, who have reached 8 months at the time of the opening of the exhibition, who, not being castrated, would have the right to speak in the classes of the Championship. At the initial stage of evaluation, cats of the same breed, division, color class, sex and show class compete among themselves.
NOVICE - a class of Beginners - cats that can take part in the Prize, but are not yet registered in the CFA.This class is permitted at licensed CFA shows held in the International Division or the coastal provinces of Canada. Judges award the top three with corresponding ribbons ( blue , red and yellow ), and the first place winners will receive an additional three-color Winner ribbon, which indicates that after registering with CFA, the cat claims the title of Premier. From the 2007 show season, a rule came into force according to which, if a cat has both parents registered in CFA, then earned in this class Winner ribbon do not count for the title of Premier. When registering, ribbons from only one of the shows where the cat was exhibited in this class will be taken into account.
OPEN - Open Class - CFA registered animals whose pedigree and phenotype meet the standards of recognized CFA breeds. Cats compete for First place , Second place , Third place (blue, red and yellow ribbons). Blue Ribbon holder rewarded with tri-color Winner ribbon, which indicates that the cat is claiming the title of Premier. Also selected in this class First and Second best in color (black and white ribbons) and First and Second Best of Breed / Division (brown and orange ribbons). Title Rules Premier CFA same as for CFA Champion title. The top ten castrats of the exhibition who are fighting for the title participate in the finals. "Best Cat in Premiership" .
PREMIER - Premier class - all cats with a confirmed CFA Premier title. They compete for the first three places ( blue , red and yellow ribbons) and participate in the struggle for Best of Color> 2nd Best of Color Class (black and white ribbons) Best of breed and 2nd Best of Breed (brown and orange ribbons). Three Best Premiers are selected (these awards are defended to receive the Grand Premier title). Cats also fight for the right to participate in the final and claim the title. "Best Cat in Premiership" . In addition, they compete for regional and national awards.
For title Grand Premier CFA need to dial according special scheme scoring 75 points from at least three experts. For Ukraine, Russia, the Hawaiian Islands and Asian countries (except Japan) - 25 grand points. Cats that score the required points for receiving the Grand Premier title are automatically registered at the CFA Central Office and a certificate of ownership is sent to the owner along with an offer to send the photo of the pet for printing in the CFA Yearbook or Cat fancier's Almanac.
GRAND PREMIER - Grand Premier class - all cats with a confirmed CFA Grand Premier title. Judges are selected First place , Second place , Third place (blue, red and yellow ribbons). Then Best of Color> 2nd Best of Color Class (black and white ribbons) Best of breed and 2nd Best of Breed (brown and orange ribbons). The top ten castrates of the exhibition in the final fight for the title "Best Cat in Premiership" . The rewards won by cats during the exhibition season are taken into account when choosing regional and national winners.
American Shorthair breed standard according to WCF
General description: A cat of medium and large size, strong and muscular, not too compact, but flexible. The chest is round and well developed. Strong, strong legs of medium length taper evenly to hard round paws. The tail is of medium length with a wide base and tapers slightly to a rounded tip.
Head: A wide head makes a rounded impression, but it is slightly longer in length than in width. The nose is medium long and wide. The profile is clearly bent, with a pronounced stop (transition from the forehead to the nose). The muzzle is massive, angular and clearly pronounced. The neck is muscular and firm.
Ears: Medium sized ears with slightly rounded tips that may have small tassels. The distance between the ears is not very wide. They are set almost vertically.
Eyes: Rounded eyes open, wide apart and slightly inclined. Eye color should be even and consistent with coat color. In silver colors only green is allowed, in brown tabby only golden eye color.
Coat: The coat is short, dense, each individual hair is curved, snagged or bent, which leads to the fact that the hard outer hair and undercoat are separated from the body. The hair is elastic, coarse and very dense. The overall impression of the curl pattern is more important in the assessment than the individual types of structure of the wool.
Colors: The colors of chocolate and cinnamon, as well as their dilution (lilac and fawn) are not allowed in any combination (two-tone, tricolor, tabby). Tinted colors are also not allowed. All other colors and patterns are allowed. Any amount of white is allowed.
The first standard of this breed was recorded using the CFA system. Felinologists tried to accurately convey the correct proportions of the American curl.
According to these standards, a curl is a cat breed endowed with a balanced physique: not massive, but not thin. The weight of an adult cat reaches 3-5 kg, cat - from 5 to 7 kg.
Adult cat american curl photo:
Nature endowed the Curl with a unique and unforgettable appearance.
What external data is considered the norm:
- The head is wedge-shaped, without sharp bends and drops.
- The nose is short, slightly elevated from the eyes to the forehead.
- The chin is strong.
- The ears are wide at the base, the tips of the ears are noticeably arched (90-180 degrees). In size - moderately large. It is advisable that tufts of wool be visible near the ears.
- Eyes - close in shape to a walnut and set obliquely. Eye color rarely depends on coat color, so it can appear from blue to golden orange.
- Moderate muscular physique, flexible and straightforward.
- Tail - flexible, extended at the base, length equal to body length.
- The coat can be short and semi-long.
- Color can be any, from striped to spotted, with a moderate skeleton.
The most distinctive highlight of this breed is of course considered their ears - slightly curled back. Such an unusual curl appeared as a mutation, but did not affect the health of the pet in any way.
Also, the ear differs by touch from the ear of a regular cat - there is a more densified cartilage, which allows you to keep such an interesting shape.
In a semi-long-haired breed, the ears still have sharp tips, so these cats are more like a lynx.
In the photo, the American curl is represented by a semi-long-haired type:
Chronicles of how the curl cat appeared are no less interesting than the breed itself.
In 1981 (California), a young couple discovered an unusual kitty with curved ears, which was close to their home. The couple decided to shelter a stray animal, and a month later the pupil brought into the world 4 kittens. Two of them had the same twisted ears. These unusual pets attracted the attention of breeders, who began to actively study the breed and conduct research on them.
In 1983, a new American Curl cat breed was written into the standard, which means “curl”.
A new type of cat began to rapidly gain popularity, and after 30 years he became the national dignity of America.
In Russia, the breed appeared in 2000.
Curl cat is a friendly, educated, intelligent and undemanding pet, which easily adapts to new conditions. Therefore, if you have already acquired an adult curl, then it will soon begin to behave as a full-fledged member of your family.
He is endowed with a complaisant disposition and balanced temperament, which contributes to his easy learning.
It should be noted that this breed is not very suitable for families with small children. The fact is that the curl always wants to please its master, dutifully endures everything, because of which it can suffer. After all, children love to mash a fluffy lump, which can lead to unwanted injuries.
What features distinguish cats from other breeds:
- Curiosity - they love to always be in the know about everything. No problem, they will come into your shower or get into a bowl of food.
- Perseverance - they can sit next to you for a long time, watch TV and purr softly.
- Attachment to the owner - a change of housing is not terrible for them, because the cat can be located in any place where its owner will be.
- Perky and cheerful character - Curls love when they pay attention to them, therefore they can often arrange funny performances in public.
This is an ideal companion who needs the constant presence of one of the family members. So that the pet does not get bored, they often take a pair.
There are no genetic diseases in American Curls. Like any sedentary cats, they can suffer from obesity, which adversely affects the state of the cardiovascular system.
Also, an American curl cat or a cat can get sick:
- allergic ailments
- dental diseases
- urogenital tract inflammation,
These are non-serious ailments that can be prevented if an annual examination by a veterinarian is carried out and regular vaccinations are carried out.
There are no special vaccinations for the curl. Vaccination is carried out according to the standard scheme, and the pet tolerates it well.
Important! Before vaccination, it is necessary to limit the cat's contact with other animals. The vaccine is administered only to a healthy cat, with a normal body temperature and without disease.
American Curl Care and Education
If you own a short-haired curl, then it will not bring much trouble. It is enough to comb it once a week. You can also buy a rubber glove that will allow you to painlessly remove dead skin.
The short-haired curl cat is depicted in the photo:
It is advisable to bathe the animal as it gets dirty, but not more than 1 time per month or two.
Longhair curls are more finicky. After all, they have an undercoat that needs to be combed out more often. The most difficult period of molting - then you need to collect the wool on the brush at least twice a day. As for water procedures, there is no difference between shorthair species. Bathing should be once in 1-2 months.
More thorough care requires pet ears. They need to be cleaned systematically and very carefully.
Important! This cat does not like to touch his ears, so he often escapes from such a procedure. Do not try to smooth out his curls. Such manipulations respond with painful sensations in the auricle.
Daily routines include:
If the American curl lives in a house where fish and birds also live, then he will not make friends with them. Most often, cats perceive such mates as food.
A cat of this breed should be trained in advance in the street. She must learn to walk on a leash and perceive danger. Often, because of their peacefulness, cats do not accept a dog as a threat, because of which they can seriously suffer. For walks, it is better to choose parks, gardens and other places where there is no strong fuss.
As for education, this American species is easily amenable to the instructions of the owner. He is witty and quickly remembers new information. Therefore, do not postpone the purchase of a cat's toilet and clawholes and quickly train a cat to them. So you can protect your furniture from damage.
An adult cat can learn to bring the owner of a newspaper, and even slippers.
How to feed an American curl
This breed needs a quality and proper diet. They also have a good appetite.
First of all, nutrition should be carried out on schedule and be balanced:
- For kittens, the daily intake of food should not be more than 5 times a day.
- Cats - teenagers (6-12 months) are supposed to eat 3-4 times a day.
- An adult pupil can eat 2 times a day.
The American cat rarely sorts out food, so it can even eat from the table. But it is extremely important not to let him eat smoked meats and spicy foods.
Choose your pet diet on your own. It can be both dry food and natural food.
What should be a natural diet
From natural products, curl is suitable for:
- low-fat raw or boiled meat,
- boiled offal (liver, lungs),
- cereals (wheat, oats),
- dairy products,
You can add boiled vegetables, for example, beets, pumpkin, carrots.
With natural feeding, it will be useful to select a complex of vitamins with calcium.
Up to six months, kittens should only be given boiled food.
Ready-made feed of decent quality
It is useful for cats of this breed to eat dry food. It helps get rid of tartar and plaque. Industrial food is selected for the animal based on its age.
Experienced breeders recommend only premium food. The three best trusted manufacturers included:
Due to their composition, you can accurately calculate the daily intake of healthy minerals and vitamins.
In addition to dry feed, you can also introduce canned goodies into the diet, from which curls are crazy.
Kittens are selected a special line that does not harm their health.
What you should know about knitting?
Mating American curls is allowed both with a representative of his breed, and with another similar species. If cats of the same breed mate, then almost all kittens will turn out with curled ears. When mating with another breed of kittens with curls, you get half as much, but everyone is born healthy and without flaws.
The first knitting should be carried out in 1.5-2 years, not earlier. The number of bindings is limited to 1-2 times per year. Between birth, 4 months should pass. If your kitty has health problems, then mating is better to transfer to the next year.
How to choose and buy an American curl
If you get a kitten with a good pedigree for further breeding or to participate in exhibitions, then the most reliable place to buy is special shelters or clubs. They exist both in the USA and in St. Petersburg. Purebred Curls are bred here. And before the sale, all kittens are examined by a veterinarian, as well as deworming.
Kittens begin to be sold at the age of 4 months, since it is during this period of their development that the formation of curls on the ears stops. In addition, the newborn curl is no different from the heir of the usual breed.
The curl determines which baby will be:
- Homemade - a small curl.
- Tribal (for breeding) - a well-defined curl.
- Exhibition - cool curl.
Experienced breeders evaluate kittens and then put them up for sale. The price of a descendant of a curl depends on the degree of bending:
- the cost of a kitten without documents ranges from 3 to 10 thousand rubles,
- thoroughbred representatives for breeding are sold in the range of 10-20 thousand rubles,
- Show kittens - from 25 000 rubles.
When acquiring such a pet, you need to familiarize yourself with all his documents, a veterinary certificate and a pedigree.
The American Curl is a very attractive breed, which has not only good looks, but also a good character. He will be a great companion for his master and bring peace to the house.
Education University: Moscow State Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Year of release: 2010. Specialty: Veterinary medicine, Veterinary medicine. Experience I have experience in a veterinary clinic for more than 7 years. Work experience of FSBI “All-Russian State Center for Quality and Standardization of Medicines for Animals and Feed”