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Federation Internationale Feline

The FIFe can be considered as the United Nations of Cat Federations. In fact it is a federation of national members representing, at present, 41 countries with 43 full members and 1 country with a patronage member, but whose numbers continue to grow. These member organisations have chosen to follow the same rules with regard to the breed standards, breeding and registration, cattery names, shows, judges and student judges. This common interest has, over the years, been consolidated to create the high standard and international reputation of the FIFe. The idea of an international European cat federation was the dream of Madame Marguérite (Miggy) Ravel, a French cat lover, who first began working towards her goal in the early thirties. Finally, at a meeting in Paris in 1949 between the Royal Cat Society of Flanders, the French Cat Federation and the Italian Cat Society, her efforts bore fruit with the unofficial founding of the Fédération Internationale Féline d’Europe (FIFE). The first FIFe show was held in Paris in 1949 at which over 200 cats were present with the exhibitors coming from France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. By today’s standards, 200 cats would be considered a very small show—one of the FIFe World Shows had more than 1500 entries with exhibitors coming from all over the world. On 10th December, 1950, the new federation held its first General Assembly in Ghent, Belgium and, with the acceptance of its statutes and rules, was officially founded. To mark the occasion, Madame Ravel presented each delegate with a cat, sculptured in pink sandstone (a photo of it adorns these pages), which she had especially commissioned from a French artist, Jean Martel. The federation grew considerably over the years. With the acceptance of the Brazilian Clube Brasileiro do Gato in 1972, the FIFE had expanded beyond Europe and thus had to change its name, which it did at the following year’s General Assembly, becoming the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe). Each of the national members of FIFe retains its own identity, with the FIFe guaranteeing their complete uniformity with cat registrations, shows, judges and judge training. The accent within FIFe is on healthy and happy cats which is reflected in its rules with their emphasis on health and welfare. The Executive Board of the FIFe is the co-ordinating body on the international level. The board is made up of six people from the member countries who are elected by the members; they manage the organisation according to its statutes. There are five supporting Commissions whose responsibility is to implement the decisions of the General Assembly and the Board. These are: the Judges & Standard Commission; Breeding & Registration Commission; the Show Commission; the Health & Welfare Commission; and the Disciplinary Commission. The democratic structure of the organisation guarantees each member equal voting rights at the General Assembly, which convenes annually to discuss and vote upon the proposals of the members, to elect new officers, debate new regulations and accept common strategies. FIFe has always had good relations with all the major cat organisations of the world. Its official seat is in Luxembourg and its official languages are French, German and English. The Secretariat is administered by the FIFe General Secretary, who handles the daily affairs for all the members; these include the co-ordination of show dates, the processing of cattery names data and the administrative work of judges' examinations. The FIFe website: http://fifeweb.org/

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World Cat Federation

WCF has more than 370 single organizations, distributed worldwide, also in the United States. WCF is an internationally operating federation, officially registered in the registration court in Germany. WCF participates  in the consultations of the European parliament in Strasbourg, it is co-responsible in the development of animal protection laws by working in the corresponding working groups installed by the legislative organs and participating in parliamentarian hearings. A member of WCF, whether a single club or an federation, acts independently in his business.   International judges with WCF judge permission are educated  according to internationally implemented rules. WCF judges must always adhere to certain rules. WCF has examinations only for an entire hair category. The inviting club is responsible to check the appropriate hair category, if it is certified on the judge's keycard. A WCF-judge may act as judge only in those hair categories certified on his keycard. The hair categories, LH, SLH, SH, SOSH and AB for all breeds, are certified in the last line of the keycard. If there is any discrepancy, please contact the office of the WCF directly. Responsibility of the WCF: International registration of cattery names Education, training and examination of international judges Standardization of the various cat breeds Implementation of show rules and show classes Care for international connections The WCF website: http://www.wcf-online.de/

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The International Cat Association

The International Cat Association (TICA) is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, the largest registry of household pet cats and kittens. TICA was the first and now the world's largest-registry to allow household cats of unknown ancestry to compete for the same titles and awards as pedigreed cats. The responsible breeding of pedigreed cats preserves the distinct characteristics of individual pedigreed breeds and ensures the continuation of predictable physical and behavioral traits for future generations. The International Cat Association headquartered in Harlingen, Texas, administers the rules for the licensing and management of hundreds of cat shows annually across the globe and in 104 countries. TICA and its members work together to promote the preservation of pedigreed cats and the health and welfare of ALL domestic cats through education, responsible cat ownership and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. TICA currently recognizes 63 breeds of cats from the ancient Abyssinian to the newer breeds like the Lykoi cat, and including wild looking Chausie and Bengals. Objectives: The registration of the pedigrees of all breeds of felines and catteries; The promulgation of rules governing the management of the Association and cat shows sanctioned by the Association; The licensing of cat shows held under the auspices of the Association; The establishment of comprehensive Standards for all breeds of domesticated cats; The honoring of outstanding felines, their owners and breeders for their accomplishments; The dissemination of information to promote the knowledge and interest of breeders, owners, exhibitors and the general public concerning the breeding, exhibition and improvement of breeds, and the care and welfare of all cats; and, The promotion of educational and friendly relations between cat owners all other countries of the world. The strength of TICA lies in its members. Breeders, exhibitors and cat lovers are invited to join TICA and participate in the most progressive registry in the world. Members are entitled to vote on all issues which shape the Association. Clubs do not vote in TICA. Members are also entitled to belong to breed sections of their choice and may be eligible to be an elected officer. There are currently more than 3000 TICA members throughout the world. There are TICA clubs chartered in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Switzerland and the United States. TICA website: http://www.tica.org/

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Cat Fanciers' Federation

The Cat Fanciers Federation is a feline registry that is based in and serves the northeast United States. The CFF is the second oldest feline registry in the United States. They refer to themselves as "The Friendly Cat Club." People can participate in the club both through individual membership and through CFF clubs in their area. The Cat Fanciers Federation currently recognizes thirty-two different breeds of pedigreed cats for showing. And in addition to the pedigreed cats divisions the CFF also offers a household pet class which consists of mixed cats, cats which look like a particular breed but don't have papers and pedigreed cats who don't meet the criteria for the breed because of kinked tail, wrong eye color or other disqualifying criteria. In addition, there is also an experimental and provisional class for new breeds of cats. These cats are allowed to be shown and judged but cannot be awarded. In addition to the main registry club the Cat Fanciers Federation also offers CFF Clubs and Catteries by breed including Himalayan, Siamese, Shortails, Persians, Ragdolls and others. The CFF employs a wide range of judges including judges qualified for all breeds, specialty breeds and guest judges. The CFF puts on approximately three to five shows per year and also does end of the year awards. End of the year awards include Champion Class, Kitten Class, Alter Class and Household Pet Class. They award twenty cats in each category. The Cat Fanciers Foundation also works with cat rescues and other local organizations to promote education about cats in general. The shows help to finance the charitable efforts of the club. The CFF offers a large range of services to its members beyond registration and shows. They also offer championship confirmations, three, four and five year generation pedigree certifications and even kitten sales listings. Membership to the Cat Fanciers Federation is $35 per year for the first family member and $10 per year for each additional family member. The CFF website: http://www.cffinc.org/

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The Cat Fanciers' AssociationRead more

The Cat Fanciers' Association

The Cat Fanciers' Association was established in the United States in 1906. The CFA is currently the world's largest registry of pedigreed cats and known as the most prestigious pedigreed cat registering association in the North American continent. Originally headquartered in Manasquan, New Jersey the CFA moved to Alliance, Ohio in 2010. The association's stated mission is preserving and promoting pedigreed breeds of cats while also enhancing the well-being of all cats. CFA's first licensed cat shows were held in Buffalo, New York and Detroit, Michigan in 1906. The association today has known presences in the European continent, the Empire of Japan along with its well established presence in the United States of America. The CFA offers a number of services to catteries, purebred feline owners, and the general public. One service the CFA offers is certified pedigree lists for registered cats. Registered cat pedigrees going back from three to six generations are available. CFA recognizes 40 pedigreed breeds for showing in the Championship Class and 2 breed as Miscellaneous (this became effective with the 2008-2009 show season). Since 1994, the CFA has hosted the CFA International Cat Show, described as the "Rolls-Royce of cat shows", the largest of its kind in the USA. The 2008 event was held in Atlanta as will be the 2009 event. Other activities of the CFA include setting breed standards and offering breeding guidelines, training show judges, promoting and inspecting catteries, supporting and publicizing research on cat health issues, influencing legislative issues, providing disaster relief and breed rescue programs, publishing books and magazines and informing the general public on topics relating to cats. To date, CFA has registered over 2 million pedigreed cats. The CFA website: http://www.cfa.org/

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The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy

The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy is a cat registry, established in 1910 and the largest organisation that registers pedigree cats in the United Kingdom. It was formed from a small number of cat clubs which were registering cats at the time when the modern cat fancy was in its first stages. It is considered to be the original prototype for cat fancy registries. It is an independent body with around 150 member clubs, including specialist breed clubs and area clubs covering particular regions. The GCCF became an incorporated company on 5 November 2010. It licenses cat shows put on by its affiliated clubs with about 135 shows per year. Pedigree cats shown at these shows can gain the titles Champion, Grand Champion and Imperial Grand Champion. The word Champion is replaced by Premier for neutered cats. The showing of non-pedigree cats (often referred to as Domestic shorthair and Domestic longhair) is also popular at GCCF shows. The GCCF also co-ordinates its own show: the Supreme Cat Show, which is famous for being the world's largest cat show and the feline equivalent of Crufts. Special awards of UK and Supreme Champion can be gained at this show only. The GCCF offices are based in Bridgwater and are staffed by twelve people who deal with registrations, publications, show processing & title claims, agendas & minutes and correspondence from breeders, exhibitors, Clubs, Breed Advisory Committees and the general public. They also deal with complaints and breaches of rules, which can sometimes result in disciplinary action and even suspension from Cat Fancy activities. The GCCF is a member of the Cat Group and the World Cat Congress. The GCCF has set up its own charity: The Cat Welfare Trust, which uses funds raised through the GCCF to find ways of improving the welfare of cats. To date the trust has granted thousands of pounds into key research projects in ringworm vaccination, the feline genome and chronic gingivo-stomatitis in cats. The GCCF website: http://www.gccfcats.org/

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