General articles about the Cat Fanciers Association

Titles marked with a red asterisk * are for members only.


  • A List of Dated Articles About CFA archives ALL articles that we publish. Some articles become dated over time, but are still of interest from an historical perspective... so, if you are wondering when CFA made a color change in the Persian breed standard, or what the Exotic Breed Secretary was thinking in 2001, this is where to loolk!

  • Ann Pevey
    The cat fancy has lost respected CFA judge Ann Pevey, a noted breeder of Persians, Manx and Abyssinians under the Wynden cattery name...
    January 2010

  • AOV - Any Other Variety
    AOV, or Any Other Variety, refers to a cat that is a breed or color or has a characteristic that makes it unacceptable for show competition, while it is allowable for registration and breeding purposes.
    January 2008

  • Betty "Flossie" Yadlosky: In Memorium
    The cat fancy has lost "Flossie" Yadlosky of Sunval Himalayans ...
    March 2010

  • Blue Silver & Blue Golden Persians Accepted For Championship Status In CFA
    CFA has accepted the Dilute Blue Silver/Golden Persians....
    February 2009

  • * Breed Council
    Each breed in CFA that has been accepted for championship status has a Breed Council comprised of fanciers of that particular breed and a Breed Council Secretary elected by the members of the Council. Be part of YOUR breed's leadership.
    January 2001

  • Breed Registrations in CFA, TICA & GCCF: A Comparison
    Could looking into the breed distribution of kitten registrations explain why some cat registry numbers are growing while other registries are declining?
    February 2006

  • * Calculating Grand Points in CFA
    Learn how to calculate the grand points your cat earns at a show in CFA.
    February 2002

  • * Calculating Regional & National Points in CFA
    Learn how to calculate your cat's Regional/National points accurately - a necessary skill for anyone planning a show campaign.
    February 2002

  • Cat-Minster: The Taping Of A Cat Show
    The 2006 CFA International Cat Show will be the subject of a 2 hour TV special for the Game Show Network to be telecast in March 2007.
    December 2006

  • CFA Litter Registrations: 2001 Compared to 1991
    Litter registrations in CFA from 1991 to 2001.
    March 2002

  • CFA Permanent Cattery Name
    Do you know if you qualify to have your cattery name permanently registered in CFA?
    October 2003

  • * CFA Rules Regarding Disqualification and Withholding Awards
    Learn the rules that govern the disqualification of cats and the withholding of awards in the show ring in CFA.
    December 2010

  • CFA Show Rules & CFA Breed Standards
    Download the CFA Show Rules and CFA Breed Standards free from the CFA website.
    May 2008

  • CFA Shows Outside the US & Canada
    This article looks at the countries around the world where participation in CFA shows is growing . . .
    June 2013

  • Changes In The Requirement To Earn The Title Of Chamion Or Premier In CFA
    A new rule regarding how cats in the Open class in CFA will earn the title of Champion or Premier will make showing much more equitable...
    February 2011

  • * Classic vs Mackerel: Persian Tabby Patterns in CFA
    Tabby Persians can come in one of two patterns: Classic or Mackerel. Do you know the difference?
    September 2002

  • Comparing Cat Registry Numbers
    How many cats were registered in CFA, TICA and GCCF in the past few years? Which cat registries are growing in popularity? Which are declining?
    November 2005

  • Comparing CFA and TICA
    CFA and TICA are two of the most popular cat registries in the world. Many breeders register and show their cats in both organizations. Learn the differences you need to know between the two organizations.
    May 2015

  • Comparing Persian Breed Standards From Different Registries
    Are all breed standards created equal?
    September 2003

  • Counting Cats
    This article includes a lesson from a master clerk on how to read a marked catalogue and count the number of cats necessary to calculate national, regional and grand points.
    April 2009

  • * Exhibitors Responsibilities
    Do you know what YOU are responsible for when you enter a cat show? Check out the CFA show rules for Exhibitors, including the new rules changes for 2001..
    June 2001

  • Filling Out a CFA Entry Form for a Cat Show
    Are you planning on entering your first cat show? Or maybe you are mentoring a newbie with their first show baby. Here's the information you need to fill out an entry form correctly.
    June 2002

  • First CFA Show in China
    The first CFA show in mainland China took place in Beijing on March 6-7, 2004.
    March 2004

  • Five Generation Pedigree for Persians
    The CFA board has changed their mind about the 8-generation requirement for registering Persians from other associations
    March 2004

  • International 2004 - A Personal View
    A breeder shares her own experiences at the International.
    November 2004

  • Longhaired Exotics Accepted For Championship Status In CFA
    At long last, CFA has accepted the Longhaired Exotic to be shown for titles in the show ring. There are some compromises of which you should be aware....
    February 2009

  • * Look at CFA Titles
    Ever get confused at how many different ways you see people writing the titles for their cats in CFA? Or wonder about the abbreviations, and which one is correct??
    November 2016

  • Meaning of the Ribbons at a CFA Cat Show
    What each ribbon is for and how your cat earns them.
    March 2003

  • * Meet The Breeds: The Persian Breed Booth
    Follow the evolution of the Persian Breed Booth that debuted at the first "Meet The Breeds" show ...
    January 2010

  • New CFA National Awards Structure
    With CFA's continued growth and expansion around the world, the board has unveiled the new structure for earning National Awards that will address the challenges of global competition . . .
    January 2016

  • One Litter - Two Breeds
    In CFA, when can one litter have kittens registered as two different breeds?
    July 2019

  • Point Charts & E-Points
    Essential Tools for Your Campaign or just granding your cat in CFA.
    June 2003

  • * Protests Between Cat Breeders
    Anyone can file a protest against a cat breeder with their registering organization. Understanding what you can and cannot file a protest about and how to be successful will save you a lot of emotional wear and tear.
    January 2004

  • Registration Statistics
    Is the cat fancy growing? Or is the cat fancy shrinking? We compare the kitten registration statistics of CFA, TIC, GCCF and the puppy registrations of the American Kennel Club to see which registries are doing better than others.
    May 2001

  • Show Count Announcements
    Why should cat clubs be required to announce their show counts?
    June 2006

  • Show Ring Number Cards
    This article includes downloadable templates for printing sets of show number cards for both CFA and TICA
    January 2005

  • * Understanding E-Points
    E-Points are a monthly list of the show standings of cats in CFA.
    November 2003

  • * When is a Persian Not a Persian?
    Not all Persians are created equal. A Persian in one cat registry can be a Longhaired Exotic in another... so Buyer Beware (and informed!)
    October 2002

  • Winners Ribbons
    When you kitten graduates to adult classes, the first step towards adding a title to its name is the quest for winners ribbons.
    September 2003



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