Many people shopping for a feline companion may wonder what the initials CFA stand for. In order for a particular breed of cat to be recognized as a pedigreed breed, it must be recognized by the Cat Fancier's Association. This association is the largest purebred feline registry in the world and recognizes only forty one breeds of cats.
This association came into existence in order to maintain breed standards and to register kittens from pedigree cats. The CFA closely monitors all breeds to ensure that the standard specifics are adhered to for the ability to showcase felines in their annual cat shows.
In order to better the breed characteristics, a breeder must register a litter of purebred kittens with the Cat Fancier's Association. At this time, it is the breeder's decision as to whether these kittens will be allowed to breed or not. The only method to ensure that future descendants of the cat are able to be registered, is to get a pin number for the cat's application form. After this registration, the kittens of this particular cat will need to be individually registered by their new owners.
There are three specific categories into which each breed is placed by the Cat Fancier's Association; they are the Championship Class, Provisional Class and the Miscellaneous Class. Each of the forty one cat breeds the CFA recognizes must fall into one of these three categories. In order to show the cats, that particular breed must first clinch the top prize of its specific classification before it can be deemed to be eligible to be in running for the title of Best in Show.
Any breed with a strong, established background is placed in the Championship Class, while breeds that have only recently become recognized and are being closely monitored to ensure that they adhere to the new standards are placed in the Provisional Class. Cats, who are still working on a set of standard specifics, are placed in the Miscellaneous Class. Placement in this class means these cats may not yet compete for the title of Best in Show.
The CFA is not the only cat registry in the world. In Canada, cat owners may register their purebred felines with the Canadian Cat Association. This association was established by native Canadians who wanted to register their purebred breeds with an association in their own country.
Another cat registry found around the world is The Traditional Cat Association. This registry doesn't take into consideration the popular fads in traits and will stick to the original specifications of the breed stringently. There are other registries which are the Fédération Internationale Féline, the association for cats in Europe and the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, a registry in United Kingdom.
Despite the myriad of feline breeds, there is one similar trait among all; they are all considered either long hair or short hair. Common breeds found in the shorthair classification include Abyssinian and the British Shorthair. For the long hair classification, breeds such as the Norwegian Forest Cats and Turkish Angoras are represented.
The most commonly known breed of cat of the forty one recognized by the Cat Fancier's Association is the American Shorthair. This favorite breed has enjoyed a history of more than three hundred years in United States. With the common cat looking rather similar to this specific breed, the American Shorthair has been carefully bred over time to ascertain that all kittens shown special traits. In addition to the American Shorthair, other popular breeds include Siamese, Rex, Main Coon, Persian and the Ragdoll.
All cats can be affectionate and make sweet companions even if they are not pedigreed cats. If you wish to experience the thrill of showing your cat, and are looking for a certain display of characteristics, then a pedigreed cat is the perfect choice for you.