Clubs and Cat Shows

In addition to the CFA there are many other clubs in the United States, including the American Cat Fanciers Association and the Cat Fanciers' Federation. Pedigreed cats are registered with the clubs, but a cat need not have a pedigree to enter a cat show or to win a prize. The animal is eligible if it meets the standards of its breed and color group.

What Is a Cat Show Like?

In most cat shows, the animals are judged on how well they conform to (match up with) the standards for that particular breed. Many different groups hold cat shows. Some shows are run by registries—groups that register particular breeds of cats.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) is the largest registry of purebred cats. This association sponsors many cat shows in the United States and some in Canada. The group has a Junior Showmanship Program designed to help young people from ages 8 through 15 to learn how to show a cat. In Junior Showmanship classes, exhibitors are not judged on the quality of the cat. Instead, the exhibitor is judged on his or her ability to handle the cat and on knowledge of the breed. This program provides young people with a great way to learn about cat shows. It also provides valuable contacts with other breeders and exhibitors who can provide advice to a beginner.

In the United Kingdom, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) is a primary registry that sponsors shows.