Feline Associations in America

In the United States, each year about 400 big cat exhibitions are organized according to the norms of the main feline associations: cat fancier’s association (CFA), American Cat Fancier’s Associations (ACFA), American Cat Association (ACA) Cat Fancier’s Federation (CFF), United Cat Federation (UCF), American Cat Council (ACC) and the International Cat Association (ICA). Of these, the biggest association is the cat fancier’s association, with more than 600 affiliated clubs so much in the United States as in Canada and of Japan. The American cat association, founded in 1898, is the oldest.

In North America most of the exhibitions follow the same open system. Cats are taken by turns to the judging area, where they are examined and punctuated according to the standard of their race. After the valuations, the results are announced in public and furthermore, the judge must give in detail the punctuation given, they usually add general commentaries about the winners of each category.

In an exhibition there can be several judging areas at the same time, and are considered of independent competitions controlled by an only judge.

Some areas may be for cats of any race but within the range of age, while others might be restricted for long hair cats or for short hair cats. This way, a cat can be judged in more than one area during the same exhibition and, for that reason, obtain more than one award.

The Canadian cat association is the one that registers in all Canada. Moreover, three of the main feline associations of the United States (CFA, Alfa and ICA) count with Canadian clubs affiliated.

Neither in Canada nor in the United States exists any quarantine norms, for which cats can travel freely between these two countries to participate in exhibitions at the other side of the frontier and it is frequent the commercialization between breeders of the two countries.

Most of the Canadian exhibitions follow the open system. In Canada there is a structure of international championship similar to that of Europe.

The breeding is usually eclipsed by the activities that their neighbors carry through, if well in Canada they can boast of having introduced the Tonguinese breed in the 60’s.

If well the associative movement is bigger in the north, the enthusiasm for felines has extended through out the American continent and there exists clubs and breeding grounds in almost all the countries. Most of them are affiliated to limited states entities, but there are also some associations, that are affiliated to the IFF; as are the Asociacion Felina Argentina, the Asociacion Felino Filia Mexicana or the Federacao Felina Brasileira.

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