The Cat Fancy in Asia

by Michael
(London, UK)

Asia - photo by tommy the pariah (Flickr - link at base of page)

Asia - photo by tommy the pariah (Flickr - link at base of page)

I have neglected the cat fancy in Asia and I would like cat fanciers in Asia to tell me what it is like in Asia. A colleague and contributor to this website, Rudolph. A. Furtado reminded me that I focus on America and the UK. Thank you Rudolph, you are correct. Rudolph lives in Mumbai, India. He has two gorgeous traditional Persian cats (here is one of his posts). I basically followed the easy course. The United States has the biggest cat fancy by far and England is the home of the cat fancy and my home. For the sake of clarity, the phrase Cat Fancy, means a community of people interested in keeping, breeding and showing purebred and random bred cats and who form associations to promote their activities (that is my definition).

The easy route, however, is not the right route. There is quite a lot of purebred cat activity in Asia and that needs to be recognised, discussed and celebrated; hence this attempt to start the process. An obstacle is language; I am sure language is the biggest obstacle to progressing the Asian cat fancy to where is it a major part of the world cat fancy.

Although I am almost bound to miss out a country, the countries where I think there is a cat fancy in Asia or where there should, could or might be the beginnings of one are listed below together with my thoughts and findings.

India

For me, Rudolph.A.Furtado is the cat fancy in India! But I know there are lots more people with purebred cats. Quite a lot of people living in India visit the site so there is an interest and that interest is probably growing as India becomes richer. However, as at 2010, I cannot find (which does not mean it does not exist) a cat association in India when doing an internet search. Rudolph, it’s over to you to start one or find one – please!

China

China is a massive country with masses of potential for a cat fancy. But at the moment it seems to be just potential and no actual cat fancy. Cats can be bought but these seem to come from kitten mills or off the street. Purebred cats can also be bought but they might not be purebred so importation from Indonesia (see below), the United States or Europe would seem to be the most usual way to buy purebred cats. I suspect that there are purebred cats in China but not many. So I ask China, here and now, to take a giant leap forward and get going. There is cat rescue in China. The next stage is cat fancy.

Hong Kong is part of China. The history of the British presence in Hong Kong has resulted in what is probably a pretty active cat fancy there. See Hong Kong Cat Fanciers' Club

Thailand

Formerly Siam and the home of the Siamese cat, the second most popular cat in the West on my reckoning , should have a cat fancy, surely? Well, yes, after a bit of intensive searching I found The Cat Fanciers Club of Thailand – great, I am pleased. However, it seems that there are no other clubs or groups of breeders. There is a cat show in 2010 at Bangkapi. There are purebred cat breeders too. An example is the Cat Eye Cattery in Bangkok. They breed Modern Persian cats. NTS Farm breed Scottish Fold, Persian and Himmies it seems.

Indonesia

Indonesia have a cat fancy. Their website is: The Cat Fancy of Indonesia - Link broken 2012 (CFI). There are quite a good number of purebred cat breeders and it seems that the preferred cat breed is the flat faced Persian (ultra or contemporary Persian). This may be due to CFA influence. The CFI was founded in 1997 so it is well established. Indonesia is marked on the map below:


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I would love it if someone from Indonesia made a submission on this site. We welcome you!

Korea

At the time of writing this, all I know about Korea (presumed South Korea) is that a lot of people watched my YouTube video, A Beautiful Relationship. This indicates an interest in cats! And yes they are interested. Their Korea Cat Club is affiliated to TICA (The International Cat Association). The Club has been around since 2001, a good length of time. The website is not loading as at Aug. 2010.

Japan

The home of the 1000 year old Japanese Bobtail – they have got to have a cat fancy and the answer is they do. There are many TICA cat shows in Japan.  This is the TICA Asia website. Below are the TICA branch clubs. This is a screenshot because the Korea Cat Club (the source of this information) have not promoted the cat fancy by putting links on their site (sorry to be critical). As can be seen there are many Japanese clubs affiliated with TICA.

The first website, by the way,  (top left) has nothing to do with cats! (as at Feb 2010) – great! Credo ( top left in the table above, a cat network in Japan) is affiliated to TICA but Google translation is poor for this site so I can’t figure how it is affiliated. The same goes for the others but this indicates that there is a thriving cat fancy in Japan. Indeed Ken and Helmi Flick went to Japan to photograph at a cat show: International Cat Photography.

Vietnam

As could be expected a Google search produces nothing. I hope Vietnam can start the process. Even a cat rescue organisation of some sort would be a start.

Burma

The supposed home of the Burmese cat but there is no cat fancy as far as I can see. There is doubt whether the there were any Burmese cats in Burma. Burma is a sort of trading station for wild cat parts, endangered or otherwise, so no surprises. It is a dictatorship run by generals so not much chance of personal expression.

I would like any person involved with cats in any capacity and living in Asia to share your experiences on this site. There are numerous forms for inputting information.

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Aug 23, 2011 Hi Vickie
by: Michael

Thanks for your positive thoughts and ideas. Yes, it will be a long journey but it seems right at the moment to start it.

There is a Kennel Club that organises dog shows as you mentioned. That must help.

I would hope that enough people can come forward to create a club and then it is only a matter of time.

It is probably about publicity and getting the word out. Good luck in Bogota. You get around.


Aug 23, 2011 Cat Fancy in India
by: Vickie Fisher, Pres. TICA

Hi again, Michael! I'm in Bogota, waiting on an airplane and saw your post.

It isn't easy to start a cat fancy in a country. The people here in Bogota have worked very hard to educate the people about the beautiful cat breeds and the care of cats, in general. What they don't have here are the breeders of non pedigreed cats. So, the cat fancy started from nothing.

In India, it appears that the country has attempted a cat fancy from within, breeding cats but not having the official registry. One of the nice things about TICA is the fact that we have a "central registry". That means that clubs don't have to register cats, TICA can do that. The clubs have the harder job of "selling" the idea of pedigreed cats, the proper care of cats, and the respect of cats. Putting on cat shows is hard work and can be expensive because a location for the show must be secured, judges must be flown in and awards (rosettes) purchased. It takes commitment and finances to put on a show.

The other thing to remember about the cat fancy is that new breeds can be created or discovered and added to the list of championship cats. Perhaps there actually is already a native Indian cat that could apply for recognition as a breed. That isn't an easy process but is possible.

There are many things to think about in starting the cat fancy in India.

My Best


Aug 23, 2011 Hi Vickie and Rudolph
by: Michael

Thank you Vickie for being positive about this. It is nice to see. And thank you Rudolph for getting the ball rolling.

I really feel that this is the time to start a cat club and a branch of TICA in India. You'll need both. The club as you say would be affiliated to TICA. The Cat Club of India. I guess the club could also be a branch of TICA meaning the club could administer registrations etc. on behalf of TICA.

I feel that for TICA to come to India is probably more sensible than starting a cat association from scratch. Because TICA are international and they have the know how.

India is a vast country and growing rapidly economically. There is bound to be an increased demand for high quality purebred cats. And as Rudolph says the current purebred cats are not strictly speaking (by Western standards in any case) purebred because they are not registered with an association. There needs to be official records of pedigree and cat associations do that.

I hope you can get this together Rudolph and Vickie.

If I can help in some way please ask.


Aug 22, 2011 The cat fancy in Asia.
by: Rudolph.a.Furtado

Thanks for your encouragement Mr Michael.Broad, i have at least made an attempt to start a "Cat Club" in a Indian city, most hopefully Mumbai.I write blogs on various articles and websites, especially cats and hence have managed to contact a few cat owners in Indian city's, explaining the advantages of having a 'Cat Club".Had personally written to Vickie .Fisher, the President of International cat association and received a reply as also the procedures for forming a "Cat Club" in India affiliated to "TICA".
I have made a complete "Blog" of my correspondence with "TICA" for the benifit of other viewers and sincerely hope a cat club is started in India at the earliest.Cat lovers in Indian city's spend Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 (U.S $'s 220 to 420) for purchasing traditional Persian cats from local breeders,a exorbitant sum for "UNREGISTERED CATS".The "INDIAN BRED CATS" are unrecognized in the International "Cat Show World" as India doesn't have a internationally affiliated "CAT CLUB".I must have definitely created an awakening amongst Indian cat owners and ruffled a few Indian cat breeders by exposing the fallacy of paying exorbitant prices for UNREGISTERED CAT PEDIGREE". Its akin to paying Rs 1,00,000 lakh(Approx 2175 US $'s!) for a German shpherd dog in Mumbai from a "Crook Breeder", only to realize that it doesn't have "PEDIGREE CERTIFICATES" and hence can't be enrolled in the "SIEGER DOG SHOWS" held regularly in Mumbai!Pedigree dogs sell for hundreds of dollars in Mumbai city and hence i wonder the reasons for a "Cat Club" eluding Indian cat fanciers. Hope i have at least given an idea to some influential and wealthy cat owners to atart a "CAT RAGISTRY AND CAT CLUB" in India.
Below is my blog on discussions with "TICA" for starting a "CAT CLUB" in India.
http://howtostartacatclubinindia.blogspot.com/


Aug 22, 2011 Cat Fancy in India
by: Vickie Fisher, Pres. TICA

Thanks, Michael, for sending Rudolph our way. It would be wonderful to have a cat fancy in India. As you know, just starting a fancy in a country takes a lot of hard work and dedication by people in that country. We have found at least one person who is interested in working with Rudolph and we'll keep looking. TICA will certainly help as much as we can, but we need to hear from all the cat lovers of India!!

By the way, we had our first TICA cat show in Taipei in June, 2011. Beautiful Bengals which were shown for their first time and wonderful household pets - 25 entered in competition. We had a great time; the people were fantastic!


Feb 24, 2010 "Cat Fancy in Asia"
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Thanks for the compliments Michael. First and foremost, there are numerous cat owners in Mubai city itself let alone the entire sub-continent of India, but, few might be interested in "Blogging" their passion of cat ownership.As mentioned, unlike "Pedigree Dog shows" which is a profesionally managed organisation there are no "Cat Shows" in India, hence,Indian cat owners can't exhibit their prized pets, which i am sure manny do possess.Thanks to my personal passion of "Writing" that i manage to express my thoughts and knowledge on cats in "P.O.C" and hope manny other Mumbaikars do the same as i feel embarrassed being the only Indian from Mumbai writing on "Cats".



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