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Criticize the Cat Fanciers Association

Criticize the Cat Fanciers Association

I criticize the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) again, I am afraid and I don’t want to (see also Cat Fanciers Association Against Cruelty). I have just been reading the page on their website about the “Twisty Cats”. The association wanted to make a comment about what they called the worldwide expression of horror at this cat. {Note: the cat in the picture is a Sphynx cat at a CFA cat show, a great looking cat and a nice picture to brighten up this page}

The Twisty Cat is a cat with a genetic or developmental deformity of the forelegs, as I understand it. They occurred in a strain of polydactyl cats. A breeder deliberately breed from this defect trying to reproduce it rather than avoiding it or breeding it out as would be the normal course of events. I don’t want to go into the Twisty Cat but it is a matter of commonsense that it is wrong to breed a cat with a defect, particularly when it is intended to retain the defect or make the defect the whole reason for the breed of cat.

What I find wrong also is the lack of condemnation from the CFA. Even if one could argue that it is not the CFA’s place to condemn then they could at least give us their opinion but all they say in their comment is that the association “does not have authority in matters such as this”. They also proudly and correctly proclaim that they are the world’s largest registry of pedigree cats with a worldwide influence as a consequence. In other words they lead the world in respect of the subject of pedigree cats.

In my considered opinion, therefore they owe a duty to act in leading and managing the world of pedigree cats. Yet they weakly sit on the fence in an uncommitted and highly cautious and reactionary way (we will deal with Twisty cats if someone tries to register them). They do have the authority and obligation to comment, guide and direct the cat fancy generally. I have said in the past that they should tackle the dichotomy between the slaughter of feral cats in large numbers and the breeding of cats by their members. They completely pass that one by. What is also painfully apparent is that they contradict themselves on this web page.

The Cat Fanciers Association say they are dedicated to the “physical soundness” of registered cats. This cannot be completely true as their breed standard in respect of flat faced Persians causes health problems, the most obvious being tear duct overflow. You see cat breeders washing and wiping away the tear stains at shows. Once again the CFA are siting on the fence. In my view the top management at the CFA should show more commitment and courage in their management of the cat fancy by leading with action and not simply alluding to the idea of being the leading cat association. I don’t want to criticize the Cat Fanciers Association but in the name of the silent and accepting companion cat, I feel I must.

Criticize the Cat Fanciers Association to “Are the CFA against cat cruelty and if so shouldn’t they say it?”?

To Criticize the Cat Fanciers Association — Picture of Sphynx cat at a CFA cat show published under creative commons license and by xupower!

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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