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Sexist Cat Fanciers’ Association bars boy calico cat from winning at cat show — 7 Comments

  1. I have very mixed feelings about this information. Or rather two competing views.

    It seems entirely stupid that the CFA barred this cat A gorgeous Maine coon. They say that he had a “genetic defect”. The events that occurred during his inception were very very rare. I very much doubt that, assuming he is able to be a sire to other Maine coons, that this is some kind of “genetic defect” that his offspring will inherit. And, this rare event happened in his mother’s womb. If the CFA wants to go this far, why not ask about the mother cat? I mean, if the CFA wants to be this stupid, maybe there is something “unsound” about his mother’s genetics. Or his father’s genetics.

    But this is such a chance event, that I very much doubt that it is genetically inheritable. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know

    As for what is heritable, well, polydactylism is a genetic trait that can be passed along. Of course, CFA also bans polydactyl Maine coons.

    I think of the above, because of my beloved poly Maine coon Tootsie, now in cat heaven. I have posted photos of her on flickr, showing her picking up straws using her poly thumbs.

    And, now comes the part about my mixed feelings. This has more to do with cat breeders than genetic “defects”.

    I found Tootsie via petfinder. I adopted her when she was six years old. I had sworn that I could never get another cat, because of the heartbreak in losing them. But, I got fascinated by Maine coons. Never had a “purebred” cat before. Only moggies.

    I checked out some Maine coon breeders in the area. But, also kept looking on petfinder for Maine coons. It’s pretty rare that a purebred Maine coon appears on petfinder. I hadn’t been to the site in quite a while, and then, Tootsie appeared!

    The description of her was very uninviting. But, somehow, I knew that she was the cat for me. She had been up for adoption for over three months, and as it turned out, I was the first person ever to show any interest in adopting her.

    As it happened, when I want to adopt her, I asked for her papers. These revealed the breeder she had come from, and by later detective work, I figured out the original breeder she had come from.

    A lot of emails ensued, at my initiation. This comment is getting way too long. So, I’ll stop now. But, further events lead to me going to my first and only cat show. I went there to try to meet the person who had gotten Tootsie from another breeder.

    Despite the fact that I have to thank kismet for finding Tootsie, I have a very dim view of cat breeders, and cat shows.

    • Thanks Valley Girl. Yes…agreed…! You make some nice points and all are common sense and well argued. The CFA are not very bright. I think purebred cats have shorter lives in general than random bred. It shouldn’t be like that. And some very popular breeds – Siamese and Persian – have terrible health records due to inherited diseases.

  2. Doesn’t it come down to whether there’s a health-related issue? You can’t really breed for this. It’s not like the cat is being judged on it’s gender either, and there’s no unfair advantage, so I don’t get it. I also think this cat is splendidly handsome, just as the lady cats are beautiful.

    • I agree as usual, Albert. There is no health issue. I don’t see the logic in the decision. And to call it a genetic defect seems wrong to me as well.

      • I wonder if the only reason they called it a defect was because they didn’t feel the term “mutation” was appropriate – though, in my view, it’s a far more appropriate term than “defect” for such a gorgeous, healthy animal. Chimerism isn’t a defect per se – just a very rare chromosomal aberration. (And if they’re going to start disqualifying cats based on genetic defects, I would argue that extremely short faces, folded ears and complete taillessness – which often cause associated health issues – should be far above chimerism on the list of disqualifying defects.)

        And it was definitely a sexist decision. If this cat had been human and the judge had made that comment, the comment could have been grounds for a lawsuit.

        • Sue them I say 🙂

          I totally agree with your comment. The word ‘defect’ is wrong and as you say the genetic and physical defects of the Shynx or the Manx (for example) are genuinely a problem whereas there are no health issues whatsoever with this cat.

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