April 15 | 2022
CFA News
CFA Annual Meeting
The CFA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held June 23-26, 2022 at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY.

Complete information about the meeting, banquet reservations, breed council meetings, and reservations for other associated events will continue to be updated on the Annual's website

Judges' Association
Wendy Heidt

There are many videos online for all kinds of cat-related topics. Some about training, some about how to make your cat an internet sensation, and some about basic care.

An integral part of caring for a cat and preparing one for show is clipping the claws.

Claws can get stuck in cages, clothing, or skin and be downright painful for the cat if not properly maintained.
Show rule 10.06 dictates “All claws of each entry must be clipped prior to benching. Failure to do so will subject the entry to disqualification. “

It is unknown the last time an entry was disqualified for this reason, but for the safety for the felines, you, and your judges, clip those claws!
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Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger, Editor
April Issue of Cat Talk

The last print issue and the
first digital issue.

April is always our "Kitten Issue" and we have some great articles about raising kittens! AND stories of several memorable "oops!" breedings involving a couple of different breeds.
Many people have asked about how they will access their digital subscription. Easy! Subscribers will receive a link to their account as soon as each issue is released. Click on the link, and there you are! You will be able to also view previous issues that you had a digital subscription to as well.

Want to subscribe? That's easy too! Use this direct link to sign up and pay: https://simplecirc.com/subscriber_login/cat-talk. Remember, digital subscriptions are now only $20 and we are looking forward to welcoming both old and new readers from all over the world!
CFA Program News
CFA Breeders' Rescue Program
CFA Breeder Assistance Program’s Ongoing Efforts to Rescue Ukrainian Cats
Charlene Campbell BAP/BRP Chair

With the war in Ukraine and the suffering and dis- placement of innocent people, we once again have experienced the incredible caring and generosity of CFA’s cat fanciers. Through generous donations to the CFA International Breeder Assistance Program, Regional Director Pam DelaBar, and past Director at Large Peter Vanwonterghem, have coordinated the purchase and delivery of thousands of pounds of cat food, medicine and supplies into Ukraine. 

Legislation - What's Hot...
Kelly S. Crouch, CFA Legislative Information Liaison
Sharon Coleman, CFA Legislative Legal Analyst
Montgomery, AL Considers Breeder Licensing and Other Animal Code Changes 

In Other News….California AB 1881 - "Dog and Cats Bill of Rights"

The Montgomery, Alabama City Council is considering multiple changes to their animal code. The proposed amendments include mandatory microchipping and registration, an expanded cruelty section that appears under-developed, and amendments to the existing Article VI - Breeding, Training, Boarding that raise new questions that are unanswered for hobby breeders.

In Other News…. The Los Angeles City Council is considering a resolution supporting the California "Dog and Cats Bill of Rights" legislation.

Recent CFA Legislative Group Blog Posts:
What's Hot………… Norway's Unethical Breeding Case and the Revision of Animal Ordinances in Houston, Texas
Please report legislation happenings in your area to the Legislative Group – legislation@cfa.org  Visit the CFALegislativeNews Facebook page and the CFA Legislative Group Blog to see the current legislative news.
EveryCat Health Foundation
submitted by Virginia Rud
A list of our honored donors for the month of March is available here
Health Breakthroughs for Every Cat: FIP and Beyond! ” -A Feline Health Symposium.

EveryCat Health Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a feline-specific health symposium July 8th and 9th, 2022 at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Pioneers in cat health from across the globe will be presenting on topics such as FIP, Kitten Health, Cat-Friendly Homing, Treating Chronic Pain, Community Cats, FeLV, and more…

Also, in celebration and support a brighter future for feline health, the event will include the “Fabulous Feline Fête” banquet Saturday, July 9th from 6pm until 9pm, at the University of Florida Hilton Conference Center. Dinner, Silent Auction, Special Cats from Local Shelters, and much, much more…

In-person and virtual enrollment available. In-person enrollment will be limited to 150, on a first come, first served basis.

Register at https://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/Basic/1400084944 Or use the QR Code! (right)
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Virginia at vrud@everycat.org

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Virginia at vrud@everycat.org

Lets Get “CAT-letic”
Join us for a virtual 5K run in May 2022.

For one month, you or your team can raise money for EveryCat Health Foundation.
This virtual race can be joined from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym, or on the track.
You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself.
Participate on your own or build a team with friends! Complete a virtual 5K, 10K, or half marathon! Raise money to support feline health studies!
T-shirts and medals available!

Tax Tips with George Eigenhauser

If you donate the use of your motor vehicle in service of charitable organizations, you may be entitled to a charitable deduction. For 2022 the standard mileage rate for the use of a car (also vans, pickups, or panel trucks) is 14.0 cents per mile driven for the charitable organizations. This rate is unchanged from 2021. If your actual costs of using your vehicle for charity exceed the standard mileage rate you may instead be able to deduct your actual costs. In addition to either your actual costs or the standard mileage rate for the use of the vehicle itself, you may also deduct your out-of-pocket costs for parking and tolls. You must keep reliable records and itemize your deductions to claim charitable car expenses. Also, effective January 1, 2022, the standard mileage rate for business miles driven was increased to 58.5 cents per mile (up 2.5 cents from the rate for 2021). For 2022 the standard allowance for medical miles driven was raised to 18.0 cents per mile (up 2.0 cents from the rate for 2021).
Corporate Affiliates
Our friends at Motel 6 would like CFA to continue to receive the 10% discount at participating locations by using the new updated reservation code of CPOAPHHT. There is a dedicated reservation site for CFA at www.motel6.com/en/cp/cfa.html or you may call 800-466-8356.
Discount Code # CPOAPHHT
Code: 1000026977
or call 877-999-3223 and ask for the discount code CFA CAT FANCIERS ASSOCIATION
Discount Code # 526223
Budget Car Rental
Discount Code # #U285933
Link to Avis
Discount Code # Z926291
click for info
CFA Regional News
Region 1
Sharon Roy, Regional Director
There will be a regional meeting Sunday, April 24 at 8 am atthe Sign of the Cat show.
Please plan to attend. The meeting will start on time!!
Region 2
Terri Zittel, Regional Secretary
no report this month
Region 3
Paula Noble, Regional Secretary

no report this month
Region 4
John Colilla, Regional Director
Mid-Ohio Cat Fanciers - April 2-3, 2022

Written by Staci Taylor

Who needs a Spring Break vacation when you could be spending your time with your CFA friends at the Mid-Ohio Cat Fanciers show this past weekend in Mansfield, Oh April 2-3. Where to start? First, thank you to the club for all your hard work at putting on such a fun show!
We had the talented Richard Katris of Chanan photography there to take stunning photos of our fur babies, Custom Quality pet furniture selling beautiful cat trees and Karraway Q Cat Toys selling toys.
We had tons of excited exhibitors and who can ever forget the delicious home cooked food!
We could be more proud that we helped raise $1000 towards the local animal rescue S.T.O.P!!!
We had a very nice raffle table with a variety of items to bid on. A special thank you to Nannette Schindler and George Henderson for donating a brand new TV, Becky Kline for donating Two beautiful hand crafted cats and to Patti DeBiasse for her stunning hand made terrarium cat garden. The proceeds from these items will specifically go towards items to be put in our delegate bags for this years Annual that will be hosted by The Great Lakes Region.
We had two new exhibitors this weekend! Noelle, with her beautiful Ragdoll Ivy and Rachel, who flew all the way from San Diego with her stunning Havana Browns. The New Bee program is an amazing way to help new exhibitors feel welcomed and educate them on showing. Thank you so much to Mariane Toth for leading the way! We had a huge turnout for the cat costume contest and who doesn't love seeing cute kitties in costumes?

Congrats to Willow, who won for best costume as the Easter Bunny!
Thank you to all the judges for handling our cats with such love, and to Crystal wood for making the most adorable ribbons!!
It is coming to that time where we need to start sending in our sponsorships for our fellow region winners. We have all worked very hard this year trying to reach our goals and what a great way to pay it forward by sponsoring a cat or a breed. It can be a friend or just someone you have seen working towards their goals. Please contact Patti DeBiasse as soon as you can so she can get the sponsorships done.

Last, but not least, a huge thank you to the exhibitors for entering your beautiful cats. Without your continued support, these shows could not be successful. All in all this show was a great show all around, and again thank you to all who helped to make it a success!
Region 5
Howard Webster, Regional Director

The Los Colores Cat Club in Palm Springs put on the last show of the season for Region 5, and, as usual, it was a great show! It was a 6 ring show with 150 limit on entries.
This made it a possible for a wonderful celebration to the end of the first full season since COVID.
Mark Campbell did a fantastic job on breakfast and lunch as always. Getting a Mark Campbell meal is always a special treat, and we want him to know how much we appreciate the work he so graciously volunteers to do. Thanks, Mark!
They have a nice group of vendors and a great spectator gate! In this time and going forward with fewer exhibitors, we need the public to come and visit our shows. This not only brings in revenue to help pay for the show but it just might encourage new exhibitor /breeders.
Thank you Los Colores Cat Club for a wonderful show and fitting end to our season! You did a great job!
Region 6
Candilee Jackson, Regional Secretary

The MWR is so excited to announce that judge Rachel Anger has recently purchased a condo and now resides in Hartland, Wisconsin. We wish you a warm and hearty Midwestern WELCOME!!!!

February through April is one of the two busiest times of the year for the Midwest Region, with 8 shows for exhibitors to choose from.
Following leprechauns and rainbows, MO-KAN Cat Club presented an Irish-themed cat show, “Paws of Gold,” on March 12th at the Lenexa Community Center, Lenexa, Kansas. “The show was a huge hit in the Kansas City area,” reported Jennie Batten. “Our club saw a huge gate with over 1200 visiting our one-day show!” Well-liked by all ages, the Siamese Rescue was in attendance and held a cat costume contest. There were also large numbers of Exotics, Persians and Manx in competition.
Cat Springs Irregular (Region 6) teamed up with a new club, The Bengal Alliance, (Region 4) for a 10-ring show in downtown Muncie, Indiana for March 19-20. Lorna Friemoth reported that the show had a good entry and great depth in classes, especially in the feature Bengals. “It was nice to see so much cross association support, and we had three Bengal exhibitors attend who had never been to a CFA show before,” stated Lorna. Highlights of the show included toys awarded instead of rosettes, and a taco truck provided lunch for both competitors and gate. “The show was a great example of two clubs working together with out-of-the-box ideas. We hope to co-host another show in the future!” stated Lorna.
Cats KC held a wonderful show on March 26th, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Gardner, Kansas. The spotlight of the show was on American Shorthairs, with ASH exhibitors bringing out the best of their best. The CFA Foundation loaned out ASH memorabilia to share with everyone. A special moment was when little Nora McMahan, Franklin County’s (Kansas) Future Little Miss United States Agriculture queen helped Brian Pearson judge the costume contest.
Cats of Wisconsin (COWS) could not wait to jump into spring, and they hosted an Hawaiian-themed “Mooau” (luau) on April 2nd at the Waukeshau County Exposition Center, Waukeshau, Wisconsin. Hosting a spectacular gate, Hello Kitty was in residence to distribute CFA coloring books and to judge the stuffed animal contest. In addition to the exhibitor and club member Hawaiian costume contest, COW Cash (‘moolah”) drawings for $20-$100 were of great interest to exhibitors.
Region 7
Kenny Currle, Regional Director

Spring is bustin' out all over the Southern Region!!

We welcomed "Springtime in Tennessee" in Knoxville with the Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers' show. Always a popular show with exhibitors AND spectators, this show filled over a week early! Spectators were thrilled that the show was back in full force - they really missed attending the show! Kudos to Pennie Pendleton, Sharon Stelzman, Laura Barber, Des Spencer, and the rest of the hard-working members of the club.

Last weekend was the Gasparilla Feline Friends/New Vision Cat Club's show in Ormond Beach, FL. New Vision stepped up to the challenge of producing *two* shows this month as Bob and Diana Belfatto were unable to produce the show themselves this year. A great time was had by all!
Region 8
Yukiko Hayata, Regional Director
On March 20 Nishinihon Cat Club had its annual spring show in Osaka.
The show had a small entry was. There were several Russian Blue kittens and all of their owners were new exhibitors. They enjoyed their first CFA show so much.

The following weekend on March 26, the Michina Cat Club had their show in Tokyo. Entry was large, especially in championship. Club prepared many fantastic gifts to all exhibitors. Of course, exhibitors were happy with their presents.
We are in the middle of beautiful “ Sakura,” cherry blossom season. We can enjoy “ Sakura” from the end of March to the beginning of April, for two or three weeks all over Japan. In Hokkaido, we can enjoy Japanese apricot, peach blossom, and Sakura at the same time in May. It’s very gorgeous! In Kyoto, we have many events in the “Sakura” season. Fortunately, the Japanese government lifted its COVID regulations just before the “ Sakura “ season. So many people went Sakura watching.
A national treasure, Daigo Temple in Kyoto is prestigious and famous for its beautiful Sakura. Shogun Hideyoshi Toyotomi who did succeed in unifying the whole country in Japan, loved this temple and Sakura. He had fantastic Sakura Party in every year in this temple. Now we can see the scene of Shogun’s Sakura parade as a traditional event. Normally, there were great many spectators to see Sakura Parade however, after Covid, the parade has been smaller.
(Sakura parade at left)
Lake Biwa, very famous lake is in Ohtsu and it’s close to Kyoto. About thousand Sakura trees beside of Biwa-Lake is very fantastic, beautiful and gorgeous!!! Please enjoy Sakura in Kyoto and Lake Biwa.

We play for the safety and peace of the people and animals in Ukraine
Region 9
Pam DelaBar, Regional Director

The war in Ukraine is still on going and is reminding all of us in Region 9 how precious our lives and friendships are. We are working hard to provide support to cat lovers in the affected areas, both for pedigreed and domestic cats. We are fortunate to have working relationships with FIFe and WCF in order to get needed supplies and equipment even through areas of conflict.

At the 44 Gatti Show in Chiuduno, Italy, it was very nice to be part of the new CFA Branding Operation to show the many faces of CFA. In conjunction with Desiree Bobby, CFA Marketing Division, many exhibitors - judges too - had their pictures taken with the cat of their choice. We are all anxious to see how these images help our efforts to grow our organization.

Our show season is soon wrapping up with shows in Orange, France, and Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium. Congratulations to Tuija Aaltonen and Kaisa Ylinenpaa for earning their new titles of Master Clerk Instructors!

No reports this month

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Teresa Keiger
CFA Newsletter Editor