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CFA Cattery of Excellence

post #1 of 7
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I have seen this on some breeder web sites. How does a cattery earn this designation? What does this mean as far as picking out a reputable breeder?
post #2 of 7
I looked it up and it just states that a cattery must be clean, large enough, etc.

I would have posted it all here, but it was a whole page:
Standards - Cattery Facility
  1. The Cattery facility, whether it be a private residence, portion of a private residence or a separate structure not physically connected to a private residence, shall be structurally sound and maintained in good repair to protect the cats from injury, to protect the cats against overexposure to the elements, to contain the cats and to restrict the entrance of other animals.
  2. Supplies of food, bedding and interior building surfaces shall be maintained in a sanitary manner.
  3. Food shall be transported, handled and stored in a manner that ensures against the introduction of parasites, disease vectors (such as insects) or chemical contaminants. Supplies of dry food shall be store din area that are cool, dry, clean and free of v ermin and other potential contaminants. Refrigeration shall be provided for supplies of perishable food. Conditions affecting the shelf life of food such as date of manufacture, exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, exposure to moisture, uns anitary conditions, exposure to light, exposure to oxygen, and exposure to insects shall be monitored to prevent deterioration of the nutrient value of food.
  4. The facility shall be adequately heated and cooled to protect the cats from excessive cold and heat. The ambient temperature shall be maintained in a range that ensures that the cats will not suffer from heat stress (heat stroke or hyperthermia) nor from cold stress (frostbite or hypothermia).
  5. The facility shall be adequately ventilated to provide for the health and comfort of the cats at all times. The facility shall be provided with a source of fresh air by means of windows, doors, or vents and shall be ventilated in a manner that minimizes drafts, odors and moisture conditions.
  6. The facility shall have ample light of good quality by natural or artificial means or both. The lighting shall provide uniformly distributed illumination of sufficient intensity to permit routine inspection, cleaning and provide for the well-being of the cats. The cats shall be protected from excessive illumination.
  7. When sunlight is likely to cause overheating or discomfort, sufficient shade shall be provided to allow cats to protect themselves from direct rays of the sun.
  8. An access to shelter shall be provided for cats to allow them to remain dry at all times.
Standards - Primary Enclosures
post #3 of 7
to get the distinction your premises must be inspected by a vet. He or she fills out a form and rates the conditions. The form is then sent into CFA. If it meets the scoring then the cattery is issued the certificate.
post #4 of 7
While its a good thing, that does not mean its a good breeder. I've seen the "cattery of excellence" on websites of "backyard breeders" who are out to make money selling cats.
post #5 of 7
All of the major cat registries have this. It's mostly meaningless and a way for the registry to make more money, as you have to pay for the distinction.

The cattery evaluation is done by a Vet, but the cattery owner gets to choose the Vet. Who isn't going to choose their own Vet?

How is that Vet going to stay objective and give a fair evaluation? His livelyhood depends on a customer he is evaluating who contributes huge funds to his clinic every year. Just as an example, we are the 2nd highest spending clients at our own Vet's office. You can bet he wouldn't ding us for much, if he inspected our cattery for a Cattery of Excellence award.

It would be a different story if the registry sent out a Vet contracted to do inspections.

I would respect the process and the award much more if this were the case.
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
All of the major cat registries have this. It's mostly meaningless and a way for the registry to make more money, as you have to pay for the distinction.

The cattery evaluation is done by a Vet, but the cattery owner gets to choose the Vet. Who isn't going to choose their own Vet?

How is that Vet going to stay objective and give a fair evaluation? His livelyhood depends on a customer he is evaluating who contributes huge funds to his clinic every year. Just as an example, we are the 2nd highest spending clients at our own Vet's office. You can bet he wouldn't ding us for much, if he inspected our cattery for a Cattery of Excellence award.

It would be a different story if the registry sent out a Vet contracted to do inspections.

I would respect the process and the award much more if this were the case.

I was wondering about this. Some of the catteries don't seem to be doing much to improve their breed but have this 'award'. Thank you for answering.
post #7 of 7

It is about taking the time to everything right and having a professional overseeing your personal commitment. It shows that you care about how hard you work to follow the rules. It shows that others with intgrety measure the way you work with animals. Is it important. I think it is. Is it easy. I do not think it's easy. Do I think it makes a difference. ABSOLUTELY.

Now , you will have those that won't take the time or make the investment that will never have there program together and undertake the position that it doesn't matter or that it is easy but, the truth is it matters. It shows that if someone takes the time to do it best with the animals they most likely take a better interest in the rest of their business.

 

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