The first show recorded was at St. Giles Fair, Winchester, England in the year 1598. In 1871 at London's Crystal Palace, benched shows with cats exhibited in individual cages were begun and organized by Harrison Weir. 1895 broght the first properly bvenched American cat shows in Madison Square Garden, New York. Soon the idea spread around the world and turned into cat shows today.
American Cat Association (ACA)
America's oldest registry for cats, which has been active scince 1899. It is a fairly small association which shows in the south-east and south-west of the US.
American Cat Council (ACC)
A small association centered in the south-west, which holds modified 'Engligh-style' shows, in which exhibitors are barred during judging.
American Cat Fanciers' Association (ACFA)
One of 3 international associations with affiliated clubs in the US, Canada and Japan. A very democratically run organization, ACFA produces a monthly news bullitin, and grants club charters and individual memberships.
Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
The only Canadian body, its activities are centered mainly in eastern Canada and its quarterly newsletter is published in both English and French.
Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) America's largest registry, incorporated is run by a board of directors. There is a CFA show somewhere in the USA almost every weekend, the association has affiliates in Canada and Japan. CFA produces an impressivly large annual Yearbook packed with information, advertisments and photographs, many in full color.
Cat Fanciers' Federation (CFF)
A medium-sized associationwith its activities centered in the north east of US.
Crown Cat Fanciers' Federation (CCFF)
One of the smaller associations, nevertheless CCFF has mainly shows each year in the north-east and south-east of the US and in western Canada.
The International Cat Association (TICA)
This is the youngest of the associations in the US but is growing rapidly with affiliations in Canada and Japan, TICA produces the newsletter or "trend" 6 times each year and a hardcover yearbook.
United Cat Federation (UCF)
A medium-sized association centered in the south-west of the US.