Queen cat Matahari and tomcat matata at home in Mumbai.(Monday 25-1-2010).

Queen cat Matahari and tomcat matata at home in Mumbai.(Monday 25-1-2010).

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cat Matahari participates in " Whiskas 5th International Cat Show held on Sunday 11th Oct, 2015 in Mumbai..

I am pasting  a partial copy of the summary of the entire cat show as posted to all the cat participants by "Indian Cat Federation".This is for the benefit of novice cat owners including myself in understanding the procedure and format of a "CAT SHOW".As for my 8 year old cat "Matahari" i just took her as a formality since it was after owning her that i started the blog of creating awareness among cat owners to start a "CAT CLUB" in India. She was and is part of  the Indian cat mascots that helped form the "INDIAN CAT FEDERATION".


Dear Cat Parent,

We thank you for participating at the Whiskas 5th International Cat Show held on 11th Oct, 2015  in Mumbai. It was our pleasure to welcome each and every one of you (existing and new members).

About Us:
Indian Cat Federation (ICF) has been formed to provide support to the Cat owners and Breeders in India. ICF is a National body recognized by The World Cat Federation (WCF). ICF aims at working and achieving the following:

  1. Educate cat owners & breeders, the right ways & methods
  2. Bring together cat owners under one banner to look after the affairs of cats
  3. Conduct shows, competitions, seminars in India
  4. Issue certificates of breed & class of cats
  5. Support activities for the betterment of the cat population
  6. Stop cruelty towards the stray cats through awareness

Brief About the Show:

This being the 2nd Cat Show in Mumbai and high expectations from everyone, we put double the efforts. We always look forward to our show being exciting for all the cats and their parents who participated.

We began our registration two months in advance so that the cat parents had enough time to prepare their cats for the show and also offered discounts on early registrations.

We were honoured to have Two International Judges from World Cat Federation (WCF) Ms. Irina Sadovnikova from Russia and Mr. Anthony Aldum from South Africa; both of them being an ‘All Breed Judge’ at WCF. They were invited to judge and discuss about the cats with their owners, also spread awareness about cats including the Indian cat and much more.

As a mandatory ICF rule, each cat was examined by Vets from “The Bombay Veterinary College’ to ensure the cat’s vaccination was up to date and they were free from any infection. Then the cats proceeded to both the judges to be classified and allow cats entry into the competition.  

Cats were allotted their dedicated cages with wet food sponsored by Whiskas, Litter sand sponsored by “Castor & Pullox Pets” store. Litter Tray, Food Bowl and Water Bowl sponsored by ICF... thus ensuring all the basic requirement of the cat was met during the show.

About the Show - In Detail:

On the day of the show, ICF team was eager to welcome cats and to our surprise we spotted Matahari owned by Rudolph Furtado eagerly waiting to enter the venue at 7:30 am, after enjoying her long ride early morning. She was calm and settled in her cage comfortably J 

We had cats enter the venue one after the other starting 8:30am onwards. Shahab Ali, President of ‘Deccan Cat Club’, Hyderabad travelled to Mumbai with their club members and their cats to participate in the show.

From Mumbai we had many cat parents attending the show with their cats and some of them were attending the show for the first time. Amongst them were Sufiyan Salim Khan (10 cats), Mehnaaz Khan (8 cats) and Juwairiah Shaikh (5 cats) who participated with 5+ cats.

Devandra Purbiya brought Kitten Bubbles, Daughter of ‘Bella’, who is the first cat to win ‘Best Overall Title’ three consecutive times. Just like her mother she stole hearts of many.

We had an opportunity to see some rare cat breeds during the show.
Prince (Snowshoe) and Lucy (Thai) owned by Rubeena Kidayavettil, Thomas (Indian Billi) owned by Amit Sarang, Mitra (Siberian) and Zodiac (Thai) owned by Richard Mehta, Clever (Siberian) owned by Nadeem Shaikh and Badshah Khan (Exotic) owned by Saquib Pathan.

Other Cat Breeds seen during the show were British Longhair, Household Pet, Original Longhair and Persian.

Vet Check and Registrations began at 9:30 and by then we had almost 50 cats awaiting their turn to participate in the show. After thorough check-up by vet and classification done by the judges, Traditional Judging started at 1pm.

The cats were categorized as per their breed for Traditional Judging (Round 1) and then each cat parent was called one by one with their cats at the judge’s desk. During Traditional Judging cat parent’s had an opportunity to understand and discuss about their cats with these International Judges.

Each cat was carefully checked and a report written by the judges with comments on Head, Eyes, Ears, Body, Coat / Color, Tail, Condition of the cat and also giving them a Title which is important to secure to become Champions or Premiere in the coming shows.

All this while we had a number of visitors coming in as well - cat lovers, cat breeders, parents along with their children, some were inquisitive visitors who were curious to see the gorgeous feline participating at our show.

By afternoon, 4:00 pm Ring Judging (Round 2) started, in this round the cats are categorized in three different sections – Kitten, Adult and Neuter. Once this has been sorted 10 cats (max) at a time are called up on the dais so that the judges can take one final look to shortlist the winners. ICF Team noticed that the Judges had a tough time deciding the winners as all the cats were simply outstanding. Kudos to all cat parents who participated!!!


At the end of each ring winners were announced. Some of the categories that won the top 3 places are as under:

Positions:

Kitten Ring

Adult Ring

Neuter Ring

1st Place

Mahi
Sufiyan Khan

Lucy
Rubeena Kidayavettil

Mitra
Richard Mehta

2nd Place

Clever
Nadeem Shaikh

Lucy Lu
Juwairiah Shaikh

Dumroo
Richard Mehta

3rd Place

Shizo
Mehnaaz Khan

Brandon Stark
Ria Bhattacharyya

Simba
Mehnaaz Khan

By the end of the show, Champion & Premier Title was accomplished by 6 cats. 

These titles are given when a cat receives either 3 CAC (Champion) or 3 CAP (Premier) from 3 different judges over 3 cat shows held by ICF.



  Champion Title:                                                           Premier Title:



Cat Name:                  Cat Parent Name:                  Cat Name:                  Cat Parent Name:



Cream Dream             Shahab Ali                               Smurf                          Mehnaaz Khan

Murano                       Sufiyan Khan

Shimmer                     Mehnaaz Khan

Barkat Pathan            Saquib Pathan

Christina                      Meher Ansari   



We also had an online contest called ‘Selfie Contest’, cat parents were asked to click a selfie and post on ICF Facebook page, selfie with the highest likes would be declared the winner on the day of the show.

Sufiyan Khan had 400+ likes (count as on 10th Oct), making it the highest number of likes amongst all the entries we had received.



Alas, the time had come where we bid adieu to all these beautiful felines.


We were glad to hear from the judges and this is what they said via email:



Mr. Aldum quoted

“Thank you for the great show and the enjoyable trip to Mumbai. It was great seeing everyone again and being part of the show and great hospitality”.



Ms. Sadovnikova quoted

“Your show was very well organized. For a young federation, it was absolutely fantastic! I really enjoyed your work!
I loved your cats and owners. The owners were all friendly and eager to learn. It's quite a pleasure to meet such kind and warm people. There were also some exceptional quality cats, which it was an honour to judge. I do wish you success with your new Indian breed, I just fell in love with that boy. Really great job the vets did at the vetting in.

Good luck to you all, health and beauty to your cats, success to the Indian Cat Federation!”

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mumbai city has its first "International cat show" on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th of September 2014.

WISKAS  2nd INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW  OF  INDIA


"SHOW RING" table and venue of the cat show in Mumbai


The first cat show in India was held in Bangalore on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th 2013 at the "Chancery Pavillion". It was a success and now Mumbai was awaiting its first cat show and the same was held at the  "Stallion Banquets" in Prabhadevi.President Mr Shree.Nair of "I.C.F(Indian cat federation)" had informed me about the show in a e-mail letter but since i was on a tour of Indonesia  in August/September 2014 couldn't keep in touch with the organization of this show
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               On arrival in Mumbai read the advertisement of the cat show in Mumbai and did speak to Mr Shree.Nair over the phone happy that at last Mumbai would be exhibiting a International cat show.Was also sad that although the owner of two cats with  the venue walking distance from my house in Old Prabhadevi  just wouldn't  be able to exhibit them at the cat show.Tomcat "Matata" was shy of strangers and violent with other cats, a miniature leopard in character. As for cat "Matahari", she was recovering from a abscess wound and hence not in "show condition".
Show ring judge Mrs Anneliza.Hackmann(President of World cat Federation,Germany) examining a cat on the "Show ring table". Petra.Muller(President of Middle East cat society) and Mr Shree.Nair( President of Indian cat society) observe the same.


Saturday(27-9-2014) :-  Walked to the venue  from my house and on entering "Stallion Banquets" at approximately 1000 hrs was surprised to find a almost empty hall with a few cat exhibitors. Visitor timings for the show were from 1300 hrs to 1900 hrs  while the cat exhibitors were allowed entry at 0900 hrs and hence surprised to find most of the exhibit cages empty, something rarely seen in any dog show in India.Met Mr Ganesh.Srinivasan(Vice-President of Indian Cat federation)  from Bangalore with whom i had a brief conversation and  finally did have a face to face talk with Mr Shree.Nair.  

                                The "Internet World" is basically anonymous and people can be strangers for life although buddy friends or acquaintances over the "Internet" ! Hence it was excellent meeting Mr Shree.Nair in person and  had a brief discussion on the show and reasons for lack of participants.Had a discussion with Mrs Anneliza.Hackmann and was not surprised to learn that Germany had a cat club in almost every town with numerous cat show around the Country.                                                                                      Photo(L) :-  Students of the Bombay veterinary college whose services were utilized  for conducting the cat show.
Photo(L) :- Mr Johan.Lamprecht examining  feline :" Christina".
                                                                    Later strolled around the small a/c venue and came across  facebook  members of "Mumbai cat club" and "Persian cats, breeding and upbringing". Meehnaaz.Khan had brought five of her cats to the show, all Persians while Mr Shahab.Ali had flown from Hyderabad with his cat  "Snowy" proving that cat fancy in India is not nascent.I thought that it was only in U.S.A and first World country's that pet owners travelled by air across city's for pet shows.All the volunteers at the show were students  from the "Bombay veterinary college" in Parel wearing "Whiska's shirts". Went home for lunch and later at approximately 1500 hrs returned back to the venue.The cat show was in full progress  with each individual cat being examined on the "Traditional judges table" , being judged by South African  Dr Johan.Lamprecht( WCF All breeds judge). He is shown examining feline "Christina" owned by Mrs Meher.Ansari. she had dressed her cat in clothes, humanising the pet.Had a discussion with Dr Johan.Lamprecht and was surprised to know that in South africa it was mostly the minority white population that kept cats as most of the majority  negro Africans associated cats with witchcraft ! Seems even in the 21st century superstitious beliefs about  cats  is still prevalent in certain societies.
Photo (R) :- Winner of best house cat
                                                                                                                                                        Yet surprisingly South Africa has numerous "Cat Shows" in every city. Strolled around the venue busy scribbling notes, the unofficial chronicler of this event , something i hoped to witness in my life-time.Came across beautiful and well bred Persian cats ,all bred in normal Mumbai climatic conditions. Their coats were in excellent condition.Had a talk with German Petra.Muller(President of Middle East cat association[MECATS]) and was amazed to learn that she lived  with  325 cats in her villa in Dubai.She was responsible for getting the  natural street cat of U.A.E/Dubai  as a recognized breed  by the " World Cat Federation" in 2008 after conducting 5 years of research and breeding..This cat was named the "Arabian Mau" cat. Took a photograph with Petra.Muller for a been there, seen that and having met a lady responsible for discovering and creating a new "Cat Breed".
Photo(R) :- Myself with Petra.Muller(Judge & President of Middle East cat society[MECATS])
                                                                                                                                She has also  published a book on this cat breed and "National Geographic" did a documentary on this new cat breed finally giving it International recognition.Met Mr Dev.Purbiya who sported the best looking moustache  akin to his cute and rare Longhaired Persian cat "Bella".This show had been sponsored by  "Mars India International Pvt Ltd" a leading pet food manufacturer in India, selling the famous  "Pedigree" and "Whiskas" brands for dogs and cats.Dr K.G.Umesh  of "Whiskas"  explained the life cycle and behaviour of a cat to the audience  over the internet screen projection, very informative to the average cat owner.Later in the evening the final  judging of the show cats was done on the main show ring.Judge Mrs Anneliza.Hackmann examined each competitor for various traits. The winners were declared in each category akin to a dog show, based on age, sex and breed. All the cats were of the "Persian breed" and hence no variety in the competition as in a "Dog Show". In Mumbai every cat owner seems to prefer the "PERSIAN BREED"  and i was surprised at not seeing a single Siamese cat, once a very popular pet cat. My first cat as a child in the 1960's  was a Siamese cat. Mr Dev.Purbiya's cat "Bella" won the best of best in the show.The show culminated at approx 1900 hrs, a sparse crowd  and a entertaining and educative day of cat beauty and cat fancy.As usual went home and quickly updated the photographs and my personal opinion of the show, encouraging cat owners to participate in this unique first  cat show  in Mumbai city.
"BEST IN SHOW WINNER.Female cat "BELLA"  :- In Photo (L to R) Petra.Muller(Judge), Mrs  Anneliza.Hackmann(Overall Judge),Mr Sudhakaran. Aaskar(Breeder) holding the cat, Mr Devendra.Purbiya(owner of cat ("Bella),Mr Shree.Nair(President of Indian Cat Federation) and Dr Johan.Lamprecht(judge).



 Sunday(29-9-2014) :- My internet advertisement review of the cat show proved effective and did receive queries about the venue and method of reaching the same. Went to the cat show in the afternoon at around 1430 hrs and was happy to see the auditorium full of cat competitors as well as spectators. Saw a few new cat breeds, one being a exotic  tabby coloured short-haired Persian cat with "Overshot upper teeth", a major defect in cats.This cat  would be a excellent pet cat but definitely not a show cat.The tragedy of  selective cat breeding by breeders is that many inferior specimens that  have defects are usually euthanized at birth, a negative aspect of the World of cat fancy and cat shows.
Photo(L) :- A "Overshot  upper teeth" exotic  persian cat.
                                                                                                                      If  a breeders cat wins at a show then its breeding value increases and hence many cat breeders  do their utmost to win at shows.In Country's where cat shows are common the competition is fierce and the jealousy among breeders intense, a total cloaks and daggers game of one upmanship.Saw this breed of cat for the first time in my life and although a poor specimen of the breed type it added variety to the show .A Spanish lady living in Mumbai and a friend of  Meehnaaz .Khan had brought her "Street cats", the typical common stray cat of Mumbai for the show.These cats and the exotic short haired Persian were the only two different breeds in the total "Persian  breeds" on display. The Bombay veterinary college along with "Indian cat Association" will be doing research work on the "Mumbai street cat(Stray)" and hope to create a recognized street cat breed called "BILLI(Cat in Hindi language)" in a few years akin to the "Arabian Mau" created by Petra .Muller..Met Mr Arnab.Chakrabarti, a "Facebook" acquaintance  who was a regular on the internet, very active  in internet discussions and opinions."Whiska's" were conducting a "Cat Quiz" and on participation  won a prize, a cat mug and pet food for cats.
Photo(R) :- Mumbai street cat  on the judges table.
                                                                                                             Gave me ideas of participating in "Kaun Banega Crorepati" ! Met various cat owners and their cat exhibits. A few people congratulated me on the article written about the cat show where thanks to the "INTERNET" anyone can become a "Citizen journalist", something unthinkable and not practicable just two decades ago.Met Mrs Juwairiah.Majid who had come to the show after seeing my article on the "Internet".She had arrived with three cats out of which two were traditional Persian kittens  worth Rs 80,000 ! This was the costliest  pair of local bred cats that i had come across in Mumbai although in dogs such fancy prices are not uncommon.I have seen German Shepherd dogs worth lakhs of rupees at a dog show in Mumbai.Later Dr Umesh conducted a quiz on cats and i won a prize, a cat mug.After being a active cat owner , blogger and member of various cat sites for years  , most importantly "P.O.C(Pictures of cats)" this  "Cat Quiz" was simple .Having been for numerous dog shows during my lifetime realized that "Cat Shows"  were conducted in a similar manner as dog shows as far as categorisation of class ,breed and sex were concerned.
Photo(L) :- Final 10 contestants for "Best Cat in Show".
                                                                       Dr Ashish.M.Paturkar the Associate dean of the "Bombay Veterinary college" was a honoured guest and he gave a short talk on the future of getting the Indian street cat recognized as a new cat breed "Billi(Cat in Hindi language)". Later as the evening progressed there was the presentation of cats of various ages into the show ring for judging the best cat in that class.There was the "Kitten Class", "Elder Cats Class ", "Persian Cat Class" and a few other prizes. The most coveted prize, the best of best cat in the show went to  6 months old "Bella" , owned by Mr Devendra.Purbiya and bred by Mr Sudhakaran.Aaskar in Bangalore. Met a local cat enthusiast Mr Bakhtiar.Khan  from Breach Candy who had more than 30 cats in his house and well known among cat fanciers in India. Ultimately at the end of the cat show every cat owner did go back  home with some consolation prize.At the end of the show Mr Shree.Nair made a announcement that the next "Indian Cat Federation" show would be held in Bangalore in February 2015 and another show in Delhi in the same year. The idea is to popularize cat shows in every city in India and a beginning was made in Mumbai, India's commercial capital; Mumbai should now host a cat show annually as there are numerous cat enthusiasts.As for me hope to enter cat "Matahari" in the senior cat group  in the next cat show and awaiting the same as would other cat fanciers  wanting to showcase their pampered cats.

Friday, October 5, 2012

STARTING A CAT CLUB IN INDIA :- Correspondence with Mr Shree.Nair( V.P of Middle East Cat Society)

Queen cat Matahari on the gallery ledge with  a cat  memento i had  purchased  from Tokyo in 1995.When will India have its first "CAT CLUB" akin to other Asian Country's ?(Tuesday 18-12-2012)
 I have saved the correspondence that i have managed to convey to various cat society's in order to start a  cat club in India.  Here is my correspondence with Mr Shree.Nair who is the Vice President of  the Middle East cat society(Dubai) and the publisher of  "PET ME  magazine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hello Mr. Rudolph,
I was given to understand that you are looking for a cat club in India. I am Shree Nair - VP of the Middle East Cat Society (based in Dubai), member of the World Cat Society (WCF- Germany) and Publisher of PETME magazine. I am currently in the process of registering the Indian Cat Federation at Banglore. I will be in Banglore from 19 till 22 Sept. If you would like to be a part of this organisation, please contact me via email: showline@gmail.com or via my indian mobile no: 0 9790 761735.
Looking forward to hear from you.
Best Regards,
Shree Nair.
PETME 
Pets Middle East Magazine      
Po.Box: 37288, Dubai, UAE.                           
Phones: +971 50 5851394 - +971 55 2180540
Web: www.petmeonline.com 


M y reply to Mr Shree .Nair after doing the necessary  correspondence on the internet and not receiving any feedback from cat owners and fanciers.                                                                                                                                                         Dear Sheree Nair,
I put up a complete detail of our correspondence on my websites and no response as yet.Another aspect that i want to clarify is regarding the enrollment fees. I personally feel Rs 5000 /year membership fees are extremely high.Is it a one time registration fee of Rs 5000 and the a minimum membership rate of a reduced sum yearly. I feel paying Rs 5000 every year just to be a member is very high fees for a "CAT CLUB". I am not in touch with either the "I.N.K.C" or "K.C.I" dog clubs of Mumbai but was for many years a member of "I.N.K.C" and my dachshund bitch won numerous prizes. I remember the membership fees being modest in 1980's and the same could be today. Rs 5000/yearly fees for a "CAT CLUB" could be intimidating to many ordinary cat members, especially unemployed youngsters depending on their parents income as "Pocket Money".For me personally ,Rs 5000/Year is o.k as i am actively involved in wild-life and pet issues, now owning 2 traditional Persian Cats.Till today i make it a habit to visit "Dog Shows" in Mumbai and hence decided to get cat-owners to start a cat club, surprised that none existed in India, let alone Mumbai.Regarding "Pam Persians", i have been corresponding with them but they have never replied back nor suggested anything about the "Bangalore Cat fancy".It would be better if you  write to her to correspond or speak to me.Check this video i produced in 2010 when attending the "I.N.K.C" dog show in Mumbai.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nsnn83LXf0 .Hope to have "CAT SHOWS" in the same manner in the near future.
Thanking You,
Regards,
Rudolph.A.Furtado

"Radhe" the pet cat of "Worli Fish Market" in Mumbai.Isn't this beautiful cat worthy of being represented in a "CAT SHOW".The local "Mumbai Cat".(Friday 4-1-2013)
"RADHE(Rajesh)" :-This cat was named after "Rajesh Khanna" , one of India's most popular romantic film stars in the Hindi movie Industry.."RADHE"  responds and is recognized  by all the fisher-women and shop-keepers in Worli fish market in Mumbai, the markets mascot pet, owned by none!.This cat is the "KingKong" among all the stray cats in the Worli fish market which has a gang os resident cats.He is huge in size and towers over the other cats like a basketball player, also a bit obese.This could be the aftereffects of "Castration" as well as medical treatment that this lucky cat underwent, rescued by a local cat enthusiast from an almost fatal disease a few years ago. Mr Wadhwani, Worli markets cat philanthropist daily feeds all the stray cats in the market with his own money, a princely sum considering that fish is expensive"Radhi" responds by name to all the fisherwomen in the market akin to a dog, unbelievably docile and a aristocrat amongst the stray cats.To defecate he goes outside the market onto the road pavement akin to a dog.All other cats defecate in the fish market itself, not Radhe as shown in the Photo.A freak of a cat and the star attraction of the "Worli Fish Market" in Mumbai.This  photo is a candid photo that i took  on Friday (4-1-2013) in the Worli fish-market of Mumbai.Thought of capturing memories of this unique cat, one of the thousands of stray cats on Mumbai's streets and markets.Only difference, "RADHE(RAJESH)" is the king amongst the stray cats that i have observed as a cat owner and writer .Sadly "Radhe" expired sometime in March 2014 and his presence is surely missed in the "Worli fish  market".This majestic cat could have definitely been a candidate for any cat show under the "Pet house-cat" category.He was not a house-cat but  owned by the entire market! WHEN WILL INDIA HAVE ITS FIRST "CAT CLUB" ?


HAPPY TO READ IN THE NEWSPAPERS THAT THE FIRST CAT SHOW IN INDIA WILL BE HELD  IN BANGALORE   ON SATURDAY/SUNDAY (27/28) OF  APRIL-2013 CONDUCTED BY " INDIAN CAT FEDERATION" 

WRITE UP ON "INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW" at Bangalore in "Hindu Newspaper" :- You don’t own a cat, the cat owns you, or so the saying goes. But for those who want to show off their feline companions, an international cat show will be held here in the city.
Organised by the newly formed Indian Cat Federation, the International Cat Show of India will be on April 27 and 28.
Apart from the certification of pedigree that is gained by participating in the show, cat lovers can also clarify their doubts about their pets and network with other owners and breeders, founder of the federation Shree Nayar said here on Monday.
Various contest categories are: long hair, short hair, semi-long hair, Siam/Orient short hair), Persian and exotic. Among house cats, the categories are — novices: 6–10 months, male and female; kitten: male and female, 3–6 months; whelp: minimum three kittens, 10 weeks– 3 months.
The show will be held at the Chancery Pavilion. Registration is Rs. 500, with a separate fee per cat of Rs. 150. There will be a maximum of 120 cats a day.
To register, visit www.indiancatfederation.org or call +91-9845031073.
The event is sponsored by pet food brand Whiskas.
SO FINALLY MY PERSONAL  BLOGS AND AWARENESS OF CREATING A "CAT CLUB" IN INDIA HAS PROVED EFFECTIVE AND Mr SHREE.NAIR HAS FOUNDED THE  "INDIAN CAT FEDERATION" IN BANGALORE.NOW ONLY HOPE THAT CAT SHOWS ARE HELD IN OTHER INDIAN CITY'S INCLUDING MUMBAI, AKIN TO DOG SHOWS.
http://indiancatfederation.org/  :- CHECK THIS LINK.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

HOW TO START A INTERNATIONAL REGISTERED "CAT CLUB" IN INDIA.

I have kept a record of my correspondence to the "International Cat association(TICA)" requesting them to start a "Registered cat club " in India. Having got a reply directly from the President of the "International cat Association" , a complete transcript is available for other cat enthusiasts to follow-through and help in establishing a "REGISTERED CAT CLUB" in India.


The Marketing Director,
Sir,
India is emerging as one of the World's fastest developing economy's as also "Pet Ownership".
Cats have become popular pets in India and it surprises me that there is no "Cat association" for conducting "Cat shows" or issuing "Pedigree Certificates" in the country.
Whats the reason for any Indian city not having a "REGISTERED CAT SOCIETY?"Dog Shows" are very popular in India with almost every major city conducting "Dog Shows" affiliated to various registered "Dog clubs". I live in Mumbai and a cat owner, having bred "Traditional Persian Cats", also blogging about cats on various sites.I request your organization to start a "Cat Fanciers Association " in India for the professional breeding and showing of cats in the Country.I have attached a photo of my 2 year old tom-cat "Matata" whom i would have loved to exhibit in a "Cat-Show".
Thanks,
Yours sincerely,
Rudolph.A.Furtado
Tomcat Matata and Queen cat Matahari at home in Mumbai awaiting to display themselves at a "CAT SHOW"(Sat 29-9-2012)

Below is the reply from Vicky.Fisher, President of International Cat Association.

Hi Rudolph: Our Marketing Manager forwarded your email to me for response. First, let me say the picture you sent was great. He's a pretty handsome fellow.

OK, so what you are asking is not as simple as it sounds. Cat shows are organized and put on by clubs. The clubs are sanctioned by the registering bodies. Where there is not already an established cat fancy, you would need to find a group of people who are willing to form a club and assume the financial responsibility for a show. The major expense is flying judges in for the shows as you have none currently in your country.

As to simply registering cats, that can be done now. TICA has a central registry. The biggest problem is that you need a pedigree to register a purebred cat. Cats that can't be registered as purebred cats can be registered as Household Pet cats and still be shown, earn titles and awards. However, Household Pet cats must be spayed or neutered.

If you think you would like to try and form a club, we'd be happy to help. I'm happy to answer any other questions you might have.

Best wishes,
Vickie Fisher, President
The International Cat Association, Inc.


Here is my reply to the letter from the President of International cat Association.

Dear Vickie.Fisher,
Thanks for the prompt response to my query.As an individual i can just create an awareness for the establishment of a "Cat Fanciers Club" in India akin to the "Dog Show Club" which is booming .I write articles for various blogs , most prominent being "Pictures of cats" owned by Mr Michael.Broad from London. He guided me to your organization and hence the suggestion for installing a Cat Club and Competitions in Indian city's. I don't have the finances nor the wide reach that an organization like "TICA" possesses, hence hope you'll can approach other Indian cat owners and help in forming a "Cat Club" in India.I would definitely volunteer to be an active member of any "Cat Organization" once formed in India.I was formerly a dog owner and relished the days at "Dog shows" in Mumbai with my dachshund "Lucky" winning numerous prizes in the 1990's. Hope i see the formation of a "Cat Show Club" in Mumbai during my life-time, perplexed for the reasons of the same being non-existent although cat owners are numerous.
Thanks,
Rudolph.A.Furtado.

Received a reply from Vicky.Fisher and the same on view for cat fanciers to start a "Cat Club" in India.

Hi Rudolph. I did a little bit of "googling" and found a couple websites where there was interest in a cat fancy in India. Again, without a group of people who are willing to do the work of forming a club, getting people to enter a show, and financing a show, we are pretty limited in what we can do. I'd be happy to help you but am also limited. We can search animal related websites in India and see if they would like to link to the TICA website and offer information about cats. I would suggest that, if you are associated with the dog fancy, that there might be cat lovers in the group that would be interested in forming a cat club. We find many dog lovers in the United States also like cats.

I can ask the Executive Office to run a report to see if we have any TICA members in India. If so, we can contact them and perhaps offer you as a contact.

As to why there is not a cat fancy in India, I'm not sure. The cat fancy usually follows the dog fancy; even from the very beginning. The dog fancy is much, much older than the cat fancy. Dogs have always had more value attached to them than cats. Some countries have superstitions about cats; some countries have not had an economy that supports the fancy. Korea, for example, the older people in Korea are afraid of cats, so the cat fancy has been slowly developing as the younger people have come along. In Columbia, once the cities became safe from the drug lords and a class of young professionals began developing, there was an interest in a cat fancy. They are now working very hard to convince people that cats are valuable, supporting public education and spay/neuter efforts, and putting on cat shows. It has been slow and difficult for them.

The fancies started as a European thing and you'll find that those countries support the strongest fancies. The fancy started in Great Britain, spread to Europe and, of course, to the U.S. Japan picked up the cat fancy because of the U.S. influence. Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil started their fancy because of the European influence in those countries. Columbia didn't have the same degree of influence from Europe and were limited by their economy. In South Africa, the cat fancy there is because of the influence of the Dutch and British. Even in China, the fancy started in Hong Kong, and basically followed the British show formats. Australia follows the formats of the British. Not sure what happened in India - economy? Maybe you have some thoughts on that.

If you have some specific ideas of how we can help, let me know.

Vickie Fisher, President
The International Cat Association, Inc.


WEDNESDAY 17-8-2011 :- LETTER RECEIVED FROM Vickie.Fisher AFTER ANOTHER MEMBER Naznin OF SOCIAL GROUP "PERSIAN CATS, BREEDING AND UPKEEP", A SITE STARTED BY ME ON "FACEBOOK" WROTE TO HER.

Rudolph and Naznin: Meet each other! You are both interested in cat shows in India. Maybe you can work together to find others. We do have one member in India and I have written to her about interest in shows. I will continue to look for others.

It would be very exciting to have a cat fancy in India, but I have to tell you, it will not be easy. We are here to help, however.

Vickie Fisher, President
The International Cat Association, Inc


Letter from Vickie.Fisher after reading my blog on "HOW TO START A "CAT CLUB" IN INDIA".(Friday 19-8-2011).

Hi again, Rudolph. I'm not sure if I can post to your blog, but you might refer people to the two TICA websites. www.tica.org and www.ticau.com Our TICA website has videos from cat shows around the world and information about all of our breeds. TICA U has more general information about cats and things for children to do, too.

Vickie Fisher, President
TICA



Above Photo:-My Traditional Persian cats at home in Mumbai.(Sunday 25-3-2012)


CAT WHISTLEBLOWER ON INDIAN CAT BREEDING INDUSTRY.
CAT BREEDERS IN INDIA MIGHT GET ANTAGONIZED BY THE FACT THAT NO "INDIAN BRED CAT" IS RECOGNIZED BY ANY INTERNATIONAL "CAT FANCIERS ASSOCIATION" NOR ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN "CAT SHOWS" CONDUCTED IN FOREIGN COUNTRY'S.AKIN TO DOGS, CATS HAVE TO BE REGISTERED AT BIRTH WITH A "INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CAT CLUB" PROVING 3 GENERATIONS OF ITS LINEAGE AND HENCE THE TERM "PEDIGREE".THE BETTER THE PEDIGREE LINEAGE OF THE CAT, THE COSTLIER IS ITS PRICE.IN INDIA SINCE THERE ARE NO CAT SHOWS NOR "CAT PEDIGREE CERTIFICATES" THE RIDICULOUS HIGH PRICES QUOTED FOR PERSIAN CATS ARE ON PAR WITH BUYING A "PEDIGREE CERTIFIED CAT" IN THE U.S.A,AUSTRALIA OR lONDON, COUNTRY'S WITH HIGHEST PET CAT DENSITY."NON-PEDIGREED CATS" COULD BE AVAILABLE "FREE" IN U.S.A FROM "CAT SHELTERS", WHERE MOST ARE "EUTHANISED" IF NOT ADOPTED. SURE MANNY CAT OWNERS IN MUMBAI AND MAJOR METROPOLITAN CITY"S WOULD BE JET-SETTERS TRAVELING WITH THEIR PETS AND WOULD LIKE TO COMPETE IN LOCAL CAT COMPETITIONS IF INTERESTED, QUITE COMMON IN EUROPE AND AMERICA.INDIAN CAT BREEDERS PLEASE LEAD THE EFFORTS IN CREATING A "CAT REGISTRY AND CAT CLUB" IN INDIA WHICH IS BENEFICIAL TO EVERYONE, THE BREEDER, THE CAT OWNER, CAT ENTHUSIASTS AND THE "CAT ECONOMIC INDUSTRY".TILL NOW ALL INDIAN CAT OWNERS PURCHASING CATS AT RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE PRICES SHOULD REALIZE THAT THEIR PETS, ALTHOUGH PRECIOUS TO THEM ARE NOT internationally RECOGNIZED BY ANY "CAT CLUB" AND ARE OF "DISCARD QUALITY" AS FAR AS "CAT SHOWS" ARE CONCERNED.AS A "PET" ANY CAT WOULD BE SUITABLE, HENCE ALL INDIAN BRED CATS ARE ONLY SUITABLE AS "PETS" AND CAN NEVER COMPETE IN ANY INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CAT COMPETITION.PLEASE LET'S CREATE A "CAT CLUB" AT THE EARLIEST.


BELOW ARE THE DIARY'S THAT I HAVE MAINTAINED FOR MY CATS ON "CATSTERS" SITE,AKIN TO A HUMAN DIARY.CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR ACCESS TO THE CATS DIARY.
This first diary is of my first pet cat "TRIXIE", an albino Siamese that i had rescued from certain death from a pet-shop in Mumbai in 1995.
#1 cat site for cats & bipeds!

THIS DIARY IS OF MY QUEEN PERSIAN CAT, "MATAHARI" THAT I PURCHASED ON THE DEMISE OF "TRIXIE" IN 2007.
#1 cat site for cats & bipeds!

THE THIRD DIARY IS OF "MATATA" THE KITTEN OF MATAHARI.
#1 cat site for cats & bipeds!
ONLY HOPING THAT A "CAT CLUB" IS STARTED IN INDIA AT THE EARLIEST.I HAVE DONE MY BEST IN TRYING TO CREATE "CAT PET AWARENESS" AMONG CAT OWNERS.