Kitten Registration Statistics

by Lawrence D. Hawke


Published May 2001

Kitten Registrations... Regardless of which registry you breed and show in, in recent years there is often talk about whether registration numbers are up or down... about declining show entries... or the increasing cost of just about everything.

In other words, we each of us in our own way are concerned about the health of the cat fancy.

Below is a table showing the number of kittens registered for each year in each of 3 registries:

  • CFA, the largest registry of pedigreed cats worldwide.
  • TICA, a world-wide registry.
  • GCCF, a registry in the United Kingdom.
  • ACFA, CCA, CCF were contacted to be included however had no figures readily available for comparison.
  • Percentages have been rounded to help us see the big picture rather than quibble over a fraction of a decimal point.
  • Because the cat fancy is often compared to the dog fancy, we have also included recent statistics on puppy registrations.
The # of Annual Individual Kitten Registrations 1992 - 2000
***
Statistics for other registries such as ACFA, CCA, CCF, were not readily available
Year
CFA
TICA
GCCF
AKC (dogs)
--
yearly
total
change
yearly
total
change
yearly
total
change
yearly total
change
- - - - - - - - -
1992
73,839
-
8440
-
32,820
-
- -
1993
72,128
-1711
8628
+188
33,617
+797
- -
1994
71,036
-1092
9382
+754
30,134
-3483
- -
1995
70,288
-748
12,829
+3,447
32,813
+2679
- -
1996
68,948
-1340
13,041
+212
33,686
+873
- -
1997
65,183
-3765
13,901
+860
32,696
-990
- -
1998
61,151
-4032
14,665
+764
32,469
-227
1,220,951
-
1999
55,645
-5506
14,676
+11
31,950
-519
1,119,620 -101,331
2000
49,551
-6094
14,775
+99
-
-
1,175,473 +55.853

1992-1999
-18,194
/73,839
down 25%
+6236
/8440
up
75%
-870
/32,820
down
3%
-
-
Placing the changes in the more current perspective of the past 3 years (1996-1999)


1996-1999

-13,303
/68,068
down 20%
+1,635
/13,041
up
13%
-1738
/33,686
down
5%

-45,478 /
1,220,951

down
.04%

SIZE: Total Number of kittens Registered:

  • CFA is the largest registry with the greatest total number of kitten registrations.
  • In 1999 CFA was about 3 times larger than TICA
  • CFA was about 1 and a half times bigger than GCCF

GROWTH: Percentage change in number of kitten registrations:

  • From 1996 to 1999, CFA has 20% less registrations
  • TICA has 13% higher registrations and
  • GCCF was down 5%

Food For Thought:

As we study the statistics, there are some things that are obvious:

  • CFA registrations are declining... and the rate of decline is increasing. If this situation continues, within a few years, CFA will no longer be the largest cat registry in the world.
  • TICA has enjoyed a growing phase that now appears to be tapering off. There is concern that within a few years their growth may, like CFA, go into negative numbers.
  • After enjoying several years of growth, GCCF is slightly declining.

Obviously, the cat fancy in general is not growing. At the same time that the cat fancy is declining, the dog fancy as represented by the American Kennel Club is holding relatively steady.

Why are registrations declining?

There is no one answer to this question. Certainly there are probably some reasons that are obvious:

  • the cat fancy is not attracting enough new breeders.
  • Older breeders are retiring.
  • New breeders quit after a few years for a variety of reasons.
  • Pressure from new restrictive anti-breeder by-laws mean existing breeders are cutting back on litters to limit their numbers.
  • The increasing cost of registering individual kittens may mean breeders are choosing not to register kittens sold as non-breeding pets.

What about the future?

There is no one answer to this question, either. But leadership must come on three levels:

  • Our cat registering organizations must promote policies that encourage increased participation in the cat fancy.
  • Each cat club can see what they can do to encourage more entries, more exhibitors, and how they can make their shows and the hobby of cat showing more enjoyable.
  • each individual breeder must try to encourage registration of each kitten.


Your cat can be a star!

Would you like to have a photo of your cat featured
in the graphic at the top of this page? Or another article of your choice?
CLICK HERE to find out how!


Top
Back
Home
 

Copyright ©ShowCatsOnline.com/PandEcats.com All Rights Reserved
Copying or redistribution of this article is strictly prohibited without the
express written permission of ShowCatsOnline.com/PandEcats.com

Website Designed and Maintained by
ShowCatsOnline Web Design
We'd love to design YOUR cattery website


Legal Disclaimer | Reprint This Article | Report A Broken Link or Typo | Contact Us