The World Cat Congress

Published April 2013

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One of the challenges for the various cat registries is being able to pull together their different organizations in order to be a "world" presence for feline fanciers.

The World Cat Congress was established in the mid-1990s to promote better understanding and co-operation among the world's major cat associations in matters of mutual interest and concern, particularly cat legislation and feline welfare.

It all began 1994 when the Italian cat club, Associazione Nazionale Felina Italiana, organized a major event in the cat fancy under the title “Cats and Man”. This event took place in Venice and included an international cat show and a meeting between the representatives of several of the world's major cat associations; from the United States - Don Williams, President of the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA); from the United Kingdom - Brenda Wolstenholme, Chairman of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF); and from Europe - Alvia Uddin, President of FIFe and Anneliese Hackmann, President of the World Cat Federation (WCF).

WCC is Born

By 1996, the World Cat Congress was created with the following “Mission Statement” :

The object of this Congress is to work openly and honestly together in a spirit of co-operation to improve the health and welfare of all cats and encourage the sharing of resources to promote the interests and to educate the participants of the ‘Cat Fancy' throughout the world.

The areas in which this co-operation would take place were identified as follows:

  • Open Shows
  • Co-operation in Registration
  • Health in Cats
  • Legislation regarding Cats
  • Educational Material
  • Recognition of Pedigrees
  • Co-operation on Show Dates

Founding Members

The membership of the World Cat Congress is comprised of the world's major cat associations.

The founding members included:

  • Fédération Internationale Féline - FIFe
  • Cat Fanciers' Association - CFA
  • The International Cat Association - TICA
  • World Cat Federation - WCF
  • Australian Cat Federation - ACF

Newest Members

Members of the WCC who have joined the original founders include:

  • New Zealand Cat Fancy - NZCF (Joined 2001)
  • Co-Ordinating Cat Council of Australia - CCC of A (Joined 2006)
  • Governing Council of the Cat Fancy - GCCF, United Kingdom (Joined 2006)
  • Southern African Cat Council - SACC (Joined 2006)

In order to apply for membership a body must be nominated and seconded in writing by two of the foundation members.

World Cat Congress Members Websites

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