Fédération Internationale Féline

The Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé) (in English "International Feline Federation") is a federation of cat registries. There are currently forty-two member organizations in forty countries. Membership spans Europe, South America, and Asia.[1] FIFé is one of the nine members of the World Cat Congress.[2]

Fédération Internationale Féline
Fédération Internationale Féline logo.jpg
Logo of the FIFe
FoundersMarguerite Ravel
Area served
42 in 40 countries
Annette Sjödin
Vice President
Veikko Saarela
Annette Sjödin, Veikko Saarela, Eric Reijers, Charles Spijker, Leo van de Haterd, Karl Preiss


Founded by Marguerite Ravel, the federation was unofficially started in 1949 in Paris, France, at a meeting between the Fédération Féline Française (French Cat Federation), the Royal Cat Society of Flanders and the Società Felina Italiana (Italian Cat Society).[3] At the organisation's first general assembly, in Ghent, Belgium, the federation was officially founded. For the occasion, all participants received a cat shaped statuette, in pink sandstone, that Marguerite Ravel had commissioned from the sculptor Jean Martel.[4]

The original name was Fédération Internationale Féline d'Europe or FIFE. In 1972 the Brazilian Cat Club joined, making it necessary to change the Euro-centric name of the federation. The "d'Europe" was dropped, and the abbreviation was changed to FIFé.[4]


FIFé is organized into national sub-federations (e.g. Felis Britannica in the United Kingdom) which handle pedigree registrations, cat shows and awards in each country. FIFé's Executive Board and General Assembly are supported by five commissions:

  • Judges & Standard Commission
  • Breeding & Registration Commission
  • Show Commission
  • Health & Welfare Commission
  • Disciplinary Commission


  • Asociación Felina Argentina (1988)
  • Klub der Katzenfreunde Austria (1950)
  • Österreichischer Verband für die Zucht und Haltung von Edelkatzen, Austria (1979)
  • Felis Belgica vzw, Belgium (1949)
  • National Federation of Felinology, Bulgaria (2006)
  • Federação Felina Brasileira (1972)
  • Felinolog, Belarus (1994)
  • Fédération Féline Helvétique, Switzerland (1949)
  • China Cat Union, China (2018)
  • Asociación Club Felino Colombiano, Colombia (2009)
  • Český svaz chovatelů – Sdružení chovatelů koček, Czech Republic (1968)
  • 1. Deutscher Edelkatzenzüchter Verband e.V., Germany (1951)
  • Landsforeningen Felis Danica, Denmark (1950)
  • Eesti Kassikasvatajate Liit, Estonia (1994)
  • Asociación Felina Española, Spain (1978)
  • Suomen Kissaliitto r.y., Finland (1961)
  • Fédération Féline Française, France (1949)
  • Felis Britannica, United Kingdom (2005)
  • Feline Federation of Greece, Greece (1999)
  • Savez Felinoloških Društava Hrvatske, Croatia (1994)
  • Felis Hungarica - Magyar Macskások Egyesülete, Hungary (2008)
  • Indonesian Cat Association, Indonesia (2007)
  • Kynjakettir Kattaræktarfélag Íslands, Iceland (1995)
  • Associazione Nazionale Felina Italiana, Italy (1949)
  • Verein der Katzenzüchter Liechtensteins, Liechtenstein (1981)
  • Lithuanian Felinology Association, Lithuania (1994)
  • LUX-CAT-CLUB Fédération Féline Luxembourgeoise, Luxemburg (1983)
  • Cat Fanciers Clubs Association, Latvia (1995)
  • Association Feline Felis 2015ova, Moldova (2015)
  • Federacion Felina de 1982ico A.C., Mexico (1982)
  • Kelab Kucing Malaysia, Malaysia (1985)
  • Felikat, Netherlands (1949)
  • Vereniging Mundikat, Netherlands (1979)
  • Norske Rasekattklubbers Riksforbund, Norway (1951)
  • Polska Federacja Felinologiczna - Felis Polonia, Poland (2007)
  • Clube Português de Felinicultura, Portugal (1987)
  • "Felis Romania", Romania (2007)
  • Felis Russica, Russia (1989)
  • SVERAK, Sweden (1955)
  • Zveza Felinoloških Društev Slovenije, Slovenia (1981)
  • Federácia Felis Slovakia, Slovakia (1993)
  • Ukrainian Felinology Union (1998)

Recognized breedsEdit

FIFe currently recognizes 48 official breeds of cats for championship competitions. All breeds are divided into 4 categories and identified with a three-letter code, according to the EMS. The EMS is a system used by FIFé, and all its members, to easily identify cats by alphanumeric codes.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Fédération Internationale Féline - Members". fifeweb.org. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  2. ^ "The Members of the WCC". worldcatcongress.org. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  3. ^ "LA STORIA | ANFI". www.anfitalia.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  4. ^ a b "Fédération Internationale Féline - Introduction to the FIFe". fifeweb.org. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  5. ^ "Fédération Internationale Féline - Easy Mind System". fifeweb.org. Retrieved 2018-01-05.

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