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OVERVIEW: CFA Cattery Standards - Minimum Requirements

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Standards - Primary Enclosures

Primary enclosures shall provide a microenvironment that satisfies the standards for the Cattery Facility as well as the following additional standards:

1.            A primary enclosure shall be structurally sound and maintained in good repair to protect the cats from injury, to contain them, to keep other animals out, and to enable the cats to remain dry and clean.

2.            A primary enclosure shall provide sufficient space to allow each enclosed cat to turn freely and to easily stand, sit and lie in a comfortable position. The minimum primary enclosure space for a single 4 lbs. Or greater cat is to be 30 cubic feet. Where the primary enclosure is used for more than one cat, resting perches shall be provided.

3.            A primary enclosure shall be constructed and maintained so that cats therein have convenient access to clean food, water and litter.

4.            The number of cats in a primary enclosure shall not exceed the number which would prevent proper ventilation and sanitation.

5.            A primary enclosure shall not be constructed or maintained with an exposed wire mesh bottom or any other material that will injure the feet or legs of a cat.

6.            If the primary enclose is not of sufficient size to allow the cat(s) to express their specialized locomotor patterns, then a area shall be made available for the cat(s) to exercise and scratch at least once a day.


For the purposes of this standard the following definitions shall apply:

  • Person: An individual, firm, partnership, corporation, trust or any association of persons.
  • CFA Cattery: Any person(s) who register a litter of kittens with the Cat Fanciers' Association or who has registered three or more cats with the Cat Fanciers' Association or who has registered a cattery name with the Cat Fanciers' Association.
  • Cattery Facility: A building, room or area used to house cats.
  • Primary Enclosure: A structure used to immediately restrict one or more cats to a limited amount of space, such as a room, pen, run, cage or compartment.

For the full text of the CFA Cattery Standards, see:
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