Welcome to the World Cat Congress

The World Cat Congress was established to promote better understanding and co-operation among the world's major cat associations in matters of mutual interest and concern such as cat legislation and feline welfare which affects all cat lovers, from the pedigree breeder to the pet owner.

Here you will find the following:

  • An introduction to the World Cat Congress
  • Our purpose and aim
  • Details of the Member Organisations
  • Details of the Governing Body and its officers
  • The World Cat Congress Constitution
  • Reports on annual World Cat Congress meetings
  • Items of general interest
  • Minutes of World Cat Congress Meetings
  • Links to member organisations and general interest sites

We hope you will find the site interesting and informative, if you have any comments, please address these to our secretary.

WCC does not promote nor approve the presence of
wild feline species in connection with a cat show

Royal Canin Encyclopedia

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The World Cat Congress has collaborated with Royal Canin in the production of a new Cat Encyclopaedia that was launched at the Royal Canin “internation Cat Breeders Convention” in La Grande Motte, France in June this year.

Royal Canin Encyclopedia

Nearly 20 years after its first edition, the Royal Canin Encyclopedia has been entirely redesigned with new content and updated layout.

The 496 page reference document brings together the latest state-of-the art knowledge about cats, co-written by 18 scientists, veterinarians and cat-experts from around the world.

The Encyclopedia is organized into 2 main themes:
1 - The first part of the book focuses on 58 distinctive cat breeds and on the ‘Cat Fancy’, the world of cat shows and has been created in collaboration with the World Cat Congress.
2 - The second part discusses elements such as the role cats play in todays’ society, their evolution from their origins as a solitary predator to their current life as a pet.

The book also includes information on what are the main diseases in cats and how to detect them, as well as exclusive insights into cat anatomy, behavior and physiology and how their origin has an impact on these.

Royal Canin believes that it is essential to learn about, understand and respect these behavioral and physiological insights in order to ensure a cat’s well-being.

The Cat Encyclopedia aims to share scientific knowledge about cats to the general public.

The Royal Canin Encyclopedia will be available at your local Royal Canin offices.

The World Cat Federation is suspended from the activities of the World Cat Congress as a result of breaching its Constitution.

This suspension is effective from the close of this year’s Annual Meeting until the close of the 2017 Meeting. They were also instructed to remove the logo of the Congress from their web site for this period. This suspension does not affect the activities of the World Cat Congress judges and show managers.

WCC Annual Meeting 2017

A full report about the 2017 Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA will be published shortly.


WCC Annual Meeting 2018

To be announced shortly.


• The Comparison Table of Disqualifers and General Faults has been updated to include information from the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and the World Cat Federation.


• Several health related links to further information regarding cat health issues have been added to the links page.


• Sound advice for purchasing a new kitten has been added to the of interest section.