Promoting Harmony in the Cat Fancy


The War in Ukraine

Ukraine peace dove

The World Cat Congress strongly condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In response to witnessing the horror of the unfolding plight of the Ukrainian refugees and their pets, the WCC has contributed to funding the efforts of those assisting them.

Ukraine relief goods

WCC shipment of cat supplies to Ukraine.


Royal Canin Encyclopedia

Royal Canin Encyclopedia

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 2017.

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WCC Annual Meeting 2023

The 2023 WCC Annual Meeting will be held in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia from 9th - 13th June in conjunction with the ACF Annual Meeting.


WCC Annual Meeting 2020-22

Masked cat

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 through 2022 Annual Meetings were not held.


WCC Annual Meeting 2019

The minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa have been published and may be viewed online or downloaded for viewing off-line.

We are proud to announce the publication on our site of the Royal Canin WCC Blog.

Our long-term partner, Royal Canin, will be sharing a wealth of information regarding “all things cat”—from health & welfare, to nutrition, to care ...and so much more.

The World Cat Congress does not support the new development of breeds

based on mutations or characteristics that have a negative effect on the welfare of the cat
World Cat Congress

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:

  • UAn introduction to the World Cat Congress
  • UOur purpose and aim
  • UDetails of the Member Organisations
  • UDetails of the Governing Body and its officers
  • UThe World Cat Congress Constitution
  • UReports on annual World Cat Congress meetings
  • UItems of general interest
  • UMinutes of World Cat Congress Meetings
  • ULinks 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.

The World Cat Congress does not promote nor approve

the presence of wild feline species in connection with a cat show

World Cat Congress Members

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


World Cat Congress Officers

The Officers of the WCC shall be elected from among the delegates of the member organisations or shall be subject to appointment of suitably qualified persons by the delegates.

Eric Reijers

Eric Reijers

WCC President

Eric Reijers was re-elected in 2023 as President for a two-year period. Mr Reijers has been President since 2011 and also served previously as Vice-President of the WCC. He is the General Secretary of FIFe and an all breed FIFe judge. Mr Reijers, who comes from the Netherlands, now lives in the Czech Republic and breeds Cornish Rex under the prefix of NL*Pendragon.

Jan van Rooyen

Jan van Rooyen

WCC Vice-President

Jan van Rooyen was elected as Vice President for a period of one year. Jan is currently the Treasurer of the Southern African Cat Council (SACC) and a Judges Council Delegate. He is also a former President of SACC, having held that post from 2009 – 2012. Jan started his judging course in 1995 and became an all-breeds judge in 2001. His involvement in the cat fancy started in 1989 when he started breeding and showing Burmese, which he continues today under the cattery name Zion.

Robbie Walker

Robbie Walker

WCC Secretary

Robbie Walker was appointed in June 2023 for a period of one year. Robbie is currently the Secretary of the Australian Cat Federation (ACF) and the International Liaison Officer for ACF a position he has held since 2016. He has been involved with the organisation since 1997. He holds various positions within the cat fancy.

Penny Bydlinski

Penny Bydlinski

WCC Treasurer

Penny Bydlinski, former General Secretary of FIFe and Secretary of the WCC, was appointed as Treasurer in June 2023 for a period of one year. Mrs. Bydlinski is also an international judge of the FIFe and has been the unofficial secretary of WCC since 1995. With the acceptance of the Charter in 1999, she was formally appointed as Secretary/Treasurer.


World Cat Congress

annual meeting 2024

The 2024 meeting of the World Cat Congress will be in Bangkok, Thailand 20th - 27th March

Additional information will be provided shortly.