Cat Fancy to cease publication

by Greg Mayer

Cat Fancy, after nearly 50 years, is about to cease publication. The December 2014 issue, out now, seems to be the last, so you may want to get a copy. Cat Fancy has been for decades the “serious” magazine about cats– cat breeding, cat welfare, and, well, cat fancy. It is going the way of many print magazines (i.e. extinct), but Abraham Riesman of New York magazine also attributes its demise to changing tastes in what people like about cats: once it was grace and breeding, now it’s viral videos of funny things cats do; once people wanted to know how to pick the right flea collar, now it’s how to pick a cat person for dating. The I Can Has Cheezburger and lol cats approach has done in the more more staid point of view of the older magazine.

Cat Fancy

Cat Fancy, January 2012

The publishing company that owns Cat Fancy is going to publish an alternative cat magazine called Catster, which is supposed to appeal to the more modern cat lover. The picture below has appeared widely on the internet as a cover of the new magazine, but it is such an obvious, over-the-top parody of Buzzfeed-style clickbait, that I cannot credit the claim that this is an actual magazine cover, and I assume it’s a mocking knockoff by someone who preferred the old Cat Fancy.

"Catster, May/June 2015"

“Catster, May/June 2015”

A quick look on the internets shows that there are a number of British cat magazines: Catworld, Your Cat, and The Cat.  I cannot really say anything about the content of these, but at least there will be some English-language cat magazines still in existence come the new year.

h/t The Dish

18 Comments

  1. Posted December 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Surprised they’re not merely transitioning to an online-only “presence.”

    b&

  2. Randy Schenck
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Just more bad news. I wonder if our subscription for Cat Fancy that runs to August will carry to this new attempt….

  3. Posted December 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Noooo!

  4. Les
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    15% of internet traffic is cats. Is a paper magazine still needed?

  5. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I have trouble seeing this as bad news. Surely it’s a good thing that the paperless future we’ve been promised for decades is finally arriving, and square miles of forest need no longer be clearcut in order to dump ten pounds of newsprint on everyone’s doorstep every week.

    • JoanL
      Posted December 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      The paper companies (in the USA) regrow their forests. If they don’t use the forests for paper, what will become of the land? More “paved paradise”?

      And what about those who don’t have internet? Well, perhaps most wouldn’t subscribe anyway, but in 2013, 21% of US households had no internet connection (Pew Research – http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/09/19/census-computer-ownership-internet-connection-varies-widely-across-u-s/)

      • JoanL
        Posted December 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

        It might read better to say “even if most wouldn’t subscribe anyway.” I don’t mean to sound dismissive of the 21%; actually I’m amazed such a large portion of a potential market can be ignored.

      • Gregory Kusnick
        Posted December 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

        Paving over is not the only option. Perhaps the land could be allowed to return to a natural state that provides habitat for a variety of wildlife instead of being maintained as monoculture tree farms.

        • JoanL
          Posted December 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

          Sounds ideal to me.

        • winewithcats
          Posted December 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

          Paving over is not the only option. Perhaps the land could be allowed to return to a natural state that provides habitat for a variety of cats instead of being maintained as monoculture tree farms.

          FTFY

      • John Scanlon, FCD
        Posted December 22, 2014 at 1:02 am | Permalink

        I’ve read that the criminalisation of Cannabis in the US was a plot by paper and news manufacturer Hearst to get hemp out of the way as competition for his woodpulp forestry interests. I wonder how that’s going now, in these days of (regionally) regenerating forests and legal pot: is hemp becoming a mainstream fibre again? Not yet, at least.

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, much better to mine all that coal for server farms.

      • Gregory Kusnick
        Posted December 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

        Processing trees into paper also consumes energy, and that energy cost is not subject to Moore’s Law.

  6. Posted December 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    21 Things Cats Do Not Want You To Know!

  7. Randy Schenck
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Yes there are a few of us left who actually read real books, without batteries or electronics. It may be a dying art but there are still a few of us left.

    • tubby
      Posted December 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      I have a shelf of old Rex Stout books that I can’t justify buying in a different format when paper is perfectly readable.

  8. Diane G.
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    IMO, online magazines are vastly inferior to traditional mags. There’s no “thumbing through” for one thing…

  9. Posted December 23, 2014 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks Greg, for helping carry on in Jerry’s absence.


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