The Effect of Cats: Happier and Healthier Owners!

USA Today recently reported that 33% of the households in the USA have cats, and there are 16 million more pet cats than dogs.

And after they published a report on how owning a dog has a positive effect on their owners, cat owners raised paws (okay, hands) and said “hey what about us and our cats?” So they did a little research and guess what they found out?

Cats can make you healthier, happier and gentler.

Could it be…

Their purring?

Looking at you right in your eyes and giving you “kitty kisses” by blinking?

Snuggling with you no matter how hot or cold it is outside?

Pussyfooting on your arm?

Touching their wet nose on your nose?

Or could it just be that you know that no matter what you do, they love you unconditionally?

To read the entire article published by USA Today, click here.

TICA Represented at World Cat Congress in South Africa

Southern Africa Cat Council hosted this year’s World Cat Congress which took place in Johannesburg on July 8-10th. TICA’s president Vickie Fisher met with other heads of cat fancy organizations at the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel to discuss the cat fancy on a global perspective.

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.

The membership of the World Cat Congress is comprised of the world’s major cat fancies, including the founding members; Fédération Internationale Féline – FIFe, Cat Fanciers’ Association – CFA, The International Cat Association – TICA, World Cat Federation – WCF and Australian Cat Federation – ACF, as well as, New Zealand Cat Fancy – NZCF which joined in 2001 and the three newest members; Co-Ordinating Cat Council of Australia – CCC of A, Governing Council of the Cat Fancy – GCCF, United Kingdom, and Southern African Cat Council – SACC, which joined in 2006.

But discussions weren’t kept at small felines, as the group had a chance to visit a local reserve and meet some of the big cats up close and personal!

Induna’s Fan Club in the Dallas Airport

This is the time of year when all of the regions hold their Annual Awards Banquets and recognize their winners from the previous season. TICA’s South Central Region held their banquet in Wichita Falls to honor the 2010-2011 winners and regional cat show one cat that was there was Induna, a Bengal.

On the way home they flew out of the DFW International Airport and Induna was a big hit with a local group of cheerleaders heading out of town for Cheerleading Camp!

Here, let’s Induna’s mom – Jan Harrell – tell the rest in her own words:
“Induna made the wait at the gate a little less boring for people of all ages. He mesmerized some small children that were on the floor playing with him and then he became ‘official mascot for the day’ for a group of cheerleaders heading off to Cheerleader Camp. They requested a photo with him to post on their Facebook page – he was happy to oblige (I was trying to not be in the photo).”

You can tell who is Jan — she’s the one with the TICA t-shirt on! Oh, and Induna is the one with the tail and spots!

Why Do I Need Pet Insurance?

Every year more than 1 in 3 pets falls ill or is injured. And while it’s amazing what veterinarians can do for our pets these days, a visit to the emergency room can run up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars in a very short space of time.

Many of us are not prepared financially to afford the level of care that modern veterinary medicine can provide and sometimes we compromise by giving our pets a level of care that is far from the best.

With pet insurance, you never have to choose between an expensive treatment and your pet’s life. Just because your pet is happy and healthy today, doesn’t mean things will always be that way. Pet insurance helps you prepare for any eventuality.

To download an ebook published by Embrace Pet Insurance regarding pet insurance, click here.

Cats DO Need Baths

I’m sure you’ve heard the tell tale sound of “ack ack ack” signalling that a hairball is on it’s way! Why do cats get hairballs? It’s from swallowing hair that they’ve licked up while grooming themselves.

That’s the # 1 reason your cat needs to get a bath when shedding. (Of course if kitty gets dirty or has been ill and needs to be refreshed, a bath is needed too!)

Don’t know how to bathe your cat? Visit the Professional Cat Groomers of America Association site to watch videos featuring professionally trained groomers. Or find a cat groomer in your town who can bathe kitty for you!