Cat’s Role in the History of Halloween

Halloween: a time for pumpkins, witches…and of course, black cats. But, how did the black cat become associated with Halloween? Go back in time to the middle ages, when people believed in myths, fables and legends. Black cats quickly became known as “familiars” — or the spirits of witches in animal form. History also shows that people thought black cats were witches reincarnated.

In the October 2008 issue of Cat Fancy, Dr. Ruth MacPete, DVM, said history showed that during the 17th century black cats were abused during the Salem witch trials because being nocturnal, they were thought to have supernatural powers and could possess evil powers. Unfortunately, even though we’re centuries older, these perceptions have evolved into superstitions that many people still believe in!
And because of that, Halloween is not a safe time for black cats. So many cats are abused the weekend before and week of Halloween. If you own a black cat — or any cat! — please take these precautions to keep them safe:
  • If you have a black cat that goes outside, keep them inside for the weekend before, the week of and on Halloween
  • If you’re having a party, put your cat in a carrier so they won’t have the opportunity to run out of a room or the house and get outside
  • When you’re handing out candy to trick or treaters, keep your cat locked up in a room or in a carrier so they won’t run out the door
  • Also, remember, cats cannot eat chocolate and most candies, so keep your candy in a cabinet or drawer where they can’t get to it.
  • If you’re burning candles, try the new tea lights that run on battery versus ones that you light with a match! They look the same and give the same effect as real candles.
  • If you have anything with strings, remember that cats love to play with and chew on string…so be careful!
Although the cat has gotten a bad reputation during the centuries, you can help keep your felines safe!

Ever Wonder……Are White Cats Deaf?

Are all white cats deaf?

 Hereditary deafness is a major concern in white cats, and even more so if one or both irises are blue in color.

 Researchers found that only 17 to 22 percent of white cats with non-blue eyes are born deaf. The percentage rises to 40 percent if the cat has one blue eye, while upwards of 65 to 85 percent of all-white cats with both eyes blue are deaf.

Some of these cats are deaf in only one ear. Interestingly, if a white cat with one blue eye is deaf in only one ear, that ear will invariably be on the same side of the head as the blue eye.

Have A Cat? Have A Question? Then Go to TICAU

Are you a cat owner? Or just love cats?

Can you have a career working with cats? How do you know if your kitten is a male or a female?

What famous author had polydactyl cats? Want to bake homemade treats?

So how do you get answers to these questions? Go to TICA University … otherwise known as TICAU, the place to find everything about cats.

It’s the first-of-its-kind online university that is free to cat lovers and anyone else around the world. When you visit its “campus” you’ll find several different schools that you can find information about cats. Take a tour of the campus and visit each of these schools and just a few of the types of information you can learn:

Gym — exercises, how to keep your cat in tip-top shape, and more!

Cafe – bake your own treats, find restaurants to go to that love cats, what’s a good nutrition?

Nursing – what’s needed in an emergency kit? if my cat is stung, what should I do?

Science – are cats left pawed? can they see in color?

Admissions – register with TICAU and even test your knowledge about cats

History – from ancient history to modern day, cats have influenced many things….and were the focus of many myths!

Library – cats were a “muse” for what authors? what famous author loved cats so much he left his home to them in his will?

Art – tour the gallery and see famous artwork and learn about cats in the theatre and more

Business – is there really feline vets? how do I get to judge cats?

Psychology – what makes cats “tick”? can you train a cat to use the toilet?

Kids — color books! games! fun things to do! Interesting tips and facts!

Oh, and see if you can find Professor Purrsey. He’s quite a character, and you never know where he’ll be.

And if you register with TICAU, you’ll get updates on new information as its added to the site. It’s fun. It’s free. And it’s THE place to go for information on cats!

Two paws up according to all of the cats who have sat on their owners’ keyboards or laptops and looked at TICAU.

Maine Coon Captures Guinness World Record

At TICA’s Annual Cat Show in Santa Clara, California in September, cats were invited to be measured by the Guinness Book of World Records for the title of “longest cat”. Cats of all sizes and colors showed up, bu tonly one could capture the title.

Just last week Stewie — aka Mymains Stewart Giligan — a 5-year-old Maine Coon measured in at a whopping 48.5 inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail when stretched out.

Stewie, a TICA-registered Maine Coon is owned by Robin Henrickson of Reno, Nevada.

The previous record holder also was a Maine Coon—Verisimo Leonetti Reserve Red (aka Leo) who captured the title in 2008 when he measured an exact 47 inches. Congrats Stewie and Robin!