Another season has come and gone and The International Cat Association (TICA) is ready to crown new winners around the world! The 2011-2012 season that ended April 30th, saw many new champions crowned….new breeds capturing regional and international titles…and more cats from around the world taking top honors in the cat, kitten, alter, household pet or household pet kitten divisions!
TICA’s regions will be holding their regional awards banquets soon around the world to honor the top cats in each of the divisions, plus breed winners. The Annual Cat Show and Awards Banquet where the International winners from around the world will be celebrated in Columbus, Ohio on September 1-2, 2012.
Watch for more information on TICA’s Facebook or TICA web site when we announced the cats, kittens, alters, household pet cats and household pet kittens take top honors!
Nowadays we all try to do our part for the planet and “go green” by sorting out plastics, metal and paper products from our trash. Well, now you can find even more creative ways to reuse your cat litter containers. Take a few minutes to watch this quick video!
And if you’re wondering how to reuse kitty litter, if you use one of the natural litters made from newspaper, corn, wheat or wood, then you can recycle them too!
- Spread unsoiled litter on oil spots in your garage or driveway!
- Fill holes in your yard with the natural wood litter
- Add to your compost pile – but make sure you take any solids out before you do that!
- Spread the wood litter as compost directly on your yard
And don’t forget the litter pail or container: use them to store stuff in (what about bird seed?), carry water in, or, drill a hole in the bottom and plant some cat grass or catnip!
If you’ve ever visited a Chinese restaurant I’m sure you’ve seen the white or gold cat with a paw raised up in the air, greeting you as you enter.
Well, that happy faced cat is claimed to bring good luck and its name is the Maneki Neko.
In TICA, the Neko brings good luck to our junior exhibitors as their mascot! Next time you’re at a show, look closely at a Japanese Bobtail and you’ll see that the Neko is fashioned after these sweet cats with curly or stubby tails.
To learn the Neko’s history, click here.
Interim Regional Directors who will hold the position until elections take place later this year have been named by TICA:
Mike Vasquez has been appointed as interim Regional Director and Board member for the Great Lakes Region. He will serve until elections are held next year. The Great Lakes Region encompasses 12 locations: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Ontario. He has served as the region’s show reporter.
Jay Bangle will act as interim Regional Director and Board member for the Mid Pacific Region this year. The Mid Pacific region includes four states: Nevada, Northern California, Oregon and Utah. Jay is a Provisional All-Breed Judge and Chair of TICA’s Legislative Committee. Under her cattery Bangles, Jay has bred and shown many winning Bengals.
TICA has accepted a Preliminary New Breed: the Khaomanee. Effective May 1st, as a Preliminary New Breed, the Khaomanee is eligible to be shown at TICA sanctioned shows but do not earn titles or points towards Annual Awards and must follow specific rules to be eligible for the next step in achieving championship status.
The Khaomanee, also known as the Diamond Eye cat, is a rare breed of cat originating in Thailand. Its ancestry dates back hundreds of years, and is even mentioned in the Tamra Maew, or Cat Book Poems.
Its short, white, close-lying coat, and its blue, gold or odd eyed colored eyes makes it attractive to cat lovers. The Khaomanee is a moderate build but very muscular, and has a very active and intelligent personality.
In just a little over four months TICA will once again join forces with the American Kennel Club (AKC) to co-host Meet the Breeds at the Jacob Javitts Center in New York City on October 20-21, 2012!
Last year more than 40,000 pet lovers walked Meet the Breeds. Many had a chance to see breeds of cats that they’ve only heard about or seen on TV or in books! Like the Bengal (by the way, the Bengal breeders won “best display” last year!).
Cats also showed off “their style” on the (cat fashion) runway…jumped through hoops and weaved in and out of poles on the agility course…and sat patiently as cat lovers snapped photos of cats that they loved meeting!
If you can get to New York City, come see us! You can find more information about Meet the Breeds at www.meetthebreeds.org