Hundreds of Cats Will Be On Hand at Meet the Breeds

if you didn’t get to meet a Bengal in person last year in New York City, you’ll have another chance at this year’s Meet the Breeds co-hosted by The International Cat Association (TICA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC).

You can reserve your tickets now online at www.MeettheBreeds.com. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children if reserved in advance.

Even if you did come last year, don’t miss this year’s event and see the Bengal, Persian, Siamese, Havana, and other representatives of TICA’s more than 50 recognized breeds of cats.

To see what you missed last year — or had fun seeing! — you can watch some photos from last year’s event at www.akc.org/meet_the_breeds/2011photos.html

Keep Kitty In Your Disaster Preparedness Emergency Plans

You never know when something will happen. No matter if it’s a natural disaster – tornado, storm, flood, hurricane, fires — or another type of disaster, make sure you keep kitty in mind when putting together your emergency plan for your family!

The International Cat Association (TICA) works to preserve the welfare of cats around the world, and want to make sure you and your cats are safe from harm. Our disaster preparedness plan will help make sure you’re not caught off guard.

Our disaster checklist will help you plan ahead and assemble an emergency plan and “kit” that you can have on hand all year round. Have peace of mind for you, kitty and your family by using TICA’s downloadable checklist.

 

Cats From Around the World Will Face Off in Ohio

Cat lovers from the Midwest will have the opportunity to see the world’s best of the best cats, kittens and alters at TICA’s Annual International Cat Show in Columbus, Ohio on September 1-2, 2012. We can’t tell you who the Best Cat, Kitten, Alter, Household Pet or Household Pet Kitten was for last season … but we will soon..and they’ll join our past International winners from the past 30+ years.

All we can say is you won’t be disappointed when you see which breeds represented their categories for 2011-2012!

Over 400 cats are planned to be on hand for the 12-ring show that will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. In addition to hundreds of cats, there were will be many vendors on hand with things that your cat — or you or other cat lovers you know — will enjoy!

Make sure you get a chance to see some of the world’s finest felines at TICA’s 2012 Annual.

Another Season Ends With Record Number of Winners

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!

 

Go Green and Recycle Cat Litter Containers

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!

Here’s to a Lucky Cat: the Maneki Neko

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.

TICA Welcomes Interim Regional Directors

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 Welcomes the Diamond Eye Cat from Thailand

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.

TICA to Co-Host Meet the Breeds with AKC

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

 

 

 

Savannah and Kurilian Bobtail Accepted to Championship Status

TICA has announced that the Savannah and the Kurilian Bobtail breeds have been accepted to Championship Status! Now they join the other 47 breeds that can compete for championship titles and Regional and International awards.

The first known Savannah was born April 7, 1986 when a female domestic cat gave birth to a kitten sired by an African Serval. This F1 (first generation hybrid cross) was the first on record. This unusual female kitten had both domestic and Serval like traits. Both the kitten and breed were named “Savannah”. Patrick Kelly heard about Savannah and decided he wanted to try to develop a new breed. He persuaded a breeder, Joyce Sroufe, to join him in his efforts. Together they wrote the original TICA Breed Standard. TICA accepted the Savannah for registration in 2001.

The Kurilian Bobtail is a natural breed of cat tracing its origins to the Russian Island of Sakhalin and to the Kuril Islands, an archipelago of approximately 56 volcanic islands, stretching 700 miles between the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka and the Japanese island Hokkaido, separating the Sea of Okhotsk from the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the thirteen natural breeds of cat recognized by TICA.

Breeds of cats who have been accepted for championship status are eligible to compete in TICA sanctioned shows and eligible for appropriate titles and/or computation of Annual Awards. These cats must be 8 months of age or more and may be male, female, neuter or spay. Pedigreed kittens (under 8 months of age) do not earn titles, but are eligible to compete in TICA sanctioned shows and may earn points towards Annual Awards.