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 Savannah

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.

Kurilian Bobtail

 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.

Like TICA’s Facebook and Win A TICA Shirt!

If you’re a cat lover and you’re not following TICA’s Facebook…and even worse, are not a friend of TICA’s that “likes” our site….well, here’s a chance for you to “like” us and be automatically entered to win a TICA branded polo shirt!

Take a few minutes and visit our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/TheInternationalCatAssociation – and “like” us. Once we hit 1000 friends, we’ll randomly select one of our friends who will win a polo shirt emblazened with a TICA logo!

Win a shirt and you’ll be envy of all cat lovers!

 

TICA President Featured on Floppycats

Floppycats? Well, it’s a blog dedicated to the Ragdoll , and written by Jennifer Dean!

TICA's Best Ragdoll Cat of 2010-2011

TICA’s President Vickie Fisher was featured recently on Floppycats. No need to repeat what she had to share with cat lovers, visit Floppycats and read what Vickie has to share about cats, the cat fancy, showing cats and TICA.

The Ragdoll developed in the early 1960’s is a large affectionate, semi-longhaired cat with captivating blue eyes. One of the largest breeds in the cat fancy, the Ragdoll gets along well with children and other pets, including dogs, often living up to its name as it gets carried around the house in a child’s arms. These sturdy cats have no extreme features and blend easily in to the busy modern household

TICA Announces Election Results

TICA recently announced the result of elections for President, Vice President and Breed Committees. This was the first year that qualified members of TICA used an online voting system. More than 60 percent of the votes were submitted online for the first time in the history of TICA.

Vickie Fisher was reelected as President, and Bobbie Tullo was reelected as Vice President of the organization. There were no seats being filled for Board of Directors this year.

Breed committee chairs and members were elected for the next few years. To see a full list of breed committee results, visit the TICA site.

The Breed chair and other committee members work with the breed based on the breed standard, and focus on improving the breed that their committee oversees.

Congratulations to everyone who was voted in for the next two years!

Record Number of Cat Lovers Meet Favorite Breeds in Person

The American Kennel Club (AKC) reported a record number of pet lovers who attended this year’s AKC Meet the Breeds in New York City. Over 40,000 people came to the third annual event co-hosted with TICA at the Jacob Javits Center on November 19-20, 2011.

 “TICA was proud to be a part of AKC Meet the Breeds and give kids the opportunity to walk through the Bengal breed booth decorated as the jungle, and pet the loveable Toyger cat that looks like a wild Tiger, while their parents learned about responsible pet ownership and the importance of learning the characteristics of each breed before you add it to your family,” said TICA President Vickie Fisher.

“The AKC was pleased to join forces with TICA to once again offer the public this opportunity to meet and play with dogs and cats, including some of the rarest breeds most people may have only read about or have seen on television,” said American Kennel Club Assistant Vice President Gina DiNardo. “This entertaining and educational event helped teach children of all ages – including local Girl Scout and Brownie troops – about which dog or cat could become a lifelong member of their family and how to be a responsible owner.”

If you’d like to see photos of Meet the Breeds, visit www.meetthebreeds.com

Talking Turkey with Kitty

The holidays are always time for that 20-pound turkey so if you have some leftovers, let your cat enjoy some too! Here’s a simple recipe you can use to make a treat that is okay for your cat to munch on, and still get to enjoy some of that Tom turkey!

Holiday Treat
Ingredients:
1 cup minced leftover turkey
1/2 mashed cooked pumpkin
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon kelp
Preparation & Cooking
Mix together and roll into balls. Feed as treats or give as x-mas presents for your kitty!

Easy-to-Make Organic Cat Treats

Yummy cat treats your feline will love!

More cat owners are feeding natural–or organic–food to their cats. So here’s a quick and easy recipe that you can use to make homemade organic treats:

Things You’ll Need
Greased cookie sheet
½ cup organic whole wheat flour
½ cup non-fat, powdered milk
½ cup cooked and chopped organic chicken
1 tbs. vegetable oil
1 organic egg, beaten
¼ cup water
1 tbs. chopped, fresh organic catnip (optional)

Directions

  1. Gather the ingredients and preheat your oven to 350-degrees. Ensure you have plenty of counter space to work on.
  2. Combine the flour, milk and chicken in a large bowl and mash and mix them together. Add the water, oil, beaten egg and catnip (if using). Stir well until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Form the dough into small, dime-sized balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten the balls into discs with your hand or a spoon. You can adjust the size of the treats based on your cat’s size and needs.
  4. Bake the organic treats for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and flip each one so they brown on both sides. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until they turn a golden brown color.
  5. Cool the treats to room temperature and store in an airtight container or bag for future use

 

Bingo Helps Kids Learn About Cats and Dogs at Meet the Breeds

1,000 kids played AKC Meet the Breeds® BINGO at Meet the Breeds in New York City held November 19-20, 2011.

Created by The International Cat Association (TICA), American Kennel Club (AKC) and American Pet Products Association (APPA), AKC Meet the Breeds BINGO helped kids learn about the more than 200 dog and cat breeds at AKC Meet the Breeds®.

AKC Meet the Breeds Bingo encourages Responsible Pet Ownership with questions like True or False: “Dogs/cats need their teeth brushed?” and hints were provided to help kids answer each question. Upon completion, kids received a goody bag complements of the American Pet Products Association and the Pets Add Life Poetry Contest, filled with items donated by the AKC and TICA.