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

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

Martha Stewart Meets the Bengal and Other Breeds of Cats

Martha Stewart finally got to meet a Bengal cat in person on her TV show (the Martha Stewart Show) which airs tomorrow December 1, 2011 on the Hallmark Channel at 10 a.m. EST.

Not only did she meet the Bengal, but also got to handle a Toyger, Cymric, Sphynx and Munchkin on the special show on “Pets”. The show also featured dogs and birds that people don’t get to see too often.

TICA was represented by Anthony Hutcherson, chairperson of the TICA Bengal Breed committee and President of The International Bengal Cat Society, Inc. The cats handled by Martha were provided by Anthony, Judy Sugden, Kay DeVilbiss, Emily Greene and Sherri and Samantha McConnell.

 

 

 

The Bengal is Crowned Most Popular Cat in 2009

The Bengal is 2009's most popular cat

For two years in a row, the Bengal has been proclaimed the most popular cat based on registrations. At the end of 2009, 6,264 cats and 4,489 litters were registered around the world.

“Once again the Bengal has claimed the title of most popular cat!,” said Vickie Fisher, President of TICA. “Since their beginnings in 1986, the Bengal’s regal beauty and alluring charm have quickly made it one of the most popular breeds. Bengal breeders continue to develop these stunning cats with careful selection for temperament, health and beauty.”

Coming in second was the Ragdoll with 3,829 cats and 2,974 litters registered, while in third place the Maine Coon had 2,088 cats and 785 litters registered at year-end 2009.

Coming in as the second most popular cat is the Ragdoll

Rounding out the Top Ten most popular breed of cats for 2009 were the:
• Sphynx – 1,107 Cats, 681 Litters
• Siberian – 819 Cats, 563 Litters
• NFoundation Savannah – 580 Cats, 454 Litters
• Persian – 579 Cats, 252 Litters
• Norwegian Forest – 560 Cats, 234 Litters
• British Shorthair – 517 Cats, 195 Litters
• Abyssinian – 342 Cats, 213 Litters