Join the Cats (and Dogs) Who Will Take A Bite Out of the Big Apple

The American Kennel Club (AKC) just announced TICKETS ARE ON SALE!!! for Meet the Breeds. The International Cat Association (TICA) will be at Meet the Breeds this year on November 19 and 20 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, and we are excited!!

We’ll have more than fifty breeds of cats — including the world’s most popular breed the Bengal! — in addition to the AKC having over 100 breeds of dogs on hand for you to see close up and in person. To be exact, we’ll have over 160 breeds of dogs and cats total under the same roof!

But Meet the Breeds isn’t just about meeting in person the cats and dogs you’ve only seen on TV, on the web or in pictures. You’ll also get to see demos of dog AND cat agility (yes cat agility!), cat “haute couture” on the runway, visit vendors….oh, and to just focus on cats, we’ll also have presentations on cat grooming, a parade of breeds, junior exhibitor information and even a place where you can register your household pet cat for free.

So what are you waiting for? Circle November 19 or 20 on your calendar, and buy your tickets at www.MeettheBreeds.com

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.

Embrace Pet Insurance and TICA Join Forces for Healthy Cats and Kittens

TICA has found the perfect — or is it PURR-fect? — partner to promote the health and welfare of cats and kittens: Embrace Pet Insurance.

Embrace Pet Insurance is an online pet insurance provider built on a deep commitment to providing a higher standard of care and customization to pet parents. A policy from Embrace ensures that no pet parent will ever have to sacrifice the health and well-being of their pet for financial reasons.

What’s unique about Embrace is it’s  the only pet insurance provider that allows cat owners to design their own custom pet health insurance policy. 

“Responsible pet ownership, encouragement of the best possible health care for pets, and building a positive influence in the cat breeder community are foundational philosophies for TICA,” said Vickie Fisher, President of TICA. “Embrace Pet Insurance shares these goals. And, Embrace provides the most comprehensive coverage and services that TICA feels most benefit their members, cat breeders, and cat owners.”

TICA Cat Named Best Cat at World Cat Congress Show

Take windmills, tulips, 500 beautiful cats, people from all around the world, and sprinkle in some wonderful seminars and discussion. You now have the annual meeting and show of the World Cat Congress! Hosted by Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFe), with a cat show organized by Mundikat Cat Club, the 2009 World Cat Congress was held in Arnhem, Netherlands, April 11-14.

The World Cat Congress, in partnership with Royal Canin, was established in 1994 to promote harmony in the cat fancy. Nine registering bodies, from five continents, make up the Congress. While respecting our various differences, the Congress seeks to promote the health and welfare of cats, encourage the sharing of resources in the interest of cats, and educate people about the global cat fancy.

It was a treat for me to judge my very first FiFe show, along with many of the delegates from around the world. And, I was proud to find that, on the second day of the show, the Best Overall Cat was, SGC Yakimo of Shaggy-Coons, and one of TICA’s current Top 20 Cats!!!

Ragdoll Is Second Most Popular Cat

Is that cat REALLY that limp? That’s what I heard from a lady at a show one day…and when I turned around I had to laugh because one of TICA’s junior exhibitors was walking around with a Ragdollabout as large as her…and that cat looked like it was dead (asleep) in her arms. I told the lady it was a Ragdoll.

rd-psdMaybe it’s that easy-going manner that made the Ragdoll TICA’s second highest registered cat at the end of 2008. They’re beautiful blue-eyed, large, affectionate cats that get along with children and other animals. And they make the wonderful single-person cat, or apartment dweller. 

They are one of the largest breeds of cat surprisingly, and you’d never know it. Their fur is rabbit-like, medium length and believe or not, there’s very little shedding!  If you’ve never seen a Ragdoll, check our breeders list to see if there’s one near you…then contact them and find out when they’ll be at a show so you can go see one in person.

I know when you peer into those deep blue eyes that look like deep pools of water, you’ll fall in love!

Fabulous Felines….Fun…Friendships….

Welcome to The International Cat Association, Inc. (TICA). We’re proud to be known for fabulous felines…fun…friendships. And now you can learn more about TICA, the fabulous felines that is recognized by TICA, and the cat fancy at our newly designed site www.tica.org

Now you can learn about the fifty-five breeds that TICA recognizes. Or what color your cat is no matter what breed it is! Thinking about showing a household pet, well you’ll learn that they can be registered with TICA and compete for the same titles and awards as the pedigreed cats. And yes, cats can do agility (and you can too!). You can even find a current schedule of cat shows hosted by clubs around the world.

No matter what you want to learn about cats, the cat fancy, showing cats, cat shows, cat nutrition, and more…you can learn it at www.tica.org

We look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you at a local show soon.