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.

Cats Convened From Around the World In Sunny Santa Clara

More than 350 cats from around the world were in sunny Santa Clara CA last week for TICA’s Annual Cat Show. It’s held each year in conjunction with the Annual Awards Banquet where they crowned the top cats for the 2009-2010 show season that ended April 30th.

Judges from around the world handled cats, kittens, alters, household pets and household pet kittens in 12 rings of non-stop judging. At the end on Sunday September 5th the Best of the Best were announced! That’s the top three of each category. Want to know who they were? Well, tah dah….here are the Best of the Best for the 2010 Annual Cat Show!

Best of the Best Cats

Minusdetails Night Hawk – Cymric                                                                                                                                                                  Dorwill Rachel A – Exotic Shorthair 
Luvpurrs Dream Weaver – Tonkinese

Best of the Best Kittens

Owhl Windup Toy of Moulinrouge
Broadsway Machias of Mtncats – Maine Coon 
RoyalLions Lunar Eclipse of MTNest – Maine Coon

Best of the Best Alters

Sha Yen Priceless of Sirpurrs – Persian                                                                                                                                                              LAPD Sex Pistol – Maine Coon
Tassam Klip Purr of St Valentine – Balinese 

Best of the Best Household Pet Kittens

Prada 
Benjamin Button of Dreamscape                                                                                                                                                                             Ali Macclaw

Best of the Best Household Pets

Elis Commin
Awwsome Amber of Careycats
Splatatoon

Congratulations to everyone!!!

Oh, and in addition to the 12 rings of judging, there was a clicker training demo led by (name); cats competed for a spot in the Guiness World Book of Records as the tallest cat; and Savannahs were on display for everyone to see in person.

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.”

2008-2009 International Winners Crowned In Orlando

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2008-2009 International Winners! For the first time during TICA’s history, and was befitting as part of celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary, 25 winners in each of the five divisions were named International Winners.

But….who was the BEST of each division? Well, heerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeee they are ladies and gentleman! TICA’s newest Best International Winners. Take a look at these gorgeous cats and you’ll understand why they’re the highest-scoring cats around the world, and deservedly the holders of the title of Best for their division. Congratulations to all of you!

Best Cat 2008-2009

Best Cat 2008-2009

Best Cat
IW SGC L AMOUR DE LA VIE ENRIQUE OF ALBEDO
Blue Classic Tabby Persian
Erwin Van den Bunder

Best Kitten
LAPD KID ROCK
Brown (black) Mackerel Tabby Maine Coon
Emmons/Melinda Brown

2008-2009 Best Kitten

2008-2009 Best Kitten

Best Alter
SGCA TORILAND PASSION OF CHAPARRAL
Black Bombay
Jeff/Heather Roberts

Best Household Pet
RW SGM DONT TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN
Blue Tortie/White
Honey Gilmore/Charles Haynie

Best Alter 2008-2009

Best Alter 2008-2009

Best Household Pet 2008-2009

Best Household Pet 2008-2009

Best Household Pet Kitten
SAMPSON II
Brown (black) Classic Tabby/White
Wayne and Gloria Mahan

 

Best Household Pet Kitten 2008-2009

Best Household Pet Kitten 2008-2009

June Is Adopt A Cat Month

Many homeless cats need loving homes

Many homeless cats need loving homes

Each year millions of cats end up in shelters, with rescue groups or on the streets. And spring of course means many little kittens born and needing homes. So, to spread the word about cats and kittens who need a forever loving home, June is Adopt A Cat Month.

Shelters and rescue groups across the country can use your help — either getting the word out to other cat lovers who are looking for a new feline friend to join their family….who can help out by fostering a cat, kitten or mom with litter…who can make donations in funds or items…or even better, who can give a forever home to a new cat, kitten or pair!

Even older cats bask in the love of a new family

Even older cats bask in the love of a new family

Visit your local shelter, contact your local rescue groups, visit your pet store that has cats for adoption…and share your home, your heart and your love with a new cat or kitten!

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!

Felines Take the Airwaves in Albuquerque

Koala (an Oriental Shorthair) and Amigo (a Bengal) took the airwaves this week when they were interviewed on Albuquerque’s country western station Big I 107.9 Morning Show to promote this weekend’s Feline Fiesta show!

3cats1Both boys were a hit with hosts Tony, Lynn and Myles, and did a pretty good job of promoting the 16-ring show that will be held this Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 at the School Arts Building at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds (300 San Pedro Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM  87198).

If you’re a cat lover, you can’t miss it! come by and see the many other cats and kittens that will be at the show between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days. You can even get a $1 coupon off the gate by clicking here.

You can’t miss Amigo and Koala, now can you?

The CATalyst 2009 Top 10 Cat-Friendly US Cities

Do you live in a cat-friendly city? If you live in Tampa, Phoenix, San Francisco, Portland (Ore.), Denver, Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Atlanta or Minneapolis….congratulations, you do live in one of the country’s top ten cat-friendy places!

hhp3What makes a cat-friendly city? The love and care cats receive, says the CATalyst Council, a newly formed organization set to raise the stature of America’s number one companion, the cat. The organization announced CATalyst 2009 Top 10 Cat-Friendly Cities at the American Animal Hospital Association Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Cats really are America’s number one companion,” said Dan Kramer, senior marketing manager of industry relations for Pfizer Animal Health and chair of the CATalyst Council. “Our goal is to recognize and celebrate why cats are such popular companions. We applaud the efforts of these major metropolitan areas for providing a wealth of resources for cats and their owners along with their earned accolade of being one of America’s Top 10 Cat-Friendly Cities.”

To learn morea bout CATalyst, visit www.catalystcouncil.org.

TICA Pride! Show Off TICA In Our New Logo Wear

bagTICA has a new, really cool online store. Yup, a grand opening of our line of logo wear, and other items (like computer bags, travel bags, and more).

If you’re an exhibitor…a member….or just a big cat lover like all of us….buy a TICA item. Show your support for TICA and the magnificent felines we love so much.

We’ll be adding new items — like mugs, pens and even custom t-shirts ballcapwith photos of cats — so create an account, and you’ll be added to our email alert list. That way you’ll know when new items are added to the TICA store, or if we have a sale.

Don’t delay….register today…start shopping and wear the TICA logo proudly.