Summertime Cat Care: Keeping Feline Healthy and Happy

Summer is time to enjoy the long sunny days, beautiful flowers and plants, and barbecues and swimming. But did you know that all of these can be a hazard to your cat? 

 Sunny days mean potential heatstroke and sunburn. No different than their owner, cats need shade and plenty of water to keep cool. If they’re near a lot of sunlight, even if they’re inside, make sure they have a place to get out of the sun because they can get sunburned and potentially skin cancer! If a cat gets overheated – indoors or outdoors – then they can end up in the ER with heat stroke.

 Many plants – inside or outside – can be poisonous or an irritant to cats if ingested. It’s best to not have any plants easy for them to chew on, and if you have a cat or kitten that does like a green leaf to chew on, then plant some wheatgrass in a low pot so they can enjoy healthy greens that are good for them! It’ll also take care of their desire to chew on green, leafy plants. You can find a full list of poisonous plants to watch out for on the TICA site.

 If your cat goes outdoors (which we don’t recommend!) then be careful about barbecues with burning or smoldering charcoals, and swimming pools that the cat can fall into easily. It’s good to know how to care for burns and a cat that is drowning in case your vet is closed or an emergency clinic is not close by.

 Another hazard are insects: from biting fleas, to stinging ants and wasps/bees. Be prepared and ask your vet what is best to have on hand if your cat gets stung. Also be proactive with flea prevention: talk to your vet about recommended methods to control fleas on your cat and in your house. A safe method of controlling flea populations in your yard is to have nematodes sprayed by a professional organic lawn care service. Microscopic, nematodes are happy to munch away on fleas and their eggs, fire ants and aphids.

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.

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.