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

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.

The Real Cats of New Jersey and New York City

The Real Housewives of New Jersey and New York City sure can’t beat those cats who resemble those famous ladies . What do you think “Real Housewives” fans?

The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Caroline Manzo – Is seen as the matriarch of the Housewives. Caroline is dedicated to, and protective of, her family famously proclaiming “You mess with my family, you mess with me.”
Cat Breed: The Maine Coon is serious, rugged and strong. A good natured cat they get along well with children and are not afraid of work.

Teresa Giudice – Outspoken and devoted to family, Teresa is not afraid to speak her mind, even if it sometimes means making a scene. She is also one of the flashiest housewives.
Cat Breed: The flashy coat of the Bengal surpasses none. Busy and vocal, the Bengal is never too shy to speak its mind. This cat is loyal to the family and always an active participant in whatever is going on.

Jacqueline Laurita- Quiet and bland, Jacqueline, a mother of three, struggles to keep her teenage daughter on the right track.
Cat Breed: The Ragdoll is a loving, quiet cat with a laidback disposition. They are known for their tolerant attitudes with other animals and especially children.

Melissa Gorga –While dedicated to her husband and their children, Melissa puts family first and will stop at nothing to defend her husband over her sister-in-law.
Cat Breed: The Korat is energetic, intelligent and affectionate. This cat loves to play but is very gentle when playing with children.

The Real Housewives of New York City

Jill Zarin – The devoted mom, wife and friend whose loud, combative antics and attention-seeking ego took her from the darling to villain in seasons past and now looks for balance somewhere in between. 

Cat Breed:  The Ocicat may look wild but is absolutely devoted to its family while also being confident and outgoing with visitors. Powerful cats, they look ready to stalk their prey (their toy mouse that is) at any second and can be possessive of their play things if you try to take them away.

 Kelly Killoren BensimonFinding respite in her world of unicorns and rainbows, Kelly is known for her playful and carefree personality.

Cat Breed:  The Singapura’s large eyes twinkle with mischief in their angelic face. This impish, intelligent cat is curious, extroverted and has to help you with everything you do.

 LuAnn de Lesseps - LuAnn likes being referred to by her aristocratic title the “Countess.” Devoted to her two children, she is energetic and versatile—whether she is relaxing in the Hamptons or lunching in Manhattan.

Cat Breed: Wearing four white gloves 24/7, the Birman was once revered by priests in Burma. This cat makes the greatest buddy, friend, confidant, and all around purrfect pet.

 Ramona Singer - Ramona is best known for her “crazy eyes” and her zeal for work, as she boldly proclaims that she loves making her own money and finds it “an aphrodisiac.

Cat Breed: Abyssinians are wonderful companions who are interested in everything around them and what everybody is doing.  While exceedingly social, they are not always content in large cat populations where they have to share attention.

 Alex McCord - Previously reserved, Alex took her claws out in the past two seasons and has found her voice.

Cat Breed: The Siamese is an elegant breed that is very vocal. Their eyes radiate intelligence and emotion. The legendary voice of the Siamese communicates like that of no other cat.

 Sonja MorganHas a taste for luxury and fun.  While staying out of drama last season, this year Sonja became a little bossy, informing new housewife Cindy of the “pecking order.”

Cat Breed: The glamorous Persian cat is one of the oldest breeds of cats, it’s known for its long, luxurious coat. This cat demands a quiet attention and when lavished with love, it will silently pay back with a soft purr.  

 Cindy BarshopIs proud of her independence as a single mom and her ownership of “Completely Bare,” a chain of hair-removal spas, but is suspicious of the intentions of others.

Cat Breed: – The Sphynx is one of a few hairless breeds. This cat is loyal and dedicated to their owner while also inquisitive and intelligent.

 

Simon van KempenHousehusband Simon is known for his outrageous fashion flair.

Cat Breed: The Egyptian Mau is a vocal and active breed with a happy nature that is often in the midst of trouble.  Grooming is important – after all, they have to show off all those spots on their coat!

All of these breeds will be on hand at Meet the Breeds at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, November 19-20. You can learn more at www.akcmeetthebreeds.org

TICA Cats Join AKC Dogs at Meet the Breeds

TICA has been invited by the American Kennel Club® (AKC) to join forces when they return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on November 19th & 20th to host the third annual AKC Meet the Breeds® event. It’s the world’s largest gathering of dogs and cats, with more than 160 breeds of dogs and 50 breeds of cats on hand for animal lovers to see in person.
Cat lovers who attend AKC Meet the Breeds will have the rare opportunity to see most of the breeds of cats TICA recognizes including the world’s most popular breed of cat, the Bengal, in person.

Kids can pretend to be in the wild and pet a Toyger cat that resembles a tiger but has the sweet personality of a domestic kitten, the “bunny rabbit” of the feline world-the Cymric-and many more breeds including the Maine Coon, Persian, Sphynx, Havana Brown and more!

AKC Meet the Breeds is sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider. Not only is it the world’s largest showcase of dogs and cats but AKC Meet the Breeds offers pet lovers a unique opportunity to play with some of the country’s rarest dog and cat breeds while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle.

Dogs and cats. What more can you want? How about top experts in every pet-related field on hand to answer your questions about breeding, training, grooming, nutrition and first aid. Or shop for your feline or canine friend from more than 100 vendors. Watch cat agility – and dog agility plus other events – at the demonstration rings. And kids won’t come out empty handed when they visit the breed booths and vendor booths to collect goodies to take home.

You can find out more information about Meet the Breeds 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.

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.

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

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