June is Disaster Prepared Month

Since TICA is headquartered in South Texas, we know all too well about hurricanes and having to be ready in case one decides to swing inland.

Look at what happened during the past few years all along the Gulf Coast and East Coast. But it’s not just hurricanes that you need to be ready for…you need to remember that it’s tornado season, and also flooding can occur inland along the rivers. Earthquakes. Forest fires. No matter where you live, you need to be ready because you never know what type of natural disaster can happen, or an accident such as a fire, flooded home, etc.

Tails Pet Media Group lists the things you should remember to have ready for your pets in case of any unplanned emergency:

Make sure you have a travel bag with your cat's food, medicines, papers, tags, etc in case of an emergency.

Make sure you have a travel bag with your cat's food, medicines, papers, tags, etc in case of an emergency.

1. Make sure your pets are already microchipped and registered through an identification program and that all ID tags are on them.
2. Prepare yourself and your human family first. If you are unprepared, you will be unable to help your animals.
3. Have a “go kit” for each member of your family ready in case evacuation is necessary. Similarly create and maintain a “go kit” for each of your animals.
4. In case you must “shelter in place,” prepare your home and maintain the necessary supplies, adequate food, and medication for the humans and pets in your family.
5. For each animal, a kit should include the following supplies: a two-week supply of food and water; hygiene products such as cat litter, paper towels, and plastic bags; a cage or crate; necessary leashes and collars; and vaccination records, photos of your pet, and your veterinarian’s phone number in a waterproof bag.
6. If your pets have medical needs, maintain copies of updated veterinary records and a minimum of a two-week supply of medications. Do not assume there will be veterinary care immediately available at an evacuation shelter.
7. Learn in advance where pet-friendly public shelters will be located in your community in the event of an evacuation.
8. If an emergency strikes, bring pets indoors immediately. Natural disasters, such as a wildfire, hurricane, or tornado, can produce unhealthy air and dangerous debris.
9. If you are separated from your pet, visit shelters regularly with a photo and veterinary records to identify your animal.

And remember, now shelters will not turn you away because you have your pet with you. So if you do need to leave your house during an unplanned event, and don’t have family or friends to stay with or can’t afford a hotel room, go to the local place they have set up for a makeshift shelter for you and your cat (and other pets).

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.

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.