Vicki Jo Harrison Honored as 2012 Judge of the Year

After breeding and showing Siamese and Oriental Shorthairs for thirty-one years, Vicki Jo Harrison entered TICA’s judging program in 1996. Now seventeen years  and thousands of cats judged around the world later, Vicki Jo has been named Judge of the Year for 2012.

“I am very honored and humbled to have received this award,” said Vicki Jo.

Vicki Jo and her husband John breed and show Oriental Shorthairs under their cattery, Radiance located in the South Central Region, and have produced numerous International, Regional and Breed winners.

She also sits as Chair of TICA’s Siamese and Oriental Shorthair Breed Committees.

Congratulations Vicki Jo!

World’s Best Cat Will Land in Columbus Ohio This Week!

Columbus Ohio get ready because this coming weekend you’re going to have the world’s best Cat — a black Persian named IW SGC Nuit Magiques Ellington of Yvarie – in your town for TICA’s Internationa Cat Show and Annual Awards Banquet. Ellington will be joined by the world’s best Kitten, Alter, Household Pet Cat and Householld Pet Kitten when they are all honored at the Awards Banquet.
The “Best” for 2011-2012 are:

2012 Best Cat
IW SGC Nuit Magiques Ellington Of Yvarie
Black Persian
Marie Sarton – European South Region

2012 Best Kitten
IW Kelimcoons Don Cesar Of Sarajen
Brown (Black) Classic Tabby/White Maine Coon
Teri Matzkin – Mid-Atlantic Region

2012 Best Alter
IW SGCA Sunsoar Sambucca Of Bryndiar/Cf
Black Exotic Shorthair
Sandra Lopes – Northeast Region

2012 Best Household Pet
IW SGM Bashful Beryl Of Careycats
Red Classic Tabby/White
Tanya Carey – Southeast Region

2012 Best Household Pet Kitten
IW Soffiee
Brown (Black) Mackerel Torbie/White
Linda Swierczynski – Mid-Atlantic Region

More than 400 cats including other TICA International and Regional winners will be on display at TICA’s International Cat Show held in conjunction with its awards banquet. The Show will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. To learn more visit www.columbuscatshow.com

Get Ready for Isaac and Other 2012 Storms

If you’re in the path of Isaac, and you haven’t already prepared for evacuation…or you live where hurricanes and storms can hit this season, then make sure you print off TICA’s Disaster Preparedness Checklist.

For all cat owners in Florida who are in the path of Isaac, here are some links you may need:

Pet-friendly Shelters

Pet-friendly Hotels/Motels

TICA cares about all cats and their families….and we want to keep you safe!

Felidae Parade of Breeds at Meet the Breeds to Feature Over 50 Breeds of Cats!

The International Cat Association (TICA) and FELIDAE Natural Cat Foods have partnered to bring the diverse world of cats to one stage as over 50 recognized breeds from TICA will be taking to the cat walk each day during the Parade of Breeds at AKC Meet the Breeds® in New York City on October 20 and 21 at Javits Center.

If you plan on attending Meet the Breeds, make sure to attend TICA’s Parade of Breeds on the main cat stage which Felidae Natural Cat Foods is sponsoring this year. More than 50 recognized breeds including the Korat, Bengal, Thai and Maine Coon will be presented by a TICA judge. You’ll learn about the diversity of type, shape, and personality as explained by an expert panel of distinguished TICA judges.

You’ll learn why the Abyssinian has an iridescent glow to the color of its coat, the history behind the Turkish Vans love of water, and if the Savannah cat “really does have an eye on the back of each ear”. And if you haven’t had the chance to travel the world, you’ll see cats representing felines from around the world including the Russian Federations Siberian, the Dalles Oregon LaPerm Cat, and Thailand’s blue cat, the Korat.

Reserve your tickets online for #MeettheBreeds at https://v2.interactiveticketing.com/tickets/t248_2012_akc_meet_the_breeds_1207116eb9/tickets1.php

Hundreds of Cats Will Be On Hand at Meet the Breeds

if you didn’t get to meet a Bengal in person last year in New York City, you’ll have another chance at this year’s Meet the Breeds co-hosted by The International Cat Association (TICA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC).

You can reserve your tickets now online at www.MeettheBreeds.com. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children if reserved in advance.

Even if you did come last year, don’t miss this year’s event and see the Bengal, Persian, Siamese, Havana, and other representatives of TICA’s more than 50 recognized breeds of cats.

To see what you missed last year — or had fun seeing! — you can watch some photos from last year’s event at www.akc.org/meet_the_breeds/2011photos.html

Keep Kitty In Your Disaster Preparedness Emergency Plans

You never know when something will happen. No matter if it’s a natural disaster – tornado, storm, flood, hurricane, fires — or another type of disaster, make sure you keep kitty in mind when putting together your emergency plan for your family!

The International Cat Association (TICA) works to preserve the welfare of cats around the world, and want to make sure you and your cats are safe from harm. Our disaster preparedness plan will help make sure you’re not caught off guard.

Our disaster checklist will help you plan ahead and assemble an emergency plan and “kit” that you can have on hand all year round. Have peace of mind for you, kitty and your family by using TICA’s downloadable checklist.

 

Cats From Around the World Will Face Off in Ohio

Cat lovers from the Midwest will have the opportunity to see the world’s best of the best cats, kittens and alters at TICA’s Annual International Cat Show in Columbus, Ohio on September 1-2, 2012. We can’t tell you who the Best Cat, Kitten, Alter, Household Pet or Household Pet Kitten was for last season … but we will soon..and they’ll join our past International winners from the past 30+ years.

All we can say is you won’t be disappointed when you see which breeds represented their categories for 2011-2012!

Over 400 cats are planned to be on hand for the 12-ring show that will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. In addition to hundreds of cats, there were will be many vendors on hand with things that your cat — or you or other cat lovers you know — will enjoy!

Make sure you get a chance to see some of the world’s finest felines at TICA’s 2012 Annual.

Another Season Ends With Record Number of Winners

Another season has come and gone and The International Cat Association (TICA) is ready to crown new winners around the world! The 2011-2012 season that ended April 30th, saw many new champions crowned….new breeds capturing regional and international titles…and more cats from around the world taking top honors in the cat, kitten, alter, household pet or household pet kitten divisions!

TICA’s regions will be holding their regional awards banquets soon around the world to honor the top cats in each of the divisions, plus breed winners. The Annual Cat Show and Awards Banquet where the International winners from around the world will be celebrated in Columbus, Ohio on September 1-2, 2012.

Watch for more information on TICA’s Facebook or TICA web site when we announced the cats, kittens, alters, household pet cats and household pet kittens take top honors!

 

Go Green and Recycle Cat Litter Containers

Nowadays we all try to do our part for the planet and “go green” by sorting out plastics, metal and paper products from our trash. Well, now you can find even more creative ways to reuse your cat litter containers. Take a few minutes to watch this quick video!

And if you’re wondering how to reuse kitty litter, if you use one of the natural litters made from newspaper, corn, wheat or wood, then you can recycle them too!

  • Spread unsoiled litter on oil spots in your garage or driveway!
  • Fill holes in your yard with the natural wood litter
  • Add to your compost pile – but make sure you take any solids out before you do that!
  • Spread the wood litter as compost directly on your yard

And don’t forget the litter pail or container: use them to store stuff in (what about bird seed?), carry water in, or, drill a hole in the bottom and plant some cat grass or catnip!

Here’s to a Lucky Cat: the Maneki Neko

If you’ve ever visited a Chinese restaurant I’m sure you’ve seen the white or gold cat with a paw raised up in the air, greeting you as you enter.

Well, that happy faced cat is claimed to bring good luck and its name is the Maneki Neko.

In TICA, the Neko brings good luck to our junior exhibitors as their mascot! Next time you’re at a show, look closely at a Japanese Bobtail and you’ll see that the Neko is fashioned after these sweet cats with curly or stubby tails.

To learn the Neko’s history, click here.