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.

TICA Welcomes Interim Regional Directors

Interim Regional Directors who will hold the position until elections take place later this year have been named by TICA:

Mike Vasquez has been appointed as interim Regional Director and Board member for the Great Lakes Region. He will serve until elections are held next year. The Great Lakes Region encompasses 12 locations: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Ontario. He has served as the region’s show reporter.

Jay Bangle will act as interim Regional Director and Board member for the Mid Pacific Region this year. The Mid Pacific region includes four states: Nevada, Northern California, Oregon and Utah. Jay is a Provisional All-Breed Judge and Chair of TICA’s Legislative Committee. Under her cattery Bangles, Jay has bred and shown many winning Bengals.

TICA Welcomes the Diamond Eye Cat from Thailand

TICA has accepted a Preliminary New Breed: the Khaomanee. Effective May 1st, as a Preliminary New Breed, the Khaomanee is eligible to be shown at TICA sanctioned shows but do not earn titles or points towards Annual Awards and must follow specific rules to be eligible for the next step in achieving championship status.

The Khaomanee, also known as the Diamond Eye cat, is a rare breed of cat originating in Thailand. Its ancestry dates back hundreds of years, and is even mentioned in the Tamra Maew, or Cat Book Poems.

Its short, white, close-lying coat, and its blue, gold or odd eyed colored eyes makes it attractive to cat lovers. The Khaomanee is a moderate build but very muscular, and has a very active and intelligent personality.

TICA to Co-Host Meet the Breeds with AKC

In just a little over four months TICA will once again join forces with the American Kennel Club (AKC) to co-host Meet the Breeds at the Jacob Javitts Center in New York City on October 20-21, 2012!

Last year more than 40,000 pet lovers walked Meet the Breeds. Many had a chance to see breeds of cats that they’ve only heard about or seen on TV or in books! Like the Bengal (by the way, the Bengal breeders won “best display” last year!).

Cats also showed off “their style” on the (cat fashion) runway…jumped through hoops and weaved in and out of poles on the agility course…and sat patiently as cat lovers snapped photos of cats that they loved meeting!

If you can get to New York City, come see us! You can find more information about Meet the Breeds at www.meetthebreeds.org

 

 

 

Savannah and Kurilian Bobtail Accepted to Championship Status

TICA has announced that the Savannah and the Kurilian Bobtail breeds have been accepted to Championship Status! Now they join the other 47 breeds that can compete for championship titles and Regional and International awards.

The first known Savannah was born April 7, 1986 when a female domestic cat gave birth to a kitten sired by an African Serval. This F1 (first generation hybrid cross) was the first on record. This unusual female kitten had both domestic and Serval like traits. Both the kitten and breed were named “Savannah”. Patrick Kelly heard about Savannah and decided he wanted to try to develop a new breed. He persuaded a breeder, Joyce Sroufe, to join him in his efforts. Together they wrote the original TICA Breed Standard. TICA accepted the Savannah for registration in 2001.

The Kurilian Bobtail is a natural breed of cat tracing its origins to the Russian Island of Sakhalin and to the Kuril Islands, an archipelago of approximately 56 volcanic islands, stretching 700 miles between the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka and the Japanese island Hokkaido, separating the Sea of Okhotsk from the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the thirteen natural breeds of cat recognized by TICA.

Breeds of cats who have been accepted for championship status are eligible to compete in TICA sanctioned shows and eligible for appropriate titles and/or computation of Annual Awards. These cats must be 8 months of age or more and may be male, female, neuter or spay. Pedigreed kittens (under 8 months of age) do not earn titles, but are eligible to compete in TICA sanctioned shows and may earn points towards Annual Awards.

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 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

TICA Announces Election Results

 

TICA recently announced the result of elections for President, Vice President and Breed Committees. This was the first year that qualified members of TICA used an online voting system. More than 60 percent of the votes were submitted online for the first time in the history of TICA.

Vickie Fisher was reelected as President, and Bobbie Tullo was reelected as Vice President of the organization. There were no seats being filled for Board of Directors this year.

Breed committee chairs and members were elected for the next few years. To see a full list of breed committee results, visit the TICA site.

The Breed chair and other committee members work with the breed based on the breed standard, and focus on improving the breed that their committee oversees.

Congratulations to everyone who was voted in for the next two years!