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 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.
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
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.
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!
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
For many the new year has started…..and for those who will bring in the new year soon….HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your cats from everyone at TICA’s executive office, our Board Members, members, exhibitors, breeders…and their cats!
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!
The American Kennel Club (AKC) reported a record number of pet lovers who attended this year’s AKC Meet the Breeds in New York City. Over 40,000 people came to the third annual event co-hosted with TICA at the Jacob Javits Center on November 19-20, 2011.
“TICA was proud to be a part of AKC Meet the Breeds and give kids the opportunity to walk through the Bengal breed booth decorated as the jungle, and pet the loveable Toyger cat that looks like a wild Tiger, while their parents learned about responsible pet ownership and the importance of learning the characteristics of each breed before you add it to your family,” said TICA President Vickie Fisher.
“The AKC was pleased to join forces with TICA to once again offer the public this opportunity to meet and play with dogs and cats, including some of the rarest breeds most people may have only read about or have seen on television,” said American Kennel Club Assistant Vice President Gina DiNardo. “This entertaining and educational event helped teach children of all ages – including local Girl Scout and Brownie troops – about which dog or cat could become a lifelong member of their family and how to be a responsible owner.”