From TICA's President
I encourage everyone to take advantage of preserving their cat's pictures and tracing TICA's history by advertising their cats in TICA's two great publications: the Yearbook and the Trend. In the Trend, the TICA Trendsetters, feature titled cats at various levels during the show season. Contact Judith Milling, the TICA Trend Editor, to place a photo of your cat in the Trendsetters.
- Trend Cutoff Dates:
- Dec/Jan Issue: Oct 31
- Feb/Mar Issue: Dec 31
- Apr/May Issue: Feb 28 (Board Meeting Notes)
- Jun/Jul Issue: Apr 30
- Aug/Sep Issue: Jun 30 (Regional Winners)
- Oct/Nov Issue: Aug 31 (Intl Winners & Meeting Notes)
In the Yearbook, the photo of your winning cat or favorite cat could be placed in the various sections: Outstanding Sire/Dam. Lifetime Achievement, Supreme Gallery, Grand Gallery or In Memory. You could also advertise your cattery in the Breeders Directory or take out an advertisement. For a Yearbook ad, contact the TICA Yearbook Editor, Chris Unangst. TICA's history is also traced in various issues of the Trend and the Yearbook.
Fate Mays, TICA President
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Cats vs. Dogs: Let's Call a Truce
While a dog may greet you with barking, jumping, tail-wagging, or licking, a cat may say the same thing by slowly blinking her eyes, gently bumping your chin, shaping her tail into a question mark, or, of course, purring. Subtle, maybe, but are all your friends noisy extroverts? I'm sure you treasure the quiet ones too. Again, cats and dogs help remind us how living things complement each other. Read More
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Canine dominance bows to tabby chic as cat sequencing takes off
Cats may have beaten dogs on the Internet but felines have been a rare breed in genetics labs compared with their canine counterparts. Now, at last, cats are clawing their way into genomics.
At a meeting this week in San Diego, California, a close-knit group of geneticists unveiled the first results from an effort to sequence the genomes of 99 domestic cats. The work will benefit both humans and felines, the researchers say, by mapping the mutations underlying conditions that afflict the two species, such as kidney disease.
"It's a great time to be in cat genomics," says William Murphy, a geneticist at Texas A&M University in College Station who is involved in the effort. Plummeting costs for DNA sequencing now make it possible to do genomics cheaply - and cat genomics, long under-funded compared with similar efforts in dogs, is benefiting, he says. "We're finally at the point where we can do all sorts of things we wanted to do 5 or 10 years ago." Read More
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TICA Member, Ying Chien Wang shared TICA's Dance With Cats Club's note on Facebook:
Unforgettable scene - the owner of a 18-years-old tabby cat cried with joy because the cat was awarded the prize... at 2014 TICA cat show hold by DWCC in Taiwan. The tabby cat, Brita, is 19 years old now... he was abandoned in a garbage can on the street. His owner Ms. Ho found him unexpectedly and rescued him, gave him a loving, warm and forever home.
Last TICA cat show was the first cat show that Brita entered. Brita, 18 years old, won the 2nd prize with his very well health and very stable personality. His owner Ms. Ho cried terribly with great joy when Brita was awarded. Such a moved scene that touched everyone's heart that day. Ms. Ho remembered the little poor kitty in a garbage can she met 18 years ago... She said she is so touched that TICA gave ordinary Brita a glorious moment and makes Brita so special... so she cannot help but cried.
But more sweet thing is... The owner of the cat who won 1st prize HHP decided to favor Brita with their big gift - a set of professional pet photograph - what a lovely couple of cat owners. Dance with Cat Club and Mix pet photographer decided to provide both of them a set of professional photos. Because they are both the 1st prize in our heart. We learned from this story - a cat show is not only a stage of breed cat but every cat's stage - Do you have a cat? Breed is not a necessary, no need to have a pedigree. But they have the potential to be a shinning star on cat show.
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Salem the cat makes a journey across Lexington to a family he loves and a home he never knew
By car, the 8.3 miles between Salem the cat's old home in the Beaumont Centre area to his new one in Masterson Station takes about 15 minutes.
But Salem - oh, let's just go ahead and call him Salem the Wonder Cat - took about two months to get there, and he alone knows the route. The most amazing thing is that Salem showed up in the backyard of a house he'd never been to.
His owner, Elizabeth Ober, can't figure out how the cat managed the trek. She has mentally plotted courses requiring him to travel across New Circle and Versailles roads. She has considered that he might have somehow traipsed the back way through Calumet Farm, braving the elements and the occasional coyote. But she's not sure how it can really be explained. In fact, when a skinny black cat, about half Salem's original weight, showed up howling in her yard, she didn't believe it was him. Read More
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