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Feline Focused Coloring Book

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TICA's World of Cats: All Kinds of Purrfect is a brand new coloring book for all ages presenting the diverse beauty of the cats of The International Cat Association (TICA), the world's largest genetic registry of cats. "TICA recognizes the distinctive looks of pedigreed breeds and household pets of no breed at all. Cats are masterpieces of nature, each one is perfect or "purrfect", notes TICA President Fate Mays.

The book contrasts the distinguishing characteristics of the cats with an array of people reinforcing beauty, like felines or humans, comes in different shapes, sizes and colors but all are "purrfect" to someone. Copies of the book will be available for free to spectators at The International Show at the Holiday Inn PDX January 29-31, 2016. The illustrator and author will be on hand for signings, with cats to pet from 12-1 PM Saturday & Sunday. Read More.

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Cats in Your Community

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Written by Catherine Johnson | February 11, 2016
The New Culture Club, a not-for-profit volunteer cat club affiliated with the International Cat Association, hosted the International Cat Show for the 11th year at the Holiday Inn conference center from January 29 through 31. Thousands of people attended the weekend-long event, which included a food drive benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.

Pamela Barrett, the International Cat Show manager, has traveled all over the world as a judge and is celebrating her 40th anniversary doing cat shows. "I've always felt it was my job to introduce people to cats, and cats to people," said Barrett. "There's a cat for every personality, every style from modern art to traditional. They are the way I feel we connect to nature, because we are so computerized and connected. To me, your pet is how you connect through the living world." Barrett said this year they had record attendance numbers, which may be because it's the first year they used social media in attempts to reach younger people.

"I'm an older generation person, and this year I went out and worked social media," said Barrett. "Old dog, new tricks! Old cat!" The marketing director for TICA, Roeann Fulkerson, believes that cats are the number-one pet in the United States and are only growing in popularity. Read More.

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A Brief History of Post Office Cats

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When the Royal Mail announced that it will be opening a Postal Museum and Mail Rail exhibition that will feature a restored section of a little-known underground railroad, it kind of buried the real story. Sure, the institution is responsible for such mail-delivery revolutions as the postage stamp and the iconic red pillar mailbox, but the upcoming heritage effort is exciting for more than mere philatelic history. Located beneath the streets of London, the Royal Mail will also pay tribute to the phenomenon of post office cats.

The Guardian's Maev Kennedy reports that the museum will feature a display paying homage to the the postal system's furry employees of yore-post office cats with their own wages and pensions. Early postmasters weren't necessarily cat lovers; they needed a way to get rid of mice. So they brought cats in to their buildings. But cats don't eat for free, and in 1868 the Secretary of the Post Office authorized post offices to hire cats, allotting only one shilling, not the requested two, a week to feed all three original cats-over time, the salary of these furry workers would sometimes result in bitter battles over just how much money they deserved. In 1918, a finicky cat helped bump the salary up, giving each cat its own weekly shilling, and that rate remained until the 1950s, when it was revealed that the one-shilling-a-week allowance had stayed the same, though the rate apparently kept up with inflation over the years. Read More.

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Do you have the purr-fect cat? Entries open for feline of the year

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Do you have a remarkable cat? A Sussex-based charity is launching a competition to find the nation's bravest, caring and friendliest felines.

Finalists will go whisker-to-whisker with cats from the rest of the country to compete for the title of National Cat of the Year.

The title was won in 2014 by Cleo who helped raise the alarm and provide comfort when owner Richard Jenkins suffered a heart attack.

Owners have until noon on Friday 29 April to nominate their cat for one of the following categories:

  • Hero Cat - Cats that save the day
  • Most Caring Cat - Cats that have a positive impact on an owner's health or wellbeing
  • Furr-ever Friends - Tales of friendship between children and cats
  • Outstanding Rescue Cat - Felines adopted from animal welfare organisations
Enter Now.

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Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.

While people tend to think in terms of "seasons" (tornado, hurricane, flood, blizzard, etc...) you should ALWAYS have a disaster preparedness plan in place because a disaster also includes fires, and other unexpected catastrophic events.

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. Read More.

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Newest Internet Celebrity: Felix the Cat Who Lives in a British Train Station

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By Robert Paul Reyes

Felix, the cat was brought to the train station five years ago to catch mice at the age of only nine weeks old, she has now been promoted to Senior Pest Controller.Now that she`s in management Felix gets to wear a reflective vest and a name badge. Her new status hasn`t gone to Felix`s head, she stills goes about her daily routine of catching and killing mice.

Felix the cat`s popularity on the Internet has grown following her promotion, but she still has a long way to go to reach the heights of Internet glory achieved by the likes of Grumpy Cat.

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Nissan reminds us to check for sleeping cats before starting cars with adorable montage

Nissan is on a roll this week with clever commercials!

First it was the intelligent parking chairs, and now it's this insanely adorable public service announcement/cute cat montage reminding everyone to check their cars for napping kitties before starting them. Nissan has even come up with a hashtag for their campaign: #KnockKnockCats! Well, it works a bit better in Japanese as #猫バンバン (#nekobanban), which has literally the same meaning, but just sounds cuter. Please don't actually go around knocking on cats!

As you probably already know, cats love warm places and sleeping - and in the winter, warm places for sleeping are in relatively short supply. Cars, though, often provide comfy places for our feline friends to nap, which can have disastrous results if you start your engine while a kitty is purring away on the engine. Of course, you might also find them in the tire wells, so giving your car a good thump or two should wake any sleeping kitties and get them out before you drive away.

So be sure to check your car before you start it, or this very angry cat will haunt your dreams for the rest of your life! Watch Now.

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This Lady Vows to Herd Felines at Amazing Acro-Cat Circus in Phoenix

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Standing up on her hind legs, tail languidly snaking back and forth, Tuna the cat flips the page on a pink easel, revealing a sign that reads in bold block letters: "Welcome to the show." The audience squeals in delight, then bursts into laughter when she bats down the next page, cheekily demanding: "Applause." That's just the beginning of the Amazing Acro-Cat circus, which will perform in Phoenix for two weeks beginning February 25. During the show, organized to encourage people to adopt pets from local shelters and rescues, Tuna and her 13 feline colleagues also jump through garland covered hoops, balance on rolling balls, walk tightropes, and even play in a band called "The Rock Cats." All the performers are rescued orphans and strays.

"Their music is terrible," says Samantha Martin, the cat's trainer, who calls herself "chief executive human" of the operation. "But it's really amusing to see all these animals plucking at guitars, pinging at the piano, and playing the drums." Martin describes The Rock Cat's style as "free form jazz meets noise band," but admits, with a giggle, "they just play whatever they feel like playing." They are, after all, cats - animals so notorious for their disdain for direction that they inspired the cliche "hard as herding cats." Read & Watch More.

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Common Emergencies for Kittens

By Lorie Huston, DVM
It can be quite frightening to see your kitten suffering, especially if you are unsure whether the situation should be considered an emergency. When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian or the nearest animal hospital. But to hopefully better prepare you, here are some of the most common kitten emergencies found in emergency veterinary hospitals around the country.

Difficulty Breathing
If your kitten is having difficulty breathing, you should seek veterinary care immediately. Typically, this means that the lungs or airways are compromised. Many things can cause a kitten to have trouble breathing. Infectious disease is a possibility. Some of these diseases can result in pneumonia. Foreign objects stuck in the throat or trachea are a possibility as well. Damage to the lungs caused by trauma is another potential cause. Allergic reactions, congenital heart failure, and toxins are additional potential causes of respiratory distress.Any difficulty breathing should be considered a serious problem, requiring immediate evaluation by a veterinarian. Often radiographs are necessary to evaluate the lungs and airways.

Coughing and Choking
Choking can be a serious problem, even if the symptoms resolve within seconds. Lack of proper oxygenation or the build-up of fluid within the lungs can be a dangerous consequence of choking.Coughing is a vague symptom of several possibilities, including viruses, bacteria, fungal pneumonia, allergic bronchitis, or even congenital heart disease. Upper respiratory infections (URIs) are one of the most common causes of coughing in kittens. Often, a kitten with an URI will also exhibit signs such as sneezing, runny eyes, and a runny nose. Any compromise in your pet's respiratory ability should be evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Vomiting and Diarrhea
Vomiting and/or diarrhea can be caused by many different things, including a sudden change in diet parasites, dietary indiscretion, infectious diseases, toxins, and more. Some cases of vomiting or diarrhea may be mild and self-limiting. But persistent or severe vomiting and diarrhea can be problematic. Your kitten can rapidly become dehydrated with these symptoms. Depending on the underlying cause, symptoms can drastically worsen in a matter of hours.

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Entrance: The line to get into the show was often double lines, four wide and non-stop starting Friday afternoon.

International Show, Portland
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Friday morning at 4:30am curtain call for network morning show. We had over 35-40 people with their cats, happy to be promoting TICA and the show.

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Below was morning show anchor attempting to use his mic while holding cats.

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Friday morning 4:30am curtain call. Check out those smiling faces!

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Our exhibitors had a tough time getting to ring calls. The crowds were amazing.

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