Join us for our TICA Annual Show and Banquet this weekend in San Diego. So much is going on; Peoples Choice Award, Feline Agility, over 300 cats present & competing for top awards, and much more!
San Diego Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2016: TICA Board Meeting
San Diego Sept. 3 - 4, 2016: TICA Cat Show at the Town & Country Resort from 10 AM to 5 PM each day. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
San Diego Sept. 3, 2016: TICA Annual Awards Banquet
America's Finest Felines is proud to announce that we will be raffling off this generous donation from Sturdi Products.
The donation is a full matching Show Shelter set up, including table skirt, floor mats, large hammock, grooming back plate.
Every exhibitor who has entered a cat in our show will have their name entered in a drawing, as a thank you for their support of the San Diego Annual.
We thank Sturdi Products and the Exhibitors for their continued support of the TICA Annuals.
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Cats typically aren't very social creatures like dogs, so cat lovers can't get together with other feline enthusiasts for play dates.
But cat shows such as The International Cat Association Inc.'s Mid-Atlantic Regional Show recently at Riveredge in Greenfields are mega play dates for those who connect through their love of cats.
"I get to see people I normally don't see," said Jay Davis of Westminster, Md.
Davis entered two cats for judging, a Bengal and a short-haired minuet, a cross between a Persian and a short-legged munchkin.
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Lost cats that are not found by their families are a major contributing factor to the feral cat, homeless cat, and shelter cat populations. This is evident when you realize that the national "Return to Owner" (RTO) rate for stray cats that end up in animal shelters is 2%. That’s only two percent! Through education and research, Missing Pet Partnership (MPP), a Seattle-based national nonprofit organization, is working to change those statistics!
"The majority of indoor-only cats that escape outside don’t travel very far," says Kat Albrecht, founder of Missing Pet Partnership. "Cat owners pass out flyers to neighbors and call out loud for their cat, never realizing that their cat is panicked and likely hiding in silence nearby." Ultimately, the cat owners who fail to locate their missing cat give up hope and abandon all search efforts. However, as Albrecht points out, "Those missing cats end up somewhere—most often living as feral cats, or they end up in animal shelters where many are euthanized."
Since 2002, MPP has been working to educate animal guardians and animal shelter workers in what they call "lost cat behaviors." These behaviors include the fact that an indoor-only cat that escapes outside is a very different situation that requires different search tactics compared to the outdoor-access cat that suddenly vanishes from his home. "When an indoor-only cat escapes outside, it is displaced," Albrecht said, "and you can often recover those cats by using a baited humane trap." In contrast, Albrecht said that when an outdoor-access cat vanishes, it means that "something has happened to the cat—it might be sick, injured, or trapped and it could be inside your neighbor’s yard, unable to move or meow." The best course of action to locate a missing outdoor-access cat is to obtain permission from your neighbors to get into their yards and search under and in every conceivable hiding place for your cat. As Albrecht puts it, "Your neighbor is not going to get on their belly to crawl under their deck to look for your cat, yet because cats are territorial in nature, neighbor’s yards are where many missing cats are most likely to be found."
Recently, MPP partnered with the University of Queensland (Australia) to conduct a Missing Cat Study that will examine the distances that lost cats travel and the most effective recovery methods. They are looking for cat guardians from around the world who’ve lost (and later found) a cat to fill out their online survey. The results of the study will be published both by the University of Queensland and on MPP’s web site.
Take the Survey!
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[Sunday, August 21, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
Newly "married" cat couple Domino, left, a Manx, and Fancy, an Oriental shorthair, take a break from photos Sunday after their "ceremony."
The cats, international champions that have been competing for years, took part in the Skyway Cat Club of Tampa Bay's All Breed Cat Show at Minnreg Hall in Largo. More than 140 cats competed in the weekend-long event.
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It’s that special time of year when we hold our biggest annual fundraiser in support of FIP research. Last year’s raffle helped fund three important FIP projects for 2016. Amazing research involving treatment, testing, and better understanding of other aspects of FIP is on-going, thanks to the generosity of our FIP family and other supporters. We have come so far, completing pieces of the FIP puzzle, but we have a way to go before every precious kitten or adult cat will be free from this evil and unforgiving disease. Our hope in ending FIP is in research and on-going donations to continue it.
The raffle, as in the past, will involve two stages:
July 11th through August 31st, we are soliciting prize donations. I hope you will consider contributing a prize. I know some of you are thinking, what in the heck can I donate or should I ask a business to donate? Perhaps thinking, what would I like to win, and what would I like that I could afford to buy for myself? Use your imagination and be creative. We ask the prize donor to also mail the prize to the winner at the end of the contest. If the winner and prize donor are in different countries, we ask they split the postage cost. It is an international event, although most participation is from the US.
To donate a prize, go to our web site’s raffle page briafundsupporters.com/#!raffle/cnj2, select the prize donor form and complete it. Then, send a photo of the item, or a link to a photo of your donated item to email@example.com Any questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Gingrich on Facebook.
Between September 1st and October 31st, donate to the Winn Feline Foundation and designate the Bria Fund for FIP. For each $5 donation, a ticket number is sent electronically. Donors designate the prize number(s) of their choice for their ticket(s). There is a separate drawing for each prize. Complete information on this stage will be provided in the future.
Our efforts to continue funding important FIP research will only succeed with the help of all our FIP family. Please help by donating a prize or soliciting other cat lovers and businesses to provide a prize. Please also share the news about our raffle and future messages. FIP remains the number one killer of all cats under two years of age. In memory of every precious fur angel taken by FIP, in honor of each special kitty battling FIP right now, and the people who love them, together we can defeat FIP. Help make it our best raffle ever. Ain’t No Stopping Us Now may be bad English but a darn good battle plan!
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