TICA Member Newsletter
In This Issue:
TICA Legislative Working Group Seeks Help in Tracking Legislation Affecting Animal Ownership and Breeding in All Regions
The International Cat Association is pleased to announce a partnership with the Merck Manuals to offer free access to the Merck Veterinary Manual (MVM).
For more than 60 years, the Merck Veterinary Manual has been a trusted source in providing medical information to veterinarians and other animal health professionals. TICA is proud to announce that members will now have the ability to access the Merck Veterinary Manual content and information covering all common diseases and species with thousands of images and videos for free at tica.org.
This easy-to-use reference will provide TICA members with the ability to search basic health issues as well as those conditions not commonly encountered in the daily routine of most animal health professionals right on tica.org. Straightforward and practical information as well as explicit recommendations for most treatment are accessible.
To access the Merck Veterinary Manual, go to the "Cat Owners" section of tica.org.
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Make Your Voice Heard: TICA Breed Committee Applications
Being Accepted Until July 31
Calling all members looking to make a difference for their breed with judges and others in the Association. TICA Breed Committee elections will be held this fall. Anyone with the desire to be more closely involved with their breed should make plans to submit their letter of application before July 31.
Breed Committee members are responsible for proposed changes to Standards and report to the TICA Board with any issues impacting their Breed. They also are in charge of keeping Breed Seminars for Judges and new breeders up-to-date and current.
Those interested in applying for a Breed Committee should be familiar with their Standard and be ready to work together with others toward the improvement of their breeds.
Elected by each Breed Section, this position will serve for a 3-year term beginning Jan 1, 2018. Individuals with the most votes in each Breed Section will be named Chairperson. A complete list of rules and qualifications can be found on pages 10-11 of the TICA By-Laws.
The number of Committee Members elected for each Breed is based total Breed Section Members as of April 30th of the election year. A minimum of three people will represent up to 75 members, five individuals will be elected for 76 – 150 members, and a committee of seven will serve for more than 150 members.
As per the By-Laws, a $10 filing fee per Breed Section will be applied. For example a $10 fee would be applied for the Persian Breed group that includes Persian, Himalayan and Exotic SH breeds.
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TICA Legislative Working Group Seeks Help in Tracking Legislation
Affecting Animal Ownership and Breeding in All Regions
For those looking to play a role in helping to protect the rights of breeders and pet ownership, the TICA Legislative Working Group is looking for you.
The group is now seeking volunteer representatives in all TICA regions to keep track of pending legislation and existing laws affecting animal ownership and breeding. Legal experience is not necessary, however legal and governmental knowledge is helpful.
The Legislative Working Group identifies legislation and coordinates efforts with other animal organizations and interested parties to help fight regulations which could endanger the continuation of owning, breeding or showing cats. Activities may include corresponding with representatives responsible for passing laws/ordinances.
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Members At Work
TICA Shows in the News: The Golden Isles News
http://goldenisles.news/news/local_news/southern-sophisticats-cat-show/youtube_edf52c4b-81f1-5806-9ce5-07cb7fcff495.html reported on the annual Southern SophisTICAts Cat Show last month. The event drew more than 150 entrants, with people bringing their feline friends from across the Southeast — and some from as far away as California. In this image, Rene Knapp of Brooksville, Fla., judges a Bengal.
WPA-World Pet Association's America's Family Pet Expo April 28-30, Costa Mesa, California. TICA and Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Products introduced attendees at the world's largest pet and products expo to TICA's world with a championship cat show, agility demos, educational presentations and ask-the-vet seminars. Pictured are LtoR are WPA Board Member Michael Lasky, TICA Marketing Director Roeann Fulkerson, Dr. Elsey's Marketing Director Gina Zaro, and WPA Director of Sales and Sponsorship James Keystone.
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Q. Can my cat get sunburn?
A. Yes, Cats that are white or light-colored, have thin hair or are of a hairless variety, or those with light or white ears, eyelids, or noses have a higher chance of getting sunburn. Areas that are repeatedly exposed to sunlight, such as delicate ear tips and nose that lack the protective skin pigment melanin, tend to get sunburned more often than furry areas of the body such as the back.
Sunburn may first appear with mild redness of the skin and hair loss along the edges of the ears. Scaly spots, thickening of the skin (like leather), and itching indicate the sun damage has progressed to a dangerous point. If any of these symptoms occur you should call your vet immediately.
While it's best to keep your feline indoors during sunny days, the following tips can help limit your cat's exposure. Among them:
- Limit your cats' exposure to the sun between 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun is at its strongest. Those who live in low-latitude areas where the sun is very strong, should take extra precautions.
- Use sunscreen with caution. Consult your vet before using any products on your cat and avoid all items containing Octyl Salicylate and/or Zinc Oxide, as they are toxic to cats.
- Since UV light can come through window glass, it is possible for a cat to burn through a window. Protect your cat indoors by adding a reflective film to your windows to filter out harmful UV rays or diffuse the sun by adding shades.
- Resist trimming your cats' hair during the summer.
Consult your vet immediately if you think your cat may have sunburn instead of trying do-it-yourself remedies. Depending on the severity, your vet may treat it with antibiotics if it's infected, a topical or oral steroid, and surgery if the affected area has developed cancerous cells.
Do your cats love the sun? Do you worry about sunburn or have your cats been burned? If so, share your experience and how you handled the situation.
TICA Participates in the Largest Regional Animal Care Event in the U.S.
Last month, TICA participated in the largest and most successful regional animal care event in the country, the Ninth Annual Texas Unites for Animals Conference
Held April 22-24 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas, TICA members and Fort Worth feline fanciers Caroline Fralia of Cowtown Critter Corral and Recycled Love Animal Rescue, and Beth Edwards, also of Recycled Love Animal Rescue, educated more than 500 animal welfare attendees at the TICA booth on the Association’s responsible breeding and education programs. Attendees included animal control officers, shelter and operations managers, rescue volunteers, non-profit board members, and others in the fields of animal sheltering, care and control.
"A leading supporter of animal care, rescue and protection in the U.S., this event was a great opportunity for TICA to lend its expertise and show support for the animal welfare community," said Fralia. "We helped one man in particular from Abilene make his city more cat-friendly by providing him supplies and referring him to several rescue and trap-and-release partner programs."
Vickie Fisher, TICA Treasurer and Immediate Past President, also presented a workshop where she discussed the fundamentals of identifying cat colors and patterns and provided attendees an overview of cat genetics 001.
TICA would like to welcome the Prairie Winds Cat Club, based out of Wyoming, as our newest club. The group, started in October 2016 by Ragdoll breeder Kyla Herbst, will serve the North West region and surrounding Wyoming-area, including Colorado.
Kyla started the club to fill the void in gathering opportunities for cat breeders and exhibitors in Wyoming and to make traveling to shows for those who reside in the "Equality State" easier.
"Before I started the club I thought my husband and I were the only active TICA members in the state of Wyoming," said Kyla. "Through showing in the Denver-area for the last three years, I've met so many wonderful people that I started to believe it might actually be possible to have a club here."
The club's first show will be held July 8-9th, 2017 at the Laramie County Fairgrounds in in Cheyenne Wyoming. Kyla expects the event to draw 80 to100 exhibitors and hopes to include some fundraisers in conjunctions with other nearby clubs.
She is especially exited to host her club’'s first show to help others in the remote area learn and grow their breeding program from the experience. "Going to shows, especially breed congress shows, has helped me better understand the standard of my breed. The feedback from the shows has taught me what to focus on in my breeding and learn from wonderful judges who take the time to explain what they "see" when they evaluate a cat."
Kyla first became interested in breeding cats after reading the children's encyclopedia of dog and cat breeds. As a teenager, she learned about genetics and breeding by teaching herself how to reproduce mice to feed to her pet snake. She later learned about breeding dogs from her mother-in-law, a Mini Aussie breeder. Kyla started researching cat breeds and attended her first cat show in 2014. It was there that she met her first Ragdoll, Lucky, owned by Jill Adams, who has since then become one of her dearest friends.
Kyla has been a TICA member for almost three years and was drawn to the Association by its strong community and support for breeding and showing cats. "I just really love that camaraderie and friendship of walking into a show hall and seeing familiar faces. It still amazes me just how much support we've gotten with our new club, and I think that reflects the majority of TICA members' spirit of friendship over competition."
Going forward, Kyla would like the Prairie Winds Cat Club to host an annual show in Cheyenne and to support other local clubs and animal shelters by hosting food drives or adoptable-cat booths during their events. Please help us in welcoming the Prairie Winds Cat Club to the TICA family!
Winn Feline Foundation recently awarded 11 feline medical research grants that were funded through the generous support of private and corporate donations from around the world.
Winn Board President Glenn Olah, DVM, PhD, DABVP (Feline) stated, "Following a very thorough and rigorous review of 36 competitive proposals, we awarded $214,017 in grants for a diverse group of cat health studies examining the use of stem cells to treat feline diabetes, hepatic lipidosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and the potential role of stem cells in regulating T-cell activation and proliferation. In addition, Winn awarded grants investigating shelter cat adoption in families of children with autism, foraging behavior in confined cats, prolonged use of an antacid in cats, probiotic therapy for Tritrichomonas foetus, cryopreservation of feline red blood cells, biomarkers for FIP diagnosis, and potentially vaccinating against a virus causing lymphoma. Winn's Grant Review Committee was impressed by the total quantity of proposals, the quality of the science proposed and the number of submissions from several countries around the world."
Winn's Ricky Fund is devoted to the funding of feline HCM and related heart disease research. Special recognition is due the sponsor, Ms. Holly Aglialoro, of this year's Ricky Fund study in memory of her cat, Augustus. Winn also awards periodic support for cancer research through the Speckles Abdominal Cancer Fund. Kitty Kollar™ and owner Donna Garrou, in memory of her cat, Quasimodo, have provided key sponsorship for this year's Speckles lymphoma study.
Grants, totaling $214,017 include:
GENERAL STUDIES: Generating and using adult stem cells to treat feline diabetes. (W17-004) Principal Investigator: Mandi Lopez DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS; Louisiana State University; $23,825. This study attempts to show that stem cells can become pancreatic cells and function like insulin-producing natural cells. If so, it may be possible to cure diabetes in cats.
GENERAL STUDIES: Evaluating new treatments for feline hepatic lipidosis. (W17-015) Principal Investigators: Hedwig Kruitwagen, DVM, Bart Spee, PhD; Utrecht University, The Netherlands; $12,987. This study uses a previously developed functional liver cell culture (called a “liver organoid”) to evaluate new treatments for feline hepatic lipidosis (FHL), a common and often fatal liver disease of cats, without the need for live animal testing.
GENERAL STUDIES: Evaluating the prolonged use of an antacid, famotidine, in cats. (W17-017) Principal Investigators: M. Katherine Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Adesola Odunayo, DVM, MS, DACVECC; The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine; $19,668. Famotidine (Pepcid®), an antacid, is a commonly used medication in cats for various stomach ailments, but studies in other species show it may become ineffective if given daily over long periods of time. This study evaluates that possibility in cats and whether changing the dosage can prolong its effectiveness.
GENERAL STUDIES: Evaluating the effect of probiotic therapy on feline Tritrichomonas foetus infection. (W17-018) Principal Investigators: M. Katherine Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Rachel Dickson, DVM candidate; The University of Tennessee; Jody Gookin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, North Carolina State; $17,864. This study evaluates the role feline intestinal bacteria (probiotics) play in preventing infection with a protozoan (T. foetus) that causes chronic diarrhea in cats and is very difficult to treat. If successful, it may be possible to treat this disease with probiotics.
GENERAL STUDIES: Mechanisms by which feline mesenchymal stem cells regulate T-cell activation and proliferation. (W17-026) Principal Investigator: Dori Borjesson, DVM, PhD, DACVP; University of California-Davis; $13,000. Stem cells derived from fat seem to have potent anti-inflammatory effects that have been successfully used to treat otherwise untreatable diseases in cats, but no one knows why. This study investigates how this occurs, which may identify other diseases that could benefit from this intriguing therapy.
GENERAL STUDIES: Cryopreservation of feline red blood cells for transfusions using different solutions. (W17-030) Principal Investigators: Marcelle Hon, MS, DVM, Elizabeth Thomovsky, DVM, MS, DACVECC; Purdue University; $11,666. Currently, feline blood can only be stored refrigerated for one month, making it difficult to stock for transfusions. This study evaluates the effect of freezing with the use of glycerol and hydroxyethel starch solutions on red blood cells of cats, as commonly done in human blood banks, which could extend its shelf life for several years.
GENERAL STUDIES: Shelter cat adoption in families of children with autism. (W17-031) Principal Investigators: Gretchen Carlisle, PhD, Rebecca Johnson, PhD; University of Missouri; $24,996. It is widely thought that companion animals, such as cats, benefit children with autism, but definitive studies are lacking. This study quantifies the effects and benefits of cat ownership on autistic children as well as evaluates the degree of stress on these cats.
GENERAL STUDIES: Foraging behavior under threat and enrichment in confined cats. (W17-033) Principal Investigators: Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, DACVN; University of California-Davis; $24,780. Cats who live indoors lack opportunity to hunt and eat naturally. This study evaluates these effects on indoor cats and whether enriching their environment and using food puzzles to stimulate hunting behavior are of benefit to their behavioral and physical health.
BRIA FUND STUDY: Analysis of plasma to identify biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of FIP. (W17-021) Principal Investigators: Gregg Dean, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Kelly Santangelo, DVM, PhD, DACVP; Colorado State University; $25,000. Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a fatal disease of cats that causes vague symptoms and currently defies diagnosis. This study uses a novel approach to develop a simple test using plasma biomarkers for this devastating disease.
RICKY FUND STUDY Sponsored by Holly Aglialoro in memory of Augustus: Growing heart muscle cells in a dish in the lab to test HCM treatments. (W17-008) Principal Investigators: David Connolly; The Royal Veterinary College; Debbie Guest; The Animal Health Trust; Cesare Terracciano, Imperial College London;$17,158. Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heart disease of cats. This study is one of the first attempts to grow heart muscle cells in the lab. This will enable testing of many new drugs to stop progression of this disease without using live animals.
SPECKLES ABDOMINAL CANCER STUDY Sponsored by Kitty Kollar™ in memory of Quasimodo: A viral gene expression analysis towards preventing feline lymphoma. (W17-011) Principal Investigators: Julia Beatty, PhD, Mahdis Aghazadeh, PhD, Vanessa Barrs, PhD; University of Sydney; $23,073. A virus (Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 or FcaGHV1) that can cause cancer (lymphoma) in other species has been recently discovered in cats. This study looks for the presence of this virus in feline lymphoma cells. If found, it may be possible to prevent lymphoma by vaccination.
Sponsor a Project: Simply pick one of the three projects below seeking sponsors ($250 minimum donation) or go to the WINN website for additional information on the projects or to make your sponsorship donation online
- W17-011: Preventing gammaherpesvirus1 and lymphoma in cats
- W17-021: Plasma analysis to identify biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of FIP (Bria Fund)
- W17-031: Shelter cat adoption in families of children with autism
This month, two new business have joined TICA's growing family of advertisers.
"Please help me welcome two out-of-the-box companies that provide safe and healthy alternatives for all of our cats," said TICA Marketing Director Roeann Fulkerson. "From safe feeding and care solutions to unconventional feline furniture, our newest advertisers are doing their part to keep felines fabulous and owning a cat fun."
CleanHealthy Pet Products
Research shows that up to 45% of pet bowls have E. Coli, Salmonella, and/or Yeast/Mold. Even scarier, 75% of pet bowls still had Salmonella after scrubbing with soap and water and 67% of pet bowls still had Salmonella after being washed by a dishwasher!
To help pet owners protect their animals from unhealthy bacteria, CleanHealthy Pet Products provides disposable feeding bowls and litter boxes made from wheat straw that is eco-friendly and recyclable.
Convenient, inexpensive and eco-friendly, each litter box can be used for one week or longer and comes in sizes small, medium and large. Feeding bowls are microwave and freezer safe and can handle hot liquids up to 200° Fahrenheit. They can be used separately or as a liner for your pets favorite dish and are available in a 12 pack or case of 12 packs of 12 bowls.
CleanHealthy Pet Products is also a recipient of the TICA Endorsement of Excellence.
For more information or to order feeding bowls and litter boxes, go to www.cleanhealthypets.com.
Catastrophic Creations: Wall-Mounted Cat Furniture for Adventurous Felines
Catastrophic Creations isn't your average climbing tree or scratching post. From the 'Indian Jones Cat Bridge' to the 'Thunderdome' themed cat climber, their unconventional customized cat furniture will stop your cats from scratching your furniture by keeping them physically and mentally challenged.
Each piece is beautifully handcrafted, space conscious, and designed to enrich your cats' environment with limitless configurations.
In addition to climbing trees and scratching posts, Catastrophic Creations also features many other popular items like mazes, a sky track, cat forts and a biplane that fixes to a wall to create a physically complex environment that encourages any cat to engage in species-typical behavior.
For more information or to order a creation of your own, go to www.catastrophicreations.com.
Does your cat have an exceptional skill or talent? Did your feline help in a rescue operation or emergency service? Was your cat the inspiration a new business or charity? If so, filmmaker Richard Ash wants to hear from you.
Ash is working on a new documentary for Amazon Prime about exceptional cats and the unique and powerful bond they share with their owners. The documentary will reach a global audience and feature a range of incredible cats – from charity, business, adventure, sport, fashion, art, emergency service, and entertainment from around the world.
What does a bird, a hairless cat and the New York Yankees all have in common?
After missing all of last season while recovering from labrum surgery on his right shoulder, Yankees first baseman Greg Bird adopted the 8 year-old Sphynx cat, Mr. Delicious, from a family friend and breeder.
Turns out Mr. Delicious is a fourth-generation descendent of Mr. Bigglesworth, the feline friend of Dr. Evil in the 1997 movie "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" starring Mike Myers.
Bird joins a growing number of baseball cat owners, including Toronto pitcher Mat Latos' cat named Cat Latos and Tampa Bay infielder Matt Duffy's 30-pound cat Skeeter.
In a recent New York Times interview, Bird acknowledged that petting Mr. Delicious, who had his name before Bird got him, is an odd sensation. "It's like a warm peach that kind of gives a little bit, that has extra skin. But he's hilarious. He's like a puppy, he hangs out, he'll come to you."
Bird acknowledges that it took some time for most of his friends and teammates to get used to Mr. Delicious, including Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade, who does not like touching the cat. But Wade conceded that Mr. Delicious had a winning — and amusing — personality.
"At first, everyone's kind of super-standoffish. But I tell everyone, 'you hang out with that cat for a day, you'll want one,'" Bird said. "You won't get one like him, but you'll want one."
"It fits him," Wade said. "I don't know why, I just feel like, when you see Bird now, you just picture Mr. Delicious with him. Their personalities are the same, as weird as that sounds."
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