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March 18, 2019

TICA Science Newsletter - Volume 3 - March 2019

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In This Issue

Feline Enrichment is Essential for Health and WellbeingFeline Enrichment is Essential for Health and WellbeingDoes previous use affect litter box appeal in multi-cat households?News from the San Diego Genomics ConferenceCaution Regarding Essential Oil UseFeeding Behavior in Cats – A New Guideline


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Feline Enrichment is Essential for Health and Wellbeing

When we bring a cat home we know we must provide the basic necessities for their welfare that include food, water, litter box, health care, and a safe environment. However, a safe environment doesn't mean a sterile environment devoid of mental and physical stimulation. Feline enrichment is more than a trendy sound bite, it's a crucial element to feline health and wellbeing.

The basis of feline enrichment is first understanding normal, innate feline behavior and then accommodating for it in the given environment. Enrichment activities decrease anxiety, stress, and the risk of adverse behaviors and stress-related illnesses that include feline lower urinary tract disease, obesity, and upper respiratory infection. This vital element is overlooked until a 'problem' behavior arises. The behavior isn't the problem. The behavior is a symptom of a problem the cat is experiencing which, to some degree, indicates the cat's welfare needs aren't being met.

Feline enrichment may sound complicated, expensive and time-consuming. The good news for you and your cat is that it's easy, budget-friendly, and there are many expert resources chock-full of enrichment ideas. Best of all, you'll be building a stronger bond with your cat who will be happier and healthier.

Fear Free Happy Homes course, "Activities and Enrichment 101," breaks down pet enrichment into three, bite-sized facets: physical, exploratory and social, which prevent cats from becoming "apathetic and unhappy." No one wants an apathetic, unhappy cat!

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March 01, 2019

Nekochan Founder Introduces New Company and Innovative Line of Pet Toys with Exclusive Offers to TICA Members 

Nekochan Enterprises was founded in 2007 by Ellen Tsuyuki. With more than 10-years of pet industry experience, she established the company to design and manufacture innovative, high-quality cat products, including the award-winning Neko Flies Cat Toys.

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February 12, 2019

Newsletter Vol.108: February 2019

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Newsletter Vol.108: February 2019


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From the President's Desk: A Message from TICA President Vickie Fisher

The TICA winter Board meeting took place last month.

I’m excited to announce that during the meeting the Board voted to advance the Toybob to Preliminary New Breed (PNB). This particular change takes effect immediately. Join me in congratulating our Toybob breeders and fanciers on achieving their next step toward a place among our TICA family of Championship breeds. We look forward to seeing them at the shows.

I’m also happy to report that TICA continues to grow as an organization, adding more clubs to our Regions and shows to our calendar. Each month we have been averaging two to three new clubs as our numbers continue to rise making us the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats and largest registry of household pet cats and kittens. 

Thank you for sharing your fabulous felines and helping us create the fun and friendships that make TICA unique!

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What Makes TICA Different?

The International Cat Association® (TICA®) is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, the largest registry of household pet cats and kittens. TICA was the first and now the world's largest-registry to allow household cats of unknown ancestry to compete for the same titles and awards as pedigreed cats. The responsible breeding of pedigreed cats preserves the distinct characteristics of individual pedigreed breeds and ensures the continuation of predictable physical and behavioral traits for future generations.

The International Cat Association headquartered in Harlingen, Texas, administers the rules for the licensing and management of hundreds of cat shows annually across the globe and in 104 countries. TICA and its members work together to promote the preservation of pedigreed cats and the health and welfare of ALL domestic cats through education, responsible cat ownership and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. TICA currently recognizes 71 breeds of cats from the ancient Abyssinian to the newer breeds like the Lykoi cat and including wild looking domestic breeds like the Chausie and Bengals.

Wherever you are, you’re in TICA’s World. Fabulous felines, fun, and friendship. ®

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