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cat fest

TICA to Host Cat Show and Breed Meet & Greet 
at Cat Fest Colorado

 TICA and Dr. Elsey’s will sponsor two Cat Fest Colorado events this year and host a TICA cat show at each event.

  • July 29, 2023, Cat Fest Colorado 2023, Colorado Springs Event Center 
  • November 12, 2023, Annual Cat Fest, National Western Complex in Denver, CO.

Last November’s Cat Fest drew more than 5,250 attendees and featured more than 80 cats at TICA’s cat show, this year the entry will likely be even larger. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate all things cat and inform a large audience of all TICA has to offer. In addition to the cat show, TICA will also host meet and greet opportunities for the public to learn about and interact with TICA’s breeds.

Once again, the event promises an entertaining lineup including celebrity cats ‘That Cat Pluto’ and ‘Adventure Cat Liebchen”.  Also featured at the event will be a cat video café, feline adoptions, cat-themed vendors, ​face painters, a cat costume contest, "The Fantasy Felines" dance troupe, a cat trivia bowl, and feline crafts, including toys, masks, charms, among others.

Admission to Cat Fest is $20. Family 4-packs are just $65 until Nov. 10. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free. Learn more information about the event orpurchase tickets online.





animal control

49th Annual Texas Control Association Conference,
San Marcos, TX - November 12 -15, 2023

The Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) will hold its 49th Annual Conference in San Marcos, Texas, November 12 – 15, 2023 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Conference Center, and Spa.

TACA is the oldest state association in the United States. This event is the most attended conference by city and county governments that have animal control/welfare departments and operate animal shelters in Texas.

TICA is a Sponsor of this event and will have a booth staffed by volunteers and friendly cats to interact with the attendees and share what TICA does for all cats.









Past Events


AAFP Conference: The Ins and Outs of Feline Nutrition and Gastro Enterology  

October 12-15, 2023

Renasant Convention Center, Memphis, TN & Virtual

Sponsored by TICA, The 2023 AAFP Conference will be a hybrid event, which means it will be both in-person and virtual. The in-person portion of the meeting will take place at the Renasant Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

The AAFP is excited to announce this year's annual conference theme, The Ins and Outs of Feline Nutrition and Gastroenterology. This will be a truly unique conference that encourages attendees in various stages of their professional development to increase their feline knowledge and elevate their standard of care for cats. 


Registration is Now Open! To register, go to https://catvets.com/education/conference/2023-annual-conference/registration2023





San Antonio

Southwest Veterinary Symposium San Antonio, Texas
September 21 – 24, 2023

The Southwest Veterinary Symposium will once again welcome those that support veterinary medicine in the Southwest region to include: DVMs, Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Practice Mangers, Office Staff, Speakers, Sponsors and Exhibitors.

TICA will have a booth staffed by volunteers and friendly cats to interact with the attendees and share what TICA does for all cats.

The four-day event will include continuing education, exhibitsinteractive labs as well as many other events.




VHMA 2023 Annual Meeting & Conference,
Glendale, Arizona - September 21-23, 2023

The 2023 VHMA “Connect and Collaborate” Annual Conference will take place September 21-23, 2023, at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Arizona. The event is designed to connect veterinary management professionals and encourage collaboration via a broad range of poignant and relevant educational opportunities.

Participants can look forward to an inspiring keynote speaker, sessions led by industry experts, peer-led presentations, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and onsite interactions with exhibitors, partners, and supporters.

Attendees can receive 16.5 CE credits hours overall (17.5 hours for CVPMs).



Upcoming TICA & International Professional Groomers Feline Education Events

 TICA has again partnered with the International Professional Groomers, Inc. (IPG) to help more groomers learn about caring for cats.

Sponsored by TICA and Dr. Elsey Cat Products, TICA will share a booth with IPG President/Founder Linda Easton at each location and present three training classes for groomers at several pet grooming shows and competitions throughout 2023.

Classes titled “Cat Safe Salon”, “Understanding Feline Behavior”, and “Body Language of Cats” will be presented at the following conferences:





TICA ShowCats Chicago Great American Cat Show &
IKC Great American Dog Show

 Meet & Play with 73 Different Cat Breeds and 200 Dog Breeds August 25-27, 2023 

IKC Vendor Form-This form must be signed and returned to Roeann Fulkerson at Roeannfulkerson@tica.org

TICA will join the International Kennel Club of Chicago (IKC) to bring the largest cat and dog extravaganza to Chicago this August. The TICA ShowCats Chicago Great American Cat Show and the IKC Great American Dog Show will take place August 25-27 at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center. This family-friendly event will offer Chicagoans the unique opportunity to meet and play with hundreds of different cats and dog breeds. 

From TICA’s gentle giant Maine Coon and super cuddly Ragdoll to the exotic Bengal and Sphynx cats, Chicagoans will get the rare opportunity to pet and play with most of TICA’s 73 cat breeds while learning about their rich history and attributes that may or may not make them the right breed for their family.

The IKC’s Great American Dog Show and most of AKC’s 200 dog breeds will join TICA and an estimated 80,000 people to meet just about every dog breed and cat breed.

Visitors will have access to both the championship cat show and dog show, which will be held in the same location, but on two different levels of McCormick Place’s 600,000 square foot Lake Side Center. The event will also host many other family-friendly activities such as a bounce house, facepainting, and educational breed seminars including a cat care 101 seminar where kids can earn Cub Scout and Girl Scout patches. Stay tuned for more to come.

Show Exhibitors Win a Trip to the 2023 and/or 2024 TICA Annuals!

Exhibitors for this event will have a chance to win a trip to the 2023 and/or 2024 TICA Annuals, including three-night hotel stay, $500 to be used toward airfare, complimentary first entry, grooming space, and a ticket to the Annual Awards Banquet.

For each entry entered by midnight on August 1, 2023, there will be a random drawing for a trip to Tacoma to attend this year’s TICA Annual. The winner will receive the following:

  • Up to $500 toward airfare,
  • Three-night hotel stay at the show hotel,
  • First show entry free
  • Free Grooming space
  • A ticket to the TICA Award Banquet

At the end of the 2023 TICA Annual, the combined scores from the TICA ShowCats Chicago Great American Cat Show will be combined with those from the 2023 Annual and the owner of the highest scoring feline will receive the same package as above for the 2024 TICA Annual in the Mid Atlantic Region.


Blue Globe Name Cat No WebsiteTICA's 2023 Annual

SeaCats and TICA Northwest will present ‘In the Hall of the Mountain Cat’ TICA Annual 2023. This year's event, sponsored by Dr. Elsey, will be held September 2-3, 2023, at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, WA and will feature an all-in-one show hall and hotel.

Enter the 2023 Annual Show

See the list of Judges

Reserve a hotel room

Register for the Awards Banquet

Reserve vendor space

Learn more about the event and reserve your spot now at https://www.tica2023.com/.


Florida Family Friendly Pet Extravaganza & Adoption Event
Ocala Pet Palooza June 3 – 4, 2023
at the World Equestrian Center
The Ocala Pet Palooza at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala promises to be a Pet Extravaganza like no other. The doors will open to everyone, pets included, for a "paw"-some fun weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 3rd and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 4th at the World Equestrian Center – Expo Center 2, located at 1598 NW 87th Court Rd. Ocala, FL  34482. 
This family-friendly, pet-friendly event will host various attractions such as: 
⦁ Pet Costume Contest, 
⦁ Animal adoptions, 
⦁ Pet Parades,
⦁ Educational Seminars,
⦁ Best Trick Contest, 
⦁ Up Close Animal Encounters including holding a live American Alligator, 
⦁ K-9 Demonstrations,
⦁ Vendors for both pets and people and so much more. 
Well-behaved, leashed, vaccinated pets are welcome to join their owners during this jam-packed weekend. 
Tickets are available online for just $8, or you can purchase them at the door for $10. Kids 12 and under are free. Seniors (60+) can enjoy a $1 discount on tickets. Parking is free. View the daily schedule and purchase discounted tickets online at www.bmgevents.com/ocalapet



AVMA Veterinary Conference Denver, Colorado
July 14-18, 2023

 The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention will be held July 14-18 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The exhibit hall will be open July 15-17, 2023, where TICA will have a large booth staffed with volunteers and cats to interact with the attendees. The convention is the premier event for veterinary professionals that will include more than 600 hours of high-quality CE, highly rated special events, innovative solutions, and so much more.

The convention allows veterinary professionals to reach new heights and gain an educational edge through best-in-class CE—including hands-on labs and workshops, panels, and lectures taught by veterinary experts. Network with colleagues, make new friends, and discover products and services that will enhance your veterinary career.




 FREE Webinar:
The Art of Raising a Happy, Healthy Kitten:

The National Kitten Coalition and EveryCat Health Foundation will host a free Webinar Series, ‘The Art of Raising a Happy, Healthy Kitten.” Complete details on each presentation, including speakers and topics covered can be found online. This series, offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of sponsors TICA, Dr. Elsey's, and Purina, will take place on the following dates:

  • May 6, 2023 - Part One: Getting Ready for Your New Family Member

– Selecting the right kitten (evaluating your needs and expectations, where

    to go, what questions to ask)
– Preparing your home (kitten proofing, necessary supplies, litterbox logistics)
– Where to go for help (finding the support you need)

  • May 22, 2023 - Raising a Happy Kitten

– Socialization (kitten kindergarten, introduction to new experiences)
– Understanding Behavior (environmental enrichment, appropriate play)
– Fear Free handling (training techniques)

  • June 3, 2023 - Raising a Healthy Kitten

– Routine Vet Care: (finding a cat-friendly practice, vaccines, spay/neuter)
– Normal Development: (growth and nutrition)
– Common Health issues: (what to watch for to help decide when to go to the vet)

If you are planning to or have recently added a new kitten to your family or are looking for information to share with new kitten families in your community, this series will provide crucial information for raising a kitten into a happy, healthy cat.

Register for all three sessions online.





 Free AAFP Webinar, "Cat Friendly Interactions: Improving Visits for You and Cats"

 February 7, 2023 at 5:00PM ET, the AAFP is hosting a free live webinar event based upon these guidelines entitled, “Cat Friendly Interactions: Improving Visits for You and Cats,” presented by Ilona Rodan, DVM, DABVP (Feline). The webinar will be available for free on-demand viewing a week after the conclusion of the live event.

Click here for registration information



NY Cat Film Festival

The annual Cat Film Festival™ is a philanthropic celebration through film of our relationship with the mysterious felines who share our world. 

After a New York City premiere every November, this collection of short films travels to dozens of cities nationwide, benefitting a local animal welfare group that works on behalf of kitty cats.

Read the press release.


Pet Expo charities sponsor rescue, adoption & emergency vet care

Meet the TICA Breeds such as Maine Coons, Abyssinians, Bengals and more. Cat food donated at United Cat Club booth at the NJ Convention Center Jan 6-8 will be distributed to local rescue organizations.

For more information, click here https://patch.com/new-jersey/edison-metuchen/pet-expo-charities-sponsor-rescue-adoption-emergency-vet-care



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