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Vote Before Polls Close on November 23TICA Recognizes Trupanion With Endorsement of Excellence Award | Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis Clinical Trial Seeks Participants | Cats and Dogs Take Over Mayor Race in California Neighborhood | Nissan Gives Tiny Kei Cars to felines in cat cafés across Japan | How to Recognize Stress in Cats  | Check out TICA's top social media posts you may have missed...  | TICA November Breed of the Month: Siberian  | WINN Feline Foundation November 2020 Update | TICA Regional Updates


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The Race for TICA President, Vice President, Breed Committee Officers Is On!
Vote Before Polls Close on November 23

Voting is now open to determine TICA 2020 President, Vice President, Breed Committees and Rule Proposals. All those who have been TICA members in good standing as of April 1, 2020 are eligible to vote.

Ballots were emailed on or about October 23, 2020 to all TICA members from “TICA Online” with the subject “TICA 2020 Election. Voting will close on November 23, 2020 at 11:59pm Central time.

The online ballot includes details about each proposal item which you can review before casting your vote. Learn more information about candidate platforms online. Questions about ballots, membership, or election guidelines can be emailed to ballot@tica.org or call (956) 428-8046. Technical assistance with the voting process can be obtained by contacting YesElections at Help+TICA@YesElections.com or call (866) 384-9978.




TICA Recognizes Trupanion With Endorsement of Excellence Award

TICA proudly presents its newest Endorsement of Excellence to Trupanion, medical insurance for pets.

“The International Cat Association (TICA), encourages its members to be caring, responsible cat owners and promotes the health and welfare of all domestic cats,” said TICA President Vickie Fisher. “TICA is excited to partner with Trupanion to help us fulfill this mission.”

In a world where insurance is complicated and confusing, Trupanion stands apart from the rest. With the Trupanion policy, your pet is covered for unexpected new illness and injuries with 90% coverage and no payout limits, ever.* In addition to offering a high quality product and unequalled 24/7/365 customer support, Trupanion is the only provider with patented software that can pay claims directly to the veterinarian at the time of check-out, often within seconds. If you’re a breeder, Trupanion also offers a free Breeder Support Program that allows you to send your litters home with a special offer for waived waiting periods – no more worrying about kittens getting into mischief in their new homes. For more information about Trupanion’s Breeder Support Program, click here.

*Terms and Conditions apply. See policy for details. Trupanion is a registered trademark owned by Trupanion, Inc. Underwritten in Canada by Omega General Insurance Company and in the United States by American Pet Insurance Company, 6100-4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. Please visit AmericanPetInsurance.com to review all available pet health insurance products.


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Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis Clinical Trial Seeks Participants

Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis (FCGS) is a severe and painful inflammatory disease involving the mouth and gums of cats. In most cases, the disease causes ulcers at the back of the mouth, tongue, gums, and occasionally the lips. FCGS affects cats of any age or breed.

Recent Winn-funded studies have led to a potential stem cell-based treatment called DentaHeal. This cell therapy may help to correct abnormalities associated with FCGS in cats.

Dr. Boaz Arzi at the University of California-Davis and VetCell Therapeutics USA, the manufacturer of DentaHeal are currently conducting an clinical trial intended to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of DentaHeal and are seeking cats that have been diagnosed with FCGS, which have not been cured by any currently available treatments. Patients must have had full or partial mouth extractions performed, confirmed with dental radiographs.

If your cat has been diagnosed with FCGS, and you would be interested in participating in the study, or if you would like to learn more about this study and treatment, visit vetcelltherapeuticsusa.com/fcgs_trial.



Cats and Dogs Take Over Mayor Race in California Neighborhood

This year the run for mayor in one California neighborhood literally turned into a dog and cat fight. The residents of 55th street in Oakland’s Golden Gate neighborhood took a break from the anxiety of 2020 and used pets this election cycle as a chance to share the importance of civic engagement with children.

The race for 55th Street mayor featured incumbent cat Wally who was seeking reelection by running on a pro speedbump platform, but was accused early on of running a smear campaign by fellow feline candidate Betty. Opponents included Betty, a 10-year old feminist and pro catnip Tabby whose slogan was 'Change Meow'; eleven-year-old Shiba Inu dog Mimi, whose slogan was ‘She’ll bark when it matters’ and promised to keep the squirrels away on 55th Street; and six-year-old pit bull mix Macy whose slogan was 'Keep Oakland Ruff'.

The election started as a means to teach kids about democracy, equity, and justice. On Halloween, neighborhood kids were asked to make a choice, put it in the ballot box, have a little talk about democracy in the United States. In accordance with California's elections, the ballot featured ranked voting, in which participants rank their preferred candidates.



Nissan Gives Tiny Kei Cars to felines in cat cafés across Japan

While most carmakers tend to center their marketing around dog lovers, Nissan is going all-in with cats, at least in Japan. Learn how the Yokohama-based company is teaming up with a chain of cat cafés across Japan to promote the Nissan Dayz kei car.



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How to Recognize Stress in Cats

Has your cat been acting strange? Does it hide when the doorbell rings, or urinate or defecate outside of the litter box? These behaviors can all be signs that your cat is stressed. Royal Canin looked into the actions that indicate stress in felines. Learn more about what they found to cause stress in cats and how it can be combated.




In Case You Missed It…

Check out TICA's social media pages to learn the latest news about cats. Here are some top posts you may have missed...

On TICA's Instagram:

Our Followers Shared Their Favorite Feline Influencers

On TICA's Facebook:

TICA Celebrated the Stunning Beauty of Black Cats

On TICA's Twitter:

We Observed National Cat Day


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TICA November Breed of the Month: Siberian

Known for their long history, with the earliest known reference dating to 1000 AD, these intelligent cats are natural problem solvers. The Siberian's semi-longhair coat varies with the season -- in winter, they have a thick, full, triple coat that would have protected them from the elements in native Russia but in summer, they shed their winter coat for a shorter, less dense variant. Read more about the Siberian and if it is right for you and your family.



WINN Feline Foundation November 2020 Update

CURES4CATS 2020: The CURES4CATS 2020 Campaign is on until December 31, 2020. Winn’s goal is $15,000 with $15,000 dollars in matching funds available! $15,000 in donations + $15,000 matching = $30,000, or the cost of funding one Feline Diabetes related health study grant! Read more details about the Cures4Cats 2020 campaign.

Giving Tuesday: Winn will be participating in “GIVING TUESDAY” on December 1st, 2020, with donations going to the CURES4CATS campaign. Don’t forget, donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000 so make the most of Giving Tuesday this year.

Winn Feline Foundation Photo Contest! The theme for the contest is “Cats In Boxes”. Submit your photos November 1-25th 2020. Winn will select 24 photos for the December “Cats in Boxes” Social Media “Holiday Calendar”, or “The 24 Days Before Christmas”!

On December 31, the photo with the most “likes” will be declared the winner and will receive a $200 Amazon gift card! For complete information and rules, visit.

Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis (FCGS) Clinical Trial looking for Participants: Recent Winn-funded studies have led to a potential treatment for FCGS called DentaHeal. Read more about the trial being conducted by Dr. Boaz Arzi at the University of California-Davis and VetCell Therapeutics USA, the manufacturer of DentaHeal in the story titled “Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis Clinical Trial Seeks Participants” in this issue of the TICA newsletter.

Health Study looking for Survey Participants: If your cat has had a cough for longer than two months, please fill out the survey. The information will be used for teaching, research, and publication. The goal is to improve the quality of life for our feline companions.

The survey takes only 15 minutes to complete and is open to any cat owner over the age of 18 years living with a cat diagnosed with a coughing condition lasting or requiring treatment for more than 2 months. All data will be anonymous. The data collected will be used exclusively by a research group at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Click here to take the survey.

Upcoming Winn Webinars: The Winn Feline Foundation, in cooperation with TICA and CFA, presents the following Monthly Webinar Series for December:

  • Dr. Mikel Delgado, Ph.D, of University of California- Davis will present “Overcoming Adversity: Understanding the Health and Welfare of Orphaned Neonatal Kittens” on Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST. This webinar is sponsored by Royal Canin and will be moderated by Anne Ward, DVM, Scientific Services Veterinarian at Royal Canin. This lecture is also RACE approved 1.0 CE credit for veterinary professionals. Register here.



Regional Update

TICA Regional Updates

TICA Great Lakes Region
TICA Northeast Region
TICA Northwest Region
TICA South Central Region


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From left to right: Cory Crandall-Seibert, Nancy Schuman, Donna Maddox, Alice Bilman (not pictured: Jackie Luebke-Puetz)

TICA Great Lakes Regional Update:

Show Pictures Needed: Please share pics of any GL members attending shows. Most recently, we posted this picture of a group of TICA GL Regional members at a Richmond, VA show.

November 15 HCM Clinic: A HCM clinic is being organized with a board-certified cardiologist from the University of Wisconsin. This will be done for $250/cat in Madison, Wisconsin. If you are interested, please contact Liz Hansen-Brown at regional.director.gl@tica.org at by November 15.

Yearbook & Annual Awards Candid Shots Due: Get your 2019-2020 show candid shots to Chris Unangst for the yearbook & annual awards banquet. Send to Chris at Chris.Unangst@gmail.com.

Show Venue Available: If any clubs are interested in information regarding a possible show venue in Ohio, please contact Honey Gilmore. Specifics are posted on the GL Facebook page and shared in our IO groups as well. For more information contact Honey at catsanhata@gmail.com.

GL Regional Awards Banquet Update: We are still a bit up in the air regarding the 2020 Great Lakes Regional due to COVID. Tentatively, we anticipate our awards banquet will be in March 2021 in Ohio. Details will be shared once plans are finalized.

GL Regional Awards Sponsors: All of our 2019-2020 Great Lakes Regional Awards have been sponsored - thanks to all who sponsored!  Big thanks to Chris Unangst for coordinating our sponsors and awards!

Stay safe GL Region and we hope to see you soon!


TICA Northeast Regional Update:

2019/2020 Online Regional Awards Presentation: As a reminder, the NE Region's 2019/2020 Regional Awards Presentation can be viewed virtually on the TICA NE website Congratulations to all of our top felines! Regional certificates and award rosettes will be distributed in 2021 (to be determined).

2020 Shows Cancelled: Just a friendly reminder that the remainder of the 2020 TICA NE shows have been cancelled due to Covid-related capacity restrictions. Updates for 2021 scheduled shows will be posted on the regional email lists and Facebook page. Keep the faith, Northeasters! We will see each other again soon.

Happy Holidays and A Toast to New Beginnings in 2021: As this challenging year draws to a close, the TICA NE Region sincerely wishes all of their regional members and extended TICA family a safe and joyous holiday season. The Region has much to be thankful for - friends, family, health, and our wonderful felines, of course! Cheers to a new year, new beginnings and the hope of seeing each other very soon. Stay well and stay safe, friends!

Remember to Vote: The TICA NE Region would like to remind everyone to vote by November 23, 2020. TICA members can vote now for President, Vice-President, all breed committees, and several rule proposals.


TICA Northwest Regional Update:

Mark Your Calendars: Cat shows are starting back up in the Northwest Region. We are all keeping our fingers and toes crossed that the US/Canada border will reopen soon. Following is a list of currently planned shows through April 30, 2021:

To view the entire TICA show calendar, go to: https://www.tica.org/events/show-calendar.

Regional Awards Banquet: The 2019-2020 awards banquet is still scheduled for February 13, 2021 in northern Washington. The awards banquet will be at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Bellingham. More information to follow shortly at www.feb.evergreencatfanciers.org.

Remember to Vote: The TICA NW Region would like to remind everyone to vote by November 23, 2020. TICA members can vote now for President, Vice-President, all breed committees, and several rule proposals.


TICA South Central Regional Update:

Condolences: The TICA SC Region has sad news to report. This fall we lost two South Central Members - Joe Edwards and Tom Goller. Please keep their families in your prayers.

Thank You: A special thank you goes out to Robin French for creating new title scoring charts using the isolated status numbers.

Deadline Extended: The deadline for sponsoring the 2019-2020 South Central winners has been extended to December 1, 2020. Please go to https://www.ticasouthcentral.com and click on the golden trophy to sponsor one of the SC’s deserving winners.

Mark Your Calendars: The SC Region has one more show this calendar year-Turkish Van Connection, December 12-13, 2020 in Waxahachie, TX.

Remember to Vote: The TICA SC Region would like to remind everyone to vote by November 23, 2020. TICA members can vote now for President, Vice-President, all breed committees, and several rule proposals.

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