Letter from Vickie


It's October. For some of us it's the beginning of fall while for our friends living in the southern hemisphere, its summer! No matter what season it is, we're now well into this show season as marked by last month's Annual Awards Banquet.

Now it's time to move on towards ... I can't believe I'm saying this ... the New Year! But before we start thinking about 2013 and the "second half" of the 2012-2013 show season, we're working feverishly on this year's Meet the Breeds co-hosted with the American Kennel Club (AKC). In just a few short days after a full year of planning, the largest gathering of cats and dogs will be in full swing on October 20 and 21 in New York City.

Last year over 40,000 animal lovers attended Meet the Breeds and this year we're planning on it being bigger and better! Banners are already hanging around the city promoting the event, and we can't wait for cat lovers to visit the TICA booth and see the fabulous display that Helmi and Ken Flick have so graciously worked on for us! We don't want anyone to miss out so you can see them for yourself below.

We're so excited that FELIDAE Natural Cat Foods is sponsoring TICA's Parade of Breeds, Sturdi Products is a key sponsor of the 2012 Meow Wear Kitty CATure Fashion Show, and the Winn Feline Foundation is joining us at Meet the Breeds this year.

We'll have announcements during Meet the Breeds, so watch for more information as we head to NYC ... with our cats in tow!


Vickie Fisher

TICA President

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Welcome Our New Advertiser: City Kitty Grooming


Let's welcome City Kitty Grooming! Established in 2000, City Kitty Grooming focused on caring for the whole cat - mind, body and spirit. City Kitty Grooming was one of the first cats-only grooming "spas" in the country.

If you've ever been interested in being a cat groomer, visit www.citykittygrooming.com and learn more about franchise opportunities with City Kitty Grooming.

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Meet the Breeds: What's in Store This Year?


This year's Meet the Breeds promises to be even bigger than last year, and even more exciting! Here are some things you'll want to know:

  • TICA cats are "bigger and bolder" at Meet the Breeds with the help of Ken and Helmi Flick! Our booth will be front and center and so will the wonderful graphics designed just for us!

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  • FELIDAE Natural Cat Foods is this year's partner of TICA's Parade of Breeds on the main cat stage at Meet the Breeds. With over 50 recognized breeds, the diversity of type, shape, and personality to the many styles of cats will be demonstrated and explained by an expert panel of distinguished TICA judges.

  • Sturdi Products will sponsor this year's Meow Wear Kitty CATure Fashion Show that will feature the designs of Carla Reiss. Fashion shows will be held on Saturday October 20 and Sunday October 21 from noon - 1:30pm both days at TICA's Main Stage. This year's show will be bigger than last year's show at Meet the Breeds that you can watch a by clicking here and vote on your favorite fashion-forward kitty from last year!

  • The Winn Feline Foundation is joining TICA this year to help promote the health and welfare of cats! A non-profit organization established in 1968, the Winn Feline Foundation supports studies to improve cat health, and has funded over $4 million for health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions world-wide. This funding is made possible through the support of dedicated donors and partners. Research supported by the Winn Feline Foundation which was founded by the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA) helps veterinarians to improve treatment of common feline health problems and prevent many diseases.

  • "Meet Me" brings cats like Merlin the "biggest hugger" from West Monroe, LA to Meet the Breeds this year! And you can get $2 off each ticket ordered online at www.meetthebreeds.com by entering the discount code MEET ME

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  • Karen Cannon the artist who designed the gorgeous cover for this year's Visitors Guide will have mouse pads and posters featuring the vibrant cats of "Encore" for sale at the TICA booth.

  • And if you can't make it to Meet the Breeds, you can "own a little piece" of history by ordering your own TICA t-shirt featuring TICA Kitty! Available in Youth M, Adult S M L XL 2XL for $20 each plus shipping, each t-shirt comes in two colors. To order your t-shirt (or t-shirts!) email coonquest@gmail.com with the t-shirt you want to order, color and size.

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Here's TICA's 2011-2012 Best Kitten


The "last kitten standing" at the end of the 2011-2012 show season was Kelimcoons Don Cesar of Sarajen, and claimed the coveted title of Best Kitten!

A Brown (Black) Classic Tabby/White Maine Coon, he earned more than 7700 points while competing against more than 2,000 kittens of all breeds, to become an International Winner and also the Best Kitten in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Cesar is owned by Teri Matzkin.

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Turning Pumpkins Into Friendly ... or Fierce ... Felines


Halloween: time for treats ... scares ... and cats! Welcome trick or treaters with your own cat carved pumpkin. It's easy to do, and a lot of fun!

Click here to download instructions and patterns.

If you want to carve your breed, check out Better Home and Garden's 17 breed templates a by clicking here.

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Meet the ... Minuet


What has the sweet face of a Persian and the short-legged conformation of a Munchkin? Well, it's the Minuet and despite its "big name", is a gentle, extremely affectionate and people-oriented cat that comes in all imaginable colors, and both short- and long-haired coats.

In May 2012, the Minuet was granted Preliminary New Breed status and started showing in that class during the 2012-2013 show season which started this May 1st.

To learn more about the Minuet, click here.

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