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April 25-27: World's Largest Pet & Pet Products Expo!


Every aspect of the companion animal world gathers at these events to "Tell their story" to the public. Exhibitors include manufacturers, retailers, groomers, veterinarians, hobbyist groups, humane rescue organizations, humane societies, breeders, etc.

Almost every kind of companion animal is on display and many are featured in educational demonstrations and seminars. Great shows of dogs, cats, birds, fish & reptiles. Our top-notch entertainment has been listed as one of the biggest reasons people attend! Experience it yourself - watch the video on TICA's homepage.

World Cat Congress 2014: A Global Utopia


Heaven is a place on earth for cat people: the World Cat Congress, one of the planet's largest conventions for feline friends. Presented by TICA -- the International Cat Association -- the annual shebang changes countries every year, invited by a different sponsoring cat club.

This year, Brookville, Florida's Allcats Cat Club brought it all to Miami, open to the public on March 8 and 9. The two public days of competitions, panel discussions, and expositions brought together some 500 cats representing more than 50 breeds. Watch Now

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Spain's First Cat Cafe Celebrates International Cat Day

Learn about this recent inspiring holiday and festival.

One of the festival's goals was to do away with the traditional image of cats as mysterious, unfriendly and aloof animals, showing the friendly, loyal and loving side of felines. International Cat Day was officially created in 2009, thanks to the efforts of cat lovers on social-networking sites, especially Facebook and Twitter, who wanted to educate people about how to correctly care for felines and promote the animals' rights in light of abuse and abandonment.

The date marks the death on Feb. 20, 2009, of Socks, the most famous cat to live in the White House, who moved into the presidential residence with Bill Clinton's family in 1993. Read More...

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It's all about the Calico

TICA does not call the pictured cats calico, but rather tortie and white.


Genetic Process Behind Calico Kitty Coats Visualized

Scientists can now visualize genes whose activity gets shut off in single cells. The new technique, which will be described today (Feb. 18) at the 58th annual meeting of the Biophysical Society in San Francisco, helps visualize the process behind calico cats' patchy, multi-colored fur. Scientists could one day use the method to untangle the mysteries behind certain sex-linked genetic diseases, researchers say. Read More...


How Calico Cats Could Help Cure Obesity

Calico cats, with their funky mix of orange, black and white fur, could one day help humans to lose weight. Couch potato kitties hardly seem suited to the task, but the connection comes from their unique chromosome structure, according to research presented today at the 58th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco. Read More...

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Lost Cats: An Urgent Situation

By Kim Freeman, Lost Cat Recovery Services

What if your cat went missing? You search and search; you're beside yourself with worry and grief. Chances are, you will never see your beloved feline again. There is a lost cat epidemic –thousands of cats escape or go missing every week. How do you get your lost cat home? New methods are the key to locating your cat and getting them back where they belong.

An estimated 12,000 lost cats per week are never found. Only 8% of lost cats come home on their own. If your cat goes missing, it's imperative to take action right away.

Let's look at why so few are found and what people are doing wrong. Read More...

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Walk Like an Egyptian


Cats in Ancient Egypt

Cats were domesticated in Egypt 5,700 years ago, according to recent study. Despite their stereotypically aloof attitude, cats are so popular today that they have been photographed the world over, are the stars of YouTube videos and have even been provided sanctuary at an archaeological site. When were cats domesticated? According to a recent study led by Wim Van Neer of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, cats may have been domesticated in ancient Egypt much earlier than previously thought. Cats are traditionally believed to have been domesticated in Egypt during the Middle Kingdom (c. 1950 B.C.E.). Read More...

Brooklyn Museum: ‘Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt' (through December 2014)

If your dream of heaven is eternity spent with the pets you love, this show is for you. All of its 30 objects, sifted from the museum's renowned Egyptian collection, are of cats, big and little, feral and tame, celestial and not. Whether cast in bronze or carved in stone, their forms and personalities were meant to outlast time, and so they have.

200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park, 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org. (Holland Cotter)

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Tips for Keeping Cats Off Kitchen Counters


An all-too-familiar dinner party scenario: at the home of friends, you're sipping a glass of wine while your hosts put the finishing touches on dinner. Then their beloved cat does its business in the litter box, licks itself a bit, and proceeds to hop up on the kitchen counters right where your dinner is being made...

The cat then wanders all over the counters, pausing now and then to lick and paw particularly interesting spots, perhaps even nosing the ingredients. Particularly bold and limber cats will step over the prepared food, forcing you to imagine the hair and kitty litter they're leaving behind. You as a guest are eternally grateful for your hosts' generosity and good company, but you're no longer psyched about the dinner aspect of the dinner party.

So what's a devoted cat-lover to do?

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Lost Cats Reunited


Cat Detective, Kim Freeman (left) with found Jakey, neighborhood favorite and cat-about-town, and owner, Laurie Swan


Steve and Melissa McGrath reunited with Pita (indoor-only escapee) and Kim of Lost Cat Finder Cat Rescue


Kim -- Lost Cat Finder, with Bridget and Jackson (indoor-only midnight escapee) and Andrew


Tashi (recovered Savannah cat) with "The Cat Detective"