2014 World Cat Congress

TICA would like to thank all of our sponsors of the WCC. The events would not have been possible without the support of Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat, Royal Canin, and Sturdi Products. A huge thanks goes to TICA's host club: Allcats Cat Club. Job well done!


March 26, 2014: World Cat Congress Delegates on their way into the Everglades for a tour. The attending Delegates represented were:

  • Mr Eric Reijers (President of WCC and in the chair)
  • Mrs Penelope Bydlinski (WCC Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Mrs Julian Schuller (Delegate of ACF Inc.)
  • Mrs Cheryle U'Ren (Delegate of CCC of A)
  • Mr Wayne Trevathan (Delegate of CFA)
  • Mr Karl Preiss (Delegate of FIFe)
  • Mr Leopold van Haterd (Advisor to FIFe)
  • Mrs Helen Marriott-Power (Delegate of GCCF)
  • Mr Steve Crow (Advisor to GCCF)
  • Mrs Chris Lowe (Delegate of NZCF)
  • Mr Jan van Rooyen (Delegate of SACC)
  • Mrs Vickie Fisher (Delegate of TICA)
  • Mr Andreas Mōbius (Delegate of WCF)

Twenty years ago this year representatives of four of the five world's major cat associations; from the United States - Don Williams, President of the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA); from the United Kingdom - Brenda Wolstenholme, Chairman of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF); and from Europe - Alvia Uddin, President of FIFe and Anneliese Hackmann, President of the World Cat Federation (WCF) sat down together for the first time in Venice during the course of a symposium: "Cats and Man". The fifth organization was TICA, considered a founding member. Then President Georgia Morgan was unable to attend, but TICA has been an active member since the organization's inception.

Most of those taking part in this first meeting saw the importance of international co-operation and, it was decided to establish a regular meeting of representatives of the associations, to study and to seek solutions for problems of common interest and the World Cat Congress was born.

Since then the Congress has grown from the five founders to nine Members and has held its Annual Meeting on all four of the represented Continents. It now looks forward to more years of mutual understanding and co-operation between its diverse Members. Read More

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Cat Invasion: Someone Opens Another Cat Café; Why Do People Love Cats?


Cat cafés are making the headlines for 2014. In Spain, London, California, Oakland and even in Los Angeles, cat cafés are becoming a famous enterprise.

The Gatoreca, Spain's first cat café, celebrated International Cat Day on Feb. 20 calling the festival FESTIMIAU! According to globalpost.com, showing the friendly, loyal and loving side of felines is one of the festival's goals. Read More

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Cats through history - a contrarian view


By: Jon Carroll You recall that I recently floated the theory that cats have been neglected and maligned by history. I suggested that there were dark reasons for that neglect, that disrespect. I quoted things. It was all very educational. Of course, there was controversy. Great ideas have a way of creating dissent. (Bad ideas do that too, of course.) But now we have scholars weighing in - one all the way from Australia. Read More

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Common Misconceptions

MYTH: There is no need to change foods, whether my cat is pregnant or not, or during lactation. Find the Answer Here.


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Pet medication market opens up as retailers enter game


When her 12-year-old cat needed an antibiotic a year ago, Karen Sable went, of all places, to a grocery store. The Munhall, Pa., resident picked up Colby's prescription at a Giant Eagle pharmacy for no charge — it was one of the grocer's free antibiotics — and the ailing kitty unwittingly joined a marketing revolution.

Pet medications, once the domain of veterinarians, are increasingly available at grocers, chain pharmacies, specialty pet stores and retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target, all of which are finding the $7.6 billion-a-year pet-med market to be the cat's meow. Read More

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


As part of feline fun at the America's Family Pet Expo being held April 25 – 27, 2014, at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA, The International Cat Association (TICA) will host an event sponsored by Dr. Elsey Precious Cat Litter, Sturdi Products and Royal Canin to present 55 pedigreed breeds of cats in competition for the coveted title of Best In Show. Added to the Campionship cat show is Junior Exhibitor presentation at noon on Saturday. Children present their cats and the public learns fascinating tidbits about the breed, caring for cats and will enjoy the enthusiasm from the children. Amanda Stone, 2013 Miss Southern California Teen US will be joining the cat show on Saturday to help present some adoptable shelter cats ready to go with qualified fur-ever homes.

Experience it yourself - watch the video on TICA's homepage.

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Winn Feline Foundation at American Animal Hospital Association

Winn holds a symposium each year to highlight recent advances in feline medicine. Read lecture notes from recent symposia.

American Animal Hospital Association Conference featured dozens of speakers, including Dr. Tracy Webb and Dr. Craig Webb, stem cell researchers sponsored by the Winn Feline Foundation. The pair appeared on the Winn track.

Dr. Tracy Webb, research scientist at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, described how stem cell therapy can and has worked in pets and people, and also concerns about stem cell therapy.

Dr. Craig Webb, head of small animal medicine at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, spoke about how cats with serious GI issues can perhaps soon be help using stem cell therapy. Read More

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In This Issue


Why Do Cats Purr? Some of the Reasons Might Surprise You


Cats purr when they're contented, sure, but evolution has added other surprising benefits. Cats are evolutionary masterpieces of design. They have evolved in such a way that many of their characteristics, including behaviors, are multifunctional -- helping to increase the odds of survival. Scratching marks territories, it communicates conflicted feelings and it maintains nail health. Whiskers feel wind directions, broadcast moods, and help cats navigate. Purring helps newborns survive, promotes healing, and is a communication tool. Read More


Unlikely Cat Ladies: Metalheads and Their Kittens


Metal-loving guys might be in bands called Cattle Decapitation, but when it comes to their felines, it turns out that some of the toughest of the bunch favor cats named Fluffy and Princess. For a new book, Oakland-based photographer and Ph.D. student Alexandra Crockett spent four years traveling up and down the West Coast, documenting manly, masculine metal fans and their widdle cats. The result is Metal Cats, a collection of more than 700 photos of metaldudes posing lovingly with their feline pals, which will be published by powerHouse books next month. Read More



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