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Science Newsletter

 In This Issue:

A Message From TICA President | From the Science Editor' s Desk | New Test for Silver Color Test in Cats | Albinism in cats | Cat Coloration | Ticked is NOT a Pattern | Corin | Donna Maddox Named Interim GL Regional Director | EveryCat Health Foundation Jan. 2024 Update | TICA GL Regional Update | TICA MA Regional Update| TICA NE Regional Update |TICA NW Regional Update| TICA SC Regional Update | TICA SE Regional Update | TICA SW Regional Update

 


A Message from TICA President Vicki Jo Harrison:

  

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Happy New Year TICA Friends!

 

Welcome to TICA’s January 2024 Science Newsletter. Before we get to the science, I want to say how excited I am to begin my second term as TICA President with Dr. Liz Brown serving as Vice President.

 

This year will bring many positive changes for TICA. Over the past three years our relentless pursuit of innovation has truly propelled us forward. Our belief in pushing boundaries, exploring new possibilities, and embracing cutting-edge technologies has kept us ahead of the curve. We are dedicated to ensuring our members have access to the latest advancements in the cat world, giving them a competitive edge and an unforgettable experience.

 

As we continue this incredible journey, we invite you to join us in celebrating our achievements. Whether you are a breeder, exhibitor, or cat enthusiast, there has never been a better time to be a part of TICA’s world. Together, let's continue to shape the future of the cat world and redefine what it means to be progressive.

 

Remember to join us for the TICA Winter Board Meeting January 18-20, 2024, online. See the full agenda of proposals and reach out to your respective Regional Director with comments prior to the meeting. Check the TICA Board Meeting page to find login information that will be posted on January 17, 2024.

 

The open session includes proposals for By-Laws, Show Rules, and the Clerking program. On January 20, 2024, the Board will discuss Breed Advancement ANB to CH, Highlander Breed Group and Breed Standard Changes - Devon Rex and Selkirk Rex Breed.

 

As always, I wish each of you good health. Please stay safe and hug your kitties tight!

 

Vicki Jo Harrison

TICA President 


From the Science Newsletter Editor's Desk:

 

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Dear TICA Science Fans:

 

Hopefully 2024 brings you ample fulfillment and many felicitous moments. TICA is fortunate to be a membership of curious feline enthusiasts with keen observation, willingness to participate in discovery and a system to apply improved understanding into practice for cats.  

 

The rich hues, deep shades, and radiant highlights that color a cat’s fur have entranced humankind as part of the feline mystique since the dawn of civilization, based on feline depictions on some of the oldest human artifacts. TICA is a genetic registry and more feline genes have been identified relating to the coloration and color pattern of cat fur than any other trait. This edition of the newsletter seeks to reacquaint us with these.

 

More genetic variants/mutations have been identified for cat colors than ever before. Does this mean cats are mutating or something is causing more colors to be created?  

 

I postulate, NO! Variation in feline coloration is likely part of the important evolutionary adaptability of cats to exist wherever prey may be found. The most important responsibility of a cat’s (or any mammal’s) fur, a bird’s feathers, or a reptile’s scales is to protect the animal from the hazards of the sun’s rays.

 

A close look at several wild cat species demonstrates some very likely analogs to the variation we see in domestic cats. Only two species of wild cat have ever been examined as examples, and both times they existed. The Tiger (Panthera tigris) can have Corin, Tyrosinase (Colorpoint) and even Classic or Blotched Tabby. King Cheetahs are an example of a very similar mutation or variant in typical cheetahs that make a striped tabby become a blotched or classic tabby. Shout out to TICA breeder Chris Kaelin, PhD for bringing about and including TICA in some of that research. Read more about Kaelin’s groundbreaking study.

 

This month’s newsletter highlights NEW and existing research in feline coloration that when taken together help explain how these variations occur, what their benefits may be for cats, and how TICA’s members and their cats continue to play a role in expanding the understanding for all cats – big & small, wild, and domestic.

 

The efforts to inform and engage feline enthusiasts couldn’t have occurred without the leadership of Vicki Jo Harrison and Liz Brown PhD.  Please thank them as we venture into another year of cat science.

 

Anthony Hutcherson

TICA Science Newsletter Editor

 


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Breaking Feline Breeder News: Test for Silver Color in Cats Now Available

 

For the first time, the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, under the direction of Leslie Lyons, PhD the Gilbreath-McLorn Endowed Professor of Comparative Medicine, now offers a test for Silver (Inhibitor) Color in cats. In just 5 steps, a test result will be emailed to you in a matter of weeks confirming if a cat is silver!

 

Leslie Lyons, PhD is renowned around the world for her tenacious and successful efforts to unravel the mysteries of the cat from within the feline genome. Years of efforts have allowed her to provide a test she’s been repeatedly asked for by feline enthusiasts around the world.

 

On behalf of TICA I asked Dr. Lyons, “How much effort has it taken to identify the inhibitor locus and create a test?” Dr. Lyons responded, “I am constantly asked for the Silver test, so, against the scientific standards and norms, we are releasing the test before we know how the DNA variant acts on a gene and reduces the pheomelanin. Until we know the function, we will not be releasing the test to other labs. I realize breeders are hoping to get the test for less money from the companies that offer large panel testing, but we really need to raise funds to continue the research aspects.”  

 

Dr. Lyons went to point out, “many argue there is a recessive form of Silver. We may then ask other labs to help when we try to resolve potential recessive situations. However, we are hoping breeders will consider requesting the test as a contribution to our laboratory and to further the science on Silver (Inhibitor) and other projects. Since our lab has helped to identify nearly 30% of the DNA variants in cats, and we build resources for all scientists to use, I hope breeders will recognize the efforts and tell us job well done by requesting the test.”

 

Silver (Inhibitor) is called that because the fur of cats with this trait is prevented or inhibited from the expression of yellow, brown, tan, gray, and other colors that provide the visual background to tabby patterns. The lower portion of the hair shaft and the agouti bands have white hair instead of shades of brown/yellow/tan/gray, thus creating the visual silver coloration. Silver or Silver tabby, black smoke, chocolate, seal silver lynx tabby point, silver shaded are color patterns that can be confirmed through genetic testing.

 

A silver cat has one or two copies of the DNA variant causing silver. The test will determine if a cat has one or two copies.  A cat with two copies of the silver (inhibitor) DNA variant will only produce silver offspring. Some have posited these cats, homozygous or having two copies of same DNA variant, demonstrate less rufousing, or golden/brown/yellow tones to their coloration, than those with just one copy.  

 

No other laboratory in the world can offer silver (inhibitor) genetic testing in cats. The University of Missouri Veterinary School makes it clear they are testing for the inhibitor locus, a specific genetic position on a certain chromosome. Feline enthusiasts can help Dr. Lyons and her research colleagues identify the specific gene or genes by participating in the test, which requires photos of each cat. 

 

Dr. Lyons described the importance of the breeder, enthusiast community, scientists, and researchers in helping further decipher the silver (inhibitor) genetic variant. Dr. Lyons noted, “Several laboratories have confirmed the genetic location of Silver using different cats and methods of analyses over the years. Our lab refined the ‘linkage’ location using microsatellite markers and an extended family of cats while back at UC Davis. Once getting to under a 1,000,000 basepair region (1 Mb), we did direct sequencing of every one of the genes in the region, but to no avail. Every person in the lab had a different gene with all the exons written out. We basically did a big tick-tack-toe board - eliminating all the coding regions of each gene.”

 

This left Silver as likely an intronic or intragenic mutation, like Spotting or Glitter, or exons that could be in the wrong order – a genetic inversion, like glycogen storage disease in Norwegian Forest cats.  Genome-wide association studies using cases and controls and DNA arrays also re-located the candidate genomic region, but the causal variant remained unidentified. Once the lab transitioned to MU, whole genome sequencing techniques became available, as did a better cat genome assembly and better annotation of the genes. Only the most recent techniques have allowed the identification of the candidate mutation. Thus, the lab has spent years and lots of reagents, resources, and personnel, far beyond the funding that has been obtained specifically for Silver but benefitting from funding from Winn Feline/EveryCat Health Foundation that has supported the development of the 99 Lives project.

 

Read more and test a cat for Silver (Inhibitor) on the University of Missouri Veterinary School website.

 

 Photo courtesy of Helmi Flick.

 


 

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Albino, Color Point, Sepia, and Mocha - Oh My!

 

Albinism in cats and, the partial albinism associated Siamese, Tonkinese, Burmese and Thai breeds were key to identifying and understanding several mutations in a gene cats and humans have that impact pigment production and indicated in brain function and vision. Complete albinism, Ca in cats and partial albinism expressions of Color point, Sepia, and Mocha are all caused by variants or mutations in the TYR gene, Tyrosinase.

 

Feline Albinism in the Donskoy breed is a rare example in cats of albinism associated with pink eyes. In this breed that also features hairlessness, the variant is related to the human condition known as Hermansky–Pudlak Syndrome.

 

A form of albinism in cats associated with blue eyes is not associated with any specific breed. This form of albinism occurs with photophobia, fear, or avoidance of light. The same mutation has been identified in people, mice, and cats.

 

Each of the different known variants causes a different limitation to pigment, and in the case of Siamese (Cs) and Burmese (Cb), cats unique heat sensitive version that is unknown in any other mammal. In people variants in TYR occur in lighter skinned people of European, Middle Eastern and Southern Africa. Siamese, Burmese and Tonkinese breeds were essential in understanding they traits when they occur as a homozygote or heterozygote.

 

Mink, the coloration most associated with the Tonkinese breed is NOT caused by a unique gene or variant. There is no unique gene for mink coloration. Instead, Mink is caused when a cat inherits one copy of Cs and one copy of Cb, creating a partial albinism of intermediate expression between a cat with two copies of Cs/Cs and Cb/Cb.

 

The Mocha, Cm,  was identified in cats imported from Thailand or had recently Thai heritage and appears to not to be thermodynamic.  The color creates a light chocolate appearance and is characterized as co-dominant with the Burmese variant TYR mutation.

 

New research indicates changes in the TYR gene may also be indicative of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease in humans. 

 

 


 

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Coloration - ASIP, Pattern, and Color Create Cat Coloration

 

Embracing the idea that every tabby cat’s appearance is a result of coloration, the cascade of ASIP, Tabby, Color, and genetic expressions helps cat colors and patterns make a lot more sense.

 

The scientific community finds more variation in ASIP among domestic cats whenever a deeper exploration occurs. A, A2, a, Apb, AJc, ALs are now identified and very likely there will be additional identifications as more investigation occurs. How these alternate ASIPs affect pattern, color and coloration is yet to be fully understood and the cat enthusiast community will be key to developing that understanding. 

 

ASIP or Agouti Signal Protein determines the frequency of alternating between eumelanin/black based pigment and pheomelanin/yellow based pigment on an individual hair and in areas of the body, such as the face, skull, spine, and tail during the period when the hair is forming.  All domestic cats have the same variant of agouti written as “A” sometimes noted as wild type because it is the natural, common form in the species. The previously only variant or mutation in domestic cats noted as “a”, prevents the genetic signals to produce the yellow pigment causing the cat to be “solid” or melanistic.  

 

The variation in ASIP appears to arise from geographic separations in populations as well as interspecific hybridization, with each species seeming to have one or more ASIPs or signals instructing pigment on where and how to move in the cat. The Norwegian Forest Cat is an especially interesting case as the interaction between ASIP and the Amber MC1R variant creates cats that become less solid with age, at several points in their development mirror the appearance of charcoal Bengal cats.

 


 

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Ticked is NOT a Pattern, but an Effect

 

Ticked Tabbies, Abyssinians, Somalis, and Singapuras are all mackerel/striped, spotted or classic tabbies until a process caused by two distinct genetic mutations cause their patterns to shrink and disperse during days 18-24 of fetal development. These two unique variants and processes were identified by Chris Kaelin PhD, Greg Barsch MD PhD and Kelly McGowan PhD as well as specifically identified as part of pedigreed cat lineages by Leslie Lyons PhD.

 

The Ticked variants Tick and TiA are more common in cats of Asian descent and both variants can occur in in the same cat, such as in the case of Cinnamon, the cat used Leslie Lyons as the reference genome sequence for all domestic cats.

 

Ticked Tabby is an expression of one or both of the dominant variants on cat pattern, but the underlying pattern still exists as do its genes. Therefore, it’s good to keep in mind that while a cat may be homozygous for the expression of Ticked Tabby, the underlying pattern genes are still present.  In the future it is likely that Ticked tabby cats will get genetic test results that indicate which Ticked genes they have as well as what underlying tabby patterns the cats have.

 

Photo courtesy of Helmi Flick.


 

 

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Corin - Tigers, Siberians, British, and Bengals

 

Golden, Sunshine, Copper, Sorrel, and just pretty are all vanity names for CORIN, the colorations created by mutations affecting the length of pheomelanin in each hair.

 

CORIN could easily be considered one of the anecdotally referred to but unknown “rufous polygenes” that create warm reddish tones in domestic cats. It has been identified in tigers, Siberian Cats, British Shorthairs, and Bengals.  Asian Leopard Cats too, have been identified with a unique CORIN variant now also found in Bengal Cats.

 

It doesn’t change the eumelanin-based color of a cat, but it adds more reddish/yellow/golden tones to the background coloration of the cat. This often allows more of the background color to be visible and allows the darker pattern to appear clearer or crisp. 

 

In Siberian Cats two versions of CORIN, wbeSIB and wbSIB, have been identified that create a slightly different colorations . One of the variants creates a greater degree of white around the eyes and lighter undersides.

 

A unique variant found in the British Shorthair, WBSH, create a coloration often called Copper by the breeder community. This version of CORIN also allows for eumelanin expression, not changing a cat from a Black or brown tabby but creating a vibrant coloration to the animal.

 

Toyger and ToyBob cats also have been identified as having CORIN present among members of their gene pool that are part of the 99 LIVES dataset.

 


 

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TICA Board Names Donna Maddox Interim Great Lakes Regional Director

  

Last month, the TICA Board of Directors appointed Donna Maddox Interim Great Lakes Regional Director. Donna takes the place Liz Brown left vacant after being elected TICA Vice President and will serve the remaining two years of Brown’s term. She began overseeing the TICA GL Region on January 1, 2024.

 

Donna has been a dedicated TICA member since 2014. Since then, she has made many invaluable contributions to the Great Lakes Region. Most notably, she is a founding member of the PracTICAl Cats Club, which has opened access to TICA’s Great Lakes Region for cat lovers in the St. Louis and Missouri area. On behalf of the club, Donna has served as show manager for TICA events at Purina Farms Event Center, a first for TICA. Thanks to her hard work and dedication, the PracTICAl Cats club has even hosted a GL Regional Awards Show and Banquet in 2023, which was a huge success. Donna is responsible for the GL Regional awards program each year.

 

Cats have always been a part of Donna’s life. She began going to cat shows ten years ago with her sister and found exhibiting as a way to connect and spend time with her sibling, who lives 12 hours away, while sharing their love of cats.

 

Donna began showing Abyssinians and in 2015 and, with the support of TICA’s Mentor program, soon welcomed her first litter of Abyssinian kittens. While Donna acknowledges that breeding comes with both heartache and challenges, she reflects that some of her fondest memories are pictures of cats that were born at her house and are now living their very best lives with their new families.

 

Outside of TICA, Donna is the Executive Director at Athenahealth. She is responsible for ensuring the investments made in research and development deliver value to Athenahealth customers.  When she is not working or at a cat show, you can find her in the garden, traveling, taking long walks, or enjoying time with her friends and family. 

 

Join us in congratulating Donna on her new role in overseeing the TICA GL Region.

 

TICA would like to acknowledge and thank Nikki Crandall-Seibert and Chris Unangst for their willingness to be considered for this role. Both Nikki and Chris have shown unwavering dedication to TICA and the GL Region.

 


 

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EveryCat Health Foundation January 2024 Update

 

Be sure to attend one of these upcoming webinars from EveryCat Health Foundation:

 

"The Role of Diet in Feline Kidney Disease: What’s new; What’s known; What’s not" January 25th, 2024, 1:00 PM EST.

Dr. Dottie Laflamme, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition) will review the data regarding what is and is not yet known about the role of dietary phosphorus for cats with existing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The potential role of dietary phosphorus as a cause of CKD will also be explored. This webinar is RACE approved.

 

"Feline Infectious Peritonitis: From the FCoV to FCoV23, The Cyprus Case, A New Perspective in the Way We See Coronaviruses" February 3, 2024, 11:00 AM EST.

Speakers:

  • Maria Lyraki, DVM, MSc, DECVIM-CA, MRCVS, Plakentia Veterinary Clinic, Athens, Greece.
  • Demetris Epaminondas, DVM, M.Vet.Sc. Veterinary Officer, Cyprus Veterinary Services.
  • Christine Tait-Burkard, MSc, PhD, Group leader/Associate Professor-Equivalent, University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute.
  • Danielle Gunn-Moore, BSc (Hon), BVM&S, PhD, MANZCVS (Feline), FHEA, FRSB, FRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine, Professor in Feline Medicine, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute.

The presenters will follow the FCoV-23 outbreak in Cyprus since early 2023. They will describe the epidemiological appearance of this outbreak, the differences on the clinical appearance of the “FCoV-23” (proposed naming) as well as the findings from the PCR testing and the whole genome analysis of PCR confirmed cases and what they indicate about disease spread and pathology. RACE approval is pending.

 
2024 Feline Health Symposium, "Health Breakthroughs for Every Cat: Being PURRfectly Clear on Feline Pain April 13-14, 2024, at the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine Feline Health Center in Raleigh, NC.

This symposium will have two tracks: one for veterinary professionals looking for continuing education credits and one for non-veterinary professionals. Both tracks will focus on feline pain with topics such as pain with cancer, dentistry, urinary tract, and GI.

 


 

Regional updates

 

TICA January 2024 Regional Updates

 

  • TICA Great Lakes Regional Update
  • TICA Mid Atlantic Regional Update
  • TICA Northeast Regional Update
  • TICA Northwest Regional Update
  • TICA South Central Regional Update
  • TICA Southeast Regional Update
  • TICA Southwest Regional Update

 


 

TICA Great Lakes Regional Director, Donna Maddox:

 

TICA GL Treasury Balance: $5109.22


Please mark your calendars for the following TICA GL shows: 

  • February 10-11, 2024, Toledo RusTICAts is hosting their first showin Bowling Green, OH.
  • March 8-10, 2024, Showcats Columbus show in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Reminder: TICA Online Winter Board Meeting, January 18-20, 2024.

 


 

TICA Mid Atlantic Regional Director, Brenda Russo:

 

Happy New Year! May this new year be a time of growth, happiness, and fulfillment for all, both in our region and in the hearts of our TICA cat lovers everywhere!

 

Please mark your calendar to attend the following TICA MA Region shows:

  • January 26-28, 2024, Charm City Cat Club in Timonium, Maryland.         
  • February 3-4, 2024, Central Jersey Cat Fanciers in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
  • March 8-10, 2024, Central Jersey Cat Fanciers in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
  • March 15-17, 2024, United Cat Club Inc. in Chantilly, Virginia.
  • March 23-24, 2024, Christmas City Cat Club in Easton, Pennsylvania.
  • April 6-7, 2024, Philadelphia Tea Party in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

 

Save the Date: 2024 TICA Mid Atlantic Regional: The TICA MA Regional will be held September 21-22, 2024, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The banquet will be held in another area of the building so your cats can stay in the show hall during the event. This will be a casual event for all to enjoy!

 

TICA 2024 Annual Updates:

 

  • Venue Change for TICA 2024 Annual: TICA’s Annual 2024 event will now be held in Hampton, Virginia at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. See TICA December 2023 article for complete details.
  • Volunteers Needed!Please contact Lisa and Susan to volunteer.
  • T-Shirts Available Soon: T-shirts will feature a new logo design. We are hoping to have shirts available for purchase by the end of January.
  • Raffle: Two lovely quilts handmade by Sharon Miller (Fate May’s sister) are available for online raffle and at select cat shows. Please contact Teri Matzkin if you are interested in helping with the raffle table.
  • We will be asking all TICA Regions to contribute raffle baskets for the event that characterizes their region.

 

Mid Atlantic Regional Member Update: As of January 1, 2024, The TICA MA region has 465 members, up 450 over last month.

 

Mid Atlantic Junior Exhibitor Update: Welcome Theresa Vogel as new TICA MA Region Junior Exhibitor liaison. Theresa met with Christian Cherau (Board Liaison) during the Parsippany show. We are looking forward to having many new junior exhibitors in the MA region!   Anyone interested in joining the junior exhibitors, please contact Theresa. A special thank you to Christina Baumer for participating with the juniors this past weekend at the Parsippany show!

 

Reminder: TICA Online Winter Board Meeting, January 18-20, 2024.

 

 


TICA Northeast Regional Director, Christian Cherau:

 

Northeast Regional Treasury Donations: Ahead of this year’s Regional Award program and to help grow the region’s treasury, we are asking all clubs to donate $1 per entry to the regional fund. We thank Northeast Regional Feline Fanciers for their commitment for $124 and Cat Lovers Of New England Cat Club for a $254 donation from their shows over the first half of this season!

 

New Northeast Region Show Reporter: We’re thrilled to welcome on Lois Miu as the Northeast Region’s new show reporter, taking over from Christian! Lois has done a great job so far with timely and accurate reports and we thank her for stepping up to a task that can sometimes be too thankless!

 

New Junior Exhibitor Liaison: Seanna Grochowski will be taking over the reins of leading the Juniors in the NE Region from original Junior Exhibitor Liaison Sue Cherau, Seanna is stepping up and working to create all sorts of wonderful opportunities and goodies for the youngest members of the Northeast, to make their memories and experiences at the shows the best and most welcoming that they can be! We thank Sue for her many years of service in the role and all her hard work in multiple program re-writes, new paths, and opportunities for our NE Junior Exhibitors.

 

2024 Annual Northeast Representation in Hampton, Virginia: The Northeast Region is thrilled to be represented by Judge Aline Noel Garel at the 2024 TICA Annual, to be held in Hampton, Virginia! We are awaiting sponsorship information but will plan on sponsoring her ring at a regional level.

 

TICA 2024 Annual NE Raffel Basket: Lori Hughes from Afterhours Crafting has been appointed our Raffle Basket Czar! Every region traditionally donates a raffle basket to the annual, and the region with the best raffle basket gets a prize! Being in an adjoining region to the Mid Atlantic, I am hoping for a strong showing of donations emblematic of the Northeast spirit, from Toronto to Quebec City, New York to Portland, and all the way to Labrador! More information to come.

 

Stay Connected on Facebook and Instagram to the Northeast Region!

 

The TICA Northeast Region has an Instagram page – please follow and tag your posts! https://www.instagram.com/tica.northeast.cats/

Be sure to join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ticane.

We need content as well! Please feel free to Direct Message photos and reels, and you may see it featured in our grid and on stories!

 

Please mark your calendar to attend the following TICA NE Region shows:

  • March 2-3, 2024, Crazy Pants Cat Club in Brentwood, Long Island, New York. The show will include an 18-ring two-day Alternative Format with a Junior Exhibitor Ring, Genetics Seminar, and Cat and Kitten Evaluations by Lorraine Shelton. This event will be held in conjunction with Family Pet Show’s Long Island Pet Expo.
  • March 29-31, 2024, CPE Cat Club in Mississauga (Toronto), Ontario. The show will include a 20-ring three-day Back-to-Back Format, featuring a Junior Exhibitor Ring and Best in Show. This event will be held in partnership with CPE’s Easter Pet Show.
  • April 13-14, 2024, Nauticats Cat Club in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The show will include a 15-ring two-day Alternative Format show, featuring Best in Show. This event will be held in conjunction with SNAC’s Sherbrooke Pet Expo.
  • April 26-28, 2024, Catsachusetts Cat Club, location TBA. The show will include a 20-ring three-day Back-to-Back Format, featuring Agility, a Junior Exhibitor Ring, and Best in Show.

2024 Northeast Regional: Christian is accepting bids for the 2024 Northeast Regional banquet! Generally, this is held in August. Please contact Christian if interested.


TICA Northwest Regional Director, Elaine Hawksworth-Weitz:

 

TICA 2024 NW Regional Host: Do you belong to a Northwest club? If so, is your club interested in hosting the 2024 Regional Awards show and banquet? You might be wondering … what does it take to host the regional event.

 

  • Space/venue for both a cat show and for the banquet (usually on Saturday evening).
  • Manpower to handle putting on the show and banquet.
  • The club is responsible for the banquet – venue contract, menu selection, collection of dinner reservations, and seating. The Regional Director is responsible for the awards presentation, awards booklet, and awards.

 

If interested in hosting the 2024 Regional Awards show/banquet, please submit your proposal to the Regional Director as soon as possible. Your letter of interest needs to include the dates and location of the proposed events, show’s format (back-to-back or alternative), and club’s ability to host.

 

Please mark your calendars to attend the following 2024 TICA NW shows: 

  • January 20-21, 2024, It’s Reigning Cats in Portland, Oregon.
  • February 10-11, 2024, The Evergreen Cat Fanciers in Ferndale, Washington.
  • April 20-21, 2024, Calgary Cat Association in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • April 26-28, 2024, And A Mouse Cat Club in Elma, Washington.
  • May 11-12, 2024, Cat Fanciers of BC in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada. 
  • June 8-9, 2024, And A Mouse Cat Club in Elma, Washington.             
  • July 11-12, 2024, The Maine Event, location TBD.
  • July 27-28, 2024, It’s Reigning Cats in Portland, Oregon.           
  • August 10-11, 2024, Cat Fanciers of BC in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
  • October 12-13, 2024, The Evergreen Cat Fanciers in Ferndale, Washington.    
  • November 16-17, 2024, The Maine Event in Ferndale, Washington.
  • December 14-15, 2024, Commencement Cat Club in Elma, Washington.      

 


TICA South Central Regional Director, Jim Armel:

 

As the Region was made aware, our Mexico City club is unable to host this year’s SC Regional. I am currently talking with a couple of clubs about taking it over. I will let everyone know as soon as we have something worked out.

 

 


TICA Southeast Regional Director, Rene Knapp: 

 

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New Year’s Show a Huge Success! Our New Years show, ‘Magical New Year’ presented by our Sunshine & Magic Cat Club was a great celebration with beautiful cats, judges, and exhibitors ready to celebrate the incoming new year.

  

New Club and New Show: After so many years without shows, the old and new clubs are trying to get back to fun and lots of potential to earn those points for titles and year-end awards. Welcome Fantastic Felines to the TICA SE Region. They will host a show February 3-4, 2024, in Anniston Alabama.

 

Please mark your calendars for the following TICA SE shows:

  •  January 13-14, 2024, Kool, Cats N Karens in Crystal River, Florida. It’s a fun theme and there will be some surprises for exhibitors. 
  • January 20-21, 2024, Cattyshack in Augusta, Georgia. This is a show known for its hospitality and friendly atmosphere!  

 

Reminder: TICA Online Winter Board Meeting, January 18-20, 2024. I posted all the proposals and urge our members to let your RDs know if you feel strongly about an upcoming proposal. 


 TICA Southwest Regional Director, Laurie Schiff:

 

Make your plans now to attend the following TICA SW Region shows:

 

  • February 17-18, 2024, Catitude CC & Socal Exotica CC in Victorville, California ** New Venue with 12 rings! The event is in a new 14,000 sq ft building and will include a lot of vendors and a rescue group. Please support the clubs in the new venue!
  • March 16-17, 2024, Surf-N-Turf in Arcadia, California.
  • April 12-14, 2024, Celebrity Cat Club in Arcadia, California ** 3 DAY SHOW including a Friday night Pajama Party and Poker Run!
  • June 22-23, 2024, Socal Exotica Cat Club in Arcadia, California.
  • July 26-28, 2024, Southwest Regional Awards show, and Banquet ** 3 DAY REGIONAL SHOW! Banquet at the Doubletree.

 


 

 

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