elcome to The International Cat Association (TICA),
the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats.
What Makes TICA Different?
The International Cat Association™ (TICA™) is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, the largest registry of household pet cats and kittens. TICA was the first and now the world's largest-registry to allow household cats of unknown ancestry to compete for the same titles and awards as pedigreed cats. The responsible breeding of pedigreed cats preserves the distinct characteristics of individual pedigreed breeds and ensures the continuation of predictable physical and behavioral traits for future generations.
The International Cat Association headquartered in Harlingen, Texas, administers the rules for the licensing and management of hundreds of cat shows annually across the globe and in 104 countries. TICA and its members work together to promote the preservation of pedigreed cats and the health and welfare of ALL domestic cats through education, responsible cat ownership and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. TICA currently recognizes 63 breeds of cats from the ancient Abyssinian to the newer breeds like the Lykoi cat, and including wild looking Chausie and Bengals.
Featured Breed: Abyssinian
What's that small cat that looks like a cougar? He's so ... Aby-silly-an! Yes, that's the Abyssinian otherwise called the Abby. Their name starts with A, and so do the adjectives that describe this medium-sized breed: active, awesome, agile, astounding, alert, animated, affectionate, amusing, athletic, astute, amiable and attentive. While the first Abby arrived in the US during the early 1900's, it's an ancient breed that is said to have descended from the sacred cats of Ancient Egypt. To learn more about the Abyssinian, click here.