TICA Helps GCCF Celebrate 100 Years

The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), the premier registration body for breeding and showing cats in the United Kingdom, celebrates 100 years of working with cat fancy this month.

TICA is proud to be represented at this weekend’s Supreme Show held on Saturday, November 20 in Birmingham, England. For more show information visit http://www.supremecatshow.org/

Congratulations GCCF!

Keep Your Cat Safe During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day a time for family to gather, eat huge turkeys and watch football. Oh, and don’t forget your pets. No, not that they want to eat turkey (you know they do!) or watch football, but you need to be careful because there are many “hidden holiday hazards” that can hurt cats and your other pets.
Here are a few tips to keep kitty safe:
While turkey bones may be a tempting treat for your cat, don’t give to them! They can splinter off and puncture their stomach or intestinal tract. Make sure that the bones on your plates, and the picked-clean carcass are wrapped in a plastic bag, and properly disposed of out of kitty’s way.
But can take you and kitty to the emergency room. Don’t let your cat eat any sweets. Don’t sit sweets out where they can get to them. Make sure children visiting know NOT to give treats (ie sweets) to your cats. And pick up any plates with leftover desserts to ensure your fab feline dosen’t eat something he/she shouldn’t!
Although your cat probably would love wandering around the house and visiting family and friends, the best thing to do is put them in a room that no one will enter or in a crate. If you put them in a crate, make sure they have room for water , food and a pan. Make it a comfy, safe environment for them. You don’t want a visitor opening the front door or garage and out goes kitty!
You’d be surprised how many cats love to nibble on fresh flowers. The equate it to grass so if you decide to have fresh bouquets at your dinner table, please make sure that kitty isn’t able to get to them. And if you MUST have flowers, research flowers that are non-toxic and make a bouquet out of those pretty plants. Also, if you have fresh flowers, don’t use the packet of “flower fresh” in the water. It’s toxic to your cat. A little sugar in the water will keep the flowers fresh.
But I sure love being in the kitchen with you. Uh huh. Well, hot stoves are dangerous for kitty. Candles are dangerous. Boiling water is dangerous. Bones (like we’ve discussed) is dangerous. Do I need to go on? In other words, don’t let your cat in the kitchen the entire day. Make sure you have some nice turkey canned food (or some fresh turkey minced up) to give him/her so they don’t feel left out.
Geez. Well, you never know what a cat will do. So if you DO have an emergency, make sure you have the closest emergency clinic’s phone number handy, and the Poison hotline. If you do everything listed above, you won’t need it!
Have a HAPPY and SAFE holiday…you and your cat(s)!

Recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey Nibblers

How many times has your cat watched as you enjoyed that tasty turkey on Thanksgiving? Well now you can turn turkey into a treat for your feline friends.
You can turn dark turkey meat into jerky treats really easy. All you have to do is use a conventional oven and let it slowly dry out. Here’s a quick recipe.
Now you don’t have to feel like your cats are being left out of the Thanksgiving celebration!
• 12 thinly sliced strips of dark turkey meat
1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
3. Remove any fat and skin from the turkey meat.
4. With a very sharp knife, cut turkey into ½ to 1 inch slices.
5. Place turkey strips on a baking sheet in a 300 degree oven, for about three hours. This is something you will want to keep an eye on so the meat doesn’t char or burn. We are making jerky, so you basically just want the meat to dry, and this will result in some natural shrinkage.
6. After about 2 ½ to 3 hours, turn your oven off, leaving the turkey inside.
7. The turkey will continue to dry as the oven cools. I like to let the strips remain in the oven anywhere from six to eight hours until they are completely dry and cool.
After cooling, you should place the strips in an air-tight container. You can keep them fresh even longer by placing the container in your freezer and just pulling out treats as you need them.