Archive for June, 2010
June is Adopt A Cat Month, and in celebration local rescue groups will have kittens and cats for adoption at local TICA cat shows.
Many cats and kittens adopted from shelters and rescue groups have enjoyed the “spotlight” at cat shows and become winning household pet cats and kittens. Last show season that ended April 30, 2010, there were 506 household pet cats and 186 household pet kittens that competed at local shows around the world.
TICA was the first cat registry that allowed registration of household pets. Cats and kittens can also compete for the same regional and international awards as pedigreed cats. Household pet cats can also earn the same titles as pedigreed cats registered with TICA.
If you can’t adopt a new cat or kitten, you can help promote June Is Adopt A Cat Month by:
But what if you can’t adopt? Here are some easy ways you can still help:
- paste this message into the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your Facebook page: “June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. Save a life: Adopt a cat or kitten!”
- Tweet, retweet and repeat the following (or your own brilliant message): “June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. Save a life: Adopt a cat or kitten!”
- Contact your local shelter or rescue group to see if you can (1) foster a cat or kitten (2) make a donation of towels, food, and other items they can use or (3) make a cash donation.
The Thai is thebreed dedicated to preserving the native pointed cat of Thailand in as close to its original form as possible. Thai is the official breed name in TICA and in many registries in Europe, but the breed is known in Thailand itself as the Wichienmaat and elsewhere as the “Old-Style Siamese.”
Thais are shorthaired and have the colorpoint pattern, which includes deep blue eyes, whitish beige body, and dark-colored extremities (the “points”), but they are moderate in type, never extreme. To some the Thai is synonymous with “applehead Siamese, ” but to others it is not. “Applehead” is a colloquial American term, not an official breed name, and means different things to different people. The Thai is the natural pointed cat that you find in Thailand today and closely resembles late 19th and early 20th century Siamese, such as Greta Hindley’s queen Prestwick Perak.
The Thai has the personality made famous the world over by the early Siamese. They are highly intelligent, people-loving, active, curious, and endowed with a great sense of humor. Living with these cats is like living with small children. Thais will get into everything you own, jump to the top of your wall-mounted clock and balance there, teetering, just to see if they can. They will follow you around and try to “help” you with everything you are doing.
Thais are great talkers: they aren’t necessarily loud, but they’re chatty. Thais will greet you at the door when you come home and start chatting away; but they also communicate with taps of the paw or by jumping to the top of your shoulder and putting their face right in yours. They will need a response and daily attention from you.
Physically, the Thai is easy to maintain as they take care of their daily grooming. But a soft brush is still good to help get the loose hair off them and good for stimulating blood flow for a healthy cat…and happy cat!
You can learn more about the history of the Thai, and its traits by visiting TICA’s web site. You can also print off the breed profile so you have information about this fascinating breed available at all times.
Okay, so it’s really judges. Plural. But we want to congratulate all of the judges that have advanced and to those who have entered the judging program. All were announced at TICA’s Spring 2010 Board Meeting held May 14-15, 2010.
Longhair / Shorthair Trainee in Judging Program
Probationary Speciality Judge
- Toni Scarboro
Provisional Allbreed Judge
- Theresa Kempton
Approved Allbreed Judge
- Kitti Ruttan
- Lynn Sherer
Mary-Lise de Landtsheer was advanced to Ring/School Instructor.
TICA has judges around the world. Congratulations to everyone!
Sunny days mean potential heatstroke and sunburn. No different than their owner, cats need shade and plenty of water to keep cool. If they’re near a lot of sunlight, even if they’re inside, make sure they have a place to get out of the sun because they can get sunburned and potentially skin cancer! If a cat gets overheated – indoors or outdoors – then they can end up in the ER with heat stroke.
Many plants – inside or outside – can be poisonous or an irritant to cats if ingested. It’s best to not have any plants easy for them to chew on, and if you have a cat or kitten that does like a green leaf to chew on, then plant some wheatgrass in a low pot so they can enjoy healthy greens that are good for them! It’ll also take care of their desire to chew on green, leafy plants. You can find a full list of poisonous plants to watch out for on the TICA site.
If your cat goes outdoors (which we don’t recommend!) then be careful about barbecues with burning or smoldering charcoals, and swimming pools that the cat can fall into easily. It’s good to know how to care for burns and a cat that is drowning in case your vet is closed or an emergency clinic is not close by.
Another hazard are insects: from biting fleas, to stinging ants and wasps/bees. Be prepared and ask your vet what is best to have on hand if your cat gets stung. Also be proactive with flea prevention: talk to your vet about recommended methods to control fleas on your cat and in your house. A safe method of controlling flea populations in your yard is to have nematodes sprayed by a professional organic lawn care service. Microscopic, nematodes are happy to munch away on fleas and their eggs, fire ants and aphids.