Let’s Celebrate Our State Cats and Dogs on Fourth of July!

Bet you didn’t know this, but three states have officially declared different (breeds of) cats as “state cats”. And there are even more states that have state dogs (11 states to be exact!). In honor of those state cats and dogs and the Fourth of July, we salute you!

So what kitties are appreciated and honored by certain states? Those lucky felines are:

Maine named the Maine Coon as its state cat of Maine in 1985. America’s native longhair, Maine Coons were well established over a century ago as a hardy breed of domestic cat, well equipped to survive the hostile New England winters. Maine Coon owners enjoy the breed’s characteristic clown-like personality, affectionate nature, and willingness to “help” with any activity. They make excellent companions for large, active families that also enjoy living with dogs and other animals.

This gorgeous calico cat is a "tortiseshell" pattern.

Maryland named the Calico Cat their state cat in 2001. Its separate blocks of colors – orange, black, and white – are shared with the Baltimore oriole (State bird) and the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly (State insect). Calico is not a breed of cat, but an unusual coloring occurring across many breeds, including Domestic Short-hair, Maine Coon, Munchkin, British Shorthair, American Wirehair, Persian, and Manx. Virtually all calico cats are female.

Massachusetts 1n 1988 made the Tabby Cat its official state cat in response to the wishes of the state’s schoolchildren. Tabby cats are often mistakenly thought of as being a particular breed of cat, but it is the coat pattern which resembles the striping on a “tiger” cat that is known as “Tabby”. The tabby coat pattern is a gene carried by all breeds of domestic cats so it can occur in all short- and long-haired breeds even if it’s “masked” and cannot be seen.

Last year the AKC polled Americans and uncovered the inner dogs and cats of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut based on the unique character and personality of each state.  Want to guess who they are?

  • New York CityAmerican Curl (because it represented the Upper East Side’s affluent, high-society stereotype)
  • New JerseyAmerican Shorthair (because of the state’s misunderstood identity)

    The American Shorthair is unofficially a "Jersey cat".

  • Connecticut –  Persian (which represents the state’s stereotype of the state known for having a large population of affluent families who have been wealthy for generations)

Oh, and what about the dogs? State dogs are:

Unofficial dogs are New York City – the Dachshund;  New Jersey – The Yorkshire Terrier; and Connecticut – the Golden Retriever.

To read more about the state breeds read AKC’s press release. You’ll be able to see all of these breeds in person at Meet the Breeds held in New York City on November 19-20, 2011.

Don’t Forget to Adopt A Cat During June

So what do you think when it’s June? June brides? Flag Day? Juneteenth?

Don’t forget: June is Adopt A Cat Month!

Visit your local shelter. Go to Petfinder.org and look at cats up for adoption. Or adopt a kitten or cat that you know someone needs to find a forever home.

And remember, if you have a new cat or kitten that just loves to be admired, loves people and isn’t shy, why not try showing him or her at a TICA show in Household Pet Cat or Kitten? It’s fun!

If you can’t adopt a cat or kitten, help out your local shelter or rescue group with donations of beds, blankets, newspapers, food, toys or money!

TICA Cats Join AKC Dogs at Meet the Breeds

TICA has been invited by the American Kennel Club® (AKC) to join forces when they return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on November 19th & 20th to host the third annual AKC Meet the Breeds® event. It’s the world’s largest gathering of dogs and cats, with more than 160 breeds of dogs and 50 breeds of cats on hand for animal lovers to see in person.
Cat lovers who attend AKC Meet the Breeds will have the rare opportunity to see most of the breeds of cats TICA recognizes including the world’s most popular breed of cat, the Bengal, in person.

Kids can pretend to be in the wild and pet a Toyger cat that resembles a tiger but has the sweet personality of a domestic kitten, the “bunny rabbit” of the feline world-the Cymric-and many more breeds including the Maine Coon, Persian, Sphynx, Havana Brown and more!

AKC Meet the Breeds is sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider. Not only is it the world’s largest showcase of dogs and cats but AKC Meet the Breeds offers pet lovers a unique opportunity to play with some of the country’s rarest dog and cat breeds while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle.

Dogs and cats. What more can you want? How about top experts in every pet-related field on hand to answer your questions about breeding, training, grooming, nutrition and first aid. Or shop for your feline or canine friend from more than 100 vendors. Watch cat agility – and dog agility plus other events – at the demonstration rings. And kids won’t come out empty handed when they visit the breed booths and vendor booths to collect goodies to take home.

You can find out more information about Meet the Breeds at www.meetthebreeds.com