Join the Cats (and Dogs) Who Will Take A Bite Out of the Big Apple

The American Kennel Club (AKC) just announced TICKETS ARE ON SALE!!! for Meet the Breeds. The International Cat Association (TICA) will be at Meet the Breeds this year on November 19 and 20 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, and we are excited!!

We’ll have more than fifty breeds of cats — including the world’s most popular breed the Bengal! — in addition to the AKC having over 100 breeds of dogs on hand for you to see close up and in person. To be exact, we’ll have over 160 breeds of dogs and cats total under the same roof!

But Meet the Breeds isn’t just about meeting in person the cats and dogs you’ve only seen on TV, on the web or in pictures. You’ll also get to see demos of dog AND cat agility (yes cat agility!), cat “haute couture” on the runway, visit vendors….oh, and to just focus on cats, we’ll also have presentations on cat grooming, a parade of breeds, junior exhibitor information and even a place where you can register your household pet cat for free.

So what are you waiting for? Circle November 19 or 20 on your calendar, and buy your tickets at www.MeettheBreeds.com

My Cat Has Diabetes…..

 In TICA’s magazine, the TICA Trend, we feature a new column called Ask the Vet. Dr. Melinda Fleming, DVM who is a Scientific Services Veterinarian with Royal Canin, answers questions from TICA members, breeders and exhibitors. Here’s a question asked of Dr. Fleming:

My cat was just diagnosed with diabetes, what kind of diet should I give her?

Diabetes mellitus is a challenging disease for the animal, the owner, and the veterinarian. Since your cat was only recently diagnoses, most likely you and your vet are partnering through the process of regulating the diabetes with medication. Nutrition also plays a vital part in the management of this disease. I recommend that you discuss your cat’s diet with your veterinarian. Our cat’s age and overall physical condition must be considered when choosing her food. Cats with diabetes may have other health issues as well so only your vet can determine an appropriate diet.

Ask the Vet questions and answers will soon be available on TICA.org

Professional Cat Groomers Partner with TICA

The International Cat Association has partnered with The Professional Cat Groomers Association of America (PCGAA) to promote cat care and welfare. PCGAA, which has students and members around the world, offers continued education and advanced certification courses for professional groomers who want to increase the cat segment of their business.

“We’re thrilled to partner with PCGAA as they strive to give care through proper grooming of cats no matter their breeding, age or coat length,” said Vickie Fisher, President of TICA. “Our partnership allows us to reach out to even more cat owners worldwide, and help them understand the importance of grooming their cats properly to ensure a happy and healthy life.”

“PCGAA chose to partner with TICA because of their focus on educating communities and cat owners on the care and welfare of cats, pedigreed or not,” said Kimberly Raisanen, President and Founder of PCGAA. “So many cat owners aren’t aware of the certified cat groomers in their area, who are trained to work with cats and understand the difference in handling and grooming a cat versus a dog which ensures a more pleasurable experience for their cats.”

Mary Arnold, an Approved All Breed Judge with TICA, sits on PCGAA’s Board of Directors and has helped the organization in understanding the different breed of cats’ standards and grooming needs.