Have A Cat? Have A Question? Then Go to TICAU

Are you a cat owner? Or just love cats?

Can you have a career working with cats? How do you know if your kitten is a male or a female?

What famous author had polydactyl cats? Want to bake homemade treats?

So how do you get answers to these questions? Go to TICA University … otherwise known as TICAU, the place to find everything about cats.

It’s the first-of-its-kind online university that is free to cat lovers and anyone else around the world. When you visit its “campus” you’ll find several different schools that you can find information about cats. Take a tour of the campus and visit each of these schools and just a few of the types of information you can learn:

Gym — exercises, how to keep your cat in tip-top shape, and more!

Cafe – bake your own treats, find restaurants to go to that love cats, what’s a good nutrition?

Nursing – what’s needed in an emergency kit? if my cat is stung, what should I do?

Science – are cats left pawed? can they see in color?

Admissions – register with TICAU and even test your knowledge about cats

History – from ancient history to modern day, cats have influenced many things….and were the focus of many myths!

Library – cats were a “muse” for what authors? what famous author loved cats so much he left his home to them in his will?

Art – tour the gallery and see famous artwork and learn about cats in the theatre and more

Business – is there really feline vets? how do I get to judge cats?

Psychology – what makes cats “tick”? can you train a cat to use the toilet?

Kids — color books! games! fun things to do! Interesting tips and facts!

Oh, and see if you can find Professor Purrsey. He’s quite a character, and you never know where he’ll be.

And if you register with TICAU, you’ll get updates on new information as its added to the site. It’s fun. It’s free. And it’s THE place to go for information on cats!

Two paws up according to all of the cats who have sat on their owners’ keyboards or laptops and looked at TICAU.

Summertime Cat Care: Keeping Feline Healthy and Happy

Summer is time to enjoy the long sunny days, beautiful flowers and plants, and barbecues and swimming. But did you know that all of these can be a hazard to your cat? 

 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.