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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.
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.
For two years in a row, the Bengal has been proclaimed the most popular cat based on registrations. At the end of 2009, 6,264 cats and 4,489 litters were registered around the world.
“Once again the Bengal has claimed the title of most popular cat!,” said Vickie Fisher, President of TICA. “Since their beginnings in 1986, the Bengal’s regal beauty and alluring charm have quickly made it one of the most popular breeds. Bengal breeders continue to develop these stunning cats with careful selection for temperament, health and beauty.”
Rounding out the Top Ten most popular breed of cats for 2009 were the:
• Sphynx – 1,107 Cats, 681 Litters
• Siberian – 819 Cats, 563 Litters
• NFoundation Savannah – 580 Cats, 454 Litters
• Persian – 579 Cats, 252 Litters
• Norwegian Forest – 560 Cats, 234 Litters
• British Shorthair – 517 Cats, 195 Litters
• Abyssinian – 342 Cats, 213 Litters
TICA has found the perfect — or is it PURR-fect? — partner to promote the health and welfare of cats and kittens: Embrace Pet Insurance.
Embrace Pet Insurance is an online pet insurance provider built on a deep commitment to providing a higher standard of care and customization to pet parents. A policy from Embrace ensures that no pet parent will ever have to sacrifice the health and well-being of their pet for financial reasons.
What’s unique about Embrace is it’s the only pet insurance provider that allows cat owners to design their own custom pet health insurance policy.
“Responsible pet ownership, encouragement of the best possible health care for pets, and building a positive influence in the cat breeder community are foundational philosophies for TICA,” said Vickie Fisher, President of TICA. “Embrace Pet Insurance shares these goals. And, Embrace provides the most comprehensive coverage and services that TICA feels most benefit their members, cat breeders, and cat owners.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2008-2009 International Winners! For the first time during TICA’s history, and was befitting as part of celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary, 25 winners in each of the five divisions were named International Winners.
But….who was the BEST of each division? Well, heerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeee they are ladies and gentleman! TICA’s newest Best International Winners. Take a look at these gorgeous cats and you’ll understand why they’re the highest-scoring cats around the world, and deservedly the holders of the title of Best for their division. Congratulations to all of you!
IW SGC L AMOUR DE LA VIE ENRIQUE OF ALBEDO
Blue Classic Tabby Persian
Erwin Van den Bunder
LAPD KID ROCK
Brown (black) Mackerel Tabby Maine Coon
SGCA TORILAND PASSION OF CHAPARRAL
Best Household Pet
RW SGM DONT TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN
Honey Gilmore/Charles Haynie
Best Household Pet Kitten
Brown (black) Classic Tabby/White
Wayne and Gloria Mahan