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.

The Bengal is Crowned Most Popular Cat in 2009

The Bengal is 2009's most popular cat

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.”

Coming in second was the Ragdoll with 3,829 cats and 2,974 litters registered, while in third place the Maine Coon had 2,088 cats and 785 litters registered at year-end 2009.

Coming in as the second most popular cat is the Ragdoll

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

Embrace Pet Insurance and TICA Join Forces for Healthy Cats and Kittens

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.”