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Numerous studies have shown that pets can lessen the symptoms of depression and help pet parents maintain a positive, optimistic outlook. A cat is very good for your health because they can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and promote the production of endorphins, which help you feel happy!
The purpose of the TICA Therapy Pet Program titles are to honor the cats and owners for the dedication required in performing as a therapy team. TICA is the first cat registry to give actual titles for these special cats and their owners.
Gwyneth, who lives in Pennsylvania, has had 6 cats through the years doing therapy work. Ranging from an Abyssinian with a set of wheels to several failed feral cats, her cats help share love and joy wherever they go. Gwyneth currently has 4 therapy cats involved in the TICA Therapy Cat Title Program.
Gwyneth Hayes is the owner of Bear, a purebred rescue American Bobtail, who began as a therapy cat with the American Red Cross in their Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program in 2009 and then transitioned to Caring Hearts Pet Therapy when the AAT program was dissolved in 2015. To get him used to all the handling and noise, he first began as a show cat in TICA and successfully became a Supreme. Bear enjoys quiet laps with his "ladies" at many of the homes we visit. He also does well with end of life transitioning.
Gwyneth's cat Chase, also an American Bobtail, first began showing in 2012. He was a therapy cat with the Red Cross when he turned a year old, long before he became a TICA Supreme. Chase also transitioned from the AAT program to Caring Hearts in 2015. He enjoys doing tricks, including showing the difference in his left and right paws, Shamoo, "kisses" and also taking a treat from my lips to name a few. He really enjoys doing tricks with younger people, especially those on the Autism Spectrum and at our local Ronald McDonald House.
Darius, also an American Bobtail, began his career in the show ring in 2014 and got his TICA Supreme days before his first birthday and received his title as a Caring Hearts Pet Therapy Volunteer on his birthday. Gwyneth says many of the kids at the Ronald McDonald House call him Big D or Fluffy. He is the proverbial favorite and everyone wants to take him home. Darius loves to love everyone and has no qualms who he visits as long as he is being loved on. He can do a few tricks, which makes the residents fawn all the more over him.
Phil is a non-pedigree Household Pet that came off the streets in 2015 at around the age of 1.5 years. He had suffered great trauma and was not supposed to be around to return to his colony. Fate brought him to Gwyneth and you would never guess that he had the rough start that he had. Phil is also missing his left hind leg. This breaks down many barriers with patients in rehab centers that have given up. Phil shares his zest and love for life with all that he meets. Phil is also a TICA Supreme and helps educate people on trap-neuter-return and love.
RW SGC Sarajen OliverUnderfoot of Maggismaines is a black silver Maine Coon owned by Margaret Sutherland of Georgia. Oliver is a therapy cat who seems to know exactly who needs attention and love.
This particular visit (pictured left) was breathtaking. Maggie sat in a chair with Oliver on her lap and asked this lady if she would like to pet him. As you can see, both of her hands were badly injured. She said, "Yes, but I don't know how I can?" At that moment, Oliver walked off of Maggie's lap and into hers and laid down.
Oliver uses his healing powers to help people feel better. He can assist in physical rehab by helping with manual dexterity. For example, it is much more appealing to pet or brush a pet using those muscles instead of squeezing a ball.
A huge thank you to Margaret Sutherland who presented the proposal for Therapy Cat Titles to TICA in 2013.
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TICA Member Newsletter
Sturdi will be offering attendees of the 2017 TICA Annual special discounted pricing on their pet carriers, Sturdiboxes, shelter pads, hammocks, vinyl liners, and exhibitor essentials.
Customers can pick up their items at the Sturdi booth during the event or have them shipped directly to their home. Pre-orders of $100 or more are eligible for a $20 flat shipping fee within the U.S. and international orders of $100 or more will receive $10 off their shipping fees.
Visit the Pet Pro Shop online at www.sturdiproducts.com to see all special offers.
TICA and Staples have teamed up to provide members special pricing and priority service on most printing requests.
The office supply and printing retailer is now offering TICA members $.03 black and white prints and $.25 color copies as well as 20% off most other special printing needs and free shipping on all orders, including full-scale production for TICA show catalogs, banners, signs, brochures, flyers, manuals, and other everyday printing needs.
Materials should be in PDF format and a minimum of three days are required depending on the size and quantity of the project. Additional information can be found online at www.tica.org/partners.
The Valley Voice newspaper in California reported on TICA’s Southwest Regional Awards Show and gave a good overview and history of the elements that make up a cat show including Junior Showmanship, Household Pets, and Pedigree Cats. Featured in the article is Sharon Kaloni SW Region Jr Exhibitor Coordinator and an all-breed judge. Read the story here and get ideas for pitching the press on your upcoming show.
The 2017 Winn Symposium Winn Feline Foundation would like to extend their thanks to those who attended the Winn Symposium on June 29th in Chicago and were inspired by the presentation by Dr. Niels Pedersen and the visit with FIP survivor Luna to donate to the Bria Fund to fight FIP. Your generous support over the years has built the foundation for this extraordinary breakthrough in feline medicine.
Cures4Cats Day October 21st is our inaugural Cure4Cats Day, celebrating how your contributions, totaling over $6 million, has benefited every cat, every day. Sign up for the Winn Wins Wednesday E-bytes for insight on Winn funded research. For more information about this event, and other exciting plans we have for the 50th Anniversary of Winn Feline Foundation, visit: www.winnfelinefoundation.org/programs/cures4cats.
Winn / American Veterinary Medical Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award Winn is pleased to announce that B. Duncan X. Lascelles, BSc, BVSc, PhD of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the 2017 American Veterinary Medical Foundation/Winn Feline Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award.
Lascelles’ research has improved our understanding of pain recognition, pain control, and chronic pain management in the cat, particularly for feline degenerative joint disease, leading to improved protocols for reducing suffering through early recognition and safe management of pain in cats with chronic disease.
From the Winn Research blog Eosinophilic keratitis (EK) is a relatively common and uncomfortable feline eye disorder, causing an opaque white plaque on the cornea of the eye. Feline herpesvirus can be associated with this condition, however, many cats with EK do not have a history or clinical signs that would be associated with this infection.
Anti-inflammatory drugs, either systemic or topical, are the mainstay of treatment for EK, often combined with topical cyclosporine ointment and antiviral medications.
Eosinophilic keratitis can become chronic, and require extended ongoing treatment, sometimes lifelong. Some cats with EK have been treated successfully with oral megestrol acetate, a potent progestogen with glucocorticoid-like activity. However, the serious side effects of using this drug systemically, which include diabetes mellitus, adrenal suppression, weight gain, mammary hyperplasia or neoplasia, and behavior changes, may outweigh the benefits.
In a study of 17 cats with EK, the use of megestrol acetate eye drops, given every 8-12 hours, was investigated. polyuria or polydipsia, weight gain, or depression. After two weeks, 15 cats had a positive response to treatment, with complete resolution within six weeks for 14 of the cats. No significant side effects were observed. (Stiles J, Coster M. Use of an ophthalmic formulation of megestrol acetate for the treatment of eosinophilic keratitis in cats. Vet Ophthalmol. 2016;19 (Suppl 1):86-90.) For more research updates, visit the Winn blog at: www.winnfelinefoundation.org/education/cat-health-news-blog
Winn Feline Foundation / AVMF Student Scholarship Recipient Casey Clements has been named as the recipient of the 2017 Student Scholarship. Clements is a fourth year student at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research efforts have focused on investigating the chronic administration of omeprazole, an acid suppressant, to cats with excessive gastric acidity, ulcerative esophagitis, gastritis or gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Clements’ long-term goal is to work in a feline-only clinic, or bring feline-friendly practices to a small animal clinic or emergency clinic. “Cats have always been a very special part of my life, and played a critical role in my very early decision to become a veterinarian,” said Clements. "I have found their behavior, medical conditions, and personal companionship to be complex, interesting and rewarding, and during my time in veterinary school I have worked hard to learn as much as possible about this wonderful species."
Winn August Planned Giving (tax) Tip Did you know you can make a charitable donation to Winn Feline Foundation with a P.O.D. account? P.O.D. stands for "Pay on Death". You can name a charity on your savings, checking, CD, or other bank account(s) as your beneficiary when you die. If it is a joint account, for example one shared by you and your spouse, the P.O.D. provision will take effect only after the death of the survivor. During the account holder’s lifetime, the money is fully under your control. You can add money, take money out, transfer funds, change or close the account at any time. You have full independence and control of these assets during your lifetime and can change arrangements at any time. On the death of the last of the named account owners any funds remaining in the account(s) will go to the charity you designated.
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Three Ways For Breeders To Advertise!
1. Breeder Classified Advertising - Show off your litters!!
| TICA offers online classified advertising for breeders. List anything you like from new litters, retired adults, or kittens for sale. List for 3,6, or 12 months at a time - the more time, the better the deal. List up to 200 words and two photos to help us help you, sell your kittens.
In order to purchase a breeder classified ad, breeders must be members in good standing of the
2. Online Breeder Listings
TICA offers breeders the opportunity to promote their catteries 365 days a year to not only our 7,000 plus members worldwide, thousands of exhibitors and cat fanciers on every continent, but also to cat lovers around the world! Each listing includes your contact information, website link and one photo.
How would you like to reach cat lovers and people who are looking for your breed ... no matter where they live around the world? For ONLY $40 a year you can list your cattery on TICA's Online Breeder page. If you have more than one breed to offer, you can add them too for just $15 per breed. And it doesn't stop there! If you wanted to list your cattery under other locations, for another $15 per location, you can have a full range of listings!!
- The annual fee for a cattery listing is $40.
- Listings expire on May 1st. If you do not renew your listing(s) then, on June 1st your listing(s) will be automatically removed.
- Listing your cattery under additional breeds is $15 per breed.
- Listing your cattery under additional locations is $15 per location.
- Listing a second cattery will be charged as a new separate listing for $40 per year.
How to Pay and Submit your Online Breeder Ads
- Submit your Online Breeder Listing using the Online Breeder Listing Form
- TICA is open 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CST)
In order to purchase a breeder listing, breeders must be members in good standing of the TICA Online Breeding Group.
3. TICA Trend
Trend Cutoff Dates::
- Dec/Jan Issue: Oct 28
- Feb/Mar Issue: Dec 28
- Apr/May Issue: Feb 28 (Board Meeting Notes)
- Jun/Jul Issue: Apr 28
- Aug/Sep Issue: Jun 28 (Regional Winners)
- Oct/Nov Issue: Aug 28 (Intl Winners & Meeting Notes)
The Trend reserves the right to refuse advertising without explanation and also to alter or amend copy for any cause deemed proper, including any advertising which does not meet our standards. Ads are accepted without liability for any loss or damage.
Accepted for Championship in TICA in May 1994
2016 - 2017
Best of Breed
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Accepted for Championship in TICA in May 1994
2016 - 2017
Best of Breed
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Accepted for Championship in TICA in May 1998
2016 - 2017
Best of Breed
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Best Pixiebob Longhair Kitten of the Year
Legendtales Elena Castillo Flores
Brown (Black) Spotted Tabby
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