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|How can I tell if a kitten is healthy?|
Handle the kitten. It should have good muscle tone, a clean coat, and bright, clear eyes.
|How can I tell if a kitten is well-socialized?|
Play with the kitten using a nonthreatening toy, such as a feather or ribbon. After a period of normal caution toward strangers, the kitten should relax into a friendly, active and playful attitude. Many perfectly friendly kittens would rather play than be held; however, after becoming acquainted with you, the kitten should let you hold it for a short time.
|How do I decide on a breed?|
While you're visiting the show, take the opportunity to talk to breeders of various breeds. Be sure to find out how much grooming each breed requires, and whether the breed has any special needs or characteristics. Cat books and cat magazines are another source of information. If you havent decided on a breed, or if the expense of a pedigreed kitten is beyond your current budget, please consider adopting a cat or kitten from a local shelter. There are many lovely and loving cats in need of good homes.
|What can I expect from a responsible breeder?|
Guarantee that your kitten is in good health and free from Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
Strongly urge you to have your own veterinarian examine your kitten within a few days of purchase to confirm its good health.
Require that you have your kitten neutered or spayed at the appropriate age.
Provide a written sales agreement that describes all terms of the sale, including the breeders health guarantee and the neuter/spay agreement.
Be intensely interested in the welfare of every kitten they produce, and encourage you to call whenever you have questions or concerns about your kitten.
|What questions should I ask my breeder?|
What are the characteristics of this breed?
Do you provide a written sale agreement that includes a health guarantee?
What diseases and conditions does your health guarantee cover?
What vaccinations has the kitten received?
How are the kittens raised?
Can you provide references from people who have purchased kittens from you?
|What should I do after I bring the kitten home?|
When you bring your kitten home, make sure you follow the breeders instructions carefully. Making the transition to a new home can be very stressful for any cat. Changes in food water, litter, and overall environment can cause minor ailments, even in healthy cats. (For example, dairy products usually cause diarrhea, so don't give your kitten milk unless instructed to do so by the breeder.)
|When can I take the kitten home?|
Most responsible breeders allow their kittens to go to new homes at 12 weeks of age or older. If you're used to seeing barely-weaned kittens in pet stores, this might seem old; but its actually a good age to make the transition to a new home. At 12 weeks, a kitten is weaned, litter trained, and has been vaccinated at least twice. And it still has plenty of comical, lovable kitten hood to go.
|Why buy from a responsible breeder?|
While no one can guarantee that your kitten will never have a medical problem, a responsible breeders commitment to ethical, responsible breeding increases your chances of getting a healthy, well-adjusted kitten. What about the pet overpopulation problem? A responsible breeder is acutely aware of the vast numbers of unwanted cats and kittens, and breeds for quality rather than quantity. Breeding a cat with less than ideal show conformation adds to the pet overpopulation problem and degrades the overall quality of the breed. Don't think you can offset the cost of the kitten by having just on litter - have all your pets altered!
|Why is the breeder asking me questions?|
Don't be offended if the breeder asks you questions (for example, whether you have other cats, whether your current cat has been tested for Feline Leukemia, etc.). The breeder is not trying to embarrass or intimidate you; they are simply trying to determine whether their kitten will have the kind of home they want. (Remember, to a responsible breeder, a kitten is not a commodity; it is an individual to be loved.) A responsible breeder strives to find the best possible home for each kitten.
|Will I receive the kittens papers?|
When you get your kitten, you'll receive its health/vaccination record and a written sales agreement. After you have the kitten altered and send the breeder a veterinarians certificate of neutering or spaying, the breeder will send you the kittens TICA registration form. To register the kitten, you fill out the registration form, and send it with the proper fee to TICA.
|Who should I email?|
|Please only email one department. If you send the same email to multiple addresses, your work will be delayed and possibly double charged. To avoid these issues, please only send your email to one department. Our email addresses are on the CONTACT US page.|
|Can juniors participate in TICA?|
|Absolutely! In fact, our youth is the future of not only TICA, but the entire cat fancy. TICA's Junior Exhibitors program welcomes youth from age eight to seventeen while younger children may be admitted at the discretion of the regional liaison. As members of TICA, a Junior Exhibitor's continued success is measured by their accomplishments and personal growth. Learn more about TICA's Junior Exhibitors Program|
|How can I show my cat?|
|If you've never been to a cat show, check TICA's show calendar and first visit a local show. If you already have a pedigreed cat or a Household Pet that you would like to show, then call 956.428.8046. Create an account on our online system, TDS ONLINE (https://online.tica.org ), and then click on JOIN TICA!|
|How do I enter my cat into a TICA show?|
|View the show calendar, and click on the show you are interested in attending. Email the club hosting the show for more information.|
|How large is TICA?|
|TICA has thousands of members who compete at cat shows hosted by clubs on every continent. Since 1979, close to 20, 000 catteries and over 300, 000 cats and kittens have been registered with TICA. For a full list of breeds, visit the Breed page.|
|How many breeds of cats does TICA recognize?|
|TICA currently recognizes sixty-three breeds. There are established breeds, breeds with a new traits and newly developing breeds. For a complete list of breeds recognized by TICA and more information about those breeds, visit the Breed page.|
|What breeds are recognized by TICA?|
Read more about our breed classifications on our Breeds Page.
|What do I do if I have a conflict with a breeder?|
|Contact your regional director or file a complaint. Please be sure to read the questions and answers on the complaint form.|
|What happens in a cat show?|
|When you go to a cat show you will see there are three main areas in the "show hall". Vendor booths, a benching area and the show rings. The benching area is where the cats reside in cages while waiting to be judged in the rings. You can visit with the breeders and exhibitors at the benching area, and is a good way to see the breeds up close and personal. When a cat's number is called for judging in a ring, the cat is taken out of the benching area and up to the judge's ring. Each ring has a different judge. There are specialty rings and allbreed rings. Specialty rings will have only longhair cats judged together and the shorthair cats judged with only shorthair cats. An allbreed ring will have shorthair and longhair cats judged together and against one another. You can learn more about cat shows by downloading the Spectators Guide.|
|What is a Household Pet?|
|A Household pets is any non-pedigreed cat. Most Household Pets are adopted from shelters, rescue groups, or off the street. TICA welcomes Household Pet exhibitors. Household Pets have their own unique Standard and titles which are comparable to pedigreed cats. They are judged primarily on condition, beauty, and show presence. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and colors and patterns are often a whim of Mother Nature. Household Pets compete against each in their own class and vie for top awards as do the pedigreed cats. You can learn more about showing on our Household pets page.|
|What is cat agility?|
|Cat agility is just like --- well --- dog agility! Except the cats compete indoors instead of outdoors. The cats navigate a course that includes jumps, hoops, weave poles, crosswalks, tunnels and more. The cat with the fastest "run" is the winner. The International Cat Agility Tournaments (ICAT) was the pioneer of cat agility. It's a fun way to interact with your cat, and you'll be amazed how quickly a cat learns how to maneuver the course! You can learn more by visiting the Cat agility page.|