Friday, October 29, 2010

Letter from Vickie

Cats...so, you own, show or breed cats, but do you know everything about cats?

Well, I bred and showed cats for many years, and have been a judge since 1993. Guess what? I don't know everything about cats.

But now, we can all know everything about cats by using TICA University (TICAU.org). TICA is all about cats. Or as we say, fabulous felines. And we're focused on educating not only cat lovers, but the public, about the welfare of ALL cats around the world. That's why we created TICAU.

Not only can you personally use TICAU to learn more about cats, but as a cat lover, exhibitor or breeder, you can use TICAU to educate other cat lovers! If you're a breeder and have a new cat owner, tell them to register at TICAU to receive updates on cat information, and use it as a tool to provide them information that you may not have on grooming, vet care, nutrition, playing with your cat, and more!

If you're an exhibitor, you can learn about cat care, cat agility, the history of the cat, and more.

If you haven't registered yet, please register today! Because you'll receive updates on new content, and by registering, you'll help TICA build THE site for cat information that will quickly become THE site that cat lovers visit whenever they need to know anything cat related.

Oh, and before I forget to mention it's Fall. Time for the longhaired cats and kittens to have glorious coats! Time for the kittens born during the spring and summer to start competing as cats or alters! And time to start thinking about what shows you'll be going to during 2011.

Don't forget you can always check on your cat's standings, show reports and regional and international standings on TICA's Website.

Happy Showing!
Vickie Fisher

PS Register at TICAU now!

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Maine Coon Captures Guinness World Record


Mymains Stewart Giligan (aka Stewie) owned by Robin Henrickson of Reno, Nevada captured the Guinness World Records' title of the world's longest domestic cat.

Stewie, a 5-year-old Maine Coon registered in TICA measured from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail, 48.5 inches!

The previous record holder also was a Maine Coon-Verisimo Leonetti Reserve Red (aka Leo) who captured the title in 2008 when he measured an exact 47 inches.

Congrats Stewie and Robin!

To read more, click here.

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Cats...Cats...Cats...Go to TICAU for Everything Cats!


Everything about cats? Yup.

Here's what you can learn at TICAU:

  • How to exercise your cat!
  • Cat nutrition
  • Veterinary care
  • Cat-related careers and working with cats
  • The cat in history
  • The artful cat
  • Famous cat characters in novels
  • Cat psychology
  • Homemade cat treats
  • Cat anatomy

And that's just a SMALL sampling of what's out on TICAU!

We also have a section for kids. Coloring books. Art. Games. Crafts. Fun things that not only kids can use, but parents and teachers!

When you register, you will receive notifications of new content. And if you know of any videos, articles or web sites we should contact or feature, let us know!

To read more, click here.

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Meet Our New Advertisers!

TICA is proud to announce two new affiliates that are school sponsors of TICAU.

AskAVetQuestion.com - Dr. Marie is available to answer your questions. Or if you have a cat owner that has a question you can't answer, they can contact Dr. Marie.

Feline Wellness Magazine - holistic and natural articles about nutrition, cat welfare and more!

Pet Love Portraits - High quality portraits of you and your pets!

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Meet the Cymric


Hey, that cat has no tail! But, wait it has long hair! It's a Cymric. The longhaired version of the tailless Manx. Some people say that the roundness of the Cymric makes it look like a bowling ball.

Originating on the Isle of Man, the Cymric is charming, affectionate and calm.

To read more, click here.

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Ever Wonder...


Are all white cats deaf? Hereditary deafness is a major concern in white cats, and even more so if one or both irises are blue in color.

Researchers found that only 17 to 22 percent of white cats with non-blue eyes are born deaf. The percentage rises to 40 percent if the cat has one blue eye, while upwards of 65 to 85 percent of all-white cats with both eyes blue are deaf. Some of these cats are deaf in only one ear.

Interestingly, if a white cat with one blue eye is deaf in only one ear, that ear will invariably be on the same side of the head as the blue eye.

To read more, click here.

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Cat's Role in the History of Halloween


Halloween: a time for pumpkins, witches...and of course, black cats. But, how did the black cat become associated with Halloween? Go back in time to the middle ages, when people believed in myths, fables and legends.

Black cats quickly became known as "familiars" --- or the spirits of witches in animal form. History also shows that people thought black cats were witches reincarnated.

To read more, click here.

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Share Your Opinion!


Let's test your knowledge about famous cat lovers!
This is a two-part question because we want to know how good your knowledge is about some of the world's most famous cats!


Hint: Visit TICAU to find out!

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Last month's response?

So how well do you know Philadelphia, the host city for the 2010-2011 Annual Cat Show and Awards Banquet? Here are the correct answers:

1. Philadelphia was home to the first computer in 1946. TRUE

2. Who founded the Philadelphia Zoo, the first public zoo in the United States? BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

3. In what year was the Liberty Bell brought back to Philadelphia by a 700-wagon caravan after it was placed in hiding from the British? 1778

4. The owl is the mascot for what Philadelphia university? TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

5. In 1985, Live Aid was staged at what Philadelphia stadium? JFK STADIUM

6. What is the average annual rainfall in Philadelphia? 41 INCHES

7. Who coined Philadelphia's motto, "The city of brotherly love"? WILLIAM PENN

8. Except for a brief period when New York was the nation's capital, Philadelphia was the nation's capital until what year? 1800

9. Many famous people were born and raised in Philadelphia. Which of the following is NOT a native Philadelphian? RONALD REAGAN

10. In what year was the Philadelphia Eagles football team founded? 1933

11. What artist has an entire Philadelphia museum (located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway) dedicated to his works and his life? RODIN

12. William Penn founded and designed Philadelphia. TRUE

13. The "Pennsylvania" Dutch are really GERMAN.

14. Annualy, about how many people visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia? 1.5 MILLION

15. How much did the Liberty Bell weigh when it was first cast? 2,000 POUNDS

16. Which building is the tallest in Philadelphia? ONE LIBERTY PLACE

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Also This Month

Fall Membership Ballot:

The Membership Ballot is in the mail. If you have questions about the voting process, check out Article 13 of the ByLaws/Standing Rules Read More

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2010 Candidates

Various Regional Directors are up for election, and they have posted their statements online. Read More

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Official Standings from the TICA Executive Office. Read More

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Royal Canin to the Rescue, a special program for select feline rescue organizations, offers exclusive delivery options and savings. Read More


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