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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Letter from Vickie

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Well, Spring (HAS FINALLY!) sprung and we can say fare thee well to the cold months we endured for what seemed like forever! 2009 ended with the coldest winter for most countries around the world! Oh, and the beginning of 2010 wasn't better it seemed. But now we can enjoy the warmer days, longer nights, blooming trees, shrubs and plants, and for most of us, the end of the 2009-2010 show season!

Can you believe another show season is coming to an end in the next few weeks? We don't want to spoil the fun of wondering who will claim the top International or Regional spots. But remember, you can find the current standings online!

If you have an International or Regional winner, don't forget that you can soon reserve your ad space and copy of the 2009-2010 Yearbook! And you can order your custom shirt through the TICA Online Store any time!

Royal Canin is extending the end of their Breeder Special to the end of April! Now, how's that for a great way to begin the new show season (I can't believe I'm saying 2010-2011!!!!)

Also, April honors cats in many ways...ushers in Spring and perhaps potential hazards...or finds a new kitten or cat in your household that needs a special name. You can read more about all of this in the articles below.

Happy Spring,
Vickie Fisher
President
TICA

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April Honors Cat In Many Holidays

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April ushers in Spring, and with Spring comes litters of kittens, outdoor cats being more active, and people adopting new cats. April also honors cats through two major holidays:

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month - it's so important to know some of the major hazards of Spring (see related article below) and also have a disaster plan in place because Spring also means tornadoes, floods, and the beginning of the hurricane season. Make sure you have a first aid kit on hand for emergencies, and a disaster package prepared with your cat's medicine, records, treats, food and other information that you can quickly grab and get out of danger's way.

Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month - The ASPCA has "hosted" this April event for many years now, educating pet owners and the public about animal cruelty and responsible pet ownership.

But wait; there are a few other "holidays" during April:

Okay, so who can say that cat owners don't have a sense of humor?

Happy April!

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Spring's Four Common Hazards to Cats (and Other Animals)

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Spring-time brings more pleasant weather, flowers and blossoming trees. It also brings "Spring fever" as cats want to go outside...or perhaps sample those beautiful flowers and plants you've brought into the house!

No one likes to associate Spring with hazards, but as a cat owner, it's always helpful to understand the four most common hazards to your cats and other animals:

So Beautiful, but So Toxic ... Plants
While many of the plants that we commonly keep in our gardens are beautiful to look at, these same plants can be poisonous to your cats. Many of us bring in these cut flowers for bouquets: Lilies are one the most common poisonous plants found in bouquets and in gardens, but there are many other types of plants that can be poisonous to our dogs and cats as well. Rhododendrons, azaleas, Japanese ewe, foxglove, tulips, oleanders, castor beans, chrysanthemums and many other types of plants can all be very toxic to unsuspecting curious cats and other pets. If you have a vegetable garden, make sure you don't have any of the plants from the nightshade family where the cats can get to them (that includes tomatoes and eggplants).

You Don't Need to Poison Your Yard...or Your Cats!
Every home owner wants the greenest yard in the neighborhood, but if you use fertilizers and insecticides on your lawn and/or garden/plants, you run the risk of exposing your cat(s) and other pet(s) to toxic poisons. Even if they don't go outside, you can bring it into the house on your shoes, and then they pick it up on their paws. There are many organic fertilizers, flea and other insecticide solutions, and yard treatments that you can buy at your local garden shops. Nematodes are one of the best solutions for fleas, fire ants and mosquitoes (see below).

Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes...Oh My!
Spring is also the time of year when fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other parasites populations increase...and like to find new homes on your cats and other pets. Not only are they a nuisance, but they can carry disease. Cats also can get heartworms from mosquitoes, so make sure you don't let any water outside become stagnant. If it does, put vinegar in the water to kill the larvae.

Diseases such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and many others can be transmitted by ticks. Fleas can transmit diseases such as tapeworms, cat scratch fever (to people), and even bubonic plaque.

Nematodes can be sprayed on your yard to kill fleas, mosquito larva and fire ants (another hazard if you live where their mounds can quickly grow after rains). They are non-toxic microscopic worms that eat the larvae and fleas/ants. Inside the house, you can use cedar beds and also put down diatomaceous earth to kill fleas. You can learn more about that online.

Can Cats Sneeze?! Ah...choo!
Just like people, cats can have allergies too! Not only from fleas and other parasites, but from plants, and blooming trees! They can start to scratch, lose hair, have runny eyes, and oh yes, sneeze! If you have any questions, call your vet.

Pet Insurance for Peace of Mind
Having pet insurance can help you have peace of mind in case you do have an emergency and need to visit your vet. Embrace Pet Insurance offers a range of solutions from your kitten to your older cat. Don't wait for an emergency to happen...get your cat or kitten insured today!

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Always keep the Pet Poison Hotline handy - in case you have questions.

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Win A TICA Computer Bag By Sharing Your Thoughts

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We always want to improve how we communicate to our members and non-members alike...and the only way we can do that is by finding out what you would like to learn about TICA, showing or breeding cats, and cats in general! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. All people who respond will be eligible for a free TICA computer bag. A winner will be notified on May 1, and featured in our May Newsletter.


Vote Here!

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Don't Forget to Order Your Yearbook

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Another show season is almost over...and that means a new Yearbook will soon be published! If your cat is a regional or international winner, or you want to promote your cattery don't' forget you can run advertisements in the Yearbook. You can also submit photos of your winning cats and kittens to the Yearbook.

Order your 2010 Yearbook

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We've Got A Question for You!

Survey

Since Spring is time for kittens, you may be choosing a new name for a feline friend. So we'd like to ask this month:

People choose to name their cats after a favorite person, a month, a flower...and for other reasons. Can you tell which of the four names below is after a famous person?

  • Phoebe
  • Rommel
  • Jag
  • Sumo

Vote Here!

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And The Results Are.......

What are your top 3 likes about TICA, and how would you rate them?:
1) Friendly Show Atmosphere
2) Judging Style
3) Members Get To Vote

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Feedback Comments

Thu 3/18/2010 3:50 AM

Topical Flea Treatments Still Under Question: I have been told that the active ingredient in most flea solutions is citric acid. So if you want a cheap and non-toxic flea bath, just squeeze a lemon into some warm water. - Ray Hill

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