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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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Well, we've ushered in another year and you know what that means? We only have four months left in the current show season.


The new year also has a lot of really exciting things happening at TICA for our members, breeders and exhibitors...which you'll find out about more the beginning of February. Value-added services that will make your experience with TICA better across the board!


This issue I just want to make sure you know some important information (and some fun information...like did you know that cats DO make New Year's resolutions?!) to usher in the new year. Next month...just wait...you'll be thrilled to read what we have in store for you.


Happy New Year,

Vickie Fisher

TICA President

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Peace of Mind with Pet Insurance

You never know when your cat can be injured or get sick. That's when "peace of mind" comes in if you have pet insurance.


While many pet insurance policies won't cover specific breeds, ALL breeds of cats are eligible for coverage with Embrace Pet Insurance. Last year the top 20 breeds covered were:


1. Persian 2. Himalayan
3. Maine Coon 4. Siamese
5. Bengal 6. Ragdoll
7. Siberian 8. Devon Rex
9. Sphynx 10. Abyssinian
11. Russian Blue 12. Burmese
13. Birman 14. Turkish Angora
15. Egyptian Mau 16. American Shorthair (purebred)
17. Manx 18. Norwegian Forest Cat
19. Scottish Fold 20. Cornish Rex

You can also cover all ages, and not limited to just young cats. Last year the average age of cats covered was 3.5 years, while the oldest covered cat was over 10 years old.


To learn more about Embrace Pet Insurance, click here.

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Even Cats Make New Years Resolutions

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You thought only you made New Years resolutions, that MAYBE you keep. Well, cats do too. Here are the top ten resolutions felines say they purred at the stroke of Midnight on January 1, 2011.


  • I will not perch on my human's chest in the middle of the night and stare into her eyes until she wakes up.
  • I will not puff my entire body to twice its size for no reason after my human has finished watching a horror movie.
  • I will not slurp fish food from the surface of the aquarium.
  • I will not lean way over to drink out of the tub, fall in, and then pelt right for the box of clumping cat litter. (It took FOREVER to get the stuff out of my fur.)
  • I will not use the bathtub to store bugs for late-night snacks.
  • I will not assume the patio door is open when I race outside to chase leaves.
  • I will not stick my paw into any container to see if there is something in it. If I do, I will not hiss and scratch when my human has to shave me to get the rubber cement out of my fur.
  • I will not play "dead cat on the stairs" while people are trying to bring in groceries or laundry, or else one of these days, it will really come true.
  • I will not swat my human's head repeatedly when she's on the family room floor trying to do sit ups.
  • I will not scream at the can to OPEN OPEN OPEN.

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Did You Know...Cats Do Have Personalities Aligned with the Stars?

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Astronomers recently announced a 13th astrological sign, but even cats know there are only twelve...and like us, cats DO have personalities that tie to their signs.


Ever have a cat who wants to sit high up on shelves or counters? Probably an Aries (who if he were outside would be sitting on the roof so he can keep an eye on his house and the neighborhood).


Or is your show cat a "diva" who just LOVES attention? Could be a Virgo who will make sure his paws are spotless before going in the ring.


If your kitty loves to bury under covers and when called comes out from under the pile of clean clothes, well, it's a Moon baby I bet - a Cancer.


Want to know what sign your cat is and their personality (or should I say PURR-sonality?), click here

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"I Image My Cat" for Valentines Day

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Valentine's Day is around the corner. Has your cat stolen your heart and is your special Valentine?


Make a card for your favorite cat or for anyone else you want to say "I Heart You" to.


Or if you want to make your own Valentine's Day cards you can find antique cat images that are easy to download and use on your own design.


You can find a good selection by searching in Google on "Antique Cat Images" or "Antique Cat Valentine Images".


You'll be surprised what you can find to use for a custom card. If you're busy like most of us (remember! It's the end of the show season so we're all cramming in end-of-season shows on the weekends!) then send ready-made ecards from the following sites:


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Meet the...Cornish Rex

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Called the "Greyhound of the cat world" the Cornish Rex sports a tight, wavy marceled coat and "curls" that runs from the tip of their eyebrows to the tip of their tail!


Their large tall ears and soft, big oval eyes blend into their egg-shaped head giving them a wonderfully expressive appearance.


Ask an owner what makes them so special and they'll say their Cornish Rex is Energetic. Enthusiastic. And fun loving.


To learn more about the Cornish Rex click here.

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In This Issue

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Share Your Opinion!

Survey

Each month we're going to ask a question and then next month you'll find out the results of the previous month's survey.

Does your cat talk to you? What do you think he/she is saying most of the time?

VOTE HERE

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Last month's response?

What do you do for your cat(s) during the Holidays?

  • 48% Buy toys (lots of toys!) as gifts
  • 28% Use their image(s) on Holiday cards
  • 11% Personalize a stocking or other decorations with your kitty's name
  • 7% Take them on vacation with you
  • 4% Have their photo shot with Santa
  • 2% Bake treats that are good for them
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Other News:

2011 Standings 01/07/11

Official Standings from the TICA Executive Office. Read More

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