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Letter from Vickie

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I'm so excited to announce that TICA has ANOTHER partner! Motel 6 is now partnering with us to offer exhibitors discounted room rates at its more than 380 hotels located across North America. Every penny helps ... I know!


I'm also excited because with this issue we're introducing a new feature: "get to know" one of our International Winners. Each cat and its owner worked hard to earn those titles, so we want you to meet them briefly and "up close".


And speaking of getting to know cats, take a look at the gorgeous magazine "Vida Felina" published in Columbia. Not only does it pay homage to the fabulous felines of Latin America, but it's also produced by one of our members, Felipe Tamayo. It's so great to see the love of cats continuing to spread throughout communities around the world!


One more thing: thank you to all who participated in the recent survey about the newsletter. This monthly publication is for you, and about you. Please send in your ideas as we welcome them! The more we know what you want, need and enjoy, the better we can make the newsletter! Congratulations to Inge Dam-Nielsen of Denmark who won a TICA shirt!


So much news! So much fun! So enjoy the newsletter!


Until next month,

Vickie Fisher

TICA President

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Get to Know TICA's Best Cat 2010 - 2011

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Last month in Philadelphia, IW SGC Abyfelis Ermes - a Ruddy Ticked Tabby Abyssinian - was named Best Cat for 2010 - 2011 at TICA's Annual Awards.


Abyfelis Ermes, bred and owned by Patricia Jean-Jean from France, accumulated 13,078 points during the show season by competing at shows in Europe and the region of Mid Pacific. Not only was he Best Cat for 2010 - 2011, he also captured Best Cat for TICA's Southern Europe Region and Best Abyssinian Cat overall.


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TICA's Newest Partner ... Motel 6

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Now you can save 10% on your stay with Motel 6 at any of its more than 380 locations across North America. Motel 6 also includes the Studio 6 and Accor North America hotels.


Motel 6 welcomes pets at all of its sites and can stay FREE. If you do stay at a Studio 6 location, there is a $10 per day fee with a maximum of $50 during your stay.


  • Motel 6 - Click Here to access your Motel 6 Corporate Plus ID card and print off. You can take this card with you when you check in. For reservations online, use TICA's Corporate Plus ID # CP560172.
  • Studio 6 - Click Here to access your Studio 6 Corporate Plus ID card and print off. You can take this card with you when you check in. For reservations online, use TICA's Corporate Plus ID # CP560173

To learn more about Motel 6's pet stays, visit Motel 6's web site. If you're not a member of Motel 6's program, don't wait! Start saving today by clicking here.

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Cats Celebrated in South America

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"Vida Felina" ... which translated is "Feline Life Magazine" ... celebrates the cats in South America. The first magazine focused on strengthening the feline culture in South America.


"Vida Felina" is published in Bogata Columbia by TICA member Felipe Tamayo. Felipe is also President of CLUB TICA DE LOS ANDES.


"Vida Felina" provides readers information about the care of cats and news about showing cats, but it also supports different foundations to help cats and other animals, and includes stories about feline exhibitions taking place in Colombia.


To learn more about this publication click here.


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Meet the Breeds Lets People Meet the Breeder

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Meet the Breeds was started by the American Kennel Club three years ago and is focused on giving dog and cat lovers a chance to meet all of the breeds in one place.


Meet the Breeds also lets animal lovers get to know the "people behind the pets": the breeders and owners who can help families and individuals learn more and advise them on the "purrfect" pet for their lifestyle.


A few of TICA's member breeders are currently featured on AKC's web site for Meet the Breeds - Anthony Hutcherson, Pat Killmaier, and Charles & Suzanne Philbrick.


To read more click here.

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Bengals Take on NYC

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Did you know at the last two Meet the Breeds, the # 1 question asked by cat lovers who came to the event was "where are the Bengals?" This year, those cat lovers will not be disappointed and will finally have their chance finally to meet Bengals in person!


In addition to demonstrations and an exhibition of Bengals, TICA and the cat fancy will be represented by hundreds of cats, and other fun things including:


So don't forget:


  • Tickets are on sale! If you live in the Tri-state area or know cat lovers who would want to go, they can be reserved / purchased online - click here.
  • Invite people who have purchased a kitten or cat from you who live in the Tri-state area to come to Meet the Breeds! You can send them a link to the Meet the Breeds web site with the ticket information.

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TICA Breeds Featured in Cool iPhone App

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Wouldn't it be neat to be able to access your cat's breed standard or other breeds' standards on your iPhone?


Well now you can! For just $1.99 you can download this really cool application that features TICA breed photos shot by Helmi Flick and breed standards.


It also features images of our web site! To download the application click here.


Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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Meet the ... Munchkin

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When someone sees their first Munchkin they usually ask "can they jump up on things?" You'll hear a quick, resounding YES from their owner. Although their legs are short (and compared to a Dachshund) these racy, low - slung Munchkins are built for speed and ability. These bundles of joy love being around people, and are devoted felines for families or individuals.


Although not a new mutation, and dating back to 1944, the first recorded Munchkin in North America was a short - legged female named Blackberry that Sandra Hockenedel found in 1983. A male from Blackberry's first litter - Toulouse - was given to Kay LaFrance and together they built a diverse gene pool using domestic cats to cross to.


TICA accepted the Munchkin in its New Breed development program in 1994, and then the breed was accepted for Championship status in 2003.


To learn more about these low - to - ground, cute cats, click here.

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How to Make Halloween Costumes for Kitty

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Halloween isn't just for kids! It's a great time to have fun with kitty too, and dress them up.


Now, if you want to see some cats trying on costumes, click here to watch a funny video!


But if you want to make your own costumes, here's a great article with some quick and easy ideas for costumes that you can make with little cost or time!

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Kitty Can Fly in Cabin to UK Starting in 2012

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The Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) in the United Kingdom (UK) announced that as of January 1 2012, pets are no longer required to travel in the hold when flying into the UK.


Up until now, UK regulations require all animals to travel in the hold when flying into the UK.


Starting January 1, 2012, individual airlines that allow pets in cabin flying to the UK must have approved protocols in place for checking that the pets are fully compliant for entry into the UK.


TICA will keep our exhibitors and breeders apprised of any additional announcements as they are made regarding "in cabin" travel for pets traveling to the UK.

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Cats Got You Puzzled?

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Bet your cat(s) don't have you this puzzled!


Try your hand at this Blue Cat Puzzle! Good luck!

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Attention Voters!

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Don't forget to sign up for TDS ONLINE if you haven't already.

Eligible Voters that are registered with TDS ONLINE will receive their electronic ballot instructions by email.

If you are not registered with TDS ONLINE, then you'll receive a ballot in the mail (which will mail out on October 31st).

It's important that our members exercise their right to vote! We have many people running for spots on their Breed Committees and other officers running.

Voting will begin October 31 and close December 15!

(Please see related BY-LAWS concerning voting eligibility)

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TICA Goes Green

Ready to join TICA or renew your membership? Well, TICA is "going green".

You can use TDS ONLINE to renew your membership and print your own membership card immediately!

Also, now when you join or renew through the TICA Executive Office, your membership card will be sent to you by email (so make sure to include your email address on the MEMBERSHIP FORM)!

No more waiting for your membership card to come in the mail.

Not only does this make it more efficient for you and our other members, Image but it saves on postage for the association!

Going green is good for our members and TICA!

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Feedback Comments

Friday 09/16/2011 1:49 PM

Advancement Breeds: I wanted to share my experience at the Philadelphia annual show. I decided to go and meet the breeders and owners of the advancing new breed Savannahs. As an owner and newer breeder of Savannahs I look forward to championship status of the breed! I had a great time and met many great breeders and cats and look forward to future shows including next year's annual. I am excited for this new TICA breed and can't wait to participate in showing! Thank you, Diane Cardinale

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