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Letter from Vickie

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The holiday season has started around the world, and I want to say Happy Holidays to everyone ... and their felines! From your friends and family at TICA, it's important to remember those people ... and cats! ... important in your life and rejoice.


TICA also has to rejoice as Meet the Breeds which was held in New York City with the American Kennel Club (AKC) on November 19th and 20th, was a huge success! You can read more about what we did, and the coverage TICA got before and during the event. I have to say THANK YOU to everyone who traveled near and far with their cats to design and set up the breed booths, and be on hand for two days in a convention center filled with the sound of dogs barking! Meet the Breeds could not have been a success without all of your support and help! Thank you for representing TICA ... and a huge thank you (and hug!) to your kitties who didn't mind thousands of strangers looking at and petting them!


In just a few weeks we'll start a new year. 2012 promises to be a time of even more exciting times for TICA, our members, exhibitors and clubs around the world, and most importantly ... for the cats who are the reason TICA exists!


Next time we "talk" it'll be 2012. Happy New Year to all. May your celebration be filled with love and joy ... and your new year full of success, laughs and great friends (and felines!).


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,

Vickie Fisher

TICA President

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Meet the Breeds A Huge Success for TICA

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Tens of thousands of pet lovers attended the third annual AKC Meet the Breeds® hosted by TICA and the American Kennel Club (AKC) in New York City on November 19th and 20th. TICA was well represented by 50 breeds of cats, with each available for pet lovers to meet in purr-son at their breed booth. This was the first time the Bengals were at Meet the Breeds, and the jungle setting lured thousands of cat lovers to see TICA's favorite breed in person and pet the pelted coats.


The breed booths were decorated to represent the breed's history, and the three booths selected as the best booths: first - Bengal, second - Oriental SH, third Pixie Bobs. Congratulations!


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Some other highlights at Meet the Breeds included:

  • Besides meeting breeds of cats they've never seen before in person, the other two favorite activities were the daily Parade of Breeds and the Kitty CATure Meow Wear fashion show! Watch the kitties strut their stuff!
  • One thousand kids also got "into the action" and learned more about the breeds of cats and dogs at Meet the Breeds, by completing the AKC BINGO hosted by TICA and AKC. They had to visit the booths and learn more about the breed, and complete BINGO! Each kid received a bag full of goodies when they turned in their BINGO card.
  • People were amazed that not only dogs can do cat agility!
  • Cat owners learned about grooming from Kim Raisanen, President of Professional Cat Groomers Association, genetics from Dr. Heather Lorimer, cat psychology with Carole Wilbourn, and healthcare from Dr. Dr. Avi Deshmukh, DVM, MS, Ph. D with Royal Canin .
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To see photos and/or videos of all of these activities, visit:

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Try Pet Insurance for Two Months for Only $1 ... for Kittens or Cats!

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TICA Makes Headlines and Airs on TV

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TICA made the headlines recently on several key TV shows plus in newspapers and online!


On December 1, 2011, Martha Stewart met several cats for the first time during a special Pet Show as part of her TV show, The Martha Stewart show. Anthony Hutcherson, chairperson of the TICA Bengal Breed committee and President of The International Bengal Cat Society, Inc. introduced the Bengal, Toyger, Cymric and other cats provided by Judy Sugden, Kay DeVilbiss, Emily Greene and Sherri and Samantha McConnell, to Martha. Click here to watch a video of the show and photos shot during the show.


TICA was also featured on TV, print and online. You can click on the media's name below to view or read the coverage.

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Get to Know TICA's Best Alter 2010-2011

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TICA's Best Alter for the 2010-2011 season was IW SGCA Grandbois Etienne Guittard, a Chartreux owned by Nancy Dionne and Carole McFadden of the Northwest Region.


Guittard was also the highest-scoring alter in the region with 11,447 points at end of the show season.


In 2008-2009, Guittard was the 5th highest scoring kitten in the Northwest region.

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Love-Filled Holidays for Your Favorite Felines

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If your budget is stretched thin from buying gifts for your family and friends, kitty can still be happy with some homemade toys and treats! It's the love that you put into making these that kitty will purr about.


Easy to Make Yummy Treats

Fun Toys Kitty Will Love

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Meet the ... Exotic Shorthair

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Hey, that cat looks like a Persian ... but its hair isn't as long! Well, you're right; it does look like a Persian except its coat is shorter. It's the Exotic Shorthair lovingly called the "lazy man's Persian".


The Exotic Shorthair originated when Persian breeders outcrossed to the American Shorthair to get greener eyes in their cats.


Today the Exotic Shorthair is bred to be just like the Persian-except with a short, dense coat and has the same pansy-like sweet face, short nose with big eyes and short square body giving them a cuddly bear-like look.


These affectionate cats have the quiet manners of the Persian but are livelier and more inquisitive thanks to their shorthaired ancestry.


Click here to read more.

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