Letter from Vickie
It's October. For some of us it's the beginning of fall
while for our friends living in the southern hemisphere,
its summer! No matter what season it is, we're now well
into this show season as marked by last month's Annual Awards
Now it's time to move on towards ... I can't believe
I'm saying this ... the New Year! But before we start thinking
about 2013 and the "second half" of the 2012-2013 show season,
we're working feverishly on this year's Meet the Breeds
co-hosted with the American Kennel Club (AKC). In just a
few short days after a full year of planning, the largest
gathering of cats and dogs will be in full swing on October
20 and 21 in New York City.
Last year over 40,000 animal lovers attended Meet the
Breeds and this year we're planning on it being bigger and
better! Banners are already hanging around the city promoting
the event, and we can't wait for cat lovers to visit the
TICA booth and see the fabulous display that Helmi and Ken
Flick have so graciously worked on for us! We don't want
anyone to miss out so you can see them for yourself below.
We're so excited that FELIDAE Natural Cat Foods is sponsoring
TICA's Parade of Breeds, Sturdi Products is a key sponsor
of the 2012 Meow Wear Kitty CATure Fashion Show, and the
Winn Feline Foundation is joining us at Meet the Breeds
We'll have announcements during Meet the Breeds, so watch
for more information as we head to NYC ... with our cats
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Welcome Our New Advertiser: City Kitty Grooming
Let's welcome City Kitty Grooming! Established in 2000,
City Kitty Grooming focused on caring for the whole cat
- mind, body and spirit. City Kitty Grooming was one of
the first cats-only grooming "spas" in the country.
If you've ever been interested in being a cat groomer,
www.citykittygrooming.com and learn more about franchise
opportunities with City Kitty Grooming.
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Meet the Breeds: What's in Store This Year?
This year's Meet the Breeds promises to be even bigger
than last year, and even more exciting! Here are some things
you'll want to know:
- TICA cats are "bigger and bolder" at Meet the Breeds
with the help of Ken and Helmi Flick! Our booth will
be front and center and so will the wonderful graphics
designed just for us!
FELIDAE Natural Cat Foods is this year's partner
of TICA's Parade of Breeds on the main cat stage at
Meet the Breeds. With over 50 recognized breeds, the
diversity of type, shape, and personality to the many
styles of cats will be demonstrated and explained by
an expert panel of distinguished TICA judges.
Sturdi Products will sponsor this year's Meow Wear
Kitty CATure Fashion Show that will feature the designs
of Carla Reiss. Fashion shows will be held on Saturday
October 20 and Sunday October 21 from noon - 1:30pm
both days at TICA's Main Stage. This year's show will
be bigger than last year's show at Meet the Breeds that
you can watch a by
clicking here and vote on your favorite fashion-forward
kitty from last year!
The Winn Feline Foundation is joining TICA this
year to help promote the health and welfare of cats!
A non-profit organization established in 1968, the Winn
Feline Foundation supports studies to improve cat health,
and has funded over $4 million for health research for
cats at more than 30 partner institutions world-wide.
This funding is made possible through the support of
dedicated donors and partners. Research supported by
the Winn Feline Foundation which was founded by the
Cat Fancier's Association (CFA) helps veterinarians
to improve treatment of common feline health problems
and prevent many diseases.
- "Meet Me" brings cats like Merlin the "biggest hugger"
from West Monroe, LA to Meet the Breeds this year! And
you can get $2 off each ticket ordered online at
www.meetthebreeds.com by entering the discount code
- Karen Cannon the artist who designed the gorgeous
cover for this year's Visitors Guide will have mouse
pads and posters featuring the vibrant cats of "Encore"
for sale at the TICA booth.
- And if you can't make it to Meet the Breeds, you
can "own a little piece" of history by ordering your
own TICA t-shirt featuring TICA Kitty! Available in
Youth M, Adult S M L XL 2XL for $20 each plus shipping,
each t-shirt comes in two colors. To order your t-shirt
(or t-shirts!) email
with the t-shirt you want to order, color and size.
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Here's TICA's 2011-2012 Best Kitten
The "last kitten standing" at the end of the 2011-2012
show season was Kelimcoons Don Cesar of Sarajen, and claimed
the coveted title of Best Kitten!
A Brown (Black) Classic Tabby/White Maine Coon, he earned
more than 7700 points while competing against more than
2,000 kittens of all breeds, to become an International
Winner and also the Best Kitten in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Cesar is owned by Teri Matzkin.
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Turning Pumpkins Into Friendly ... or Fierce ... Felines
Halloween: time for treats ... scares ... and cats! Welcome
trick or treaters with your own cat carved pumpkin. It's
easy to do, and a lot of fun!
Click here to download instructions and patterns.
If you want to carve your breed, check out Better Home
and Garden's 17 breed templates a by
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Meet the ... Minuet
What has the sweet face of a Persian and the short-legged
conformation of a Munchkin? Well, it's the Minuet and
despite its "big name", is a gentle, extremely affectionate
and people-oriented cat that comes in all imaginable colors,
and both short- and long-haired coats.
In May 2012, the Minuet was granted Preliminary New
Breed status and started showing in that class during the
2012-2013 show season which started this May 1st.
To learn more about the Minuet,
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