Happy Holidays to all our TICA friends!
Our December issue comes with a reminder to vote if you haven't already for TICA President, Vice President and Breed Committees, and a story about how one club's persistence paid off and shattered records.
Also, with the holidays right around the corner, we tried to make holiday shopping a little easier this year with our "gift guide" for all the special cats and fun, fabulous friends in your life. 
As the calendar year comes to a close, we want to thank everyone for their readership and continued support in all things TICA. We wish you the happiest of holidays and look forward to continued adventures in friendship and fun in the new year.

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TICA Welcomes the Franconia Cat Club E.V., located in 
Buchenbach Germany, into our ever-growing TICA family!
REMINDER: Cast Your Vote for 
TICA President, Vice President and Breed Committee 
The deadline for voting for TICA President, Vice President and Breed Committees  
is December 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST.
Eligible voters  should have received an email on October 31 with a link to vote. Do not share your voting link with others. Each link is unique to individual members. Please contact  Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! in TICA's Executive Office if you meet voting requirements and did not receive an email to vote.
The online ballot includes details related to each proposal item for your review before casting your vote. Voters can view position statements for each candidate  here and our recent  "Ask the Candidates" newsletter for information on where the candidates stand on issues that impact you the most. 
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LondonCats President Steven Meserve, Steven Corneille, Sue Hart-Jones and Hanne Cuyle 
 at the National Pet Show in Birmingham

TICA Breaks New Ground By Participating in Two 
of the U.K.'s Largest Pet Expos
For the first time in the United Kingdom, TICA was represented at two of the country's largest pet expos - The Family Pet Show and The National Pet Show. 
Both events took place as a result of LondonCats determination, persistence and negotiations over the course three years. While there were many hurdles to overcome, the biggest was convincing show organizers to work with TICA and stray from the tradition of working with the oldest cat organization in the U.K. and Ireland, The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF). 
Manchester's Family Pet Show, held in the second largest city in the UK, is the only show in the U.K. where you can bring your pet. While this is a great draw for visitors, it created an obstacle for LondonCats to ensure the safety of participating felines. The club managed to turn the challenge into an opportunity by working with local fencing company ProtectaPet to provide high quality barriers.  
Second obstacle, they were only allowed 2800 square feet of event space. However, through creative positioning they were able to produce three rings and benching for 100 cats. The show was fantastic and the visitors were blown away by the friendliness and overall professionalism from LondonCats. Event organizers were also shocked that the cats were able to draw a crowd of 15,000. As a result of LondonCats' success, they have been asked by show organizers to come back next year to a space double the size, which will allow them to host an agility ring.
The National Pet Show, held in Birmingham, is the oldest and most established Pet Expo in the U.K.  It is organized by the famous U.K veterinarian and host of the Supervet show, Noel Fitzpatrick of Fitz All Media.  After years of convincing, LondonCats was asked to join the show and given 1,500 square feet in The National Exhibition Centre (for those in the U.S., think Madison Square Garden). Once again, creative positioning came into play and the club was able to provide benching for 80 singles and utilized the walkway as a showcase. 
To say the cats were a hit is quite an understatement. LondonCats were, by far, the biggest hit of the expo! The event drew a record number 25,000 visitors and the judging area created a bottleneck. Event organizers came by personally to thank club president Steven Meserve for "finally giving life to the CAT ZONE!"  As a result of the clubs' success, they have been asked to participate again next year in a space triple in size, with stadium style seating, bigger branding and fanfare as one of the headline attractions, alongside event owner Noel Fitzpatrick himself!
LondonCats' credits their success in partnering with and organizing two of the largest shows in the U.K to the region, the exhibitors that backed and supported LondonCats' efforts and most importantly the support and sponsorship from TICA and Dr. Elsey's. 
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TICA 2017 Holiday Guide: Gifts for Your Cat
Just like us, your cat will certainly appreciate a gift or two under the tree. As always, think safety first. Supervise play and remove toys when they show signs of wear. Here are a few toys, gear, and treats meant just for your precious fur-baby.  
Give your fun, fabulous feline an attractive and safe solution to drinking a healthy amount of water. ThirstyCat fountains are the  only handmade  ceramic glazed drinking fountains in the world and come in a variety of styles to match your cats' temperament and physical characteristics. TICA members receive a 10% discount by using coupon code "TICA."  Starting at $115 USD Thirstycat Fountains 
Give your cat the gift of adventure. From the 'Indian Jones Cat Bridge' to the 'Thunderdome' themed cat climber, Catastrophic Creations' unconventional customized cat furniture will stop your cats from scratc hing you r furniture by keeping them physically and mentally challenged. Each piece is beautifully handcrafted, space conscious, and designed to enrich your cats' environment with limitless configurations. Starting at $45 USD Catastrophic Creations  

Treat your cat to relaxation amongst the chaos.  Pet Tunes is a small, portable Bluetooth speaker that comes pre-loaded with 90 minutes of original music composed just for cats and dogs. Frequency-modified music stays in pets' natural hearing comfort zone. The device has been tested in animal hospitals, kennels, and homes, and has been proven to reduce stress and is great for environmental stress such as thunderstorm nerves, nocturnal activity, grooming, transitions, and vet visits. Starting at $47 USD Pet Acoustics

Let your cat hang from a tree (well, almost). The Original Pet Pyramid offers your pet a safe and swinging place to literally "hang out." It's like sitting in a tree! Available in one, two or three level models. Hangs easily from any existing plant hook in your ceiling. Great for dozing or play. Cats run and jump inside for swinging good times. Reinforced with a flexible, lightweight frame. Designed for safe use up to 30 pounds. Starting at $39 USD Sturdi Products
Leave your cat his favorite dry treat under the tree.
Dr. Elsey's Clean Protein™ formulas are grain-free and gluten-free. Over 90% of the protein used is animal based, and there are no fillers or preservatives added. Choose from two dry formulas, chicken and salmon. At 59% and 56% respectively, they have the highest protein content of any dry food. Free Ground Shipping in contiguous USA on orders of $100+. Save 20% with code TURKEY20. Starting at $14.69 USD  Dr. Elsey's Clean Protein
Give your cat the gift that helps keep them looking fabulous! EZ-Groomer Undercoat Rakes provide a unique tooth-design that gathers undercoat fur in a more efficient and gentle manner than traditional grooming tools. The special design has been proven to reduce mats and hairballs and keeps fur from flying. Each EZ-Groomer comes with a 100% money back guarantee if not completely satisfied.  Starting at $15 USD 
Make mealtime fun-time for your cat with the Indoor Hunting Feeder. When cats play we are re mi nde d tha t  th ey're ancestors of fierce jungle creatures. So when it comes to meals,  why serve them  human-style in a bowl. The Indoor 
Hunting  Feeder d ecreases their an xi ety, reduces scarf and barf, ends early wake up calls , and corrects your litter box woes with five easy and fun feeders a day. Starting at $39.99 USD 
Give your cat the gift of endless play. They're fun to fetch, look a bit like a spider, and make your cat go crazy for th ese tough little toys. Made from special lure, Cat Dancer Chasers are brightly colored pieces of fleece that spark a cat's imagination to create irresistible play. Cho os e from the Cat Dancer® bow tie, ring tail or whisker chasers (pictured). Starting at $4 each USD Cat Dancer Chasers
Treat your cat to a gourmet dinner. Complete and balanced for all  felines and each life stage, Fegnion RAW pro vides the nutrition your carnivore craves and was born to eat. Choose from turkey, chicken or rabbit. USDA certified Grade A poultry, fit for human consumption . Made with added vitamins, minerals, other trace nutrients, n utrient-rich raw bones and m arrow . No fruits or vegetables, grains/gluten, fish/fish oil, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and f ree of hormones & antibiotics. Starting at $7.99 8 oz. Fegnion RAW 
kitten_in_christmas_tree.jpg   ASK TICA
Q.  I love to decorate for the holidays, but hate the  constant  worry  that my cat won't be able to resist all the glitz and glam of the season. How can I k eep my cat safe from holiday dangers?
A. Holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate, but it's important to remember that the shiny décor and tasty scents of the season can pose a danger to most cats. Follow these tips to kitty-proof your house this holiday:
  • If your family celebrates Hanukkah, make sure lit candles are never left unattended.
  • Holiday plants, such as mistletoe berries, lilies, English Ivy, holly leaves and berries, Christmas roses, narcissus, amaryllis bulbs and croton can upset your cats stomach or even result in death.
  • Tree water may contain pesticides, fertilizer and even aspirin or other chemicals. Keep tree water covered to prevent drinking.
  • Cats can damage trees by climbing them and potentially knocking them over. Secure your tree to a nearby wall with heavy fishing line or put the tree in a room that can easily be closed off.
  • Set glass or fragile ornaments out of your cats' reach.
  • Check for pine needles and fallen ornament hooks on a regular basis and remove as soon as possible.
  • Keep decorative lights out of your cats reach. To your cat, an extension cord or string lights might look like just another string for play.  
  • Tinsel, ribbon and any thread, such as that used for cranberry or popcorn garlands, can pose a serious danger to your cat due to his barbed tongue that won't allow him to spit it out.
  • Decorate gifts with paper bows or thicker cloth ribbons. Use garland made from beads or thick cloth ribbons to decorate your tree and home.
  • Keep away from fragrances used in scented pine cones, garlands and wreaths, as these fragrances can be toxic to cats. Toxicity varies with each plant, but solid potpourri generally results in an upset stomach or even death.
  • Avoid foods toxic to cats, such as onions, chocolate and avocados. Also keep your cat away from rich, fatty or high sodium foods. Dairy products may cause diarrhea.
  • If you think your cat has consumed a poisonous food, contact your veterinarian or an animal poison center: ASPCA Poison Control (888) 426-4435 or the Pet Poison Hotline (800) 213-6680

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Calling all TICA friends.... do you include your cat in your holiday card? If so, share the image and your card may be featured in our January newsletter and on our official Facebook page @TheInternationalCatAssociation. Email an image of your card to: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! for consideration.
TICA 2017 Holiday Guide: Gifts for Kids

Introduce the kids in your life to a world of adoptable c at mermaid plush toys, each with distinct personalities. Purrmaid are adorable plush toys that show case different pairs of cat/fish breed s, complete with their own special story. Choose from the large Calicoi (half Calico, half Koi), theToygershark (half Toyger, half shark), the Siamese Betta (half Siamese, half Betta fish), the Orange Tabby (a Mackerel), or the smaller "Black Baby Purr." Starting at $40 large $15 small USD Purrmaids.com 
Send kids on an adventure with Boots the Cat. Curious readers can follow Boots as he finds a n ew home and makes friends in two children's books: Boots Finds a New Home and Boots and Sam. Both stories, by award-winning film producer Carol Hervin, teach kids the value of making new friends and how to enjoy and respect each other's differences. Interactive questions throughout both books encourage imaginative thinking and conversation in young readers. Starting at $16.96 USD Boots and Me

Give kids a taste of pet ownership. Say hello to "Cuddles - My Dream Kitten!" This  adorable Little Live Pet gives kids an idea of the nurture and care ne eded to own a pet. She purrs when she's happy, cuddles when her cheek is scratched and moves her tail. Anyone will fall in love with her the minute the she opens her eyes. She even comes with an adoption certificate so kids can truly make her their own. Starting at $59 Cuddles My Dream Kitten

An Update from the WINN Foundation
Thank you for your generosity!  Thanks to the numerous donors who embraced Giving Tuesday on November 28th, Winn will be able to fund exciting new studies on FIP, heart disease, amyloidosis, cancer, kidney disease, and many other feline medical issues in the coming year. We've also been excited to see many cat fanciers include WINN in their birthday celebrations on Facebook, encouraging others to donate in lieu of sending a birthday card or gift.
Grant Awards Announced: Five grants were awarded through the Miller Trust: investigating gabapentin dosing as a sedative in cats with chronic kidney disease, using biomarkers to diagnose reflux disease, evaluating the use of mesenchymal stem cells as a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease and chronic gingivostomatitis, and determining cortisol levels in hair and nails of cats to measure chronic stress. The cortisol study received our New Feline Investigator Grant Award established in memory of long-time Winn board member and legal advisor, Fred Jacobberger. Two Bria Fund-related projects were also approved: developing a combination antiviral therapy for the treatment of FIP and generating a novel potential FIP vaccine. An additional study was funded, thanks to an anonymous sponsor, to map fibrosis in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by using non-invasive imaging (MRI).
Genetic Testing Project: Wisdom Health, TICA's partner in genetic testing services, has sponsored an exciting project by Dr. Leslie Lyons at the University of Missouri. While genetic testing for cats is now commonplace, most labs lack the standards and expertise to properly interpret their results. The goals of this Winn-funded grant are to provide DNA controls for all traits and diseases to the testing laboratories for quality control purposes and to provide a standardized template for reporting consistent and accurate results.
In total, almost $443,000 in grants have been funded by Winn in 2017. We cannot thank our supporters enough for making this happen!
Photo and Design Contests: Get in the holiday spirit early and participate in Winn's Best Holiday Cat Photo Contest!  Send a photo of your cat in a holiday setting and/or holiday attire to us. Your photo will reside on Winn's gallery page for viewing. A $50 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to the winner in each category. Click here for details. The deadline is 12/23. Our design contest for Cures4Cats Day, with a $250 prize for the winning entry, is still accepting submissions. Click here for details.
Holiday Shopping can be "Win-Winn" this season! Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7138699 and Amazon will donate a portion of your holiday spending to Winn Feline Foundation.
TICA 2017 Holiday Guide: Gifts for Your Favorite Cat Lover

Give a new cat owner years of valuable information and knowledge. Ramona D. Marek's book,  Cats for the GENIUS , serves as an easy-to-read guide that teaches n e w owners how to be exceptional cat parents. Topics range from find ing the right breed  and  preparing your home for your cat's arrival, to food, nutrition and grooming basics. There is also extensive information on health and behavior.  Starting at $22.75 USD Cats for the Genius 
Treat yourself to runway style while traveling with your cat. The Sleepypod Air offers a stylish and innovative solution to the many conflicting airline size restricti ons put on pet carriers by providing size flexibility. Its unique design allows i t to contr act to fit in the space below most airline seats during the restricted times of takeoff and landing. After takeoff, the Sleepypod Air can be expanded to allow a pet the largest possible space below an airline seat. Starting at $169 Sleepypod Air 
Treat yourself and your cat to constant companionship. 
Introducing the hoodie with a pouch large enough to hold a cat. This sweatshirt has many cat-like details, including pointy ears and paw pads. The oversized pouch swaddles your cat close to allow hands-free snuggling so that wearers can do other tasks, like text, eat or type, while cradling their cuddly ones close to their hearts. Starting at $51 USD Mewgaroo
Give the gift of art. Cats are among the many subjects of paintings by artist Laura Seeley.Matted prints are all hand-embellished with 3D light-catching paint and range from normal tabbies and toms to cats with polka-dots and people eyes. Choose from four sizes. Starting at $15 USD 
Ensure yourself happy dreams with Paul Frank cat-print fleece pajamas a n eye mast set. This happy cat printed 2-piece pajama set will keep you comfortable, warm and ju st as happy as the print.  Starting at $25 USD Paul Frank Pajamas 
Let your favorite cat daddy know how you feel. Made from 100% cotton, this t-shirt wears well on any proud cat owner and can be made for cat mom's too. Available in t-shirt, tank, sweatshirt and hoodies.  Starting at $23 USD Worlds Best Cat Dad T-Shirt  
Keep your cat with you at all times. These custom cat portrait necklaces are handmade from polymer clay, hand painted with Acrylic colors and protected with high quality glaze. You can choose the chain colors: Black, Bronze, Silver tone. Starting at $30 USD CatBrothers
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions From Your Cat
Proving that New Year's resolutions aren't just for humans, we compiled your cat's Top 10 New Year's Resolutions your cat might be planning in 2018. Among them:

10.  Wait until 6AM to wake up owner
  9.  Find new and exciting household objects to conquer and destroy
  8.  Stop playing "dead cat on the stairs" while my owner brings in groceries or laundry
  7.  Make "Grumpy Cat" smile
  6.  Get more exercise by increasing 3am wild romps through the house
  5.  Prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the vacuum cleaner is evil
  4.  Redesign sofa with claws
  3.  Perfect evil-eye stare to gain power and influence
  2.  No longer be a slave to the sound of a can opener
  1.  Maintain dominance over the dog 

Happy Mew Year! We look forward to sharing more fabulous felines, fun and friendships with you in 2018!
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