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Did you know that your household mixed breed cat can join in The International Cat Association, Inc.’s Fabulous Felines, Fun and Friendship and be shown as championship cats in their own household pet category?
Since TICA was organized 32 years ago, household pet cats and kittens have been eligible to register and compete for the same titles, regional and international awards as pedigreed cats.
TICA defines the three general groups of household cats as:
- Mixed breed/random-bred cats;
- Half-pedigree “oops” cats;
- And pedigree cats which are either unregistered or do not meet the breed standard (such as straight-eared Scottish Folds or non-curly Selkirk Rex, or even a Persian whose nose is too long).
With thousands of members and hundreds of clubs around the world in Latin America, North America, Asia, and Europe, TICA was the first and now the world’s largest cat registry to allow household cats and household kittens to compete for the same titles at cat shows and awards as pedigreed cats. Since 1979, close to 20,000 catteries and over 300,000 cats and kittens have been registered with TICA.
So why write about TICA? One would be remiss to write about continental cats without talking about the TICA cat shows held all over. Unlike other shows, TICA allows new cat breeds, including the Savannah, and Tai cat to compete. TICA recognizes these newly developing breeds or traits which are in the foundation registry and have not yet been accepted for championship competition. Those breeds also include the Chausie, Highlander, Kurilian Bobtail, Savannah, Sokoke, Thai, Ojos Azules, Serengiti, Minskin and Donskoy.
I became familiar with the organization when visiting the 2011 Meet the Breeds in New York City in November. TICA co-hosted the popular event with the American Kennel Club (AKC) on Nov. 19-20. More than 160 breeds of cats and dogs were on hand. For more information about the 2011 event, visit http://www.tica.org/public/mtb.php.
Household Pets compete in a class of their own. They have their own unique standard and titles which are comparable to pedigreed cats. They are judged primarily on condition, beauty, and show presence. Almost any cat that’s at least four months old can be shown. Almost all associations require that adult Household Pets, over eight months) be altered. TICA allows declawed cats and cats with physical handicaps, such as three legs or one eye, also to be shown.
Fifty five breeds of cats from the Russian Blue to LaPerm, Sphynx to Norwegian Forest Cat, Persians, Maine Coon Cats, Turkish Angoras, compete for titles as well as regional and international awards. Shows are held throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan, Canada and beyond.
There are three main areas at a cat show’s show hall: vendor booths, a benching area and the show rings.
The benching area is where cats are kept in cages while waiting to be judged in the rings. You can visit with the breeders and exhibitors at the benching area, and is a good way to for visitors to get an up close look at the cat.
When a cat’s number is called for judging, the cat is taken from the benching area to the judge’s ring. Each ring has a different judge. There are specialty rings with longhair only and shorthair only rings. These specialties are judged separately from one another.
An all breed ring will have shorthair and longhair cats judged together and against one another.
Upcoming TICA shows for 2012 on the East Coast include but are not limited to:
Jan 6-8, 2012, Central New Jersey Cat Fanciers, Parsippany, NJ. Contact Susan Adler, at 570-620-1599 or email email@example.com
Jan. 28-29, Jersey State Feline Fanciers, Cherry Hill, NJ. Contact Linda Swierczynski, 856-753-9155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 3-4, Cats On The Beach Club in Providence, RI. Contact Melissa Alexander, 508-415-9406 or email Melissa@iwcats.com
March 16-18, Nauticats, Augusta, Maine. Contact Donna Madison at email@example.com
Aug. 11-12, Celtic Cats, Sturbridge, MA. Contact Francine Hicks at 207-353-2633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 20-11, Cats on the Beach, Marston Mills, MA (Cape Cod). Contact Melissa Alexander, 508-415-9406 or email Melissa@iwcats.com
Oct. 27-28, 2012 Bella Gattti, Hartford, CT. Contact Donna Madison by email, email@example.com
December cat shows listed for 2011 in the US northeast if repeated would be:
Yankee Cats, Milford MA, contact Melissa Alexander, 508-415-9406 or email Melissa@iwcats.com
For a complete listing of 2012 TICA shows in the United States and beyond, click here.
TICA is about a lot more than cat shows. It’s website (www.tcia.org) is full of information about grooming, cat agility, cat health, and even implementing a disaster program. TICA University (http://www.tica.org/public/ticau.php ) is listed on their website as a favorite school for finicky felines around the world and the largest school of feline educational courses and cat information. Founded by TICA, the site features information about psychology, nursing science, history, arts, business and more.
TICA’s mission is far ranging including:
- To encourage our members to be caring, responsible owners and breeders of cats; and to work together to promote the preservation of pedigreed cats plus the health and welfare of all domestic cats.
- To have the most accurate and comprehensive certified pedigree registry in the world.
- To provide sanctioned cat shows which promote both pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats in a professional manner, and which are both enjoyable and educational for exhibitors, judges and the general public.
- To encourage our members to take an active role in the community, to foster responsible spay/neuter awareness through public education, to become active in voluntary service at local animal shelters or outreach programs for schools and/or senior or disabled citizens, and to become involved in citizen advisory groups to foster responsible legislation regarding the health and welfare of cats.
- To promote friendly relations between breeders in this country and other countries around the world.
- To disseminate information to breeders, owners, exhibitors, and the general public concerning breeding, exhibition, improvement of breeds, the care and welfare of all cats; and to provide materials and information regarding feline issues of regional or national importance.
- To set up a foundation to encourage research on feline health issues, and to provide readily available lists of resource materials on health issues to our members.
Have you ever considered entering your household cat in a TICA cat show? If so, please share your experiences in the comment section.
Cats are all over, including all over the news and the internet. Today, let’s take a look at some cat stories, some which appear awfully human.
Would you believe the New York City Health Department wants to bannish a favorite eatery’s cat from freedom to a leash? Maybe they should consult with the Japanese bistros where people come for cafe and to socialize with the cats. But that’s a subject for another day.
Another post talks about a feline stuck on a roof. And of course, there’s info about holiday shopping, fitness and diabetes. Sounds just like human issues if you ask me.
Check them out and enjoy.
Turning tubby tabby into fitter feline
By Jeff Kahler, DVM It is estimated that more than 30 percent of dogs and cats are obese — not just overweight, but truly obese. That means they are hauling around30 percent or more of excess fat. Sandra’s cat Louie weighs 26 pounds. …
Funny Felines In Musical Cat Calendar: Cat Got Your Drum? (Pictures)
Huffington Post UK
The cat’s out of the bag on this one. For those bored of moggies merely eating sleeping (and purring) this calendar casts cats in whole mew light. The eerily anthropomorphic pictures were achieved using real pet cats. The images were then digitally …
Holiday Gift Guide for Lovers of Cats and Dogs
PR Newswire (press release)
Holiday party hosts are free from relegating pet furniture to the basement as The Refined Feline and The Refined Canine launch new lines of chic cat and dog beds. NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The holiday season brings families together and …
Will County animals that need homes
Darrin was returned to Humane Haven after he was diagnosed with feline diabetes. Diabetes is fairly common in cats and is an easily treated feline disease that requires a bit of vigilance and twice daily insulin shots. Darrin can be seen at PetSmart in …
And some web sites that are worth checking out.
Frisky feline comes down from Phoenix rooftop
Phoenix Arizona news, breaking news, local news, weather radar, traffic from ABC15 News | ABC15.com.
Cat Flap as NYC Leashes Hotel’s Famed Feline
The city’s favorite feline, a blue-eyed ragdoll, took up residence last winter. She’s the 10th Algonquin cat since Rusty, aka Hamlet I, moved into the hotel, …
Feline Diabetes – Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical …
Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine is a major veterinary educational, medical and research institution located in College Station, Texas.
Five dollar feline adoption
If you’re looking for a new pet you may be in luck this weekend.
Cat people can be a highly misunderstood group, well that is by those that are not among us. You see, I wasn’t born a cat lover, but I have become one. And that being the case, I am one for life.
I used to think having a cat was a big ‘commitment’. So I refrained and procrastinated, and said I’m not ready to be tied down by a cat. Then, I stumbled upon this beautiful tabby that looked just like a Maine Coon. I couldn’t resist. Victory and I spent many years by ourselves, till I took my dad to a shelter for a kitten. Then came Smokey Blue who just put her paw out and insisted I take her. Did I mention she looked just like a Russian Blue? She was so sweet and so snuggly. The two of them lived together with me for many, many years. After 16 years, one day Vic, who was getting somewhat frail, had a stroke. That left just one.
Like so many people, I used to think people who had multiple cats were downright weird. Wasn’t one or two enough? Why have four, or five, or more? Were they crazy?? My boss had four – how strange!!
Funny, how things change, but they do. Circumstance takes us into many places we don’t think we’ll ever be. And that’s the case here.
Looking for a replacement cat for my mom (dad had passed on five years previously), I again went to the animal shelter in search of a perfect cat. At this particular time, the shelter did not have many cats – highly unusual. But there was this pretty six month old kitten in a cage in the entryway. But I did not want to get her a kitten – well, let’s say I did, and I took this pretty kitty with her new bright pink color – home to stay a few days before taking her to mom. Only she and Smokey hit it off quite well. Yikes!!! I wanted to keep the kitty, and with the encouragement of my friend Mike, Indigo joined my family, not mom’s.
Well now I had to find another cat for my mom, but yes, I did just that, and she and Clyde lived very happily alone until failing health brought her to share quarters with me. And so now we have three.
I had always wanted a Seal Point Siamese cat, so about three years ago I went to visit the local animal shelter again. Well, I wasn’t searching for a cat. Our neighbor moved and left his cat behind. The cat had spent a lot of time outside, and well, I wanted to get him tested before introducing him to my three. He was homeless, and I just couldn’t bear the thoughts of the little kitty having no home. He could be tested free of charge if I would pay the fee to re-adopt. So away I went, only to get very, very bad news. The poor feller tested positive for leukemia and it was recommended to put him down.
Having convinced myself that I wanted another cat, I was devastated. Tears streamed down my face, I left to return a week later, and guess what – there was this beautiful Seal Point – who had been left behind by a college student in her apartment. Oh my, he was just a love. His eyes sparkled. He had the biggest feet. He purred. He wrapped himself right around my neck…. He just had to come home with me!
However, there was a hitch. He had a brother, a black Siamese. The only thing that looked Siamese about him was the shape of his eyes. The shelter didn’t want to separate them. They’d always been together. I’d get two for the price of one, but two new cats. That would make five!!! Ouch! That’s a lot, maybe like, just too many. The sap that I am, I went home with two new cats, and they were just priceless. They fit right in. There were no fights, just a few little spats. They’d run, wrestle, play. Even Smokey Blue, who was getting on in years, accepted the duo. Tubby (the black Siamese) slept with me every single night. It was he and Indigo, one on each side. (For some reason, Linus (the Seal Point) liked to sleep in the bathroom.) And Clyde, he had his own mom to snuggle up with. Smokey took over the living room recliner. It was easier than going upstairs.
Now, I was definitely hooked. My cats have become my family. They are my sweet hearts. I talk about them. I make movies of them. I take photos of them. And yes, now I write about them. I have become a full fledged cat lover. And because of that, I have decided to write Chronicles of a Cat Lover.
It’s Monday MEOWsings, and I gotta tell you life can just frankly be a BITCH. and we need to get in control or it’ll take control of us.
Now, I just love Fall. Living in New England, we have bright orange and red foliage greet us as we drive down the street or walk out the back door. The nights are cool, and the sky is bright blue – except this year, which has been remarkably rainy and dreary.
Add to that gloom -Life’s inconveniences and major catastrophes….. What’s going to break next? When my D70 Nikon broke the end of July, I thought it was enough to put me over the top…It was too expensive to fix, so I bit the bullet and upgraded to a better and more expensive model. I thought maybe I should replace it with the same model on E-Bay, but what if the seller was a shyster, and I got ripped off…. A lot of people have success with used online purchases, but with my luck……
OK, so a few weeks later my car started blowing smoke out the tail pipe, and seemed to have no power when going up steep hills. Well, let’s say, five times into the garage (once was for a tire blow-out that a left me walking two miles with flashlight in hand to get home – there wasn’t any cell service, a problem for rural New England.) After two months of hit or miss diagnoses with the problem getting worse, I said slow down, you’ve got to do something different. I called a person that worked on cars. No, he didn’t have the equipment to diagnose the problem, but here’s something that I hear is very good. That guy said I’ll recommend …… who diagnoses some of the computer problems on cars I work on…..That next call, yes, we do alot of diagnostic work, but it’s a $75 flat fee whether it takes five minutes or two hours. Then we charge .. by the hour… I think I know what your problem might be… So Wednesday early morning, I trundle off to another garage… You have a sensor gone that’s regulating the oxygen intake on your engine. I’ll bet you’re not getting very good gas mileage… And by the way, you need about $1,000 of repairs to get your car inspected.
I’d planned to have a new bay window put in the old farmhouse. Being able to open the windows in the summer would be great. Plus, I could take some photos of the beautiful birds out back. I’ve wanted some since I sold the old house in New Hampshire in 1995. This was going to be the year. I talked with the contractor in June… It was September before he came to size the window, and another three weeks for it to come in. But when he came to cut the hole for the window – Tuesday – it rained for the next three days, leaving a double piece of plastic covering a gaping 10 x 12 foot hole. The weather did not cooperate, and it took another three weeks to complete that project. I just painted the window yesterday….
That job wasn’t complete when a few weeks ago, the bathtub started draining very slowly, like over an hour after taking a shower. The sink had been gurgling, and I was hoping that the trees I’d had cut beside the house would cut back on possible septic system problems. That thought stuck till I flushed the toilet Friday evening to find it coming up through the bathtub drain….. Yikes, and to top it off, how do you deal with that and four cats that like to hang out in the bathroom… covering the bathtub so they can’t hang out, just in case, it does this again.
I immediately called someone to pump out the septic system, well expecting the worst of a system that was installed close to 50-years ago. He said call a guy to have him shovel off the cover…. He showed early the next morning. We couldn’t find the tank, and I was expecting the worst. He kept shoveling and shoveling following the pipes he found. He suggested renting a small excavator, and pointed out he could do a replacement for less cost than larger contractors. This certainly was worth considering, but…
- Could I trust him to do a good job?
- Did he know what he was doing?
- Would I be sorry I made this choice?
With the excavator, we found the cover, well that is about half of it. Water was pouring in around it from the springs that run all through the hill upon which I live… Oh no, water problems, mud problems.. I put in an order on Saturday morning for a new septic tank.
Well, 20 loads of gravel later, and a whole host of digging, I now have indoor plumbing once again. Little do we know how we can’t live without it. I remember the days of an old out house some 50 years ago. That’s when this system was put in. It could have been worse, but I have to admit, it’s been a Fall From Hell.
They say when it rains, it pours…and it sure has this fall, or perhaps all year. The expense is bad enough, but the stress and the time is another. Waiting for returned phone calls, waiting for someone to show up, making sure you catch them before they leave so you know what to do that night or the next day, ordering materials, making sure the work was done the way you wanted it done. I came home to find a kitchen pipe moved, but I couldn’t open the top kitchen cabinet…..just one more thing…I felt like my head was spinning out of control, and I was ready to very thick head of hair completely out.
At least me and the kitties have been healthy (knock on wood). And we say thanks for what is right, or getting through what went wrong every day….
If you have a story to share, please share.
Till next time, when it’s back to Cats around the World Wednesday…. Gotta run to get that car inspected..
I’ve been taking an online writing class, and it says to blog about a whole host of topics, not just cats, or cats around the world. I kinda find that hard to do because I just love cats, and want to write about them, and find out how they fare worldwide.
Today, I’ll still write about cats, but also talk about how to contain your feline friends when having ‘work done around the house’.
I’m having a new bay window put into my kitchen. It’s going to be absolutely awesome when it’s done, but that’s when it’s done. Needless to say, a project that should have taken two weeks at the most has strung out into three to four. For one thing, the weather has been anything but cooperative. The contractor cut a five by ten foot hole for the window – and covered it with some lovely double plastic. That would have been fine except it rained for the next three days and then there was the weekend when they didn’t work. With it being October in New England, it became relatively damp and chilly, and each day seemed more dismal.
That was bad enough without my four feline house companions deciding they had to check out this change. A huge hole covered with plastic was very enticing, and curiosity kept them pawing away at the plastic. Fear of one of them tearing a hole in it, and running off in the middle of the night, added to my woes. Even if they didn’t tear it away with their claws, the weight of their bodies could send them hurling out to the outside world.
Every morning for the past few weeks, I’ve had to prepare the cats for their life upstairs. carrying up fresh food and water, and corralling each of them to the upstairs. Now you know that after day one or two, they know what’s coming, and they try their hardest to hide and escape confinement to the upstairs for the day. And once one is safely behind the hall door, once you open it to put the second one in, the first one runs out. That scenario gets repeated at least two to three times every morning.
Even though there’s two nice beds and lots of sunshine, food and boxes up there, they want to hang out downstairs and see what’s going on today. Even better, they’d like to find a way to sneak out and enjoy these last days of fall before the winter snows arrive. I really can’t blame them all that much, but…they need to stay safe and sound so I don’t worry about them all day while at work.
Well, today is Halloween. And there’s no fear for trick or treaters because the construction continues. Today, I have no water because the contractors cut a pipe in the kitchen, put on some new counter top, and spent a lot of hours trying to make the water shut off work. Because of the fiasco they faced today, tonight, the kitties need to be confined upstairs because they can disrupt the counter top cement that’s still wet…Ouch!!! These cats won’t be happy… And guess what, neither will I.
The long-haired yellow tiger likes to snuggle in my neck and sleep over my face. That makes breathing very difficult. The siamese likes to sleep on top of my head. And the two black cats fight for premier sleeping space so they can snuggle with their mummy. That makes for not such a good night of sleep.
It’s Meow-oween and my trick will be four unhappy felines being stuck upstairs for the night, with them fighting over me in the middle of the bed. Our treat will be when the construction is done, and the kitties can have the roam of the house, and I can sleep in peace.
In the beginning, there were cats, that is almost. Until recent years, it was believed that domestic cats originated in Egypt. Archeological findings had traced them living in a harmonious relationship with man (domesticated status) from as early as 3000 BC.
Advances in science, history and technology have lead us to know cats probably were around when mankind formed its first agrarian society and predate Egypt by over 9,000 years.
In 2004, scientist found the skeletal remains with a cat deliberately buried with a human in Cyprus, dating back to 9,500 years ago. Additional research has linked domestic cats to the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent, dating back some 12,000 years ago. The Neolithic Revolution, the first agricultural revolution, resulted in mankind being nomads and hunters to living in settlements, growing their food, and domesticating animals.
When humans were predominantly hunters, dogs were of great use, and became domesticated long before cats. Cats only became useful to people when they began to settle down, till the earth to grow crops, and store the harvest for future use. According to the Smithsonian Magazine’s History of Cats, with grain stores came mice, and when the first wild cats wandered into town, the stage was set for what the Science study authors call “one of the more successful ‘biological experiments’ ever undertaken.” The cats were delighted by the abundance of prey in the storehouses; people were delighted by the pest control.
Cats were found useful for their predatory abilities. By hunting rodents, the cats kept these menacing pests from ruining their food supply. Thus, cats became a benefit to them. They kept them around for their hunting prowess. Whether or not these cats became human friends, may never be known, but scientists do believe African Wild Cats (Felis silvestris lybica) or perhaps the wood cat (Felis sylvestris) may have actually domesticated themselves. No matter what people think, cats are smart, so it would be no surprise to find they knew they’d have a better life by befriending these two legged humans.
There’s not a lot of written history about the cat until the times of Ancient Egypt. Here, we can find some information about the unique relationship between the Egyptians and cats, with the Egyptians elevating them to a god-like basis.
Several online sources say the domestication of cats was encouraged in ancient Egypt. Money was given to people who took cats to the royal granaries of a night time, to hunt and deter vermin.
Cats, which may have looked somewhat different from today’s domesticated feline, first started approaching Egyptian grain stores along the banks of the Nile, attracted by the resident mice, rats, and snakes. People became grateful to these cats because they had reduced the rodent population. Because these cats were living in close proximity to man, they were threatened by fewer predators, and were given a bit of refuge. Their kittens, then, became used to mankind, and thus they became domesticated. This same principal applies to today’s feral kittens, which can be socialized and become companion animals.
The story of how cats became sacred feline deities has several versions. Some say that as a result of their usefulness, protecting food stores from vermin, the Ancient Egyptians turned cats into sacred feline deities. The name for these cats was ‘miw’. Other reports say the cat’s first name in Egypt was Myeo or Mau.
Owners went into mourning when ‘miw’ died, and the cat was embalmed and placed in wooden coffins. They were so passionately protected from harm that anyone finding themselves near an injured cat fled from the scene quickly to avert being blamed, and possibly even put to death, for killing the cat. In the event of fire, the cat(s) would be the first to be rescued. After death, cats were mummified for burial – often into enormous tombs with tens of thousands of other cats.
According to the e-book, Cats as Pets, other countries were aware of Egyptian cat worship. There is a story of a battle between Egypt and Persia in 525 B.C. where the Persian commander stationed cats in his front line. The Egyptians refused to attack because they feared hurting the cats. They lost the battle.
Other stories, some cited in the e-book, Cats as Pets, link female cats and lionesses ked to Sekhmet, the much revered Egyptian goddess of war, while Tom cats were considered sacred to the sun god, Ra.
Perhaps the sacred status is connected to Bast or Bastet, the goddess fertility and love. With the body of a woman and the head of a cat, she controlled the life giving sun’s heat. Bast has the pointed ears of the domestic cat, and was considered the protector of positive forces in the world. Early Egyptians also believed the glow from cat’s eyes held captive the light of the sun.
Another version of this story links the cats deity status to when the Goddess Sekhmet-Bast divided into two sisters, Sekhmet (a dark skinned woman with the head of a lioness with rounded ears) and Bast (the body of a woman and the head of a cat with pointed ears of a domestic cat), creating the cycle of life and death, forming the “Yin Yang” deities of ancient Egypt. Bast, whose sacred color was blue, was the protector of positive forces in the world. Conversely Sekhmet was the protector negative forces, protecting the righteous, providing for vengeance and swift justice. Sekhmet’s sacred color is red.
These domestic cats became treasured pets and were honored in many forms of artwork. By1500BC, and if someone killed a cat in Egypt, they were usually put to death. Despite this, thousands of cats were bred and raised for sacrifice. Their mummies have been found in huge numbers in Egyptian tombs.
In spite of the Egyptians’ efforts to prevent the cats from being exported abroad, cats started going global, and the story is a bit convoluted on how the first cats left Egypt. Some says the Greeks stole the animals to control their rodent problem. It is believed the first domesticated animals appeared in Europe around 900BC. Eventually the Egyptians began selling cats to the Romans, the Gaels, the Celts and later other Europeans and thus the cat population began to spread worldwide.
If the cats were around before Egypt, chances are they may not have had to be exported from Egypt and moved to areas where they could find food and refuge from predators, thus following man to where ever they went. And for my next post, let’s look at where the cats went, as they said “I Will Follow Him”.
What do you think? Do you think cats came to the aide of mankind in the earliest settlements? Do you think their sacred status is linked to the popularity of cats as companion animals today? Do you think cats really are godlike or just act that way? Mine certainly act like they are gods, and they let me know that
I’d better do as they demand.