Exotic cats compete for titles

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - At the International Cat Association’s Southwest Regional Cat Show, cat enthusiasts throng the Doubletree Hotel on Alvernon for the chance to see exotic cats compete for titles. The International Cat Association has thousands of members and hundreds of clubs around the world that host cat shows all year.

 

  • The International Cat Association has thousands of members and hundreds of clubs around the world in Latin America, North America, Asia, and Europe that host cat shows all year.

  • A genetic registry, TICA allows new cat breeds such as the Savannah, the world's favorite breed of cat the Bengal, and the Thai cat

  • Fifty five breeds of cats from the Russian Blue to LaPerm, Sphynx to Norwegian Forest Cat compete for titles and regional and international awards.

  • TICA also was the first cat--and now the world's largest--registry to allow household cats and household kittens to compete for the same titles at cat shows and awards as pedigreed cats.

  • TICA cat shows are fun. TICA cats are fabulous. And TICA members including junior cat exhibitors are friendly.

  • Cat kids get to learn the ropes through the junior exhibitor program and new cattery breeders can learn more through TICA mentorship programs.

  • The cat fancy and cat fanciers are all cat owners and cat lovers.

  • The International Cat Association’s Southwest Regional Cat Show took place over the weekend, with cat enthusiasts thronging the Doubletree Hotel on Alvernon for the chance to see exotic cats compete for titles.

  • The International Cat Association (TICA) has thousands of members and hundreds of clubs around the world in Latin America, North America, Asia, and Europe that host cat shows all year.

  • On June 22, 1979 The International Cat Association was founded by Georgia Morgan, and a handful of cat enthusiasts.

  • The dream of building the most progressive, flexible and innovative cat registry in the world came true when TICA was formed.

  • TICA continues to work for the benefit of all felines, and looks to the future to provide a comfortable, pleasant and healthy life for all cats.

  • If you've never been to a cat show, check TICA's show calendar at http://tica.org and visit a local show.

  • If you already have a pedigreed cat or a Household Pet that you would like to show, you can call 956.428.8046 for details on how to become a member.

  • TICA has thousands of members who compete at cat shows hosted by clubs on every continent. Since 1979, close to 20,000 catteries and over 300,000 cats and kittens have been registered with TICA.

  • For a full list of breeds, visit the Breed Page at http://tica.org..

  • TICA recognizes cats accepted for championship competition such the Abyssinian, American Bobtail, American Curl (shorthair and longhair), American Shorthair, American Wirehair, Balinese, Bengal, Birman, Bombay, British (shorthair and longhair), Burmese, Chartreux, Cornish Rex, Cymric, Devon Rex, Egyptian Mau, Havana, Himalayan, Japanese Bobtail (shorthair and longhair), Korat, LaPerm (shorthair and longhair), Maine Coon, Manx, Munchkin (shorthair and longhair), Nebelung, Norwegian Forest, Ocicat, Oriental (shorthair and longhair), Persian, Peterbald, Pixiebob, Ragdoll, Russian Blue, Scottish Fold (shorthair and longhair), Selkirk Rex (shorthair and longhair), Siamese, Siberian, Singapura, Snowshoe, Somali, sphinx, Tonkinese, Toyger, Turkish Angora, and Turkish Van.

  • TICA also recognizes newly developing breeds or traits which are in the foundation registry and are not yet accepted for championship competition. Those breeds include the Chausie, Highlander, Kurilian Bobtail, Savannah, Sokoke, Thai, Ojos Azules, Serengiti, Minskin and Donskoy. You can learn MUCH more about each breed by visiting the International Cat Association website at http://tica.org.