MY EXPERIENCE AND OPINION OF ALL THE OTHER CAT ASSOCIATIONS – Part 1.

Whenever I’m asked about this topic, I always answer with complete honesty and at times with bluntness.

When I founded TCA, INC., I took a long and honest look at all of the other cat associations, how they were founded and how they are run. The results of that research astonished me. The cat world is in parts a completely ugly, dishonest, dark, corrupt and evil world. All of the information I found and details of who did what and when are in my book. I seriously advise anyone thinking of getting involved with any of the other cat associations to get informed before taking a leap into a vat of poison (how I describe the other cat associations). You can find it all at www.book.traditionalcats.com

Most of the other cat associations were started with hideous infighting that resulted in one faction robbing the other of money, records, etc. Registries were fractured and stolen. Then comes the real deal: Each and every one of their Registries are permeated with false information; phony and fraudulent Registration Applications they don’t question and just register the cat. Yes! For instance a common tabby, street cat gets registered as a “purebred” Siamese. We have seen their certificate doing so! This has gone on since the very first Registry was established and continues to today. None of the other cat associations respect their customers, the breeds or the cats involved. Each and every one of them fully support kitten mills and cover up for criminal breeders. They are there for money and nothing else. The cats, their customers and the breeds are just pawns. All of them don’t provide courteous, respectful business like service. Time and time again we have received complaints from their customers of snotty, irreverent, abusive service. If a customer has made a mistake on their Registration Application they will just return it to the customer with no explanation and not in a timely fashion either. I would call that abuse, not service.

QUOTES ABOUT OTHER CAT ASSOCIATIONS

Over the years I’ve heard a lot about other cat associations. Here is some of it…

“CFA has been an evil world thus far & most CFA breeders are psycho! I think they should be ashamed of how they care for their breeding stock & do business. TCA breeders I have spoken with have treated me more respectfully thus far. Plus, where I got my TCA, INC. stud, I have nothing but good things to say about. The CFA breeder that worked with me was filthy. One kitten I bought from her and paid top dollar for died in 3 weeks upon bringing her home. Her kitties have respiratory infections in her home, eye infections and the adults were anti-social and aggressive. It was an awful experience!” JD.

“I use a written contract stipulating my wishes that none of my cats or their offspring would be registered or shown with tica because of the uncertainly of how they would be categorized as a breed and the fears of the politics and wishes of certain people, whom I do not know, to eventually change the Breed Standard and ultimately the breed type itself. I am here to preserve the original of my chosen breed in all of its glory for the people of Thailand and those that love these animals everywhere. I may not be able to control the whole word, when it came to protecting them, but we could do our part in our own little way to do the right thing and that is what I intend to do. TCA has been there for my chosen breed. The trouble is to be smart enough to weed out the ones that have their own agendas – the wrong ones.” LM.

“One person had some experience in showing her Sphynx cats with tica a few times and came away disappointed, as she felt there were politics involved – that if you were friends with the judges, it made a difference as well as being to the shows of tica and cfa and noticing the differences made to other breeds as far as size and type and liked the idea of TCA’s photo shows because of equality and exposure to disease as well as saving money on travel and stressing the cats.” LM.

“That person is something else entirely and seems to be only interested in lies, slander and hate mongering. In the past we have found too many people who have NO IDEA about cats, how to care for them, how to manage them or how to maintain them in a happy, healthy environment. Yet they brag on and on about how “good” they are. Many on the web, who rant on and on are really not interested in cats. Fighting is their game. Just stay away from them and let them tear each other down. Observe while staying far away from them.” DF.

“The split between the “Siamese” and the “Colorpoint Shorthair” happened in England as well as the U.S. “Paper hanging” (falsifying pedigrees) as well as “rewriting” colors on imports to remove the dreaded red and stripes on the pedigrees was done. Then one of the solid pointed colors was provided instead, which made many imported cats into “Siamese” instead of the “Colorpoint Shorthairs” they really were! Pedigree after pedigree was falsified!” MS.

PEARLS OF WISDOM Author Unknown

I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you.

Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad

Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side

Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense

Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold.

Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it’s near, you’ll find a way

Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from your heart

The world is far from perfect
There’s conflict and there’s strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life

And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my friend
And I believe in you.

THE MAYONNAISE JAR AND TWO CUPS OF COFFEE Author Unknown

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He again asked if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes!” The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty spaces between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now!” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – God, your family, your children, your health, your friends, your pets, and your favorite passions – and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter, like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first, he continued, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all of your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.”

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your cats, dogs and children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled, “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

HOW TO INTRODUCE A NEW CAT TO YOUR HOME – SAFELY

Cats are especially territorial, yet this process works for dogs and most other new pets as well. The goal is to have as easy an introduction as possible, preserving the health of the new fur family member as well as the health of all resident pets as well.

No matter where the new cat came from it must be quarantined to prevent the spread of any possible malady to your resident cats. This is vital and absolutely mandatory to follow. Any room in your home or at a friend’s home can be used. We use my sewing room, which has a large bay window, wide window sills to sit on and plenty of floor space. Before your new cat comes into your home, this room can be prepared by putting food and water dishes as well as a cat bed, toys and a litter box in place. In addition we put a bed mattress on the floor for us to sleep on. We take turns sleeping with our new cat, every other night to ensure the new cat bonds with both of us. Of great importance is to keep the door to the room closed, so no contact with our resident cats is possible. For two weeks we visit our new cat many times during the day and keep a close watch for any undesirable health development. Coming to a new home is stressful on a cat or kitten, so this time is very well spent helping it to settle in within a quiet, calm environment, become familiar with us and show any signs of health problems.

After this initial two week period, if things have gone well and no health problems arise, we put a large screen door over the room’s door and prop it in place with a heavy oak chair. A damaged screen door the size for a sliding glass door can be easily purchased from a home building store at a reduced price. Ours has a handle missing and was purchased 30 years ago for $10.00. Simply ask at the store of your choice. Once you have your screen in place the door is opened so your new cat can inter-act with your resident cats, dogs or other home pets. The safety feature of allowing them to get to know each other, and get over any hissy fits without being able to injure each other is a great advantage. This way there are no cat fights, claw damage or resulting Veterinarian bills. The screen must be kept up for two additional weeks to allow your fur family to settle down with each other. Then slowly for 1 supervised hour at a time your new cat can be allowed into your home with your other pets. Your presence is vital at this time to keep peace and reassure everyone all is OK. Using your voice in a soothing and reassuring tone helps greatly.

Since the source of Feline Infectious Paratonitis (FIP) is unknown, sanitation is absolutely necessary. In addition things like ring worm, mange and even fleas can be transmitted by the human hand between cats. Therefore always wash your hands after leaving the room where your new cat is quarantined. Using a separate litter scoop for your new cat is a requirement as well. Do everything you can not to bring any problem to your resident cats.

This method has worked wonderfully for us every time over the years so we can say it is time tested.

Now that you know the process to follow, here are the things you should NOT DO! NEVER EVER bring a new pet into your home and let it loose with all of your other pets! That is a recipe for fights, injury, the possibility of passing on disease, Veterinarian bills and emotional damage that may take years to resolve, if at all. NEVER EVER leave a new pet completely alone for days and or unsupervised during the initial month of adjustment. Always teach your children how to handle, pet, feed and respect your new pet and NEVER allow your children alone with your new pet without your supervision and direction. Children do not have the concept that their idea of “play” is injuring the pet. Going further on this topic: it must be said that most serial killers begin their horrors by abusing pets as children! Parents have a duty to be diligent with their children.
Cats do not have a good outcome if they are being beaten or abused in any way. Patience is absolutely mandated in every instance.

NEVER allow your cat outdoors for any reason unless on a leash or in a cat fenced yard. The host of outdoor dangers is limitless, especially in this day and age. Cleaning a litter box is so easy and far out weights the loss or harm to your pet!

THE FLY WAMPERS

It was a typical boring day doing grocery shopping.  I was looking for emery boards, when my eyes glanced beside them and came to rest on false eye lashes.  This was something I never used, so my thoughts went back to choosing emery boards.  Then mischief hit me.  Why not locate the longest fly wampers I could find and bring them home?  So I did, along with the necessary glue.

Just before John came home from work I made my first clumsy attempt to put them on.  Following the instructions on the glue, I was to make a thin line of glue just above my own eye lashes.  A tiny amount of pressure on the glue tube resulted in a large blob coming out and gluing my eye lid shut!  This was not going well!  It took some maneuvering to remove the glue from my eye and pull it out of my tear duct like a wine cork.  Tears gushed out!  Now what?  I took a moment to re-think the instructions, coming to the conclusion that whoever wrote them hadn’t done this themselves and wasn’t looking out for the customer. It was time to do something better. I slowly put the glue on the thin edge of each fly wamper, then pressed each one just above my own eye lashes. It worked!   

What I wasn’t ready for was the wind they created when I blinked my eyes! Swish!  Swish!  Wow! I was convinced I really could wamp a fly across the room.   I was getting the hang of this.

The ultimate part of my joke was John, who came home from work, noticed my fly wampers and said, “OH!  What long eye lashes you have!”  The look of incredulous surprise frozen on his face as he stared at me was the ultimate, precious reward.

During supper John leaned over and said, “Your right one is slightly crooked.”  Goodness!  He was getting helpful about them now!        

You are never too old to be young!

HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR CAT

Since cameras do scary things such as a sudden click or a bright flash along with the appearance of being one giant eye ball, it is best to allow your cat to become familiar with a camera and decide it isn’t a threat. Allow her to sniff it, and investigate what it is. She will discover it isn’t going to bite her or cause her harm. Then get down on her level to hang out for a while. Plus you can get great shots this way.

To get her to look at the camera straight on, use your voice by asking questions, or simply talking to her works well. It is the tone of your voice that catches her attention.

To avoid the “red eye” result of a flash natural light from a window or glass panel in a door eliminates this effect. The trick is to position her in just the right spot to do so.

Great shots come from allowing your cat to be relaxed. Chasing her just makes her nervous and causes her to leave the scene. Cat’s have a wonderful knack for total relaxation, so try to photograph her just after a nap. Good yawns are great to capture as well as that sleepy eye look.

A quiet location with limited distractions works best. After all you goal is her cooperation.

Depending upon your cats greatest interest, a bit of food or a favorite toy held just above the camera will reward you with a straight on view of her face and the gorgeous color of her eyes.

A good rule of thumb is to always have your camera handy for those spontaneous moments. You must be ready for those times when you cat does something adorable.

 

My First Blog

With this being my first blog attempt, I wish to welcome everyone to TCA, INC. which I founded in March of 1987. The full story of the beginnings of TCA, INC. is available at www.book.traditionalcats.com as well as the complete history of the Siamese cat and other breeds as well. Eleven years of research was involved from start to completion of my book. No other source for knowledge about the Siamese cat is as thorough and complete.
I created all of the Breed Names and wrote the corresponding Breed Standards for every breed accepted by TCA, INC. Only two I co-authored. That is over 90 now and counting. Included in my creation of TCA, INC. is the Registry, all forms and information, the Constitution, the web site, show forms and rules and every part and partial of written documentation. It was a large feat, yet enjoyable through the process.
TCA, INC. is an all breed, worldwide, full service cat association with members and customers all around the world. It is easy to become a Member or Register a cat, kitten or litter by clicking on the words ON-LINE CAT REGISTRY accessible from the first page of our web site at www.traditionalcats.com A thorough Registry Manual is there for complete information about the TCA, INC. Registry.
For breeders of all Traditional and Classic breeds this is the place for you. Respectful, honest, dedicated and fast service with easy access to all of our services makes it a pleasure doing business with TCA, INC. Over the years thousands of breeders have come to TCA, INC. leaving behind their negative experiences with all of the other cat associations. Hundreds of compliments have come from well satisfied customers, some of which are presented on our web site. In fact breeders from around the world have joined TCA, INC and found a level of high quality, excellent service un-presidented in the cat industry.
For us this is a pleasant experience serving others and observing TCA, INC. expand and grow to an immense extent. In fact TCA, INC. has grown by a factor of 10 since 2000, which proves how BIG this has become. As each month passes this growth continues.
Come and join the fun!