The International Cat Association
, more commonly known as TICA, is the world's largest genetic cat registry
. Originally a North American
organization, it now has a worldwide presence. The organization has an extensive genetic registry for purebred
and household pet cats and is one of the world's largest sanctioning bodies for cat
TICA's mission is:
- To encourage its members to be caring, responsible owners and breeders of cats who work together to promote the preservation of pedigreed cats and 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 its 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 its members.