April 24, 2012                                                                           Volume 2012, No. 3

Ocicats International is a CFA affiliated breed club dedicated to the Ocicat breed. We strive to increase public awareness of the Ocicat breed and promote the responsible ownership, breeding, registration and exhibition of the Ocicat.

In This Issue:

1. What if all the Cats in the World Suddenly Died?

2. 2012 SHOW INFO

3. 2012 Annual Info

4. Follow us on Facebook

5. Membership Application



































What if all the Cats in the World Suddenly Died?
Natalie Wolchover/LiveScience.com

Perhaps you're a cat lover. Perhaps you abhor the lazy critters. Either way, when you see a cat lounging on an armchair, napping all day but for the occasional stretch or window gaze, "useless" is by no means the last word that comes to mind. Cats, beloved or otherwise, don't radiate the message that they're indispensable, hard-working members of the household, or the world. But, in fact, they're just playing it cool (as usual). Experts say that if all the world's cats suddenly died, things would quickly go to hell in a handbasket.
Cats, both pets and strays, may fool us into thinking that they depend on our food and trash for survival, but according to Alan Beck, professor of veterinary medicine and director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University, they're expert predators with adaptable hunting behaviors. "They are a significant predator of small animals, and can survive as almost solitary animals when the prey is scarce, while thriving in high density when the prey is abundant," Beck told Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience.

And that's just why we'd miss them. By killing mice and rats in barns and grain storage areas, cats are vital for keeping those pests in check. In India, Beck said, cats are believed to play a significant role in lessening the amount of grain loss caused by consumption or contamination by rodents. In other words, it may be true that humans feed cats, but without cats, humans would have less food in the first place. So, how dramatically would the rodent population increase if cats suddenly vanished? It just so happens that several scientific studies
have been conducted that paint a vivid picture. A 1997 study in Great
Britain found that the average house cat brought home more than 11 dead
animals (including mice, birds, frogs and more) in the course of six months. That meant the 9 million cats of Britain were collectively killing close to 200 million wild specimens per year — not including all those they did not offer up to their owners. A study in New Zealand in 1979 found that, when cats were nearly eradicated from a small island, the local rat population quickly quadrupled.

And if the rodent population shot up, this would of course trigger a cascade of other ecological effects. On that same island in New Zealand, for instance, ecologists observed that, as rat numbers increased in the absence of cats, the population of seabirds whose eggs rats preyed upon declined. If the approximately 220 million domestic cats in the world all bit the dust, seabird populations would likely fall worldwide, while the populations of non-cat predators that prey on rats would be expected to increase. "All species have an impact," Beck said. And let's not forget the emotional toll that a mass cat death would
take on us humans: "In this country, cats are much loved by many. While
there are more dog-owning households (38 percent) than cat- owning households (34 percent), there are actually more domestic cats than dogs because cat owners own more of them. Cats as pets have always been appreciated for the contact, relatively low maintenance, and pedomorphic (child-like) face and general morphology."

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2012 Show Info - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

For the new year, Ocicats International is pleased to offer you something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT for our 2012 show …

* New Show Hall --- The lovely and spacious Hugh Mills Physical Education Complex at Gainesville State College

 * New Location --- Oakwood GA, just outside Atlanta for easy fly in Access

* New Format --- 12 RINGS
 ... That’s right --- partnered with Maine Street Cat Club, we will offer a “6 by 6” Format with 5 AB rings and 1 Specialty Ring Each day!

* New Theme --- What would our shows be like without some new and exciting theme! This year in honor of the Mayan Calendar and various apocalyptic theories-----
THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!!!! (But we feel fine …)
Of course --- as always we will offer great judges, great cats, great fun and great fellowship … all the things we have become known for! Stay tuned for more information!

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2012 Annual in Quincy MA


With the 2012 Annual Meeting fast approaching information is becoming increasingly available. The Annual Committee is proud to present "The CFA Annual 2012 Blog". This is a subscription based blog however you will be able to go to the blog at anytime to view the information. The benefit to the subscription would be the notification of all updates as they happen.

So don't forget to stop by and simply submit your email address to subscribe - www.cfaannual2012.org

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Ocicats International is a CFA affiliated breed club dedicated to the Ocicat breed. We strive to increase public awareness of our breed and promote the responsible ownership, breeding, registration and exhibition of the Ocicat.