Welcome to TICA University, the favorite school for finicky felines around the world and the largest school of feline educational courses and cat information. You are welcome to visit our schools and stroll our beautiful campus - watch out for Harry, he's the absent-minded cat physics instructor-and learn about cats and kittens! TICA U was founded by The International Cat Association, the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats and the first registry of household pets. ENROLL TODAY!

School of Grooming

Cat Grooming for Your Kitty's Health

Although cats are able to groom themselves to some extent with their specialized tongues, many cats need some assistance to keep their fur coats in top shape. Long coated cats and older cats often have problems keeping up with all that hair!

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With the exception of very few breeds, most cats have two kinds of hair. Primary, or guard hair, makes up the glossy, longer coat that covers the fabulous feline form. This outer coat is not only beautiful but it protects cats from the elements. Closer to the body lies the soft, downy undercoat. The undercoat helps cats to regulate their body temperature. Unlike humans, who have one hair coming from each follicle, most breeds of cats have multiple hairs, primary and secondary, coming from each follicle. All hair has a specific life cycle, and at some point of time, all hair dies and then falls away from the cat as the cat sheds.

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