and Exhibitor Guide
to a TICA Cat Show
publication of the International Cat Association)
cat shows are held under the Show Rules, By-Laws,
Registration Rules ($7 each) and Standards ($10)
of The International Cat Association (TICA). These
documents may be ordered by contacting:
can also be viewed from TICA's
is a Cat Show?
The show consists of individual Judging Rings,
and the cats entered in the show. Each ring consists
of a judge, one or more clerks, and one or more
Each pedigreed breed has an individual Standard.
The judge must evaluate each cat, placing awards
based on which cats best represent the Standard
for that breed.
welcomes household pet exhibitors. HHPs have their
own unique Standard and titles which are comparable
to pedigreed cats. HHPs are judged primarily on
condition, beauty, and show presence. Beauty is
in the eye of the beholder, and colors and patterns
are often a whim of Mother Nature.
Breed and Color (NBC):
is an exciting class for breeds that are registered
with TICA, but have not met the requirements for
Championship status. The current NBCs are: American
Bobtail, American Bobtail Shorthair, California
Spangled, LaPerm, LaPerm Shorthair, Munchkin,
Munchkin Longhair, Peterbald, and Ojos Azules.
is a genetic registry, recognizing hundreds of
different colors and patterns.
to enter a show:
a "show flyer" and entry form for the
show by writing to the show's entry clerk. Information
on dates and places for shows can be found in
various magazines, on the web,
and in the bimonthly publication of the Association,
the "TICA Trend".
the flyer for the closing date and entry fees.
Household Pet Adults must be altered to be registered
and/or shown. Unregistered cats may be shown only
once in TICA without a registration number. All
points and/or wins for titles and/or Annual awards
acquired by an unregistered cat, kitten, alter,
or household pet adult in the second and/or subsequent
shows shall be irrevocably lost. The exhibitor
is obligated to furnish the registration number
to the Entry Clerk or Master Clerk and the Executive
Office. In order to obtain credit for any points
and/or wins received at the first show where the
cat was shown as unregistered, the owner must
notify the Executive Office in writing requesting
the first show be credited and stating the name,
date, and location of the show, and the name,
breed (if applicable), registration number, and
the entry number.
that have been declawed shall not be penalized.
claws of each entry shall be clipped prior to
benching. Failure to do so may subject the entry
Cats or kittens obviously pregnant are ineligible
A cat not having all physical properties, such
as eyes, ears, legs, tail (except as specified
in breed standards), are ineligible for entry
except in the alter classes or household pet classes.
The show committee may permit cats or kittens
3 months or age or older to be entered for exhibition
Household pets must be registered with TICA and
judged by properly licensed judges in order to
earn TICA titles and compete for Annual Awards.
Cats entered in any show shall remain in the same
status as entered in all rings even though they
have qualified for another status during the show.
regardless of class, shall be accepted as received
by the entry clerk, and no class shall be discriminated
against by limiting the number of entries in that
class in any show.
are classified as Championship (Kittens, Adults,
or Alters), Household Pets (Kittens or Adults),
and NBC (both Kittens and Adults). Kittens are
4 to 8 calendar months of age; adults must be
8 calendar months of age on the opening day of
Show Management provides a single benching cage
for each cat entered. Double cages, and grooming
spaces, may be available at an additional coast.
Cage sizes vary, so check the show flyer. Cage
curtains are important to give your cat some privacy
and may be simple or elaborate but should be designed
to fit loosely around the outside back, sides,
and top of the cage. More elaborate curtains cover
the inside as well.
to arrive early; the check-in line may be long.
Check the flyer for the time. The check-in table
is usually at the Show Hall entrance. Have your
confirmation slip(s) available for check-in. You
will receive your cat's catalog number. This number
is used in the catalog, as your benching number,
and as the number that appears in the Judges'
Books for scoring.
a catalog if one is not included as part of your
entry fee. Check your entry information immediately;
if incorrect, contact the Master Clerk and write
to the Executive Office. The judging schedule
is usually located near the back of the catalog.
Locate your breed on the schedule to find your
out where your cat is benched; set up your cage
curtains, litter pan, water dishes, etc. Don't
wait until the last minute. Allow yourself plenty
of time to set up the exhibition cage for your
cat. You will want to make your cat as comfortable
as possible as quickly as possible. You and your
cat will them be able to relax and enjoy the show.
to bring to a cat show:
is often provided by the Show Committee; however,
a litter pan, water and food dishes will be useful.
You'll also need cage curtains and clips for hanging
them; something soft for the bottom of the cage;
nail clippers; any necessary grooming equipment;
confirmation slip received from the Entry Clerk;
vaccination records for each entry; pedigree and
registration papers if applicable.
cat will be called to the Judging Ring using the
catalog number given to you. When you hear the
number being called, take your cat to that ring.
Look for your cat(s) number on a judging cage
and place your cat in the cage and be sure the
cage door is secure; then leave the ring. When
judging is completed, the judge or the clerk will
dismiss the cats, and you may pick up your cat.
[Note: If the clerk or judge turns your cat's
number down, that means the cat is dismissed.]
TICA judge does not know the cat's name, the owner,
the breeder, or the status (Novice, Champion,
Grand Champion, etc.) of the cats being judged.
The judge's book contains the entry numbers, breeds,
categories, divisions, colors/patterns, age of
the cat on the day of the show, classification
(kitten, adult, alter, etc.) and the sex of each
cat to be judged. Judge's books do not contain
genetic information. In TICA, for example, a Siamese
produced from two Oriental Shorthair parents would
be shown as a Siamese. To the judge, this cat
is a Siamese.
are expected to be familiar with and comply with
all TICA Show Rules, Registration Rules, and By-Laws.
Some of the rules governing exhibitors follow:
claws of each entry shall be clipped prior to
benching. Failure to do so may subject the entry
shall not sit in the ring holding cats prior
to or during judging except with the explicit
permission of the judge.
exhibitor shall not, in any way, make known
to an officiating judge which entry(ies) belong
exhibitor shall not, in any way, make it known
to am officiating judge where his/her entry(ies)
have placed in any other ring.
exhibitor shall not request that his/her entry(ies)
be judged separately from the regular class(es)
for the entry(ies).
exhibitor shall not take any action which might
cause physical harm to come to a cat or a person,
during the show.
exhibitor shall not groom an entry while it
is in the judging ring. If a cat requires special
caging in a judging ring, the exhibitor shall
relay this information to the ring clerk before
the cat's number is posted and in time for special
arrangements to be made without inconveniencing
any other cats and/or exhibitors.
The cats are called up according to breed, division,
and color/pattern. TICA does not have Best of
Breed ribbons; nor are any title points given
for breed awards. Judges will announce their best,
second best, and third best of
breed, however, and will so note in their
Judges' Books. TICA Color and Division Awards
order to obtain the title of Champion, Champion
Alter, or Master (HHP), your cat must earn 300
points plus one final award. Points are accumulated
from color, division, and final awards.
of Color (BOC): The judge will choose 1 - 5
Best of Color Awards. Example: Seven black Persians
present; the judge awards 1 - 5 Best of Color
to five of the seven competing.
of Division (BOD): From the BOC winners, the
judge will select the best, second best, and
third best of division. Example: Black Persians
would belong to the Solid Division. Other solid
colors of Persians, (white, blue, red, etc.)
may also be entered in the Solid Division. The
judge will select a best, second, and third
best of division from the BOC winners in the
of Breed (BOB): The Persian Breed is accepted
in all divisions of the Traditional, Mink, and
Sepia Categories, Solid, as well as Tabby, Tortie,
Silver/Smoke, and Particolor. The judge will
select the best, second, and third best of breed.
This is the Big Moment!!! Final numbers
are not announced; the clerk will announce "kitten
finals in Ring 4" and exhibitors must go to
Ring 4 to see if their cat(s) numbers are up
in that ring. Final awards are selected from
breed winners, although it is possible to have
fourth and fifth place color awards in the finals,
provided the first, second, and third place
winners are placed above them. In the finals
of an allbreed ring, the judge will select the
top ten eligible cats (longhairs/shorthairs)
based on 25 cats competing in the ring. If there
are only 24 cats competing, the top nine are
selected; 23 competing, eight are selected,
22 competing, seven are selected, 21 competing,
six are selected, 20 or less, five are selected.
Finals are awarded to Cats, Kittens, Alters,
Household Pets, Household Pet Kittens, and NBCs.
In the finals of a specialty ring, the judge
selects the awards above for both the longhair
breeds and the shorthair breeds.
is very important that spectators behave responsibly.
Loud noises upset everybody, including the cats;
children must be kept under control. Fingers,
toys, feathers, or anything else should never
be placed in or near cat cages. Judging rings
are off limits; however, spectators are welcome
to view the cats in the benching areas and the
judging from the seating areas at the front of
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