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Q: How do I become a TICA member and what kind of memberships are available?
A: The most convenient way to join TICA is to first create an Online Service Account. As soon as you have an account, simply choose "Join TICA" from our Online Services. This will guide you through the necessary steps to apply and pay for your membership. TICA offers one year, five year, family and life memberships. View our current price list for more information.
Q: How do I renew my TICA membership?
A: Simply choose "Membership" from our Online Services. This will show you your current membership information and also let you renew or extend your current membership.
Q: How can I pay for my membership?
Q: What are the benefits of a TICA membership?
- right to vote
- right to belong to a breed section of choice
- complimentary subscription to the TICA Trend
- allows your cat(s) to earn points at TICA shows for titles, Regional and International awards
Q: When do memberships expire? Do you pro-rate?
A: No matter when in a membership year (i.e., May 1-April 30) a person joins TICA, he/she must renew that membership on May 1 in accordance with By-Laws 113.1, 113.1.1 and 113.1.2. A new member paying membership dues anytime in April must indicate to which membership year the dues apply - to the current year ending April 30 or the following year beginning May 1. Membership dues are not prorated. See Standing Rules 103.
Q: Where can I find out what region I am in?
A: View our regions page.
Q: Why didn't the Executive Office change my membership address?
A: All changes of any kind to a membership must be received in writing from the member.
Q: Why don't I get a TICA TREND?
A: Please check with the executive office to make sure your address is current and you are a member in good standing.
Q: How do I get a membership list?
A: All requests for membership lists must follow the Standing Rules 103.1. No membership data will be sold or otherwise provided to any TICA member by the Executive Office except as follows: The TICA member must currently be in good standing; The TICA member must agree that the Membership Data will be used only for a stated purpose, which is related to TICA's business, such as a mailing to members about shows, a pending election, a proposal to amend the Show Rules, a new TICA club, or the like; The member must agree not to copy or reuse the Membership Data, or to transfer the Membership Data to any other person or organization; If the Membership Data is provided on a form other than one-time use labels, all copies of it will be returned to TICA when the intended use is finished; The Membership Data provided will contain only names and mailing addresses, unless specifically approved by the Board of Directors.
Q: Can I register my litter if the sire is not TICA registered?
A: Yes, the litter can be registered, but you must provide a certified three generation pedigree on the sire.
Q: Do I have to fill out the color of each cat if I am registering the litter as a unit?
A: Yes, every section D must be filled out.
Q: What do I do if I want to register a cat off the litter?
A: Fill out section E with the name of the cat and name of the owner and the fee is $10.00.
Q: Where do I mark on a litter "Not for Breeding" and "Not for Showing" ?
A: Write the restrictions on the cats that are being registered anywhere on the litter near the name of the cat that it is pertaining to.
Q: Why didn't my cattery name appear as a prefix on the blueslips from the litter I registered?
A: On the litter registration application, under section C: DAM, under Signature of Owner(s), is a space to request your cattery name be used as a prefix on the litter. If this space is left empty, the Executive Office does not type your cattery name as prefix on each blueslip, and even if requested, will not register a cat from one of those blueslips with your cattery name in the prefix position. The way to correct this (if you did want your cattery name as prefix on the blueslips), is to return the Litter Registration Application and ALL the blueslips plus the $7 correction fee. If any of the kittens are already registered, you must also return those certificates (or have them returned) plus the $7 correction fee for each.
Q: What are the rules for registering a cattery name?
A: Cattery names must be TWO letters different from any other TICA registered cattery. Owners of a cattery name may register another cattery name with only one letter difference. Effective 1992, no cattery names will be registered with: more than 15 letters; punctuation marks (#, &, -, etc.); apostrophes; spaces; hyphenations; more than one word; duplications. Effective 06/01/03, cattery names will be used exactly as they are registered, i.e., if the cattery was not registered with an apostrophe "s", it may not use an apostrophe "s".
Q: Where can I find a list of outstanding catteries?
A: View our catteries page.
Q: Where can I find a list of current cattery name registered with TICA?
A: View our list of names here.
Q: How are cattery names used?
A: The prefix position in a cat's registered name is reserved for the breeder's TICA registered cattery name. Once registered, a cattery name may not be altered in any way, although the owner of the cattery may register as many cattery names as they choose. The name on a cat may not duplicate the use of any registered cattery name,, i.e., VELVETPAWS is a registered cattery name, therefore, no one may register a cat with the name VELVET PAWS STAR. The owner of VELVETPAWS may not register a cat as VELVET PAWS STAR, as the registered cattery name is VELVETPAWS. The non-owner of the registered cattery name VELVETPAWS may not use VELVET PAWS STAR as the name VELVETPAWS is registered to someone else.
Q: How is the cattery name placed on the cat's name? OR What are the rules for the use of cattery names?
A: The prefix position in a cat's registered name is reserved for the breeder's TICA registered cattery name. The breeder's cattery names may NOT be removed. The breeder is ALWAYS the owner of the dam at the time of mating. The suffix position in a cat's registered name is reserved for the owner's TICA registered cattery name. The suffix follows the word "of" after the registered name of the cat, i.e., BLUEBELL STAR OF REDWILLOW; BLUEBELL is the breeder's TICA registered cattery name, STAR is the name of the cat, and REDWILLOW is the owner's TICA registered cattery name. Any use of the word "of" in any language may denote a cattery suffix, and foreign translations for the word "of" will not be allowed, i.e., av, de, etc. If the word following the word "of" is NOT a TICA registered cattery name, or is not the owner's TICA registered cattery name, it will be automatically dropped. The suffix may change with a transfer of ownership.
Q: How are cattery suffixes used?
A: A cat's name, including cattery names and the word "of" may not exceed 35 letters/characters/spaces combined. When the name of the cat is longer than 35 letters/characters/spaces, the suffix will be automatically dropped. The suffix may be added/changed at the time a cat is transferred. If the cat already has a suffix, then the suffix must be deleted and the new owner's cattery added with fees for each transaction.
Q: What punctuation may be used in a cattery name?
A: Punctuation marks of any kind ('#$%&, etc.) may not be used in a cattery name.
Q: Do you accept PayPal, and what is the email address I use?
Q: How can I pay?
A: You can pay by credit card - Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express & Diner's Club; or PayPal. You can also send a check in the mail. TICA does not recommend sending cash in the mail.
Q: How much does everything cost?
A: View the Pricelist
Q: How do I request a refund?
Q: What is TICA?
A: TICA is the acronym for THE INTERNATIONAL CAT ASSOCIATION, the world's largest genetic registry of pedigree and non-pedigreed cats and one of the world's largest sanctioning bodies for cat shows. TICA is committed to the promotion, protection and preservation of both pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats. The organization currently (as this changes often) recognizes sixty-three breeds of cats. TICA also registers household pet cats and kittens, and is the only registry that allows household pets to compete for the same titles and regional and international awards as the pedigreed cats. The organization has 236 active clubs that host shows attended by exhibitors and breeders in North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Headquartered in Harlingen, Texas, TICA celebrated its 35th anniversary during 2014. To learn more about TICA read our About TICA page.
Q: What is "the cat fancy"?
A: The cat fancy includes owners, exhibitors, breeders and judges of cats.
Q: How much does everything cost?
A: View the Pricelist
Q: What is the deadline for proposals to be received in the Executive Office for the next meeting?
A: Standing Rules
1018.2 Amendments. Proposals to amend Standards shall be considered by the Board of Directors at annual or semi-annual meetings and must be in writing and received in accordance with ARTICLE EIGHTEEN, 118.2 of the TICA By-Laws. Proposals must be received by the Genetics and Rules Committees no later than 120 days prior to the opening day of the meeting. Proposals received after the 120-day deadline will be placed on the following meeting agenda.
1018.2.1 Proposals must be on the approved form, R-4023 Proposal to Amend Standards (available from the Executive Office or tica.org).
1018.2.1.1 Notification. Members are to be notified of action taken at the Board Meeting on proposals submitted by them with a target date of 10 working days after completion of the minutes.
118.2 Amendment of Existing Standards. Proposed Standard amendments including but not limited to the addition or deletion of colors or the adoption of a new Standard for a recognized breed shall be submitted by the Breed Committee Chairperson to the Genetics, and Rules Committees 120 days prior to the Board meeting at which the changes are to be considered. The Genetics and Rules Committees shall act on the proposal within 15 days of receipt. Upon approval of the Genetics and Rules Committees, the Executive Office shall issue a ballot to all bonafide voting members of the Breed/Breed Group Section(s) no less than 100 days prior to the Board Meeting at which the changes are to be considered, to be counted by the official TICA Ballot Judge. Financial responsibility for said poll shall rest with the requesting party(ies).
Q: When is the next cat show in my region?
A: Please see the official show calendar here: TICA Show Calendar
Q: When is the next meeting?
A: View our page about meetings
Q: When must my club renew its charter?
A: No matter when in a show year (May 1-April 30) a club is chartered, it must renew that charter on May 1 in accordance with Standing Rules for the membership 103.3.1, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206. A new club chartered in April will have an expiration date of the following year. All officers must be members with the same expiration date as that of the club. Club charters and renewals are not prorated.
Q: Where are last years award winning cats listed?
A: View our awards page.
Q: Where can I find a list of outstanding catteries?
A: View our catteries page.
Q: Where can I find the publications?
A: View our publications page.
Q: Where can I go to a show?
A: Please see the official show calendar here: TICA Show Calendar.
Q: Why does TICA recognize different breeds than other cat registries?
A: TICA recognizes more breeds of pedigreed cats because it is a genetic registry. As a genetic registry, TICA allows new breeds still being developed and breeds with new traits. Read more about our breed classifications on our Breeds Page.
TICA Logo Merchandise
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Download the Official TICA Logos
You must place the following statement on your website: "This cattery has NOT been inspected by and is not endorsed by The International Cat Association, Inc."
TICA's marketing program adheres to consistent branding and messaging. This ensures TICA's brand will grow in recognition, helping to position the organization as the largest and leading genetic registry of cats around the world. Download the Marketing User Guide for logo usage, corporate colors, fonts, and much more.
- TICA Logo with Tagline - black/blue/white
- Plain TICA Logo No Tagline - black/blue/white (Used internally when the tagline is not necessary)
The Standing Rules state:
903.4.1.5 A conditional license is granted for the use of the TICA logo on personal and cattery web sites or pages or any personal cattery stationery or promotional material, provided that the owner of any such web site or page or cattery has fully completed and provided to the TICA Executive Office a completed waiver of liability form and places the following on the web site or page or promotional material:
903.4.1.5.1 “This cattery has not been inspected by and is not endorsed by The International Cat Association, Inc.”
903.4.1.5.2 This conditional license may be revoked or suspended by the Board of Directors at any time. The required form follows this section.
If you choose to use the trademark of The International Cat Association, Inc. (TICA) in connection with an internet web site or page, you acknowledge that TICA has not, and does not endorse any product or service that you provide, specifically including, but not limited to, any representation regarding your cattery or any kitten or cat that you may sell, lease or otherwise transfer, any opinion that you hold, or any statement that you make, and you agree fully to indemnify and defend TICA, its officers, directors, and agents from and against all claims, demands, causes or action or proceedings of any nature whatsoever, in whatever forum or venue any such matters may be brought, judicial or otherwise, arising or allegedly arising in any way from your use of the TICA logo and/or trademark. You agree that your obligation to defend includes, without limitation, paying for all expenses associated with any such defense, including attorneys' fees and costs, and includes expenses incurred that are in any way related to such proceedings even if incurred prior to the commencement of formal proceedings. If you fail adequately to provide any such defense, TICA may, at its option do so for you, and you agree to promptly reimburse TICA for expenses so incurred.
TICA's clubs and members play an important role in our continued growth and the future of the cat fancy. TICA is happy to provide promotional tools that will help clubs:
- Host successful shows that attract exhibitors and spectators,
- Educate your local community about TICA, the cat fancy, cat shows and pedigreed cats
- Attract and involve new exhibitors and breeders who will ensure the continued growth and success not only of TICA, but also the cat fancy.
TICA's marketing has the following materials available for club use:
- Official Logos available to download
- Advertising (online and print) price sheet (TICA web site and TICA Trend)
- Sponsor program - plans and pricing for corporate sponsors
- TICA's Visitor Guide
- Check out our new QR Codes, print them and share them at your next show!
Soon clubs will also be able to download:
- Templates for flyers, advertisements, banner ads and more
- Reprints of articles and other marketing materials
Want to advertise with TICA more? Take a look at our TICA University advertising options
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TICA is proud to be associated with the following corporate sponsors and other partners.
2009 Election Results
Prepared by: Atkinson & Co., Ltd.
- PROPOSAL 1: Amend By-Law 15.4.2
- PROPOSAL 2: Add By-Law 14.3.1, 14.3.2 & 14.3.3
- PROPOSAL 3: Add Registration Rules 33.5.3 & 33.10 - 33.10.6
- PROPOSAL 4: Add Show Rule 210.3.1
Regional Director Results
- NORTHERN EUROPE:
- MID PACIFIC:
Linda Kay Ashley
Edward S. Manning Jr.
- WESTERN EUROPE: