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Q: What are the rules for filling out a Blueslip?
A: The rules are listed on the Blueslip itself, make sure that the Breeder gives you the instruction portion of the Blueslip.
Q: May I change the Blueslip?
A: No alterations may be made to the printed portion of this document. Corrections to the printed portion of this document must be submitted to the Executive Office in writing by the breeder, together with the original documents and the appropriate fees.
Q: What are the responsibility of the breeder?
A: The breeder(s) must enter information as to the sex, color, eye color, longhair (LH), shorthair (SH), standard (Std), non-standard (NStd). Std or NStd (Standard or Non-Standard) are terms for mutation breeds and may be used for whatever mutation exists for the breed being registered. The breeder's signature IS REQUIRED when the blocks "NOT FOR BREEDING" or "NOT FOR SHOWING" are marked. If this cat has been sold with the understanding that it will not be used for breeding or exhibition, ONLY the breeder may request any change. Requests for changes must be submitted to the Executive Office in writing.
Q: What are the responsibility of the new owner?
A: Owner(s):Type or print the name of the cat in the blocks under "FIRST NAME CHOICE" and "SECOND NAME CHOICE". Once at the Executive Office, if it is possible, the first name choice is used, if it is not possible to use the first name choice, then the second name choice is automatically used. The second name choice is not required to be filled in, however, if the first name choice is a duplicate or has a cattery name registered to someone else or for some reason(s) cannot be used, then the registration must be sent back for an additional name choice. Remainder to stay the same. Type or print the name of the owner(s), name of the cat and complete address, city, state/province, country, and zip/postal code.
Names of Cats: Cats may not be named after an ancestor without written permission of the owner of the ancestor; a letter attesting to such permission is to be filed with the Executive Office. See Registration Rules 39.8. Owner(s) may enter two choices for the name of the cat to be registered at the top of the form. The owner's name, address, and city are not allowed in the name of the cat unless it is a TICA registered cattery. The names of cats may not be changed in any manner after they have been registered, except for the correction of clerical errors in the Executive Office; the addition of a cattery name as provided in ARTICLE EIGHT, 38.7, 38.8, and 38.10 of the Registration Rules; to re-register as Household Pets, TICA registered championship class cats pursuant to Show Rule 3.12.a; or pursuant to the Registration Rules, ARTICLE IX, Section 39.5. Names of cats and catteries may not be duplicated.
Punctuation: Punctuation marks of any kind (‘, &, #, etc.) are not allowed in the name of the cat.
Suffixes: 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.
Cattery Names: 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 do I change the name of my cat?
A: The TICA Registration Rules state:
"39.4 The names of cats may not be changed in any manner after they have been registered, except:
39.4.1 The correction of clerical errors in the recorder's office.
39.4.2 The addition of a cattery name as provided in ARTICLE EIGHT, 38.7, 38.8, and 38.10.
39.4.3 To re-register as Household Pets, TICA registered championship class cats may be registered pursuant to Show Rule 23.7.2.
39.4.4 A name change may be requested provided the Executive Office receives the request for a name change within 45 days (60 days in remote areas) from the date of issue of the initial Registration Certificate and the request is accompanied by the original Registration Certificate and the designated fee, which fee shall be determined by the Board of Directors. The name change will be approved only if there has been no previous transaction recorded for the cat by the Executive Office (i.e., show wins, lease agreement, or any transaction processed in the original name of the cat)." The fee is $50.
Q: How do I get my cat transferred to my name?
A: To transfer a TICA registered cat, please submit the Certificate of Registration to the Executive Office with the signature of all owners on the reverse of the certificate and the name of the new owner filled out plus the fee.
Q: How do I register my cat if it is already registered in another association?
A: A 3-generation Certified pedigree from another association on the cat for which application is being made and a photocopy of a registration certificate from that association showing proof that the cat is owned by the person making the application and asking to be named the owner of the cat.
Q: How do I register my Household Pet (HHP)?
A: Fill out the HHP Registration Form. Owner's names are allowed in the cat's name. HHP's may only be registered as spay or neuter. HHP's may not use the name of a breed in the name. Only the owner's registered TICA cattery name may be suffix (follows the word "of"). Duplicate HHP names are allowed, but discouraged if possible. A HHP may not have a TICA registered cattery name in the prefix position.
Q: If I want to co-own my cat, what is the difference between "and" and "and/or" between the names of the co-owners?
A: The "slash" means either/or, so if you were signing a litter registration as the owner of the sire or dam, either owner could sign. The "and" means both, so on a litter, both owners would be required to sign as the owner of the sire or dam. This does not apply to transferring or leasing a cat. In the case of a transfer, ALL owners must sign on the reverse of the certificate. In the case of a lease, ALL owners must sign the lease form.
Q: What if I don't have a certified pedigree with which to register my cat?
A: A 3-generation pedigree, stating the color and pattern and the registering association's assigned registration number for each ancestor listed can be submitted. This pedigree must be signed by the breeder of the cat for which application is being made and must include a statement that this pedigree is true and correct to the best of the breeder's knowledge; the breeder must check mark NOT FOR BREEDING or NOT FOR SHOWING if those statements apply. In addition, a photocopy of a registration certificate from another association showing proof that the cat is owned by the person making the application and asking to be named the owner of the cat.
Q: Why can't I use my name or address in the name of my cat?
A: In the cat registry, when the same name is used on several cats STAR CHARLIE, STAR REGGIE, STAR FUNKY, or the reverse, it shows up in catalogs and in pedigrees and appears to be a TICA registered cattery. People are most likely to choose their name or address to use in this manner when they don't know how cattery names are used which is the reason for the Executive Office procedure not to allow it. If they choose to register their name or part of their address as a TICA cattery, we are happy to do so.
Q: Why did you add "/ID" to the end of my cat's name?
A: When a cat is registered from another association with a cattery name (prefix or suffix) that is a TICA registered cattery name that is not registered to the breeder/owner of the cat, we add "/ID" to denote that this is not the TICA registered owner of that cattery. When the cat's name is seen in a pedigree, there is at least some question as to the TICA registered owner of the cattery being the owner or the breeder of the cat.
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, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168. 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
Watch for other TICA branded items at Fatpet's Facebook as they go on sale.
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.
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.
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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