A Global Leader in the Cat Fancy
TICA is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, and the world's largest registry of household pets. We also are the only registry in the cat fancy and dog fancy that continues to have steady growth in our number of registrations around the world, and we continue to grow in the number of members and catteries in every continent. We recognize more new breeds than other cat fancy organizations., and our household pets compete for the same titles and awards as pedigreed cats. TICA also ensures the future of the cat fancy through our Junior Exhibitors Program and by mentoring new exhibitors and breeders. The strength of TICA lies in its members. Breeders, exhibitors and cat lovers are invited to join TICA and participate in the most progressive registry in the world. Our members are entitled to vote on all issues which shape the Association. Clubs do not vote in TICA. Members are also entitled to belong to breed sections of their choice and may be eligible to be an elected officer. To learn more about TICA, download a copy of our Visitor Guide or visit one of our upcoming shows near you.
- To encourage our members to be caring, responsible owners and breeders of cats; and to work together to promote the preservation of pedigreed cats plus the health and welfare of all domestic cats.
- To have the most accurate and comprehensive certified pedigree registry in the world.
- To provide sanctioned cat shows which promote both pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats in a professional manner, and which are both enjoyable and educational for exhibitors, judges and the general public.
- To encourage our members to take an active role in the community, to foster responsible spay/neuter awareness through public education, to become active in voluntary service at local animal shelters or outreach programs for schools and/or senior or disabled citizens, and to become involved in citizen advisory groups to foster responsible legislation regarding the health and welfare of cats.
- To promote friendly relations between breeders in this country and other countries around the world.
- To disseminate information to breeders, owners, exhibitors, and the general public concerning breeding, exhibition, improvement of breeds, the care and welfare of all cats; and to provide materials and information regarding feline issues of regional or national importance.
- To set up a foundation to encourage research on feline health issues, and to provide readily available lists of resource materials on health issues to our members.
- The registration of the pedigrees of all breeds of felines and catteries;
- The promulgation of rules governing the management of the Association and cat shows sanctioned by the Association;
- The licensing of cat shows held under the auspices of the Association;
- The establishment of comprehensive Standards for all breeds of domesticated cats;
- The honoring of outstanding felines, their owners and breeders for their accomplishments;
- The dissemination of information to promote the knowledge and interest of breeders, owners, exhibitors and the general public concerning the breeding, exhibition and improvement of breeds, and the care and welfare of all cats; and,
- The promotion of educational and friendly relations between cat owners in this country and all other countries of the world.
Cat Agility is Fun for You and Your Cat!
International Cat Agility Tournaments (ICAT) has created a new category of cat competition. During timed events, cats negotiate an agility course designed to display their speed, coordination, beauty of movement, physical condition, intelligence, and training. But most important of all, cat agility demonstrates the quality and depth of their relationship with their owner who trains with them and guides them through the course.
ICAT is a separate association from TICA. Cats and kittens that are registered with ICAT can compete in timed trials, and earn Agility Cat Titles based on the levels of difficulty they complete. Other cats and kittens not registered with ICAT can still compete in timed trials at local TICA cat shows and compete for prizes at that event. Founded by two TICA members, ICAT agility competitions are held at TICA cat shows around the world.
Let's dispel a myth first: Cats are very intelligent, and are easily trainable!
- Practice for agility can be done around the house (over the bed, chair to chair, under the table, etc.) The key is to play with your cat every day!
- Train with patience, respect and affection, because domestic cats are colony animals (not pack animals, like dogs are), and cats have a more cooperative nature than is customarily recognized.
- Take time to decode their communication and form a connection with your cat -- you will both enjoy it.
Agility Course Obstacles
You don't need to have fancy agility equipment to train your cat at home. You can "create a course" by guiding your cat over chairs turned on their side... across a counter or table... through a small cat tunnel you can buy at a local pet store. If you do want to build your own set of agility course obstacles for both Basic and Advanced Courses you can visit www.catagility.com for specifications.
Other options are to purchase obstacles made by someone else, like a dog agility equipment vendor. The obstacles and courses are designed with safety, spectator appeal, and fun for the cat in mind. There are Levels at which the course can be run, depending on the owner's assessment of the cat's cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal condition. Cats can win titles at any Level; there is no pressure to advance to the next higher level, which may be beyond a cat's physical ability.
Levels of Agility
There are two levels of agility: Basic and Advanced. The Basic level allows your cat to get used to various obstacles and working through a course. It will also help build your working relationship, moving up in speed and abilities.
The Advanced Level is broken up into Level 1 and Level 2. The Advanced Levels are where the most conditioned, outgoing, intelligent cats will be competing, over courses which maximize the display of physical ability and handler-cat interaction, plus direction to obstacles not in a circular pattern. Each obstacle is set at its maximum height and difficulty In the proposed Level 2 course (we'll be testing it a few times before general release).
Advanced Course, Level 2 is a very difficult course, and it is spectacular to watch an exceptional agility cat working it. Only cats with Advanced Level 1 agility cat titles may practice or do timed runs on this course because cats need to be in superb physical condition and have excellent communication with their experienced owner/ handler.
To learn about training at home, upcoming agility competitions and more information about ICAT visit www.catagility.com
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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!
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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Become A Professional Cat Groomer
Professionally trained cat groomers are in high demand in todays grooming salons. The Professional Cat Groomers Association of America (PCGAA) has implemented a mutifaceted curriculum designed to sharpen your skills and fine tune any area that you feel you need assistance in. PCGAA is an international organization that was formed exclusively by dedicated Cat Grooming Professionals who have extensive experience, continued education, advanced certification and business savvy. The PCGAA has implemented a "whole" approach to the grooming of cats.
Showing Your Cat In TICA
View the Show Rules
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WHAT IS A CAT SHOW?
The show consists of individual Judging Rings, and the cats entered in the show. Each Judging ring consists of: a judge, one or more clerks, and one or more stewards.
Each pedigreed breed has a Standard. The judge must evaluate each cat, placing awards based on which cats best represent the Standard.
HOUSEHOLD PETS (HHP):
TICA 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.
PROVISIONAL NEW BREEDS, ADVANCED NEW BREEDS, AND NEW TRAITS:
These exciting classes are for new breeds and new colors or traits in established breeds. These cats are registered with TICA, but have not yet met the requirements for Championship status.
TICA is a genetic registry, recognizing hundreds of different colors and patterns.
HOW TO ENTER A SHOW:
Obtain a show flyer and entry form from the show by writing to the shows entry clerk.
Check the flyer for: Closing Date and entry fees. HHP 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.
TICA SHOW RULES:
Cats that have been declawed shall not be penalized.
All claws of each entry shall be clipped prior to benching. Failure to do so may subject entry to disqualification. Cats or kittens obviously pregnant are ineligible for competition.
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 of age or older to be entered for exhibition or sale.
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.
Entries, 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.
Cats are classified as Kittens, Adults, or Alters (Championship), Kittens or Adults (Household Pets), 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 the show.
The Show Management provides a single benching cage for each cat entered. Double cages, and grooming spaces, may be available at an additional cost. 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.
Try 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 cats 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.
Buy 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.
Find where your cat is benched; set up your cage curtains, litter pan, water dishes. Dont 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 then be able to relax and enjoy the show.
Look at your catalog; there should be a judging schedule (usually on/near the back cover). Locate your breed on the schedule to find out which judging ring you will go to first.
WHAT TO BRING TO A CAT SHOW:
- Cage curtains and clips for hanging them.
- Kitty Litter. Litter is often provided by the Show Committee, however, a litter pan, water and food dishes will be useful.
- 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.
Your 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 cats 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.
A TICA judge does not know the cats name, the owner, the breeder or the stats (Novice, Champion, Grand Champion, etc.) of the cats being judged. The judges 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. Judges 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.
Exhibitors 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:
- All claws of each entry shall be clipped prior to benching. Failure to do so may subject entry to disqualification.
- Exhibitors shall not sit in the ring holding cats prior to or during judging except with the explicit permission of the judge.
- An exhibitor shall not, in any way, make known to an officiating judge which entry(ies) belong to him.
- An exhibitor shall not, in any way, make it known to an officiating judge where his entry(ies) have placed in any other ring.
- An exhibitor shall not request that his entry(ies) be judged separately from the regular class(es) for the entry(ies).
- An exhibitor shall not take any action which might cause physical harm to come to a cat or a person, during the show.
- An 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 follow:
In 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.
- Best 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.
- Best of Division (BOD): From the BOC winners, the judge will select the best, second best, and third best of division.
- EXAMPLE: Our seven black Persians 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 Solid Division.
- Best of Breed (BOB): The Persian Breed is accepted in all divisions of the Traditional, Mink and Sepia Categories. Solid, Tabby, Tortie, Silver/Smoke, and Particolor. The judge will select the best, second and third best of breed.
This 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.
It 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 in front of the ring.
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What Color Is My Cat?
Our Southeast Region has done a wonderful job explaining about the various colors of cats on their website. They also included many beautiful pictures of cats as examples for the different colors.
Have you ever wondered what color your cat is? Did you know that there are red, white and blue cats? Or chocolate and cinnamon?
According to each breed standard, a breed may be accepted for registration in a variety of colors. Or some breeds such as the Russian Blue is recognized in only one color, blue. And some breeds have different patterns such as a marble Bengal, or a Chocolate Point Siamese.
Now you can determine not only the color of your cat, but any breed by viewing the pictures of cats that are examples of different colors. You can learn more by visiting TICA's Southeast Region's web site.
Ruddy Ticked Tabby
Red Classic Tabby/White
Seal Point/White & Blue Point/White
Black Silver Spotted Tabby
Showing Household Pet Cats and Kittens
Many people become interested in showing after attending a cat show. You don't have to be a cat breeder yourself to get into the show habit and join the fun world of exhibiting. TICA has a Household pet class for adults and kittens who can compete without registration numbers. So you don't have to have a pedigreed cat to join in on the fun. You can go on to even register that kitty and earn points and titles and even larger awards if you would like to! Just contact your Regional Director or visit a show in your area for more information. Household Pets compete against each other for top awards as do the pedigreed cats. Household Pets compete in a class of their own.
TICA welcomes Household Pet exhibitors. Household Pets have their own unique Standard and titles which are comparable to pedigreed cats. Household Pets 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.
What Sets TICA Apart?
Almost any cat can be shown. Minimum age is 4 months, there is no maximum. Almost all associations require that adult Household Pets (over 8 months) be altered. TICA allows declawed cats to be shown. TICA allows cats with physical handicaps, such as three legs or one eye, to be shown.Should my cat be shown?
Is your cat in good health? Is it reasonably willing to be handled by strangers? A cat in poor health should not be shown. As to the handling, one cannot always be sure. If your cat tends to be friendly, you will probably do well. However, an occasional lover turns to a tiger in the show ring. The opposite sometimes happens as well - the tiger turns tame in the show ring because it's all so overwhelming. So, if your cat's in good health - why not give it a try?
How do I get ready for a show?
Be sure your cat gets a good balanced diet and exercise. If you have the opportunity, get your cat used to being handled by strangers. If it hasn't had it's shots, be sure to get them. It is imperative for your cat's health and the health of the competition that all routine feline vaccinations be up to date. Try to get this done a few weeks ahead to allow time for any unexpected reaction to pass.
A day or two before the show, clip the claws on all four feet. This can be done with human nail clippers or with special scissors from a pet shop designed specifically for this task. You may be able to do this by yourself or you may need another person to assist if you have a "squirmer".
Where are the shows?
There are shows held all around the country every weekend. Look for the show listings at:ticamembers.org
Almost all pedigreed shows have a division for the household pet. When you find a listing for a show near you, on a date you can attend, contact the person listed for entry information. Entries for shows close 2-3 weeks before the actual show date to allow time to type the catalog and judges' books and to get the catalog printed, so be sure to allow sufficient time. (You will find that after you've attended a few shows, your name will suddenly find its way onto mailing lists and you won't have to write to ask for information as frequently.)
You can find out where and when the next cat show will be held near you by looking at the show Calendar.
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Learn Everything About Cats at TICAU
TICA University is the favorite school for finicky felines around the world and the largest school of feline educational courses and cat information. Founded by TICA, take some time to visit our schools and stroll our beautiful campus. And if you're a "life-long student of cats", take advantage of all our knowledge -- it's free! -- and ENROLL TODAY! As a student you will have a wide range of tools and educational information available to you and all cat lovers. Kittens and cats are special to us you know!
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