FAQ
General
Who should I email?
Please only email one department. If you send the same email to multiple addresses, your work will be delayed and possibly double charged. To avoid these issues, please only send your email to one department. Our email addresses are on the CONTACT US page.
Can juniors participate in TICA?
Absolutely! In fact, our youth is the future of not only TICA, but the entire cat fancy. TICA's Junior Exhibitor program welcomes youth from age eight to seventeen while younger children may be admitted at the discretion of the regional liaison. As members of TICA, a Junior Exhibitor's continued success is measured by their accomplishments and personal growth. Learn more about TICA's Junior Exhibitors Program
How can I show my cat?
If you've never been to a cat show, check TICA's show calendar and first visit a local show. If you already have a pedigreed cat or a Household Pet that you would like to show, then call 956.428.8046. Create an account on our online system, TDS ONLINE (https://online.tica.org ), and then click on JOIN TICA!
How do I enter my cat into a TICA show?
View the show calendar, and click on the show you are interested in attending. Email the club hosting the show for more information.
How large is TICA?
TICA has thousands of members who compete at cat shows hosted by clubs on every continent. Since 1979, close to 20, 000 catteries and over 300, 000 cats and kittens have been registered with TICA. For a full list of breeds, visit the Breed page.
How many breeds of cats does TICA recognize?
TICA currently recognizes fifty-five breeds. There are established breeds, breeds with a new traits and newly developing breeds. For a complete list of breeds recognized by TICA and more information about those breeds, visit the Breed page.
What breeds are recognized by TICA?
TICA recognizes cats accepted for championship competition such the Abyssinian, American Bobtail, American Curl (shorthair and longhair), American Shorthair, American Wirehair, Balinese, Bengal, Birman, Bombay, British (shorthair and longhair), Burmese, Chartreux, Cornish Rex, Cymric, Devon Rex, Egyptian Mau, Havana, Himalayan, Japanese Bobtail (shorthair and longhair), Korat, LaPerm (shorthair and longhair), Maine Coon, Manx, Munchkin (shorthair and longhair), Nebelung, Norwegian Forest, Ocicat, Oriental (shorthair and longhair), Persian, Peterbald, Pixiebob, Ragdoll, Russian Blue, Scottish Fold (shorthair and longhair), Selkirk Rex (shorthair and longhair), Siamese, Siberian, Singapura, Snowshoe, Somali, sphinx, Tonkinese, Toyger, Turkish Angora, and Turkish Van.

TICA also recognizes newly developing breeds or traits which are in the foundation registry and are not yet accepted for championship competition. Those breeds include the Chausie, Highlander, Kurilian Bobtail, Savannah, Sokoke, Thai, Ojos Azules, Serengiti, Minskin and Donskoy. You can learn more about each breed by visiting the Breed page.
What do I do if I have a conflict with a breeder?
Contact your regional director or file a complaint. Please be sure to read the questions and answers on the complaint form.
What happens in a cat show?
When you go to a cat show you will see there are three main areas in the "show hall". Vendor booths, a benching area and the show rings. The benching area is where the cats reside in cages while waiting to be judged in the rings. You can visit with the breeders and exhibitors at the benching area, and is a good way to see the breeds up close and personal. When a cat's number is called for judging in a ring, the cat is taken out of the benching area and up to the judge's ring. Each ring has a different judge. There are specialty rings and allbreed rings. Specialty rings will have only longhair cats judged together and the shorthair cats judged with only shorthair cats. An allbreed ring will have shorthair and longhair cats judged together and against one another. You can learn more about cat shows by downloading the Spectators Guide.
What is a Household Pet?
A Household Pet is any non-pedigreed cat. Most Household Pets are adopted from shelters, rescue groups, or off the street. TICA welcomes Household Pet exhibitors. Household Pets have their own unique Standard and titles which are comparable to pedigreed cats. They 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. Household Pets compete against each in their own class and vie for top awards as do the pedigreed cats. You can learn more about showing on our Household Pets page.
What is cat agility?
Cat agility is just like --- well --- dog agility! Except the cats compete indoors instead of outdoors. The cats navigate a course that includes jumps, hoops, weave poles, crosswalks, tunnels and more. The cat with the fastest "run" is the winner. The International Cat Agility Tournaments (ICAT) was the pioneer of cat agility. It's a fun way to interact with your cat, and you'll be amazed how quickly a cat learns how to maneuver the course! You can learn more by visiting the cat agility page.
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