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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.

Pedigreed Cats:

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 also have a standard which is based on the condition of the cat. HHPs compete for titles and international awards in the HHP Cat and Kitten classifications, just as Pedigreed cats compete in the Cat, Kitten, and Alter awards. 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.

Genetic Registry:

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. See the Show Calendar to find a show in your area and the Entry information will be contained within the link.

TICA cat showEntry Information:

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:

  • 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.

Exhibition Cages:

TICA cat show 2The 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.

Show Time:

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.

Judges Books:

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.

TICA cat show 3Exhibitor Etiquette:

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:

Color Place Points Division
Blue 1st 25 Black
Red 2nd 20 Purple
Yellow 3rd 15 Orange
Green 4th 10  
White 5th 5  

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 visitors 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 reserved for judging and exhibitors' cats only, however, visitors 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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