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Comparing CFA & TICA

Two of the most well known cat registering organizations with central offices based in the US are:

  • The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
  • The International Cat Association (TICA)

CFA is the largest cat registry in the world and TICA is one of the fastest growing cat registries. Many cat breeders, especially in North America, find themselves registering and showing in both organizations—but there are quite a few differences between how the two organizations register and show pedigreed cats.

The table below outlines the major differences between CFA and TICA.

Differences Between CFA and TICA

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CFA

TICA

Registration or Organizational Differences

Membership

  • Member clubs
  • No individual voting
  • Individual or family membership
  • Individual or family voting

# Regions in US/Canada

7

8

International Regions

  • Japan
  • Europe
  • International Division:
    (Africa, Asia & Latin America)
  • South America
  • Northern Europe
  • Southern Europe
  • Europe West
  • Asia

Registration Based On:

Genotype:
The cat is the breed only if the parents are the same breed or an allowable outcross, regardless of appearance

Phenotype:
The cat is the breed it looks like
regardless of the parent breed.

Official Publications

The Online Almanac includes a one-year subscription (6 issues) to the print magazine, CatTalk, published every 2 months.

The TICA TREND: Print magazine published every 2 months.

Breeds Judged in Different Groups

Breeds recognized in one registry
that are not recognized in the other

CFA recognizes the Ragamuffin
while TICA does not

TICA recognizes the following breeds
which CFA does not:

Australian Mist
Bengal
British Longhairs
Burmilla Longhairs
Chaussies
Khao Manee
Kurilian Bobtail
Nebelung
Munchkin
Munchkin LH
Minuet (formerly Napoleon)
Nebelung
Peterbald
PixieBob
Savannah
Scottish Straight (LH and SH)
Snowshoe
Thai

Exotic Shorthair

Judged as a LH in CFA

Judged as a SH in TICA

American Bobtail Longhair
American Curl Longhair
Balinese
*Cymric
Japanese Bobtail Longhair
LaPerm Longhair
Oriental Longhair
American Bobtail Longhair
Oriental Longhair
PixieBob Longhair
Scottish Fold Longhair
Selkirk Rex Longhair
Somali

All are Judged in the SH Group in CFA

*The Cymric is a called a LH Manx in CFA but is shown in the SH Group

All are Judged in the LH Group in TICA

Judging Differences

# Rings/Day/Show

  • 4 rings one-day show
  • 6 rings one-day show
    Saturday AND/OR Sunday
  • 6/8 rings two-day show
  • 10-rings two-day shows. Must be either 6/4 or 5/5
  • 10 – 16 rings / 2-day show
  • 15 – 20 rings / 3-day show
  • Maximum 20 rings / 3-day weekend
    or 16 rings for two-day show

Numbering In The Catalogue

Cats are numerical in a continual sequence from #1 to last cat in show.

Cats are numbers from 1 to 50 (or 100) in each category (Kittens, Championship, Alters & Household Pets).

The Judge’s Book

Open, Champion and Grand titles are listed in the judge’s book.

No titles are listed in the judge’s book.

Class Divisions Within The Breed

Each breed class is divided by Title, Sex and Color

Classes are divided by Color Only.

HHP Divisions

Divided into Spays and Neuters only.

  • Divided into 10 Color Divisions
  • Divided into eight divisions and four categories
    for a total of 32 combinations
  • HHP kittens are separated from adults

Maximum # Of Class Placements

3   (First, Second, Third)

5   (First to Fifth)

Best of Color Awards

Best of Color (BOC)
2nd Best of Color (2BOC)

5 Best of Color (BOC) awards
(1st to 5th)

Best of Breed

Best of Breed (BOB)
2nd Best of Breed (2BOB)

3 Best of Division (BOD) awards
(1st – 3rd)
3 Best of Breed (BOB) awards
(1st – 3rd)

Number of Placements in the Finals

  • Top 10
  • Kittens: Top 15 if 100 or more entered
  • Championship: Top 15 if 150 or more entered
  • Premiership: Top 15 if 75 or more entered

Top 10 if 25 or more are present

OR

Top 9 if 24 cats entered
Top 8 if 23 entered
Top 7 if 22 entered
Top 5 if 21 entered
Top 5 if 20 or less

Individual Ring Scoring

The highest number of cats present in any one ring is considered the number of cats present in every ring of the show.

The number of cats present in each ring is calculated for every individual ring.

Calling Cat’s # for the Finals

The Cats’ numbers in the final are announced over a loudspeaker.

The cats’ numbers are placed on the judging cages and an announcement made: “Numbers are being posted in Ring #1 for the allbreed cat final. Check your numbers”.

Absentees

A cat must be present to win an award

The Judge can choose to hang a ribbon on an empty cage if the cat has left the show hall and it is after the posted show hours.

If before close of posted show hours, the cat can only receive the final if the owners received permission from show management before leaving the show hall.

Show Results

Show results, or Scoreboards, are updated monthly within 10-12 days following the last full weekend of the month.

Archives are limited to the current month and three months prior.

UNOFFICIAL show results are emailed to subscribers of: TICAMEMBERS@yahoogroups.com

Results are available a day or longer after the show depending on the Master Clerk of the show and/or the Regional Show Reporter.

Standings

One week after the end of the month, a paid subscription to monthly “epoints” is available giving the current standings in CFA.

The last month of the season, updated epoints are available approximately 10 days after each show weekend.

Estimated TICA standings are published at http://ticamembers.org/estimated_standings/2015/

Official TICA Standings are published at http://www.tica.org/members/standings.php

The official standings are updated about once a month, sometimes more often but are often more than a month behind actual show results.

Titles Awarded

Highest Title

National Winner, NW

International Winner, IW

Regional Title

Regional Winner, RW
Divisional Winner, DW
(International Region Only)

BW – Breed Winner, earned by being the top cat in a breed for a show season. This award ONLY applies to cats being shown in championship, and is only awarded to one cat in each breed in a given year
BWR – Breed Winner in Regions 1-9
BWC – Breed Winner in China
BWI – Breed Winner in the International Division

Regional Winner, RW

Individual Titles

Champion, CH
Bronze Champion, CHB
Silver Champion, CHS,
Gold Champion, CHG
Grand Champion, GC
Grand Champion of Distinction, GCD

*

Premier, PR
Bronze Premier, PRM
Silver Premier, PRS,
Gold Premier, PRG
Grand Premier, GP
Grand Premier of Distinction, GPD

Champion, CH
Grand Champion, GC
Double Grand Champion, DGC
Triple Grand Champion, TGC
Quadruple Grand Champion, QGC
Supreme Grand Champion, SGC
*
Champion Alter, CHA
Grand Champion Alter, GCA
Double Grand Champion Alter, DGCA
Triple Grand Champion Alter, TGCA
Quadruple Grand Champion Alter, QGCA
Supreme Grand Champion Alter, SGCA

Household Pet Titles

GH (Grand Household Pet)
GHD (Grand HHP of Distinction)
HRW (HHP Regional winner).

Household Pet Regional Winner, HRW
Household Pet National Winner, HNW

Master, MAS
Grand Master, GM
Double Grand Master, DGM
Triple Grand Master, TGM
Quadruple Grand Master, QGM
Supreme Grand Master, SGM
Regional Winner, RW
International Winner, IW

Breeding Titles

Distinguished Merit, DM
10 Grands for a male
5 Grands for a female

Outstanding Sire, OS – 15 grands
Outstanding Dam, OD – 5 grands

Other Titles

  • BW – Breed Winner, earned by being the top cat in a breed for a show season. This award ONLY applies to cats being shown in championship, and is only awarded to one cat in each breed in a given year
  • BWR – Breed Winner in Regions 1-9
  • BWC – Breed Winner in China
  • BWI – Breed Winner in the International Division

Lifetime Achievement, LA

Awarded to any cat with a combination of 3 IW/RW titles, one of which must be an IW.

Order Titles Are Listed On The Cat’s Name

  • CH/GC/GCD and/or PR/GP/GOD.
  • BW, (Championship Only)
  • NW/RW/DW (Only use the Highest title earned in
    Championship and/or Premiership)
  • Cat’s Name
  • DM
  • LA/IW/RW (Highest Individual Title Earned in Championship and/or as an Alter or HHP)
  • OS/OD
  • CH/SGC
  • Cat’s Name

Number of Top Cat Titles Awarded Each Season Nationally & Regionally

Championship

Top 25

Top 25 All Breeds
PLUS
Top 25 LH Cats
Top 25 SH Cats

Kittens

Top 25

Top 25

Premiers

Top 25

Top 25

Household Pets

Top 25 Nationally
Top 10 Regionally

Top 25 HHP Adults
Top 25 HHP Kittens

Number of Rings Scored for Top Awards

Championship

100

50

Kittens

40

30

Alters

100

50

HPP

100

50

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