If you are going to register and show your cat in CFA, part of your preparation should be learning the conditions under which a show entry might be disqualified or have its award withheld.
CFA RULES REGARDING DISQUALIFICATION
1.17 To DISQUALIFY: to remove from competition. The class is judged as if the entry were not present. Causes for disqualification are listed in Article III and in each breed standard. An entry may be disqualified by the show committee
ARTICLE III CAUSES FOR DISQUALIFICATION
3.01 A cat or kitten shown in the wrong class or under incorrect name, ownership, or registration number may be disqualified by the Central Office and any wins voided.
3.01.01 A cat or kitten for which an entry form was not submitted prior to the close of entries is subject to disqualification. A cat or kitten being exhibited must match the entry form which was submitted for entry to the show.
3.02 After the show committee has determined that sufficient evidence of illness exists, the show manager has the responsibility to order the immediate removal of any sick cat or kitten. Such cat or kitten will be entitled to all prizes allotted to it prior to its removal.
3.02.01 A cat or kitten transported to the show by an officiating judge is subject to disqualification.
3.03 Any exhibitor, judge, clerk or show committee member suspecting any cat or kitten of having fleas, ear mites or any contagious or infectious illness shall report same to the show manager. The show manager must convene a meeting of the show committee to determine if there is sufficient evidence to require the cat or kitten to be removed from the show hall. It is the duty of the show committee to investigate all such allegations and decide the appropriate action. Information from the complainant, personal observation by one or more of the committee members, and consultation with others of the committee’s choosing such as an officiating judge or veterinarian exhibitor shall be taken into consideration, then the determination will be made by a majority vote of the show committee. If the determination is made for removal, the cat or kitten, along with all other exhibits belonging to the same exhibitor, being agented by that exhibitor, or traveling from that exhibitors primary residence with that exhibitor must be removed to an area outside of the benching and judging rooms. Re-entry of said cats into the show hall will be allowed only if the suspect cat or kitten is examined by a veterinarian licensed in the state in which the show is held and a written certification of health is obtained and presented to the show committee. It shall be the responsibility of the owner or agent of the suspected entry to obtain the veterinarian’s services.
3.04 A cat or kitten may be disqualified in all rings if removed from the show room contrary to the provisions in these rules.
3.05 A judge must disqualify a cat or kitten for a defect listed in the “Disqualify” section of the standard for that particular breed or color.
3.06 A judge will disqualify and dismiss from his ring any cat or kitten that bites or that is, in his judgment, behaving in a recalcitrant or threatening manner. The chief clerk in that ring is responsible for notifying all chief ring clerks of the action taken.
3.07 The excessive use of white powder, or chalk, or the use of any colored powder, colored chalk, tints, color rinses
or other artificial coloring or concealment media on a cat or kitten entered in a CFA show is strictly forbidden. The
plucking of buttons or lockets; the use of any device, substance or chemical; e.g. tranquilizer, hormone,
antihistamine, that will alter the natural actions or appearance of a cat or kitten, is forbidden including the
surgical alteration to the cat’s anatomy such as cropped or stapled ears, docked or shortened tails. Evidence of
such, as determined by the personal opinion of the judge, will result in the immediate disqualification of the entry in that ring.
3.08 Any entry that is entered contrary to these rules will be disqualified in all rings by the show committee. The judge will disqualify any entry (including declawed cats and kittens and adult, whole males that do not have two descended testicles) entered contrary to these rules if such an entry has not previously been disqualified. The Central Office will disqualify in all rings and void any wins of any entry that is entered contrary to these rules should such entry not have been previously disqualified.
3.09 Cats and kittens that are disqualified are not eligible for any award in the ring where such disqualification applies with the exception of cats removed by the veterinarian under paragraphs 3.03 and 5.03.
2.10 A cat or kitten with a disqualifying feature (e.g. kinked tail, crossed eyes, etc.) which has been removed or changed by any method is not eligible for entry.
5.03 In the event of a disqualification by a veterinarian, all other entries from the same house or cattery and all cats or kittens for whom such exhibitor is agent shall be automatically disqualified and removed from the show room immediately, but shall retain, under the provisions of this Article, awards already received. In the event an agented cat or kitten is disqualified, the agent’s own cat or kitten shall be disqualified.
28.17 Disqualified by the judge:
a. The excessive use of white powder, or chalk, or the use of any colored powder, colored chalk, tints, color rinses or other artificial coloring or concealment media on a cat or kitten entered in a CFA show is strictly forbidden. The plucking of buttons or lockets; the use of any device, substance or chemical; e.g. tranquilizer, hormone, antihistamine, that will alter the natural actions or appearance of a cat or kitten, is forbidden. Evidence of such, as determined by the personal opinion of the judge, will result in the immediate disqualification of the entry.
b. A judge must disqualify any cat or kitten for a defect listed in the “Disqualify” section of the show standards for a particular breed or color.
c. A judge must disqualify any cat or kitten that cannot be judged in the judging ring or that is behaving in a recalcitrant or threatening manner. This rule does not apply to cats after the completion of judging of color classes. (See Paragraphs 28.13c and 28.13d.)
d. A judge will disqualify any entry entered contrary to these rules, including declawed cats or kittens and adult, whole males that do not have two descended testicles, if such entry has not theretofore been disqualified.
e. When an adult male is disqualified for not having two descended testicles, the judge shall record on the judging color class sheet “DISQ-UT” [undescended testicle(s)]. If the entry is disqualified for any other reason, the judge shall record on the judging color class sheet “DISQ.” (disqualified).
f. The Central Office shall record the “DISQ-UT” judges’ opinion in an appropriate manner. When three judges have disqualified any adult male cat for lack of having descended testicles, the cat shall never again be eligible for entry at any CFA show except that said cat may be entered and shown in Premiership. (It is highly recommended that any such cat be examined by a veterinarian and surgical procedures as required for neutering be undergone.)
CFA RULES REGARDING WITHHOLDING AWARDS
1.16 To WITHHOLD AWARDS: a judge withholds awards from an otherwise eligible entry when in his opinion an entry is not worthy of them. Causes for withholding awards are listed in Paragraph 28.16.
28.16 Withholding of awards by the judge: a judge must withhold all awards when in his opinion ANY entry lacks sufficient merit or is, apparently, obviously pregnant, suffering from emaciation, malnutrition or showing evidence of neglect. When awards are withheld from an entry for the above reasons, the judge shall record on the judging color class sheet one or more of the following reasons:
a. “No Award – Insufficient Merit” (NA/IM), which shall include overall lack of quality, deviation from the standard, congenital or acquired defects, or; The Central Office shall record the NA-IM judge opinions on each cat. When three judges have recorded “NA-IM” for any cat deemed to possess overall lack of quality, deviation from the standard, congenital or acquired defects (as stated in 28.16a above), the cat shall never be eligible for entry at any CFA show, or;
b. “No Award – Condition” (NA/Cond.), which shall include obvious pregnancy, malnutrition, evidence of neglect or any lack of quality that is deemed by the judge to be of a temporary nature.CF