If you are going to register and show your cat in TICA, part of your preparation should be learning the conditions under which a show entry might be disqualified or have its award withheld.
TICA RULES REGARDING DISQUALIFICATION
21.60 DISQUALIFY – The removal of any entry from competition for reasons set forth in these rules. This may be done by the show committee, a vet, the officiating judge or by the Executive Office.
25.2 Vetted Shows. A licensed practicing veterinarian acting for the club must examine each cat or kitten including household pets and entries for sale or exhibition prior to benching and shall disqualify any cat that shows evidence of fungus, fleas, ear mites, or any infectious or contagious illness.
216.8 Disqualification (DQ) shall be used for those entries which are removed from competition for reasons set forth in these Show Rules or an individual breed standard.
216.8.1 When an entry is disqualified, the judge shall mark “DQ” in the space provided for awards in his/her judge’s books. The judge shall state the reason for “DQ” on the Executive Office copy.
216.9 A judge shall disqualify and dismiss from the ring any cat that bites.
216.9.1 A cat that is disqualified from competition for biting shall be noted by the Executive Office. If three disqualifications for biting by the same cat occur, the cat will no longer be scored or allowed to confirm titles, and the owner of the cat shall be notified by the Executive Office.
216.10 A judge shall disqualify any cat showing evidence of intent to deceive the judge by artificial means. Should a judge suspect fraud in any classes previously judged, he/she may reopen and rejudge such classes.
216.10.1 Surgically altering a cat for cosmetic purposes isconsidered intent to deceive, and such cat shall be disqualified. Examples include, but are not limited to, tail docking, prosthetic testicles and ear cropping.
216.11 Male cats in the adult championship class not having two descended testicles shall be disqualified.
216.12. Many abnormalities which are detected in judging are not breed specific, but, rather occur in all cats. Responsible breeding aims to conserve our breeds while maintaining their health which means focusing on reducing or eliminating these abnormalities. Household Pets are excepted from this rule. Except as otherwise stated in this rule, judges shall penalize or disqualify, depending upon severity, championship cats, non-championship kittens, Preliminary New Breeds (PNB), and Advanced New Breeds (ANB), [see TICA Standing Rules 701.4.3], and shall penalize championship alters for the following:
216.12.1 All or part of the tail missing, except when a Board approved breed standard requires all or part of the tail to be missing.
216.12.2 Having more or less than five toes on each front foot and four on each back foot unless proved to be the result of an injury or as authorized by a Board approved standard.
216.12.3 Undershot or overshot jaws, or any malocclusion of the jaws.
216.12.4 Visible or invisible tail faults are a disqualification, at the discretion of the judge, or as required by a Board approved standard.
216.12.5 Crossed eyes are a disqualification, at the discretion of the judge, or as required by a Board approved standard.
216.12.6 Total blindness is a disqualification.
216.12.7 Inability to bear or support weight or to walk normally.
216.12.8 Abnormal positioning of the legs and feet while standing. Examples include, but are not limited to, bowed or cowhocked legs, splaying of the feet, or obvious toeing in or out of the feet.
216.12.9 Small size not in keeping with the breed shall be considered a fault.
18.104.22.168 Markedly smaller size is a disqualification.
216.12.10 Inability to breathe normally with a closed mouth.
216.12.11 Abnormalities of the Sternum.
22.214.171.124 Depression of the sternum or unusually small diameter of the rib cage itself is a disqualification.
126.96.36.199 A prominent anterior sternum, sometimes referred to as a prominent keel or pigeon breast.
188.8.131.52 Unusually prominent, protruding or depressed lower sternum (xiphoid).
TICA RULES REGARDING PENALTIES:
216.13 Judges shall penalize, but not disqualify, entries for the following:
216.13.1 Unrepaired umbilical hernia.
216.13.2 Damaged ears or eyes as a result of an injury.
216.13.3 Spots, patches or sprinkling of incorrect color (i.e. color faults) other than lockets and belly spots.
TICA RULES REGARDING WITHHOLDING AWARDS
.59 WITHHOLD AWARDS – The withholding of all awards from an otherwise eligible entry for lack of overall merit or conformation to the standard.
216.7 When an otherwise eligible entry has faults of such nature that it fails to conform to the standard of its breed, and, therefore, lacks merit, or when the entry is in such poor condition that it should not be shown, the judge may:
216.7.1 Withhold All Awards in which case the judge shall mark “WW” in the space provided for awards in his/her judge’s book.. No further notation is required; or
216.7.2 Award less than Best of Color, in which case no higher division award may be made than that made in the color class. The judge shall indicate that award place (i.e. second, third, fourth, fifth) in the space provided for awards in his/her judge’s book. No further notation is required.