With the arrival of winter come feline exhibitions, which, if you are passionate about cats, you can go to admire the beauty of all types of cats that exist.
However, all exposures are not the same, they depend on the feline association to which they belong, and sometimes it can be difficult to understand how they work.
WCF (World Cat Federation)
WCF it’s a feline federation with more than 580 organizations in different countries distributed all over the world, although its current headquarters is in Germany. It is the only one that has access to the European Parliament of Strasbourg for consultations and legislation on pets (cats).
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WCF, like Fife, has what is called a “traditional judiciary” system for exhibitions. That is to say, the cats are distributed by races and groups, a judge evaluates them and points out their characteristics in a sheet called “rapport”. After this assessment the cat can obtain a Nomination, to participate in the “Best in Show”, where all the cats named in each of their own categories participate. You can see a little more detailed this process in the post that we wrote about Fife.
In Spain, the feline clubs assigned to WCF are AsFeC (Feline Association of Catalonia), ASFEGA (Asociación Felina Gallega), CFM (Feline Club of Madrid) and CFIC (Club Felino of the 7 Canary Islands). They all follow the WCF rules. In WCF they admit the points obtained in other associations that follow systems of traditional judgments, like for example Fife. However, unlike Fife, cats enter competition only with cats of the same sex, title and the same color EMS (the code that indicates the color and pattern of the cat).
This means that a male cat “Devon Rex Blue Tabby Boltched” will only compete with another male “Blue Tabby Blotched”. Not even cats with different eye color compete together. That is, in WCF there are race categories, but not colors like in Fife.
The age categories in WCF are:
Baby- 10 weeks to 12 weeks of age
Puppy (Kitten) – 3 months to 6 months
Junior (Junior) – 6 months to 10 months
Adult- Greater than 10 months
Although everyone can participate, only adults can get points. You can visit the WCF website and learn more about this association here.
TICA (The International Cat Association)
TICA is an American Association but it is present all over the world. It has thousands of members and hundreds of clubs spread all over the globe. TICA It has the particularity of raising a genetic record of cats, not only of phenotype (phenotype is the one that “comes”) as the rest of Associations. Another particularity of TICA is that it has the first, and most numerous, record of domestic cats without pedigree (it is to say, what is usually called “house cats”) and allowed to compete for the SAME titles in feline shows.
In Spain, the club assigned to TICA is IberTICA. TICA’s judging system in shows is different from traditional judgments. In this case, the judges have a ring each, where the cats carry them. Each judge examines ALL the cats of the exhibition but they do not write “rapports”.
To compete, there are 8 classes:
Puppies – Adults – neutered – Domestic Puppies – Domestic Adults – New Preliminary Race – New Advanced Breed – New Traits.
These judgments are like an eliminating pyramid within each class:
Each judge classifies the cats and the secretary of each judge (called “Clerk”) records the classification and points. The general classification, compiling all the data of the judges, is done by the main secretary, called “Master Clerk”.
Only three classifications are made, based on Race, Division and Color. First all cats of the same race and color are evaluated. 5 cats are selected and awarded by Color.
The cats of each breed and each color are evaluated separately. The winning cats are given a tapes to know the evaluation of their cat:
Then the jutge exams els gats d’una mateixa divisió dins de la raça que estigui jutjant (exemple: tots els boscos de noruega sòlids is jutgen dins de la division sòlids i es seleccionen els 3 millors)
After each judge looks at the best division cats and selects the best three of each race. According to the previous example, the best solid Norwegian forest will compete against the best tabby, the best bicolor … etc.
The best cats of this first classification pass to the final. This final is made before the public.
The finals can be Specialized or Of all the Races. In the Specialized, all cats of all races of long hair and then of short hair compete and are chosen within each class. In those of All Races, short hair and long hair compete together.
The number of cats called to this end depends on the number of cats targeted to the exposure of this class, for example, if there are only 20 cats of this class, they are called the best 5, but if there are 25 cats targeted, they are called 10 best.
The males and the females compete together in the categories of Adults, Neuters, Youngsters and New Colors (in the selection of Best of Color). There are 32 color divisions allowed for all breeds (although not all for each race, of course, there are no Norwegian lilac forests, for example).
There are also no distinctions by categories according to their previous score, that is, adults compete with each other whether it is the first time they go to an expo or have the title of Grand Champion. If you want to know more about TICA and its rules and judging systems in shows, you can enter its website.
CFA (The Cat Fanciers’ Association)
Like TICA, CFA is a US association with the oldest cat registry in the world. Nowadays it is spread all over the world.
n Spain, the clubs assigned to CFA are SCC (Spanish Cat Club) and the CFE (Club Felino Español).
The judging system in CFA shows is very similar to the one we have described for TICA, although points can not be exchanged between the two associations.
A cat in CFA is considered an adult at 8 months, and begins his career in Open Class: Whole or castrated Championships.
In the first place, as is done in TICA, the judge evaluates all cats of the same race and color, although in this case, first males and then females.
The judge then gives bands of colors according to whether they are first, second … in the Open Class. If the cat has obtained the first place, the judge can also grant him a “Winner’s Band” to access the Championship race.
When a cat has obtained 6 Winner Bands, it obtains the title of CFA Champion in the Championship. This cat will then compete against other Champions, to get points and then become Grand Champion.
Once all the cats in the Open class have been judged, the Champions of a color are judged, distinguished in males and females. We will have the 3 best males and three best females of color. After the judge passes to Grand Champions and will do the same.
Second, once the judge has assessed all the cats of a group of color, the Best of the Color Class is awarded and the second.
Third, when the judge has evaluated all cats within a race or division of race, he awards the first and second prize of Race or Division of Race.
When the judge has already assessed all those who have passed through his table, he will call the final to those he has been selecting (each judge calls independently to those who consider the best 10).
The good thing about this ring rises with the rosette of Best in the Ring Final. Like this competition for judges, a cat can win several of these rosettes according to how many judges there are. The best of this final wins one point for each cat defeated in the Championship.
If you want to know more about CFA and its regulations, you can visit its website here.
Different rules may exist between the different clubs and associations, as well as differences in the cat standard, and as we have seen, differences in the systems of judgments. All are official and process pedigrees, and the breeder chooses the one that is most related, either by the rules that dictate, the standard that you like or have access (if there are differences), by preference in the system of trials or because in your country there is a majority association for your race, that is, the majority of breeders of Norwegian Forests, for example belong to Fife.