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This page explains how to tell if your cat is eligible to be shown at TICA shows in Championship, and is also a guide to the status codes that TICA uses when registering cats.

TICA registration codes for pedigree cats follow a standard format: XYZ mmddyy nnn, where:

  • XYZ is the registration status code (see below)
  • mmddyy is the date of birth of the cat
  • nnn is a three digit sequence number

The combination of the date of birth and the sequence number provides a unique registration  number for the cat.

Registration status codes are used to define whether a cat can be shown in Championship, to identify the ancestry of a cat’s ancestors and to record if the cat is the product of two different breeds ("hybridisation").

The following chart shows which breeds are eligible for Championship in TICA, and the associated registration status code(s) acceptable for competition for each category are listed in the second row:

CATEGORY I
Established Breed

CATEGORY II
Natural Breed

CATEGORY III
Variant/Mutation Breed

CATEGORY IV
Hybrid Breed

SBT (V)

SBT(V),
01T(V), 02T(V), 03T(V)

SBT(V)
AOP, BOP, COP

SBT(V)
AOP, BOP, COP

Permissible Outcross:
Only within breed group

Permissible Outcross:
Only within breed group
Unknown permitted

Permissible Outcross:
Accepted breeds only
No unknowns (with exception of breeds shown below with an asterisk)
Exceptions:
01T(V), 02T(V), 03T(V)
A1P, B1P, C1P
A2P, B2P, C2P
A3P, B3P, C3P

Permissible Outcross:
1 Parent of Parental Breed
2 Parents of Parental Breeds
No unknowns

Abyssinian
American Shorthair
American Wirehair
Balinese
Bengal
Birman
Bombay
Burmese
Egyptian Mau
Exotic Shorthair
Havana
Himalayan
Maine Coon
Oriental Longhair
Oriental Shorthair
Persian
Pixiebob LH/SH
Ragdoll
Russian Blue
Siamese
Somali
Toyger

American Bobtail LH/SH
British Shorthair
Chartreux
Cymric
Japanese Bobtail LH/SH
Korat
Manx
Norwegian Forest Cat
Siberian
Singapura
Turkish Angora
Turkish Van
 

American Curl LH/SH*
Cornish Rex
Devon Rex
La Perm LH/SH
Munchkin LH/SH
Nebelung*
Scottish Fold LH/SH*
Selkirk Rex LH/SH*
Sphynx*

Ocicat
Peterbald
Snowshoe
Tonkinese

NB: Breed standards may impose a stricter outcross policy for a specific breed.  Breed standards can be downloaded from the main TICA site.

Registration Status Code

The third character of the registration status code will be one of the following letters:

  • T - (Traditional) - Only cats from the same breed within a three-generation pedigree
  • V - (Variant) - Crosses outside the breed but within the breed group within a three-generation pedigree.
  • P - (Permissible) - Crosses outside the breed or breed group that are permitted by the breeding programme established for the breed
  • N - (Non-Permissible) - Crosses outside the breed or breed group which are not specifically allowed by the breeding programme  established for the breed
  • S - (Species) - Outcrosses to species other than Felis catus / Felis domesticus. Such crosses may be used in foundation breeding programmes but are by definition considered non-permissible

SB (Stud Book) as the first two letters of the registration status code means that the cat has no cats which are unknown, unregistered, or of another breed or breed group within a standard three generation pedigree.

01, 02, 03 as the first two characters of the registration status code are Ancestry Record codes:

  • 01 - the cat has at least one unknown or unregistered parent
  • 02 - the cat has at least one unknown or unregistered grandparent
  • 03 - the cat has at least one unknown or unregistered great grandparent

AO, BO, CO as the first two characters of the registration status code are Hybridisation record codes:

  • AO - the cat is the product of two different breeds
  • BO - the cat has at least one grandparent of a different breed
  • CO - the cat has at least one great grandparent of a different breed

Ancestry and Hybridisation codes can be combined (e.g. A1P, C2P, B3P)

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