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FOUNDATION REGISTRATION - What is it, and how does it work?
There are times when you may have issues getting a cat or kitten registered through the normal processes in TICA. A breeder dies before getting you the paperwork, someone stops returning phone calls, etc. I have heard many reasons during my time as Great Lakes Regional Director.
TICA does have a process for getting these cats registered in what is called the Foundation Registry. The Foundation Registry Application is a form that three Allbreed judges need to sign that states that the cat or kitten sufficiently meets that standard as a breeding cat.
Here is the process you would need to go through in order to try and "Foundation Register" a kitten or cat. Please keep in mind that in most breeds, the kitten itself, nor any of the offspring would be considered SBT Pedigreed until the 4th generation, and therefore could not be sold as SBT Pedigreed cats, nor could they be shown.
1. Find a show that is somewhere that you are able to go to, using the TICA show calendar, located at www.TICA.org .
2. Make sure that at least 3 Allbreed judges will be judging the show.
3. Print out this form: http://www.tica.org/members/forms/registration/foundation_individual_registration.pdf
4. RECOMMENDED STEP: E-mail the Allbreed judges before you even enter the show to see if they would be open to evaluating the cat. They have no obligation to look at nor sign off on the cat at the show, so checking ahead of time will save you time and money. Your Regional Director can help you locate a show that has 3 Allbreed judges judging.
(4. 建議步驟: 在貓展前請寫信給AB評審，詢問他們是否願意幫忙評估貓隻。他們並沒有義務一定要為參賽者評估貓，也沒有義務要幫飼主簽名。所以在貓展前請先確認，確保你不會浪費時間與金錢，你的區域總監可以幫你找出有三個AB評審的貓展。)
5. Enter the show you have selected. Your cat will be entered as Exhibition Only, but will be required to pay the same fees as any other cat in the show. (Most shows cost about $6 per ring, and have 10-12 rings, so the fees are generally around $60-$80 per show) You will likely also want to purchase an extra 1/2 cage, so you cat will have room to relax. This generally costs around $25.
(5. 參加你所選擇的貓展，你的貓將以”純展示”的身分參賽 [註:在台灣又被稱為準登錄組]，費用與一般成貓/幼貓/絕育組相同。)
6. Come to the show EARLY, with the cat, and set up your cage. (Check in generally starts at 7:30 am at most shows)
7. Introduce yourself to the judges that have agreed to evaluate the cat, and ask them to let you know when the best time is for them to evaluate him. He will not be on the regular judging schedule. Some may do it before the show, at lunch, or after they have finished judging for the day.
8. If you get the required 3 signatures, follow the instructions on the form you have printed out.
Please keep in mind that this is NOT an easy process. And it is NOT a guarantee that your cat will get the required signatures to be Foundation Registered.
You will have to explain the story behind having no registration papers over and over, and a lot of judges will not sign off on the kitten based on liability, in case the cat was not meant to be bred. Believe it or not, many people try this process when they buy a kitten as a pet with a spay or neuter agreement, then try to bypass the breeder in order to get "cheap" breeding rights, so judges are leery.
Please contact your Regional Director if you require further assistance or guidance through this process.
Hello Ru Xian,
Yes, it is possible to register a previously unregistered cat in any breed – any breed at all – if three allbreed judges are willing to sign this form:
However, judges do not have to sign the form. Most judges will refuse to sign the form unless there is an extremely good reason. First of all, if a cat’s pedigree is not known, there is no way to choose a good mate for the cat in the same breed. There is no way to know whether they are too closely related. There is no way to know if the cat may carry serious hidden genetic defects. And so on.
There are many other reasons why judges do not like to sign the form. But they will do so if there is a very good reason. Also, some judges will sign the form to help people in a country where the cat fancy is very new. They know that it can be difficult to obtain authentic pedigreed cats in some remote areas, for example.
Often breeders in other parts of the world will not have much respect for cats that are registered without an authentic pedigree. Therefore, it may not be helpful to start breeding with cats registered via the three judge process.
It does depend on the breed and the circumstances, however.
At any rate, when a cat is registered by having three judges sign the form, the cat will have a registration prefix that begins with “01T.” That means the cat is the first generation to be registered.
TICA assigns breeds to categories. There are old, established breeds that go in category 1. There are “native or natural breeds” that go in category 2. Mutation breeds go in category 3. Breeds that are the result of crossing two different breeds go in category 4. Breeds that have nondomestic ancestors – such as the Bengal – start out in category 5, but eventually move to category 1.
Each category has different registration and show rules. These rules are summarized in table 307 on page 27 of the Registration Rules:
If you look at table 307, you will see that the Maine Coon is in Category 1. You will also see that under category 1 it says “no unknowns.” That means that Maine Coons and other cats from category 1 breeds do not have full privileges when there are unknown cats in the pedigree within the most recent 3 generations.
And that means a 01T Maine Coon cannot be shown at TICA cat shows. It can be bred to other Maine Coons, and the kittens can be registered. But the cat and the cat’s kittens cannot be shown and do not have full status as a Maine Coon. The kittens produced by a 01T Maine Coon and another registered Maine Coon would be registered as 02T (second generation). If you then breed a 02T Maine Coon to a Maine Coon that is 02T, 03T, or SBT, the resulting kittens would be 03T.
And then you would still have to breed one more generation. You would have to breed a 03T Maine Coon to another 03T Maine Coon (or to an SBT Maine Coon) to produce kittens that are SBT Maine Coons.
In category 1, only SBT Maine Coons can be shown at TICA cat shows. Only SBT Maine Coons have full privileges in the breed.
The same would be true for all other category 1 breeds, such as the Siamese, the Bengal, and the Abyssinian.
That is important to understand. Even if a cat is registered via the three judge process, the cat may not be showable. In most breeds, a 01T cat can be bred, but cannot be shown.