This page explains how to register litters with TICA. You do not need to be a member of TICA or a TICA-affiliated club to register litters with TICA. However TICA members will get a discount on registration fees.
To register a litter of kittens, the dam must be registered with TICA (or being registered at the same time as the litter). If the sire is not registered with TICA, then a copy of the sire’s certified pedigree must be provided with the registration application (unless it is already held on file by TICA). The sire can also be registered with TICA at the same time if required. Certificates of Entirety are not required for sires. The registration process is described here.
You will need to complete the official TICA "Litter Registration Application" form, which comprises 5 sections (it can be downloaded from the TICA site here). You can register the litter and (optionally) register individual kittens at the same time using the same form. Registering a litter "as a unit" is the same as declaring a litter with GCCF or with Felis Britannica. Once completed, the form should be sent to the TICA Executive Office with the required fees - details are provided here.
TICA are gradually introducing online litter registration services. The initial service introduced in September 2012 allows online registration if both cats are TICA registered, owned (or co-owned) by you, of the same breed and are SBT status. You can access this service by logging onto TDS Online..
If you do not register the individual kittens, then TICA will send out pre-printed forms to allow individual registration of each kitten at a latter stage ("Application for Registration of Cat of a Registered Litter" - which most established TICA breeders refer to as "the blue slip"). How these work is described here.
Important Note: When registering litters where there are any outcrosses in the last three generations, you need to be aware that TICA's outcross policy for a breed may be different to other registries. A combination of the relevant breed standard (which can be downloaded via the Standards link on the main TICA site) and the registration codes guide on this site will help you find out if the kittens will be eligible for showing in TICA.
Completing the Registration Form
The first 4 sections of the form must be completed for either type of registration:
Section A: Data
This section requires the basic details - breed name, date of birth (US format) and number of male and female kittens in the litter.
Section B: Sire
This section requires all the details of the sire - breed, name, registration number, colour - plus the name and address of the registered owner(s) of the sire. The owner(s) must also sign the form - both owners in the case of a sire owned in joint names. Alternatively, a signed copy of the mating certificate can be used as allowed by Registration Rule 310.4. If the sire is not registered with TICA, then a copy of the sire’s certified pedigree must be provided with the registration application (unless it is already held on file by TICA). A Certificate of Entirety is not required by TICA.
Section C: Dam
This section requires similar information to Section B. Again, the owner(s) must also sign the form - both owners in the case of a dam owned in joint names.
This section is to be completed for each kitten in the litter. Sex can be M (male) or F (female). You can also use N (Neutered male) or S (Spayed female) if the kittens are not intended for breeding. The LH (longhair) or SH (shorthair) box should be ticked as appropriate. Eye colour may not always be necessary (depending upon the breed standard). The box for "colour" is too small, so feel free to extend the description into “second name choice” in section E!
STD and NStd boxes are only used for mutation breeds - for example a Scottish Fold with folded ears is "STD", whereas one with straight ears would be registered as "NStd", similarly, rex breeds would be curly hair (STD) or straight hair (NStd)
There is also now a space (albeit rather small) to record the microchip ID for the kitten, which is then printed on the registration document.
If the litter is only being registered as a unit, then Section E does not need to be completed.
Section E: Register Individual Kittens
Use the full pedigree name in the section entitled "first name choice" - a maximum of 35 characters (including all spaces) is allowed - the 35 character limit also applies to any suffix added. As a breeder, you will know enough to provide a unique name, so the "second name choice" field is largely redundant (but will probably have the overflow from the colour description in Section D anyway).
if you already know the name and address of the new owners of a kitten, these details can be included for each new owner. The registration certificates will still be sent back to you as the breeder, but the kitten will be registered in the new owner’s name.
There are three small boxes for each kitten registration under each Section E entry:
NFB: Tick this if the cat is "Not for Breeding" (TICA's equivalent to the GCCF Non-Active Registry)
NFS: Tick this if the cat is "Not for Showing"
NEFCC: This box is not normally used by the breeder but means “Not Eligible for Championship Competition”.
If you find it difficult to fill in the details on the form (because of space) you can always complete a separate sheet of paper and attach it to the main form. I recommend that you head such sheets with the names and registration numbers of the sire and dam and the date of birth of the litter. I would also include the following sentence together with the signature(s) of the owner(s): "I hereby certify the above to be true and correct"
Sending the form and fees
Once completed, the Litter Registration Form should be sent to the Executive Office in the USA. They will accept registration applications by mail, fax or email. Their address details are:
TICA Executive Office
PO Box 2684
Harlingen, TX 78551
Phone: 001 956 428 8046
Fax: 001 956 428 8047
Email: submit firstname.lastname@example.org
If sending by post, you advised to use the Royal mail’s Airsure® service to confirm receipt, as the Executive Office does not issue acknowledgements.
IYou should not send paper copies if you have sent the paperwork electronically via email. All email submissions should receive an auto-response message from the EO that confirms that your email has arrived correctly. The message will give details of the likely time to process your application and what to do if you do not receive your paperwork back.
You can also check processing status on the TICA site.
The fees for registration of a litter are:
- $15 ($13 for TICA members) to register the litter. This is increased to $18 ($16 for TICA members) if the sire is not TICA-registered
- plus $12 ($10 for TICA members) per kitten for each individual kitten registered
Payment is easiest from the UK by credit card or PayPal. You are advised not to send credit card details using email as this is not a secure method. If using a credit card, send the details via airmail or via Fax or call the Executive Office at the number above. You now also need to supply the 3 digit verification number (on the rear of your credit card in the signature strip) whenever paying by credit card.
As an alternative, you can pay via Paypal quoting the address email@example.com. Please advise the EO that you have used this method so that they can match payment to your application. Pay first (quoting the dam’s name, TICA registration number and purpose of the payment on the PayPal transaction), then send the registration paperwork and provide the PayPal transaction reference number.
The "Blue Slips"
If the litter has only been registered as a unit (or not all the kittens have been individually registered), then the litter registration certificate will be accompanied by one or more "Blue Slips". These will have been pre-printed with the following information:
- Breed, date of birth, litter reference number, breeder’s name
- Sire’s name, dam’s name
- The breeder’s registered cattery name as the first part of the kitten’s name
None of the pre-printed information on the form can be changed - any corrections required need to be separately notified to the Executive Office in writing by the breeder.
The breeder is expected to complete the sex, colour, eye colour, LH or SH, and Std or NStd fields (see section D above for an explanation of these). If the cat is to be considered as "not for breeding" or "not for showing", then these boxes should be ticked and the breeder must sign the form (alongside the boxes as there isn’t a proper signature box for this on the current form).
The choice of cat name can be left up to the new owner (two choices can be included on the form). Some new owner’s include their surname as a way of distinguishing the cat from others from that breeder (note that although the form instructions currently forbid this, it is not actually a TICA rule and the forms are due to be rewritten with clearer instructions). Alternatively, the breeder can put in their choice of pedigree name.
The completed form should be sent to the Executive Office and the registration fee is $12 ($10 for TICA members) per kitten. Contact details of the Executive Office and payment methods are above.