CFA Competition Classes

A cat show is composed of a number of separate, concurrently running, individual shows held in the various judging rings throughout a show hall. Each show is presided over by a different judge, who presents his or her own awards independent of the decisions of other judges. Hence, a cat which is chosen Best in Show by the judge in Ring 1, may not always be given the same award by the judge in Ring 2.

Individual judging rings can be classified as either allbreed or specialty. In an allbreed ring all cats, regardless of coat length or type, compete for various awards. In a specialty ring only those cats of similar coat length (or type) compete for awards.

Cats compete at CFA shows in one of seven categories.


The KITTEN competition is for unaltered or altered, pedigreed kittens between the ages of four and eight months.


The CHAMPIONSHIP competition is for unaltered pedigreed cats over the age of eight months.


The PREMIERSHIP competition is for altered pedigreed cats over the age of eight months.


The VETERAN competition is for unaltered or altered, pedigreed cats over the age of seven years. Veterans are only eligible for awards in the Veteran class.

Household Pet

The HOUSEHOLD PET competition is for non-pedigreed cats over the age of four months. Household pets may NOT be declawed, and if they over the age of eight(8) months, they must be neutered or spayed. Read more…


The MISCELLANEOUS competition is for those breeds just starting the process for recognition with CFA. This class puts the breed on exhibition at the shows, and allows judges to examine the cats and discuss their proposed breed standard. This class receives no awards.


The PROVISIONAL competition is the next step after Miscellaneous for breeds wanting recognition with CFA. Cats in this class compete for Best of Breed, but are not eligible for finals until they are advanced to Championship status.