Judges’ Code of Ethics


The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. (“CFA”) is a not-for-profit association created to register pedigreed cats, sanction CFA’s clubs, shows and events, protect the hobby of breeding and showing pedigreed cats, and enhance the well being of all cats. CFA Judges officiate at CFA shows to evaluate cats using CFA standards and policies.

CFA Judges are Ambassadors for CFA to the cat fancy and public. A CFA judge must embody and project unwavering integrity, dedication and ethical behavior that protects the reputation of fair, honest and educated judging. All CFA Judges affirm their endorsement of this code and acknowledge their commitment to uphold its principles and obligations by accepting and maintaining their license in the CFA Judging Program. With common sense, judges can avoid situations which might raise ethical questions.

Judges’ Code of Ethics

CFA Judges shall at all times abide by and conform to the following code of conduct in their capacity as judges:

  • Abide in all respects to the rules and regulations including but not limited to CFA’s By-Laws, Show Rules, and Judging Program Rules.
  • Conduct themselves in and out of the ring with honesty, integrity, due diligence, and competence as Ambassadors of CFA.
  • Carry out all obligations to the best of their ability including, but not limited to, their responsibilities to the clubs who employ their services, exhibitors who entrust their cats into their hands, breeders who look to them for advice, and to the cats themselves.
  • Base all judging decisions firmly on condition and the standards for each breed. Evaluate the exhibits strictly, fairly and impartially, in accordance with the accepted standard for each breed.
  • Participate in continuing education, and keep current in the standards and rules in a manner that will allow judges to render an educated opinion which exhibitors will seek out.
  • Communicate with the public, exhibitors, breeders, fellow judges, and club members in a responsible, respectful, and professional manner.
  • Not engage in or facilitate any discriminatory or harassing behavior toward CFA staff, CFA board members or officers, club members, exhibitors, breeders, or others in the context of activities relating to CFA.
  • Act at all times in the best interests of CFA and not for personal or third-party gain or financial enrichment. Avoid placing, or the appearance of placing, one’s own self interest or any third-party interest above that of CFA.
  • Not solicit or accept gifts, gratuities, personal property, or any other item of value from any person as a direct or indirect inducement to provide special treatment to the donor in matters relating to CFA. Never accept any gifts suspected to be inappropriate.
  • Never solicit judging assignments.
  • Not criticize by act or word the work of other CFA judges. Not offer criticism of any previously judged cat(s) to anyone including other officiating judges during the course of a show.
  • Advise potential exhibitors not to show their cats in their ring when doing so might give the impression of unfair advantage. For example, if the exhibitor is: Their employer or an employee. A relative. A member of their household.
  • Respect and work together with the CFA Judging Program Committee, the CFA Board of Directors, fellow judges, clerks and stewards, and especially the clubs who hire them, in a spirit of cooperation and harmony.
  • Provide proper care for their cats and maintain them in an exemplary manner beyond CFA’s Minimum Cattery Standards.
  • Honor and respect the CAT.