Titles for cats need to be "claimed", they are not automatically given. When a cat or neuter gains three Challenge, Grand Challenge, Premier or Grand Premier certificates from three different judges, the registered owner should send in a title claim to the GCCF Office so that the cat can be officially recorded as a Champion, Grand Champion, Premier or Grand Premier. When a cat or neuter gains five Imperial Grand Challenge, five Imperial Grand Premier Certificates or 5 Olympian Certificates from five different judges, the owner should also submit a claim. Claims should also be made for UK Grand Titles, for which two UK Grand Challenge or two UK Grand Premier certificates from two different judges are required.
Once the claim is checked a Title Certificate confirming this will be issued. In addition you may also purchase a medal showing your cat's achievement. This has recently been updated. By clicking on the icon or the link below you can see how the new medal system works.
Outline of New Medal System
It is only upon receipt of a claim from the owner that the cat's computer record is checked and updated with the title. The title will then appear on any documents about the cat issued after that date, such as kitten registrations, transfers, pedigrees, etc. The Title lists for publication are also taken from the computer records. If there is no claim, there will be no recorded title and no publication. It is up to the owners to ensure that the title is recorded for posterity. GCCF titles are published on the GCCF Website and in other relevant GCCF publications.
Claims should be sent in as soon as possible after the show in which the qualifying award was achieved and must be before the cat is entered for a higher class at a subsequent show. Entry into a higher class without claiming the title will result in a reminder from the GCCF Office; the cat may be disqualified from subsequent shows until the title is claimed. The details required can be found in the GCCF advertisement found in most show catalogues but the ideal format of a claim is as follows. You can also email your claim to the office.
Title Claim Form
HOUSEHOLD PET SECTION
(Non Pedigree and Pedigree Pets)
When an exhibit gains its three Master certificates, three Grand Master certificates, from three different judges, the owner must send in a claim to the GCCF Office so that the cat can be officially recorded with their title. The same procedure applies when it gains five Imperial Grand Master certificates, or five Olympian Certificates, and also for UK Grand Titles, for which two UK Grand Challenge or two UK Grand Premier certificates from two different judges are required.
Title Claim Form