Show Etiquette

Here are a few basic rules of etiquette to keep in mind when entering the show hall:

  • Do not touch other people's cats without their permission.
  • Be a good winner and a good loser.
  • A person carrying a cat always has the right-of-way.
  • Be cautious about any comments you make about the cats in front of judges or exhibitors.
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Considerations for Joining a Registry

Before you join any club or registry, here are some thoughts to consider:

  1. What will sending your money do for you and your cats?
  2. What can you do for the group?
  3. Are there shows held in your area?
  4. How long has the group been in service?
  5. What is the group's financial situation? Will you receive a quarterly financial report? How many people are overseeing the money and for what is it being used?
  6. Are the records kept in order?

What Judges Look For at a Cat Show

You know that your cat is the handsomest, most graceful feline in the world, with the quirkiest personality. Have you ever considered taking him to a show to let others judge for themselves? Even if your favorite pet has neither pedigree nor registration, he may be eligible for many cat shows. Here are some of the things the judges are looking for at those shows.

The "Sometimes Rocky" Road to Grand Championship

Some of you may remember my story about my very first litter upon my return to the cat fancy - my queen’s water broke 6 days early and I spent the next week anxiously by her side until her delivery - at 5:00 AM on the floor of my cat room on a quilt that we had both been sleeping on. Kira presented me with the kittens by dropping them in my hand and waited patiently until I cleaned and checked each one. The last kit to be born was a tiny dilute calico, who I began to bottle feed to ensure she got enough milk.

Show-Quality Grooming

There are as many techniques to grooming for a show, as there are breeders. Much depends on the age of the cat, the sex, time of year, color, and coat texture. Sometimes, daily brushing can cause more damage to a show coat than good. Check the coat several times daily, just by petting the cat, and if you feel the start of a small snarl, then comb it out using a wide-tooth metal comb. Never use a slicker brush for any type of daily, deep combing.