Cat Shows: How To Get Your Cat In
How to enter cat shows. What breeds can be shown? What happens at a cat show? Are there special breeding or training requirements?
Your cat is just too gorgeous NOT to show her, right? Or perhaps you haven’t bought a cat yet, but would like to get one that could enter shows.
Then, there are some things you might want to know about showing your magnificent feline.
Q. Can only certain breeds enter shows?
A. It really depends upon the cat organization and its show’s requirements.
Some shows are breed specific, some are for a variety of breeds, and others, while not as prestigious, allow common housecats to enter.
Q. How can I get purebred cat?
A. First, do a little research on what kind of cat you want. Then check around your area for breeders and specifically request a “show kitten.” Be prepared, however, show cats are, of course, more expensive.
Q. What are some of the more famous cat associations and shows?
A. The distinguished Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) is at the top. Other groups are the International Cat Association and the American Cat Fancier’s Association. These might offer better shows for the beginner as they seem to be less intimidating than the CFA.
Q. What are the shows like?
A. They usually last 1-2 days and are usually divided into categories of cats such as kittens, championship, premiership, or household. The cats will be viewed by judges together as well as separately and within their breed.
Q. How do I start?
A. Subscribing to a cat magazine can be helpful since they often have articles about shows in them. They also list upcoming shows. You need to register about a month before the show by getting an entry form and sending it in as soon as you can. Read all information about the show carefully, including all the important rules and regulations.
Showing your cat is a lot of work, but can be a very rewarding experience, especially if you win!