If you have never been to a cat show, you may not know what to expect as you may have heard some rumors that cat shows are only for stressed out, pedigreed cats. However, that notion is far from the truth!
There are many things to do at a cat show, let’s take a look at what kinds of things go on:
- Judging: Cats are judged within their respective breeds and then the top ten cats are chosen from the best and second best of breeds. Cats are kept in a benching area away from the judging rings and are held in cages or “show shelters” until they are called to the ring for judging or a final. At the conclusion of class competition, the judge will call his top ten final and award rosettes to the top cats in Kitten, Championship and Premiership.
- Benching Area: This is a great place to have a conversation with a breeder. It’s where you can learn about the breed of your choice and ask questions about the breeder’s expectations and preferences for placing cats. Many times, you can find out about whether the breeder has a retired show cat available to a forever home. That forever home can be yours!
- Feline Agility Competition: Cats can compete in a timed, enclosed feline agility course. It is fun to watch them as they compete against the clock. If you are at a show which has feline agility, you will spend several minutes at a time just mesmerized watching the cats jump through hoops and climb stairs.
- Vendors and more! You will love shopping for all things cat: from teaser toys to scratching posts, you will find all the latest in cat products! Of course, you may find “people” vendors as well.
- Family-friendly Activities:
You will find that several shows have additional activities for the whole family such as Breed Showcase where you will get to see and learn more about the different breeds or a stuffed animal judging competition for kids or coloring contests and more. Show flyers list activities that each club is planning.
- Animal Rescue Adoptions: Many clubs have animal rescue groups participate. The mission of CFA is to promote the welfare of all cats. You can choose a homeless animal to add to your family and so the cat can have a forever home.
There is a myth that cats are stressed out at shows and it is an unnatural place for them to be. While there are cats who do not like to show and they are “retired” quickly from showing if they act up and are cranky, many cats love the attention from their owners and like to be admired by strangers.
Check out CFA’s list of upcoming shows at go to www.catshows.us