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.
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.
The Exotic is CFA’s Most Popular Breed for the second year in a row. The top ten CFA breeds are:
Maine Coon Cat
Rankings are based on registration 2015 figures. While not a breed, this is also the first year the household pets are able to compete for regional wins. Household pet recordings increased by 300% in 2015. To learn more about cat shows, go to http://www.cfa.org/Shows/AboutCFAShows.aspx
2015 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show
Photo: Larry Johnson
The excitement of the two day event came to a colorful end on Sunday with the selection of Best-of-the-Best in Show Winner, a 1 year and one month old Red Classic Tabby & White Shorthair Male Manx was named Best in Show at the 2015 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show on November 22, 2015. One cat from each show (Red and Purple) was chosen in Championship and Premiership and one longhair and one shorthair kitten were also selected from each show. Selection was based on total points earned. The six cats were judged by CFA All Breed Judges Sharon Roy of Manchester, NH; Kayoko Koizumi of Japan; and Hope Gonano of Port Orange, Florida who selected their first and second runners up along with the Best Cat in Show.
The Exotic Breed Takes Over Top Spot from Persian Breed for the First Time
The Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Most Popular Cats!
Pictured: CFA’s Best Exotic for 2014, GC, BW, NW Dandys Hey Jude of Ivy Cat, a cream spotted tabby male, bred by Natalie Blakeley and P & R Degolyer and owned by Natalie Blakeley and Pam Degolyer.
Busy cat owners who like the look of a Persian, but don’t have time for daily grooming sessions, have made the Exotic the most popular cat breed according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) 2014 registration statistics. The Exotic is bred to meet the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat. The thick, plush, short coat gives the Exotic a soft, rounded, teddy bear look. Based on registration statistics, the Exotic took over the top spot from the Persian breed.
Take a look at the ranking of all of CFA’s breeds here.
We cannot wait to show you this great video which shows what is involved in feline agility competition which is just like the one coming up and will be hosted by the CFA’s San Diego Cat Club this weekend !
The excitement of the two day event came to a colorful end on Sunday with the selection of Best-of-the-Best in Show Winner, a 4 year and seven month old Bi-Color Persian Male Cream and White Neuter was named Best in Show of 1,000 cats at the 2014 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show on November 23, 2014. One cat from each show (Red and Purple) was chosen in each of the three categories in Kitten, Championship and Premiership. Selection was based on total points earned. The six cats were judged by CFA All Breed Judges Larry Adkison of Springfield, MO; Diana Doernberg of Akron, OH; and Kathy Black of Duncan, OK who selected their first and second runners up along with the Best Cat in Show.
BEST IN SHOW
GC, GP, NW VELVETKIST PACK’N HEAT OF KRIMPURRS
Cream and White Persian Male Neuter
B: Noralyn Heisig
O: Noralyn Heisig, Beth Holly
GC, NW WYNTERWYND CLAIR DE LUNE
Blue Russian Blue Female
B/O: Annette Wilson
GC TOMBROCK’S CHOPIN
Black Exotic Male
B: Salvatore Cuccu, Giovanni Giordano
O: Salvatore Cuccu, Maria Christina Bertello, Giovanni Giordano
You will see cats, cats and more cats at the largest show in North America.
20 rings of judging, educational seminars, feline agility competition, breed booths where you can see the cats up close, Ambassdador Pet Me Cats where you can touch and interact with the cats, Garfield appearances and more!
Taylor Swift is so cute! She has worn a number of cat-themed items lately from a cat themed t-shirt to a polka dot sweater with a cat face in one of the polka dots and our favorite black cat skirt below.
We know cat fashion is all the rage this year as evidenced by the Lily Pulitzer Scarf we showed a few weeks back and Taylor is proving once again she is right in style.
We know Taylor adores cats, especially her cat Meredith, a Scottish Fold. Meredith even has her own followers on Twitter. The Cat Fanciers’ Association Scottish Fold Breed Profile says, “Due to the rarity of the Fold, AND due to the fact that not every kitten born has folded ears, it is very hard for the supply to keep up with the demand.” We are glad to see that Taylor has found the purrfect feline companion.