Before you decide to enter your cat into a show, the experts recommend attending shows as a spectator at first. This will allow you to get a good grasp on what's going on and get familiar with the atmosphere. Also, it's a good idea to get a hold of some cat magazines to learn more about the culture and information out there on cats. In addition, certain cat publications will list the schedule of shows.
Making sure your cat is up to the task is tantamount to deciding whether to enter a show. Many cats don't appreciate being handled by strangers in an unfamiliar environment. This could cause your cat undue stress.
If you think your pedigreed cat should compete to be a champion or premier and you don't plan to enter your cat into the household pet category, get a copy of the breed standards for your cat's breed. You can get these from whichever governing organization (such as the CFA) you'd like to register your cat. Get familiar with these standards so that you have a good idea what judges will look for in your cat. Learn how to groom your cat to make it look its best.
Organizations often require that you register your cat with them or an affiliated group before you can exhibit them at a show. Often, requirements stipulate that your cat be healthy and vaccinated before you can show them. Make sure you can get his documentation from your vet. Once you register your cat, you can fill out an entry form to enter a show. Because of deadlines and the time it takes to enter you, make sure you send in this paperwork ahead of time, allowing about two months before the show.
Once you've jumped through all the administrative hoops to get your cat entered and it's finally show time, here are some tips from people experienced in cat shows:
- Show up early to find your benched cage.
- Bring a copy of your cat's vaccination documentation in case someone asks you for it.
- Make sure you have food and water as well as dishes for your cat.
- Bring a litter box.
- Bring toys to keep the cat entertained.
- Make sure you have all the necessary supplies for grooming.
Also, if you must take a flight to the show from out of town, bring your cat on board with you, instead of storing it in cargo space. Cat show experts also warn that getting into the big-time world of competition often requires a significant investment of time and patience. It is not uncommon for owners to spend hours grooming their show cats. In addition, costs of supplies rack up quickly. For instance, show cats might require several expensive combs and brushes for different areas of the body as well as shampoos and various other grooming supplies.
For more information on cat shows and how you can turn your feline into a champion, investigate the links below.
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