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I went to my first cat show!

Last week, my dad sent me the link from an article in the paper, about a cat show that was going on that weekend. My dad is a total cat person, he just won't admit it... Anyway, this cat show is really big on the Household Pets category, and a quite a few local pet owners enter their kitties just for fun and to maybe win a ribbon or two. He thought I might be interested in bringing the girls next year

So, on Saturday, I went with my little brother and sister to check it out. Spectators got to vote on their favorite long-haired and their favorite short-haired kitties; both the kids adored the Maine Coons, while Hannah's favorite short-hair was the Abyssinian, and Stephen's was the Oriental. The owners and exibitors were really nice, and the cats were so gorgeous. They were judging the kittens that afternoon (under 8 mos.), so lots and lots of little kitties!

They were all so beautiful, and it was really cool to see some breeds up close that I'd only seen pictures of: Siamese, Burmese, Ragdoll, Abyssinian, Egyptian Mau, Bengal, Oriental, Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, and even a tortoiseshell Manx!

The Household Pets are judged on personality, appearance, and health. I realize I'm biased , but I think my girls would do great! Pets over 8 months must be spayed/neutered, cannot be declawed, have to be up-to-date on shots, etc. and there were half a dozen booths for various cat rescues and spay/neuter assistance. I thought that was really cool

So we had a great time, and afterwords the kids could not stop talking about how cool it would be to bring the girls next year (just Miko and Steph, I think Scully and Beeper would be far too nervous). I told them we'd really have to keep up with handling them and making sure they can be calm in situations like that. Of course, these are the cats that sleep while at the vets, and Miko has been known to purr while the doctor is listening to her heart I told them that if we're going to do this, they have to be involved, and we're going to do all our homework on cat shows. And if in a year's time that show works out well, there are other cat shows in our area that accept Household Pets as well.

If you've never been to a cat show, I would really recommend them, they are so much fun!
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Yeah, they had a special raffle for people who brought cat food in to donate to the local shelters. There was a lot of food there! Here's the CFA branch that put the show on:

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Originally Posted by [url=http://www.nhff.org/
New Hampshire Feline Fanciers[/url]]OBJECTIVES (from our Constitution)

This organization is formed for charitable and educational purposes as relates to domestic felines to be achieved by:
  • The holding of shows to promote interest in and knowledge of cats to the general public and the providing of educational programs and materials therein, with proceeds over and above expenses to be used for other charitable purposes.

    To promote social welfare by giving support, through activities and donations to shelters, for the care of homeless and abandoned animals (cats) so as to reduce the number of feral animals in the populated areas of our communities.

    To encourage and donate to early spay-neuter programs for cats inappropriate to breeding.

    To donate to tax exempt organizations (such as the Winn Foundation) to promote the research of feline diseases.

    To encourage the breeding to standard of the pedigreed cat.

    To advance, in every way possible, the interests of breeders and exhibitors and to promote the welfare of all cats.
Good stuff

For people in the US who want to go to a show, here's the Cat Fancier's Association, show schedule 2005.
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-24-2005, 05:32 PM
 
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Hey cool there will be one in Dallas in April, I wanna go! I joke with my bf about entering Stix in cat shows...but then I picture him being held up like a show cat and mauling the judge. lol.
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-24-2005, 08:04 PM
 
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Cool! I started getting into cat shows after I got Wellington. I now volunteer to help out my breeder anytime she is at a cat show within an hour's drive of where I am. It's worked out great!! I've gotten to be really good friends with my breeder AND I get to handle and play with her kitties at the show. What more could I ask for?! I'm in heaven.
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Phooey! If I'd known, I would have zipped down there for the day. I've never actually been to a cat show (though I've been to a couple of household pet shows in the past). Grrrrrrrrrr...
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Did you take pictures at the show?
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wow that sounds like fun, and how exciting it would be to bring yours. I am going to have to look around in my town.
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I wish I could enter Sammi and Bailey in the domestic category, but they are too overweight. I think I am gonna go to a few of the shows in Oregon this year.

How much does it usually cost to get in?
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Spacemonkey- you really should enter your girls. You may not have to wait until next year. CFA is only one organization. How about TICA? Here's their show schedule: http://home.flash.net/~debreed/calendar.htm

Then there's ACFA. Here's their schedule: http://www.acfacat.com/about.html

We show year round and we don't really have to drive that far.

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I wish I could enter Sammi and Bailey in the domestic category, but they are too overweight.
I wouldn't let that stop you. The judges are wonderful and they take into consideration the age of the cat. Your kids are beautiful. Show them.

Of course, there are cats that like it and cats that don't. Three of mine LOVE it, so I only show those three. Cairo sometimes goes, but he doesn't go into the rings.

Wouldn't it be neat if some of us hooked up at a show?


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Roze- The entry fee for this particular show was $30, but I don't know what the average cost is.

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TonkMom- Thanks for those links! I'll definately have to check them out. I'd like to go to a few more and just talk to owners and exibitors before I enter my girls. I really think they'd be great, and now that the whole family is excited about it, we're definately going to pursue this

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elrick- No pictures this time, but here's some photos of the same show a few years ago:









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