Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Most breeders will show a promising kitten in the kitten classes, until they're 8 mos. and they're are shown in adult classes. Some kittens go thro awkward growth stages where for example the ears look too big in proportion to the head for standard, and don't hold their type, so sometimes a breeder would have to wait a while until it looked better. Also some breeds come into heat early and this is upsetting to other cats in the show. Some males can start to get bothered by the scent of other males around a year old and may become aggressive and not enjoy being handled. The cat, unlike a dog show is not handled by the owner or handler on the end of a lease. It is up to the cat to show itself off. Some are better at this than others. The cat that passively stands but doesn't respond to a judge's attempts to animate it with a teaser toy may get passed over for finals unless it has superior type for its breed. But often the cat that stretches up on the judging stand post or plays with the judge will get into a judge's finals. For example in an All Breed or SH Specialty or LH Specialty judge's finals, it will be the cat that is closest to its own standard of perfection, and is animated that usually get the top ribbons. There are no limits on how many times a cat can be shown. Some judges can be biased towards or against some breeds, and will consistently put up cats that are their favorites. Some cats love shows, others merely tolerate them, and some cats hate them. Shows can be stressful for some cats, with the noise and crowds of people, and can lose condition because of it, so a lot depends on the cat's personality how it handles shows. A cat may achieve a certain level, e.g. Champion but may not achieve enough points to win a Grand Champion. Some years there may be a streak of exceptional cats and other years not as much. Showing can be addictive and when one has an exceptional cat that is the epitome of its standard it is exhilarating to the breeder and judges alike.
"There are no ordinary cats.";"Time spent with a cat is never wasted."~ Colette
"A loving cat can mend a wounded heart." ~ Unknown Author
Alkitotle aka "Alkee", "Lambie" (July 2/04 - Oct. 2/15) -- white Devon Rex
in avatar. "Always in my heart."
Last edited by catloverami; 07-31-2013 at 05:42 PM.