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Showing your Household Pet


Do you have a much loved domestic  cat or kitten that you think is terrific?  Have you ever thought about showing your feline family member at a cat show.  Well you can in the Household Pet (HHP) division of a CFA cat show.   Don't be afraid to give it a try.  If your cat is friendly, not easily frightened, and   likes attention, chances are it will do well and you will have a good time showing it off.

To be shown, all household pets (HHP) must be at least 4 months old, not declawed, and in good health with no evidence  of fleas, ear mites, etc.  Cats 8 months of age or older must be spayed or neutered.  Nails should be clipped on all four paws before leaving for the show.  If you are unsure about this, ask your vet.

HHP's are judged on condition (general good health), uniqueness, temperament, and grooming.  Of course you will want your cat to look its best, so most people bathe their cat one or two days before a show.  This makes sure the coat is clean and allows time for the natural oils to return.

Once you have sent in your completed entry form, you are ready to prepare for the show.  Be sure you have a carrier to transport your cat. 

Wire show cages are provided for each entry.  They must be covered by "cage curtains".  These are for covering the cage to prevent your cat from seeing its neighbors.  Some people who show regularly have spectacular curtains and decorations for their cages.  Most keep their curtains simple but attractive.  One large piece of material to cover the back, sides, and top of the cage will do just fine.  Twin size sheets work well.  Colorful beach towels are another possibility.  It's a good idea to securely fasten the curtains with large safety pins or clips.  You will also want something to cover the table under the cage.  A piece of carpet, towel or bath mat the size of the cage works well.

For more information on cage curtains, go to the following sites:

Cat litter is provided but you will need to bring a small litter box.  Bring cat food, kitty treats and a toy or two for your cat.  Also bring small dishes for the food and  water.   Include something to scoop out the litter box as needed. 

  If this is your first show, it is wise to arrive at the hall at least an hour before the scheduled starting time.  This will let you check in, set up your cage, and make your cat comfortable.  When you arrive there will be an entry clerk at the door.  He/she will check you in, give you an entry number, a show catalog, and tell you the row in which you have been assigned a cage.  Locate the row, and your name will be on a cage.  Set up the cage with your curtains, water, litter box, and bed, before putting in your cat.   Now check the catalog to see when and where the judging will take place.  When your number is called, take your cat immediately to that ring and put it in the judge's cage under your number, sit down with the audience and be proud.  This same thing will happen several times during the day depending on the number of judges.  In HHP the judge will award red and white "merit" ribbons to those cats which deserve recognition for participating in the show.  As the judge finishes with each group of cats your number will be turned around or removed as a sign that your cat can be returned to its own cage.   You will then take your cat back to the benching cage, along with your cat's merit award.  Each judge will see all of the HHPs and then choose a few to return for what are termed "finals".  If you hear your number called for this, take your cat immediately back to the ring for a special award.

 There will be a lot of time between judging when you can enjoy visiting the vendors or touring the show, seeing all the different breeds, and talking with their owners.  It's always a good idea, though, to ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your cat when you're away from the cage.  Do not hesitate to ask questions.  If the exhibitors are not busy at the ring or grooming their cats, they will be happy to help you or discuss their cats with you.

Whether or not your pet receives any rosettes or awards, it is a special time to share with your pet.  You will feel much pleasure and pride when your cat receives the admiration you have always known it deserves, and most cats actually enjoy the pampering and extra attention.  So if you have been considering showing your pet "go for it".  A cat show is fun, educational, and most gratifying.

Information taken in part form CFA's Southwest Region Household Pet web site.