This article is for people who are contemplating going to their first cat show. The context is Bengal Cats but the procedure is for all cat shows. If your Bengal is registered and has at least 3 generations of registered Bengal cats in their breeding history he/she can be shown (stud book status SBT).
Cat shows are a good place to meet people and see a lot of great cats (another reason why you should go to your first cat show). If you don’t have a purebred cat you can enter for the Household Pet Class. The CFA have criteria for showing household pets but they are widely drafted. You get all the acclaim and ribbons you can ever want in this class but your pet has to be very well presented, of course.
If showing, for example, in the Bengal kitten class make sure that your cat is up to date on vaccinations as the show hall will, by necessity, be an arena where disease is more likely to spread. Clearly it is wise (lets say a necessity), on your first cat show particularly, to study the Cat Registry’s standard. So, for example for a Bengal being shown at a TICA show (the CFA don’t allow Bengals for registration) it would be wise to check TICA breed standard.
A few pointers for your first cat show about the TICA Bengal Breed Standard:
2. In terms of “conformation” (body shape and look) the Bengal cat is medium to large build and muscular. There are lots of fine photographs on this website of high quality Bengal cats.
3. One of the most outstanding features of the Bengal cat is the spotted pattern. The spots should be aligned horizontally and be random. Rosettes (multiple spots in a formation such as a paw print or arrow head) are preferable. The contrast between the spot and the background colour should be at a maximum. You can red more about the Bengal cat from a person who really knows and the marble pattern here
These excellent photographs by LaVon Fabian give a nice feel for what goes on at a cat show. They were taken at “On Safari 2007” – the annual Bengal cat show organized by Pam Knowles and Les Hall. Click this link to go to LaVon Fabian’s Flickr webpage and album of photos of this cat show.
Judging: There are several judges. Your cage number will be called for judging. You will carry your cat from the cage to be judged. Hold on firmly! You will put your cat in a show ring cage and wait having kissed your cat. Yes……you’ve got a prize…..
Bengal Cats by Dan Rice DVM
photos by LaVon Fabian
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