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Picture of purebred cat being prepared to be judged at cat show — 4 Comments

  1. The “artifice” of using white powder is nothing mysterious, nor anything but grooming. Sometimes, on very white coats, corn starch is worked into fur to help control oiliness, especially along the track from the base of the ear down to the jaw. Other times, diatomaceous earth is used, also to control oiliness but with the added benefit of killing any fleas or other unwelcome things that people bring in. Both powdery substances are necessarily brushed through and out of the fur so the judges meet a lovely clean cat. And that cat looks quite accustomed to being groomed, as all show cats are since they are groomed from kitten hood.

    The judges have specific things to judge. Standard is, of course, vitally important. Characteristics that meet standard are what judges look for. Temperament helps too! By the way, cats are not judged against each other. They are judged against their particular breed standards. Those cats best meeting standard are the cats who ribbon.

    • Thanks Reesa. I think your reference to fleas is wrong to be honest. There should be no chance that a show cat is going to have fleas in a show hall (have you commented on this before? It rings a bell). If there is a chance it is a disgrace. To have a purebred show cat at a show with dead fleas in her coat because of diatomaceous earth treatment sounds less than ideal

      And I have seen white powder falling out of show cats which indicates to me it is there to artificially enhance the whiteness of the coat. What is wrong with the natural cat coat? I’d argue that the natural coat of a healthy well cared for cat is better than one with powder falling out of it.

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