PREPARATION OF YOUR CAT
- If you decide your cat really does need a bath, make sure this takes place at least a week before the show, otherwise the coat will not lie properly. Alternatively, a couple of days before the show you could apply a little talcum powder (preferably non-scented) but you must make sure that no trace of the powder is left in the coat before you leave for the show as your cat could be disqualified.
- Ears. Be very careful to remove all signs of wax from the ears as this is a favourite reason for rejection at vetting in.
- Check that the eyes are bright and clear.
- NEVER take a cat to a show with the smallest skin lesion as this will almost certainly be considered as indicative of ringworm. You will be rejected at vetting in and you and all cats resident with you will be barred from shows and showing until clearance is obtained.
- NEVER take a cat that is slightly “off colour” to a show. Your cat should be in ‘tip top’ condition.
THE BIG DAY
- Make sure you leave home in plenty of time. Do not feed your cat before leaving as this can cause travel sickness. Check that you have your bag with all your show kit, food and water for the day and, of course, your cat. Remember to take your cat’s current vaccination certificate as you will be asked for it at vetting-in.
- When you arrive at the show hall you will be given an envelope containing your vetting-in slip, tally and admission sticker.
- Vetting-in. This usually takes place between 07.30 am and 09.30 am – check your schedule. There is almost always a queue. A vet and his/her steward will carefully examine your cat’s ears, eyes, coat, feet and under its tail. It is possible to ask the vet to allow you to open your cat’s mouth in order that it may also be examined. Provided everything is okay, your vetting-in slip will be signed and you will move into the Show Hall. Don’t lose your vetting-in slip – it is irreplaceable and may be needed to claim those cherished rosettes. If you are unfortunate enough to be rejected (heaven forbid) you will be given a form by the Show Manager stating the reason for rejection and telling you what you need to do to obtain clearance.
- When you have found your pen, check it for security; for example, door not shutting properly. If you have any problems with your pen contact the Show Manager at once. When you are satisfied that your pen is secure, wipe it down carefully with disinfectant. Place your food and water bowls in the rear right hand corner of the pen and your litter tray between them and the front of the pen. Now introduce your cat to its home for the day and let it have some breakfast. Keep fussing him/her to help them settle. When your cat is finished eating, remove the food dish and lightly groom him/her whilst in the pen, give him a final groom and cuddle, check that you have removed the food dish and that you have a clean litter tray.
- Judging starts about 10.00 am and it is then necessary for all exhibitors to leave the hall for that well-earned cuppa, a gossip and to purchase the show catalogue. You should check you entries in the show catalogue and if you find an error immediately go and rectify it with the Show Manager. You will be allowed back into the hall once the Open Class judging is completed – check time in the schedule – usually 1 pm. Judging of the Miscellaneous Classes continues well into the afternoon – be sure that you stay away from your pen if you see a judge or steward handling your cat.
- Results Board – By 12 noon the Open Class results may be up on the board and it is worth having a look to see how your cat has got on. The results are listed by class number and then you check down the list for your pen number to see whether your cat has been placed.
Below are some of the Abbreviations used by Judges on the Results Slips:
CC – Challenge Certificate
GC – Grand Challenge Certificate
BOB – Best of Breed
CNH – could not handle
Disq – disqualified
W/H – Withheld
A – absent.
- Collecting your rosettes. Your Open and Best of Breed rosettes should automatically be placed on your pen by an official of the Show. Towards the end of the show, your Challenge Certificate or Grand Challenge Certificate, which is a card bearing your cat’s name and signed by the judge will also be placed on your pen.
If you have been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in either Miscellaneous or Club Classes you are entitled to a rosette. A card will have been put on your pen with your placing and there is usually a tear-off part on the card which you have to sign and take to the Rosette Table to claim your prize, although at most shows all rosettes are placed on the pens by show officials.
HAVE A GREAT DAY, BUT REMEMBER, WINNING, THOUGH GREAT, ISN’T EVERYTHING, BE A GENEROUS LOSER, THERE’S ALWAYS ANOTHER SHOW AND ANOTHER JUDGE AND AFTER ALL, YOU WILL ALWAYS TAKE THE BEST CAT HOME WITH YOU!!!!