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How do cat shows work?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Eroswoof, Mar 27, 2011.


  1. Eroswoof

    Eroswoof Guest

    I've always wondered this :eek:

    Mine are all moggies so it doesn't apply :lol: but what happens at them? I find it hard to imagine and I've never been to one.

    Do they still get all groomed and such? How do they get judged and things?

    Em
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  2. 2lisa2

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    im really curious to im giong to go to one soon but dont understand the titles either an what order they come like grand , bob , havent got a clue :confused:
     
  3. IndysMamma

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    Moggies can show! where in the North East are you? two of mine are off to Sheffield on April 16th and you can come along if you want and see the day's events

    I show under GCCF with my moggy cats - Indy is the only one with experience but Mabel has her first outing in April

    they get vetted in 8:30am-9:30am (ish depends on show)

    the cats are penned in a 2ft x 2ft x 2ft pen (or in Indy's case a 4ft x 2ft x 2ft - I get him a double cos he's a bit squashed in a single) they must have a white litter tray, blanket, water bowl - no food until after main judging but then also in white bowl

    judges come around with a steward and wee trolleys and get the cats out, mark them against their criteria- owners are banished from the room as this happens

    owners and spectators are allowed back in to tend to cats but side classes still being judged, must stay out the way of the judges

    results, best of type/show judging...

    applause

    go home
     
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  4. Eroswoof

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    I'm right in Newcastle upon Tyne!

    I'd LOVE to go and see a show :eek: Mine wouldn't like it as they're rescues and really timid :eek: but that's fantastic that moggies can do them too!!!!

    What sort of criteria do they judge a mog on?

    PS - Indy - haven't forgotten to add you to msn - just had to delete my pm messages so I've lost it :(

    Em
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  5. IndysMamma

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    the two I'm taking to the show are Mabel - the ex-feral who was thrown out a care whilst pregnant and Indy, her son who I hand raised

    most of the mogs I've met when showing are ex rescue/ex feral... it's just if they relax enough

    criteria for non peds/ped peds (purebred but no papers) - and other info on certificates etc

    courtesy of GCCF Cats
     
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  6. Marley boy

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    yeah what are they judged on i would love to enter mine in to a cat show :D
     
  7. Eroswoof

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    :yikes: I honestly had no idea about this :yikes:

    Rep for the information :eek:

    WOW

    Do they happen often, the shows and things?

    Em
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  8. IndysMamma

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    there's at least one show pretty much every weekend... it's just where they are can be an issue... also the costs can go pretty high, with Indy needing a double pen next month has cost me £74! for 2 cats

    also under GCCF rules you must have 13 days between shows... so only 2 shows per month max... this is to prevent epidemics from cats sharing bugs
     
  9. Eroswoof

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    Ahh :( I'd never have a spare £74 :(

    SUPER good luck to your puss though!!

    I've msndededed you by the way :D

    And hope Marleys family get into it!

    Em
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  10. messyhearts

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    Yes, cats do get groomed for shows! To show my semi-long haired cats I have to bathe them once or twice, at least, followed by drying them and brushing them through...!!! All this takes just under two hours each wash.

    For the pure-bred side to it rather than the pet side, a cat needs three certificates/first places to win a title. Neuters get a premier title and entire cats get a champion title. After this, they need 3 more for 'grand' to be added to premier or champion; then 5 for 'imperial' to be added. It is also possible to get 'UK' at certain shows - this requires 2 certificates and is very difficult to get. You also get 'Supreme' if you get the best adult/kitten/neuter at the Supreme - the cat equivalent of Crufts. GCCF have also introduced a new title called the 'Olympian' where cats need 5 certificates at bronze then 5 at silver then 5 more at gold.

    If you have been showing an entire cat they could be, will all possible titles, a Supreme UK and Olympian Imperial Grand Champion. They could be neutered and start from scratch and end up being a DOUBLE titled cat with something like 'Supreme UK and Olympian Imperial Grand Champion & Supreme UK and Olympian Imperial Grand Premier'. Though these are super rare. Most cats get to Champion/Premier and that's it.
     
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  11. IndysMamma

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    it can be a lot cheaper - say with one normal sized cat... can be just £35 :p

    my £74 is paying for 2 cats, club entry (lower entry fees, worth it with multiple cats) a larger pen for Indy and an extra entry ticket for mum

    edit Indy gets bathed as is high-white and *any* muck shows... I will be attempting to bath Mabel but no idea how that will go, again she is high white. If I ever show Gypsy or Loki then they will just get a thorough brush as they are dark coated
     
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  12. Eroswoof

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    :lol: Bless Indy :lol: I'd like my big boy to have a go, I might start popping some money aside for him...

    Em
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  13. messyhearts

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    It costs about £2 or £3 to visit a show so do attend one if you have one close by.

    £74 sounds like multiple cats. Most shows charge on average £30 per cat. Expensive due to pens, vetting in, rosettes, show hall hire etc.
     
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    What about Maine coons, or other pedigrees etc, Do they have shows just for that breed. Excuse my lack of knowledge - I,am really a novice on Cats. Not that I want to show my Boy, I would never get All his knots out and twigs glued on him :D. I would like to see how they do these Shows Tho. ta
     
  15. IndysMamma

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    yeah I did say it's 2 cats, one with a double pen etc... so tis an exception

    am waiting to see how this pair take to showing before deciding who goes to Humberside/Lincs in summer - Indy hasn't shown since the fire and Mabel has never shown before


    there are breed and type specific shows - for example in April I am off to the Northern Birman... you also get 'all variety' where all breeds can enter in their own classes, you can get 'type' shows... ie semi longhair... shorthair, the black and white club...

    http://www.gccfcats.org has all the info
     
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  16. 2lisa2

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    thanks for putting that up didnt have a clue how the titles worked :)
     
  17. kerfuffle

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    Great info IndysMamma! :thumbup: I'm almost tempted to bring my pet ginger monster along to the one in Doncaster, but I'm not convinced he'll appreciate the car journey and may arrive looking a bit grouchy. :laugh:
     
  18. messyhearts

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    There are breed shows, so there are Maine Coon shows, but most shows are 'all breed' shows.

    The Maine Coon Cat Club has a show in June in Staffordshire if you're interested. :)
     
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