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Showing a non pedigree cat

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Ammy, Jun 19, 2010.


  1. Ammy

    Ammy PetForums Member

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    I know everyone thinks their cat is gorgeous and lovely but my Meg really really is!!!

    I know domestic moggies can be shown and I would like to have a go- where do I start????:D
     
  2. HollyM

    HollyM PetForums VIP

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    First of all you need to register with cat clubs in your area, then you can get a list of the shows sent to you and the forms to enter in turn. Good luck!!
     
  3. Ammy

    Ammy PetForums Member

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    What do they judge moggies on???
     
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    carolmanycats PetForums VIP

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    Have a look here for GCCF shows Welcome to the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy

    The entry forms are usually available about 3 months before the date of the show and entries close anything from 3 to 6 weeks before the show. Most of the schedules are now available frionm the above site or the club website, you don't need to register with any clubs to find out :)

    Judges assess non-pedigrees on temperament, condition and grooming and, if they still don't have a clear winner on all that, then personal prefernce can be the decider LOL.

    Am off to bed now but am happy to answer more fully tomorrow or if you want to pm me

    Carol
     
  5. carolmanycats

    carolmanycats PetForums VIP

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    OK, more time to do a repkly now :) Please forgive the length LOL.

    Basically there are 3 different types of shows in the UK, the main one, with most shows here, is the GCCF, there are usually a few shows each weekend and you should be able to find a few at least a year within reasonable travelling distance no matter where you live. Then there is TICA and FB, these have fewer shows. In all 3 your cat has to be up to date with their vacciations, in good health - no fleas etc - and, in the case of moggies, neutered - the age at which this has to be done varies - FB is 10 months, TICA is 8 months and GCCF is 6 months. all GCCF and FB and some TICA shows are "vetted" - which means that your cat has to pass a brief veterinary examonation on the way in, this is fairly quick and mainly involves the vet checking for any signs of illness, fleas, ear mites etc, eyes, ears, mouths and coats will be looked at. Most TICA shows are also vetted but a few nowadays are not, at those they take you on trust but a vet will carry out spot checks throuhgout the day rather than on every cat that enters.

    Cats have to be entered in advance of the show, the time at which the entry details are avaialbe varies from 3 months in GCCF to many months in TICA. Entries have to be in about 4 weeks before the show but again this varies, many TICA shows will take entries later then GCCF ones but will charge a late entry fee for entries made after closing date, some also give an early biird discount for entries made before a specified date but generally once you have entered a TICA show you wuill not get a refund if you withdraw your cat, even before closing date, most GCCF showes will refund under those circumstances but not after closing date.

    The shows all run differently, although at each the arrival time is usually bewtween 7.30 and 9.30 and closing time is around 5ish. You are not allowed to remove your cat before the show closes without the express prior agreement of the show manager. The age at which kittens become cats also varies - 10 months at FB, 9 at GCCF and 8 at TICA. OK.

    GCCF. These are held on one day only. Once you get through "vetting in" youir cat is allocated its own numbered 2 foot square pen which is where it stays all day (these have to be furnished with a white blanket, litter tray, water dish and food dish which you can buy at shows. The reason for this is that all cats are judged anonymously so are all kept in identical surroundings) and the owners are not allowed to be in the hall when their cats are being judged. The cats are penned in breed and colour order with entire pedigree cats of that breed first, kittens second and neuters third, in the moggies it is adult neutered cats then kittens and the moggies, or GHopusehold pets, are always in the last pens. After the exhibiitors leave the hall the judges come along with a little trolley onto which they put each cat in turn to assess it. They disinfect between each cat so hygene is paramount. Once it gets to 12.30-1.00 everyone, and the paying public, is let back in, whether judging is finished by then or not (usually not LOL) and whilst you can be with your cat for the rest of the day you must move away if a judge (wearing a white coat) comes along to look at your cat.

    Classes are split into Open and Miscellaneous classes plus Title classes for cats who have gained various titles by winning Open classes and certificates. For the non-peds, since last June, most shows now do title classes too - basically your cat can win a Master Cat certificate when it wins its Open class if the judge feels it worthy of the certificate, it needs 3 of these from 3 different judges to claim the title of Master Cat. It can then go into the Grand Class to try to win another 3 Grand certificates to claim the title of Grand Master Cat and then into the Imperial classes where it needs 5 certificates. Open classes are split firstly into coat length - LH and SH - then into colour (self (black, white, blue etc) & self with white, tabby +/- white, ginger and tortie +/- white and anything else!) then each colour class is split between male and female cats and then the two winners, the male and the female, are judged against each other to get Best of Breed/Colour/Class (depending on the show each calls it differently). Most shows also have a Best in Show where the judges pick the cat they feel is the best of all the Household Pets. Cats can be nominated for consideration for this from the Imperial, Grand and Open classes, or at other shows each Imperial, Grand and Best of Colour etc winner is automatically considered for Best In Show (BIS). There are usually fantastic prizes for this - one of ours came home yestsrday with literally a whole, boxful of food, plus other goodies and a gorgeous rosette! You also win rosettes for coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd the various classes, though some don't do them for the miscellaneous classes, the one yesterday just do cards for those.

    TICA. These are usually two day shopws (though you don't have to do both days) and are totally different, a LONG day, hard work mentally and physically but great fun and you can spend all day with your cats. The cats usually have a double pen, ie 4 foot long instead of 2, and you can drape/decorate them any way you want and have toys in with your cat etc. They are not penned in any particular order although they do try not to have entire cats next to eah other, and if you have friends going too you can ask to be penned next to them. Again each cat is allocated a number for the day. At TICA there will be between 5 and 7, usually 6, different judges and each judge looks at EVERY cat once during the day. They sit in "rings" (usually actually squares or rectangles, LOL) where they are at a central table with judgimg pens (the 2 foot ones like GCCF) behind and to the sides. You take your own cat and put it in the judging pen when your number is called and can then sit at the fornt and watch your cat being judged but must not speak to the judge unless they speak to you.

    To concentrate on the non-peds (as peds are judged by coat length, breed, colour etc) they will be judged in an "All Breed" - AB, or a "Specialty" - SP ring, AB is all Llonghair and shorthair cats, SP means the LH are judged seperatly to the SH. The coat lengths are then split into "divisions" (solid (self), solid & white, tabby, tabby & white etc, then into colours - black, white, black & white, etc but not into sex, males and females are judged together. Cats are given 1st to 3rd in colour classes then judged in the division so, for example, in the solid divison there may be a black cat, a white and a blue (grey), they will all get a first colour then will be judged 1st, 2nd and 3rd division. When all cats have been judged, usually between 4 and 14 cats, the judge will then pick his or her top 5 cats to "final". These will then be placed 1st to 5th, the 1st, or best cat will often, but not always, get a small bag of cat food as a prize. This happens under each judge. TICA have titles too - Master Cat, Grand Master (GM), Double Grand Master (DGM), Triple GM, Quadruple GM and Supreme GM. These are not gained with certificates as at GCCF but by gaining points and getting to a certain number of finals, each title required additional points and finals and the top Supreme title needs not just a final but a Best Cat in a final. TICA shows vary as to a Best in Show (Best of the Best), some do it, some don't, those that do, calculate how many points a cat has gained over the weekend and give it to the one with the highest number of points.

    FB I am a bit rusty on FB as haven't done any for a while but these are mainly 2 day shows though some are 1 day. You are penned in double pens and can sit with your cat all day as with TICA but there is only 1 ring your cat goes into as opposed to 4 to 7 with TICA. In FB you take your cat up to the judge and handle it for the judge yourself, again, you don;t speak to the judge but can answer any questions they may ask you about your cat. The cats are split LH and SH then male and female, not by colour at all. Basically you are judged in your class then the LH and SH female winners are judged for best female and the males for best male then the two go against each other for Best in Show and best Opposite Sex. There are no titles for HPs in FB.

    Think thats's about it, anything I haven't covereed that you are not sure about just ask.

    Carol
     
  6. IndysMamma

    IndysMamma PetForums VIP

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    here's some pics with my Indy and Misha (rip) at their various shows

    Indy's first show as a kitten - Yorkshire County 2008
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    Indy and Misha at Humberside 2009
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    And the Boys at Northern Birman 2010
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    As you can see if it wasn't for their aging or the fact I dated the photos... you wouldn't really have a clue as to what show they are in... hence the uniform appearance of the pens etc.

    One thing though... make sure your kitty is well used to being handled by strangers in advance... have seen a few 'flip outs' and you feel sorry for the poor cat... and poor owner who at home has a friendly marvelous kitty.

    Comfy shoes also a must.
     
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