Allison Howard: Hi! I am Allison with the Cat Fanciers' Association. Here we have some fantastic tips for preparing your cat for a show. There are some basic supplies together and lots to get done. So let's get started.
It's a good idea to enter cat shows at least one week in advance. If you have questions about filling out entry forms, contact an entry clerk, or show manager to walk you through the process.
Your cat will want to make a good first impression for the judges. So groom them just before the show, bathe them, clip all their claws, and clean their ears. You show cat should be squeaky clean from nose to the tip of its tail.
Make sure to bring the proper cat carrier to safely carry show-cats in and out of the show hall. Some handlers even get creative and make personalized cage curtains to cover wire cages. If you don't have the benching cage, check with the cat show, they may sell them for the event.
You want to have a designated space to groom your cat at the show and a small table such as a TV tray, covered with a towel makes the perfect comfortable space for any last-minute primping and priming.
Bring all the necessary supplies for your cat; a cat bed, litter box, extra litter, water and food dishes, cat food and cat toys to keep waiting kitties busy. Don't forget any of the basic grooming supplies. Pack along a comb and/or brush, cotton pads and salient solution for wiping their eyes, cotton swabs for cleaning their ears and baby wipes for any minor accidents.
Depending on the breed or your cat's coat length you might want to include some specialty items such as coat conditioners and sprays.
Some handy supplies you don't want to forget include a pen to write down judging results, a trash bag, paper towels, a small bottle of hand-sanitizer, and tissues.
If you have a lot of gear a small luggage cart, or even a large tote bag can be very useful. If you are a newbie, don't be afraid to ask other exhibitors' questions, they can be great sources for helpful tips.
That's all you need to get started in the fun and exciting hobby of showing cats.
See you at the next show!