Allison Howard: Hi! I am Allison with the Cat Fanciers Associations. Unlike dogs shows where owners and handlers strop the dogs around in a ring, cat shows are a bit different and can sometimes be confusing to new comers. At a cat shows cat shown are in three different levels of competition. Cats ages 4 to 8 months can be entered in the kitten category. While the kittens are young they learn how to be show cats. Positive exposure to the different sights, smells, and sounds of the show hall builds the kittens confidences. At the age 8 months old kittens can graduate to one/two adult classes of competition. The championship class is for cats that have not been spayed or neutered. Here they began to accumulate points against other cats for grand champion titles. Some of these cats will enter into breeding program.
The premiership class is for altered adult cats, cats who have been spade or neutered. These cats are judge to same standards as championship cats, but are competing for grand premier titles. Some of these cats have previously been shown in the championship class but are now retired from breeding and are back in the show ring. The competition begins with each Judge viewing all the cats and kittens in all breed rings and shot haired or long haired breed cats and kittens in the specialty rings. Each cat is assigned a number which is recorded in the show catalog. After the numbers are assigned owners intently listen for their cats number to be call to a ring.
While waiting owners can use the time for grooming to make sure the cat is in beauty contest condition. When a cat's number is called the owner brings them to the ring and places them in judging cages.
The Judge evaluates the cats in alphabetical order of the breeds. In this class judging each Judge makes his or/her own assessment based on their interpretation of the written breeds standard for each breed. The Judge then chooses their best and second best of breed. After class judging the Judge narrows down the field to the top ten cats that best represent the standard.
The rings and presents them numerical order. It's an exciting movement for an owner to hear that their pet has just one best cat and the audiences gets wrapped up in the moment too.