Cat Shows

Our Show Schedule | CFA Show Schedule | Behind The Scenes


 
Cat shows are a somewhat unique affair.  Predominantly a "social event", with many breeders meeting each other to exchange information, discuss problems, show off their newest acquisitions, meet with prospective clients, and to simply party with friends, there is often not a great deal of "action" going on, in the traditional sense.  Though there is an "agility" course at some shows - where cats are run through an obstacle course, the majority of shows do not incorporate it at this time.  Mostly, it is a matter of displaying the cat(s) in a show ring, having a judge go over them, individually, and then taking them back to their cages to await the next ring.  In between those times, a visitor may notice a great deal of talking going on between breeders, a lot of grooming being done, as they get their cats ready for the next ring and even a number of people sitting, reading books and a few, even taking "cat naps".  
 

Typical Show Ring
A Typical Show Ring

 

Typical Show Hall
A Typical Show Hall

As a visitor to a cat show, you may find that things appear chaotic and disorganized at times.  They probably are, but remember, there are 6 (or more) "rings" underway at any given time, with hundreds of cats needing to be seen in each ring, each day and as with any large event, any number of things can be going on that will cause changes to be made, on the fly.  Each exhibitor has to keep track of what is going on around them and the changes that may be taking place, what ring they are supposed to be getting ready for, getting their kitten / cat ready and at the same time, being able to talk with fellow exhibitors and you, the visitor.  There will be moments when you may arrive, just at the wrong time and the breeder may simple have reached their wits end trying to juggle everything they are doing and they may appear to be less than warm and fuzzy towards you.  If it is a breeder / exhibitor you really wish to talk to, wander off for a bit and come back when they appear less frazzled.  Otherwise, try and remember that something (other than you) may be causing that particular person, at that particular moment, to be less than talkative...

Note:  In 2009, we will be putting together a "Behind The Scenes Tour Of A Cat Show" that will walk you through what a cat show is like and try to explain what is going on right in front of you, not to mention, behind the scenes, as well.  We have always enjoyed the "Disney - Behind the scenes" tours...:-)  Please check back from time to time to see our progress on this.

2010 - This project is still being worked on.


In the mean time, visit the "New Bee" website for more information on "CFA" cat shows.

In the mean time, if you are planning on visiting a show that we are at, look us up, we will gladly walk you through and explain what is going.  And, if you are not interested in Maine Coon's, or Norwegians (Gasp!), we'll even help you find a breeder who works with the breed you are interested in... :-)


Red Adair and Alexander being judged at a show - At 5 & 6 Months of Age

Red Adair at the show in New Berlin, IL
 

Each judge has their own style of judging a cat, some take a relatively long time going over each cat to get a "feel" for it, others are more efficient in their process.  With kittens (as shown above with Red Adair and below with Alexander), most of the judges understand that the kitten's future at shows can be highly dependent on how they are handled and made to feel comfortable early on.  The pictures above and below, show a bit of this judges style, to be sure, she spends time going over the required traits, but she also makes sure the cat/kittens feel comfortable by playing with them.  Of course, too much playing would slow the show down to a crawl, just one reason why I could never be a judge! 


Alex is #26

Alexander at the show in New Berlin, IL

 



Our Show Schedule
 
Throughout the year we try to attend as many shows as we can.  A number of factors are involved in deciding which shows to attend, but in general, if there is a show between Chicago & St. Louis, we will do all we can to have one of us be there.  We also try to attend a few shows outside our immediate area, but much of that depends on how well our kittens and cats do, both in the shows they attend, as well as while traveling in general.

 Note:  Some of the links provided for the shows we plan to attend are intended for the "exhibitors", not spectators.  Read the information carefully to find out where the show is located and what the actual show hours are.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we will help in any way we can.
 
Shows In This Area:
 
   - CFA Shows

 

 

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