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- AOV - Any Other Variety
AOV, or Any Other Variety, refers to a cat that is a breed or color or has a characteristic that makes it unacceptable for show competition, while it is allowable for registration and breeding purposes.
- * Benching Area - Tidy or Chaotic?
Your benching area at the cat show should be clean and reasonably tidy and organized at all times.
- Bring Your Own Cage
Asking exhibitors to supply their own benching cage is an innovative concept that could change the landscape of the typical cat show
- * Calculating Grand Points in CFA
Learn how to calculate the grand points your cat earns at a show in CFA.
- Cat Out!
Do you know what you should do if your hear the call "Cat out!" in the show hall? Let's review...
- * Cat Show Titles
Most cat registries have different titles, or similar titles but with different qualifications. This article includes a handy chart listing the various registries, their titles, and the sequence or qualification necessary before a cat is awarded the title....
- Children At The Cat Show
Learn some tips on how to give a child visitor to the cat show a good impression of the cat fancy and breeders . . .
- * Cosmetic Surgery in Cats
Cosmetic surgery is now available for cats. When is it acceptable? When is it unethical?
- * Disqualified Or Withholding An Award
Do you understand the difference between a cat being disqualified and having an award withheld? Do you know the reason why a cat can be disqualified? Or why an award may be withheld?
- Don't Litter
Is your benching area clean and tidy? Or are you a litter-bug at the show?
- * Double Entering
Entering two shows on the same weekend may be a tool you wish to employ to maximize the success of your cat's show campaign.
- * Easy Grand
Granding your show cat can be easy... or it can be more of a challenge.
- * Emails & Show Brags
There are two basic 'styles' of show brag... there is the individual type and there is the more involved show report style. Choose the one that will work best for you and learn how to write it well.
- * Entry Clerk
Entry clerks may be one of the most under-appreciated pa/members of the cat fancy. Learn more about their many responsibilities.
- * Exhibitors Responsibilities
Do you know what YOU are responsible for when you enter a cat show? Check out the CFA show rules for Exhibitors, including the new rules changes for 2001..
- * Granding A Cat: How Fast Is Fast Enough?
Is how many shows a cat takes to Grand directly related to the cat's actual quality? How much emphasis should we place on how quickly a cat earns it Grand Champion title?
- Hands Off
Have you ever sat at ringside at a cat show and decided how you would place the cats on display. Most of us have -- but can you really judge a cat without actually handling it?
- * Happy Ring Clerk
Have you ever thought about what it takes to be a ring clerk at a cat show? Maybe you even thought about being a ring clerk? Perhaps you have been guilty of complaining about a ring clerk at one time or another? Learn what it takes to be a clerk — and how you can help make their job easier.
- * Happy Tail
Learn what is meant when a cat has a "happy tail" and how it could affect its success in the show ring....
- * Hot Torties & Reverse Calicos
Do you know what is meant by the term "hot" Tortie. Or how about a "reverse" Calico? Learn the meanings of these color descriptions and enjoy a series of photos of cats illustrating the color patterns ...
- I Love Ring Stewards Who...
The Ring Steward is an important, although mainly unsung, individual who contributes to the smooth running of the judging ring.
- * Making Cat Show Cage Curtains
Basic Instructions on how to sew (or glue!) your own unique set of cat show cage curtains.
- * Marking Your Catalogue at the Cat Show
There really is NO right or wrong way to mark your show catalogue... but learn how the ring clerk does it.
- Name Change
Sometimes when a breeder buys a new kitten it already has been named and registered. What do you do if you just don't like its name? Or its name is too long for you to add your cattery name to the end? Well, you can change it... sometimes...
- * Not In My Region
Placing restrictions on where a cat can be sold or shown is becoming commonplace in the cat fancy.
- 199 Points
When transferring an Open cat to Champion the champion count goes up by one cat - maybe...
- * One Show Grand
Cat exhibitors love to be able to say that their cat was a "One Show Grand". It is a legitimate accomplishment in the show ring. But what does it really mean? Are all great cats one show grands? Is there something better than being a one show grand? Is it different from one cat registry to another?
Pity the kitty whose head is bumped on the opening of the judging cage as the judge or exhibitor removes it.
- Point Charts & E-Points
Essential Tools for Your Campaign or just granding your cat in CFA.
- Second Time Around
An exhibitor shares her story of granding her cat... twice!
- Setting Up Cage Curtains
Pamela Martin of CastlePaws Designs answers the question, 'How do I set up my new show cage curtains?'?
- * Setting Up Your Benching Cage at the Cat Show
Basic Instructions on how to wrestle your curtains onto the cat show cage.
- Show Count Announcements
Why should cat clubs be required to announce their show counts?
- * Show Kit
What do you need to include in your show kit? Indeed, what do you need to pack to go to your show?
- * Show Report
Learn how the experienced exhibitor gives a show report with easily understood details.
- * Showing A Female In Season
What should you do if you have your female cat entered in a show, you are on the road Friday night, and as you are checking into your hotel, she starts to call?
- * Showing A Male Cat That Sprays
Having your male show cat begin to spray in the judging ring can feel like the end of his show career - but there are things you can do to make it easier on everyone and still keep showing...
- * Showing More Than One Cat In The Same Class
Depending on circumstances, the exhibitor may choose to show two (or more) cats in the same class at the same time. Learn the reasons why and how best to handle the challenge of showing more than one cat in the same class!
Do you know when you can talk to a judge in the show ring? And when you shouldn't? If a person is a non-officiating judge that is visiting or exhibiting at a show, have you ever shown them your new kitten and asked for their opinion? Is that allowed?
- * Shy Show Kitty
What can you do when your beautiful show cat is afraid or intimidated in the judging cage?
- Spectators At The Cat Show
Part of being a good ambassador for the cat fancy and cat breeders in particular is learning how best to deal with spectators in a way that makes everyone happy.
- * Spraying In The Judging Cage
When a cat begins to spray in the judging cage, it can be a trial for all involved: the exhibitor, the ring clerk, the judge and the cats in the next cage. Learn a few tricks on how best to deal with this awkward situation.
- Think Backwards
Retired TICA judge, Beth Hicks, shares a tip for making your cat's experience in the judging ring more enjoyable.
- TICA Titles
Have you ever wondered about the titles in TICA? What do all those initials mean? And what does your cat have to do to earn those titles? Wonder no more :-)!
- * Tongue Tipping
It can be most frustrating to have your beautiful show kitten begin to tip its tongue...
- * Training Your Show Cat
Learn the tricks and tips you can use to help nurture a good show personality in your next kitten.
- * 21 Day Rule
Do you know what the 21 Day Rule is? It is a rule made by cat regstration associations to protect the health of cats at the cat shows.
- * Understanding E-Points
E-Points are a monthly list of the show standings of cats in CFA.
- * Unhappy Show Cat
What do you do when your beautiful kitten is unhappy going to the shows? Is it afraid? Shy? Or intimidated in the judging cage? This article provides tips for helping your kitty enjoy being at the shows.
- Using Your Point Charts Wisely
Point charts are not only used to calculate the points your cat earns - Learn how they are used to help you choose the best show to enter in the first place!
- * Viruses in the Showhall
Learn how you can prevent your cat from catching a virus at the cat show . . . Viruses in cats (and humans) are often most infectious right before symptoms appear. This can mean that a healthy-appearing cat at a cat show may be harboring a virus that it can pass on to your kitty.
- * What Should You Wear To The Cat Show?
Have you ever stopped to think about the fashions you see at the cat show? How do you dress? What is appropriate for a cat show?
- Winners Ribbons
When you kitten graduates to adult classes, the first step towards adding a title to its name is the quest for winners ribbons.
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