I have been showing my Ragdoll Cats for about 2 years now, and want to share how much fun it can be, and hope to encourage others to show their fabulous felines.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to own a pedigreed, or even a purebred cat to participate in show. In Australia we have Companion Class, which is defined as any kitten over the age of 10 weeks or cat either from either registered stock but not shown as registered, part pedigree or domestic cat of undetermined heritage. Companion Pets over the age of 6 months must be desexed.
You will need to prepare your cat for a show a couple of days before or at least a day before the show. Preparation includes bathing (longhairs), nail trimming, removal of any traces of fleas, ear cleaning, and general brushing and grooming to make sure your cat is in tip top condition for judging.
There are varying rules for different cat clubs, so make sure you read the paperwork you receive with your entry, to ensure you follow their procedures.
Part of the preparation should also include packing your bag for the day with essentials and items for emergencies. Things you may wish to include are:
- Food and water bowls
- Dry food
- Bottled water (in case none is readily available)
- Cage curtains and cushion
- Litter tray, litter and rubbish bags for disposal
- Secure cat carrier
- Grooming tools
- Pen for keeping scores
There will be someone at the entrance of the show who will be able to guide you as to where to go and what you need to do for set up. Once you have set your show cage up complete with your cat, you can find yourself a good position and get ready to enjoy the excitement of the day.
Angela Love is a Registered Breeder of Ragdoll Cats in Qld, Australia, and also shows regularly.