The MoKan Cat Show is coming up in March. If your cat isn’t pedigreed, no worries! Your house cat may still be a champion in the Household Pets category.
Showing your house cat
Is your cat one of a kind? The great thing about mixed-breed cats is the almost unlimited diversity of coat length, markings, size, and disposition. If your cat is unusual, beautiful, or even just sweet, you might consider putting him in a Cat Fancier Association (CFA) cat show. There are no standards that cats in the household pet category must meet. However, the CFA requires that cats not be declawed. If over 8 months, cats in this category must be spayed or neutered.
If your cat meets these requirements and is in good health, she may be ready for the spotlight. It’s important to plan ahead for the cat show. There are some items that you will need to prepare, and if you’re coming in from out of town you will need to make reservations at a local hotel. Preparation and participation can be a great project for the entire family.
Each show is different, so your first step should always be to contact the show organizers. Some shows may not have a household pet category, and entry fees will vary. You will find a listing of shows on the CFA website.
The show will provide a cage and chair for you. According to the CFA, you should ask for a double cage when you register. A single cage is 2 x 2 x 2 feet. A double cage is twice as wide to provide more room for your cat to move comfortably. You will need to provide cage curtains for the sides, back, and top of the cage. Making cage curtains doesn’t have to be difficult, but you can let your creativity shine! These curtains can be as simple as bedsheets, but they can be as elaborate as luxury draperies. You can find instructions for making curtains online, even if you don’t sew.
In addition to curtains, you may want to decorate the top of the cage. Many shows have a theme, and organizers will award prizes for the best cage decorations. Bring a towel to cover the bottom of the cage, and a cat bed. Bring your cat’s food, litter, and bottled water, plus litterbox, food bowl, and water bowl. You may also want to bring your cat’s grooming supplies. If it’s your first show, let the show clerk know. You will most likely want to show up early for set-up. You will find more information about showing your cat at the CFA.
Meow Madness 2018 MoKan Cat Show
This year the MoKan Cat Club will host their annual show on March 10. The theme is “Meow Madness,” reflecting the college basketball championship season. Prizes will be awarded for the best basketball-themed cage decorations. The show will highlight 40 breeds of cats, and categories include the household pet. It’s a family-friendly event.
Catch the Fever
Showing your cat can be a rewarding year-round hobby. The CFA offers a Household Pet Recording Program. Once your cat is recorded, he will be eligible to accumulate points and work towards more significant awards like Grand Household Pet.
Come out to the MoKan Cat Show and share your obsession with your feline friend. And share your story with us! We would love to see your favorite photos.
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