Hello my friends, Spot here!
We’re getting all excited here in our World as we’re getting geared up for our cat show at the weekend! I’ve written about cat shows in some detail on another page of my website which you can find here, but I thought you might be interested in knowing a little more info around the preparations we do before a show
Minus one month (or so) and counting…
So, the first thing we have to do is make sure we actually enter the show in the first place! My mummy looks at a list of all the shows that are happening on the GCCF website. When first looking just at the list, we have to make sure of two things: (1) that they are within a reasonable travelling distance and (2) that there isn’t a clash as a cat can’t enter a show every weekend, you have to have at least 13 days between each show.
Then, when mummy’s shortlisted the ones that fit the criteria, she clicks on to the Schedules for each of the shows which will give more information about the judges and classes – click here if you want to see the schedule for our show this weekend. At the show, we compete for a certificate to go towards earning us our titles so our title class is our most important one. But in order to earn your title, each of your certificates must come from different judges, so it’s important to look at the schedule to identify which judges are doing your classes as there’s no point entering if that judge has already awarded you the certificates you’re going for.
Once that box is ticked, mummy has to decide what other classes we are to be entered for (we usually have our title class, our Best of Breed class and up to 3 side or miscellaneous classes). She then fills in the entry form and writes out the cheque to cover our entry fees and then makes sure it all gets posted off before the deadline!
Minus three weeks (or so)
Within about a week of sending off our entry forms, we should receive an acknowledgement that our entry has been received and confirmed. If we don’t get this, we need to call or email the show manager as something has probably gone wrong :O This has only happened to us once, when our show entry got lost in the post, but by the time we chased it up we were too late, so we had to miss that show.
But assuming that it’s received, we can then relax and not worry about things until a bit nearer the time
Less than a week to go!
This is when we start to get a bit excited! At the beginning of the week, Mummy makes sure we have all our supplies such as our cat litter – we use a white litter for the show, which isn’t the normal one we use at home, so we need to make sure we have enough. We also have our spot on flea treatment if we need it, we make sure it’s done a few days before so that any marks it leaves have time to disappear
The next thing we need to have done – and it’s our least favourite – is to have our nails trimmed Mummy does this on the Thursday usually so that we’re not doing everything at the same time. I am usually quite good about having mine done, but Lula being Lula, isn’t! It doesn’t hurt us at all, mummy just trims the ends off so that we don’t scratch the judges, but we still have a bit of a fidget while it’s being done
Mummy also makes sure all our blankets are nice and clean so gives them a wash – the ones we have in our pen and the ones in our carriers. This also has the benefit of keeping us smelling fresh once we’ve been lying on them for a while either driving to the show or in our pens
The day before!
Towards the end of the day before the show, we have our big clean up! Here’s a photo of all the different things mummy uses to get us to show condition!
There is always a routine! We’ve already had our nails trimmed with the special claw clippers you can see; the first job of the big clean up is with the soft sheets – these are dampened and used to gently clean our eyes and our noses. The next job is to take a baby wipe and gently clean inside our ears…then it’s time for a comb! No nook or cranny is missed when we have our hair done! Then the final job is a rub down with a grooming wipe – this removes any stray hairs, cleans and smooths and leaves us smelling very fresh!
So that’s us cats all prepared – the final job is to make sure everything is packed in the show bag:
In our bag we have our show litter trays, food bowls, water bowls and blankets which all have to be clean and white! The disinfectant wipes are formulated to be safe for use near animals and these are used to clean our show pens before we go in them. Also in the bag are food, water, my favourite chicken treats, vaccination certificates, extra blankets, toys, cotton pads and baby wipes – I’m not sure how mummy manages to fit it all in!
After all that, we’re just about ready – just need to take the show bag and us of course and drive to the show! And hopefully win some nice rosettes
I hope you enjoyed reading what goes into preparing for a show but if you have any questions, just ask in the comments section
Take care my friends!
Love from Spot