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Spectator's Guide

Fun in the Show Hall!


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WHAT IS A CAT SHOW?

Exhibitors will participate in separate, concurrently running individual show rings each day for two days. During the day, each judge will handle and judge each and every Cat, Kitten, Alter, and Household Pet, and Household Pet kitten entered in the show. Each ring is its own “mini-show” and the outcomes in one ring do not have bearing on the results in any other.

Show halls can be hectic! While the pampered felines rest in their benching cages, owners listen for their numbers to be called to a ring. With six rings running concurrently, the hall is a flurry of action.

WHAT BREEDS WILL BE ATTENDING?
TICA recognizes 61 Championship breeds, as well as 13 New Breeds.  You never know what breed may be in attendance! Ask at the check-in table if you would like to find out if a specific breed is present and competing.

Explore the benching area, or take a seat in the judging area. You will see crowd favorites such as the Bengal, Persian, Siamese and Maine Coon. Discover the endless variety of cats, from the hairless Sphynx to the curly-coated La Perm.

WHAT ARE "HOUSEHOLD PETS?"

Household Pets also compete in their own divisions for adults and kittens.  They come in every color, shape and size.  These cats may be non-pedigreed (often these are rescues), or they may possess a trait that makes them ineligible for the pedigreed divisions. These cats must be altered.  Come cheer on the kitten and adult Household Pets, some of whom were rescued from Austin Animal Center, Austin Humane Society and other local rescues!


THE TOUCHING RULE
The cats are beautiful! And what is more natural than reaching to pet a pretty kitty? While enjoying the show, please do not pet the cats! Germs and viruses can easily be spread with a simple loving touch. Please ALWAYS ask the cats’ owners before reaching to pet the cat!

THE RIGHT OF WAY RULE
Simply put, the person with a cat in their arms has the right of way. Show halls are often busy places, full of people, like you, enjoying the day at the show. Please remember that Exhibitors often will be in a hurry to go from one ring to another, or to get their cat to a judge. Please be aware, and let anyone who looks to be in a hurry through easily.

"CAT OUT!!"
Hearing cries of “Cat Out!” in the Show Hall means that someone’s kitty has gotten away. Please, do not try to catch the cat if you see it; this will only scare kitty even more. Just stand still, do not attempt to open any of the doors, or exit the Show Hall, until you hear the “Cat Caught” announcement.

WHY DON’T SOME PEOPLE WANT TO CHAT ABOUT THEIR CATS?

While visiting a cat show is a relaxing event for you, please remember that the people who bring their cats to the show work very hard to prepare their cats for their moment of ‘fame’. For some Exhibitors, this can be an intense or stressful time. Don't worry, many other Exhibitors will be more than willing to talk to you.

THE BASICS OF JUDGING

Each Judge will handle each cat that is in the Show Hall to be judged. The cats are broken into classes: Kittens, Cats (unaltered adults), Alters, Household Pet Kittens and Household Pets.

Many judges will talk about the cats they are handling. Feel free to have a seat, and listen! While near the Judging Area, please do not speak loudly, or do anything that may distract the Judge, or the cat being judged.

WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE RIBBONS? AND, WHO WON?
Judging happens in phases: First, all the cats in one class are handled by the judge (Kitten, Cats, Alters, Household Pet Kittens and Household Pets). Each Judge looks at each cat, and ranks them first per their breed. The cats will get points for color (which is to say that, in breeds that can be more than one color, the black cats are judged against the black cats, and the brown against the brown...and so on), then they are judged by division (basically this means pattern: solid, tabby, etc), and then the judge will give them an overall rank, from 3rd, 2nd, to Best of Breed. After this, the owners come and take their cats away.

IS THAT IT?
No! After the Judge has seen all the cats in that class, they will call a Final. A Final consists of the top Kittens, Cats, Alters, Household Pet Kittens or Household Pets that the Judge feels are the best representations of their respective breeds in the show hall.  They will then rank those “Best of the Best” through the placings up to Best. A cat has as many opportunities to win “Best in Show” as there are Judges in at the show.



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