What is a cat show?

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A cat show is an event for cat owners and enthusiasts. Classes of felines are judged according to breed standards and compete for titles in individual shows and over a “season.” Most competitors are registered and pedigreed by a governing organization although almost all cat shows do make room for a “household pet” division.

The world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats is maintained by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, which is the predominant association in North America. Generally a show will include 4 to 12 simultaneous “rings” for various breeds and classes. Most events run one to two days.

Participating cats are scored by certified judges. Specialty rings include judging for long-haired and short-haired cats, while some rings are “all breed.”

At the end of the show season, 25 top-ranking cats in the nation received the coveted “National Winner” designation for accruing the most show points in a season. Typically cats between the ages of 4 and 8 months start their show careers in the Kitten Class before advancing to Championship or Premier status.

In recent years, cat shows have added feline agility events, which continue to grow in popularity. These competitions involve a guided obstacle course and are highly entertaining since it’s generally quite clear the cats think they’re the ones putting the people through the paces.

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