1. Never pet a cat without the owners permission. Don't be offended if they don't want you to pet or ask that you wash your hands first. Petting one cat after another can transfer any respirtory germs.
You will notice that the judges spray the table and wipe off after each cat is judged - this cleans the table and also downplays the scent of the strange cat.
2. Don't talk to the judges when they are judging - ask questions when they are break for lunch.
3. Those carrying cats to the ring always have the right of way - please be respectful and step aside
4. If you want to talk to a breeder about thier cats, don't do it while they are grooming or getting their cats ready for the ring. Pick a time where they seem to be on a 'break"
5. If you don't understand the ribbons, ask quietly for a owner standing there watching what is going on. Briefly:
Blue ribbons mean first place in color.
Red - 2nd place
White - 3rd place
Yellow - 4th place (rare)
The red/white/blue or purple/white ribbons are for those cats who are "OPEN" and have not achieved the champion status.
Black ribbons are Best of Breed
Orange ribbons are 2nd BOB
After all the cats are judged, the judge will call back those cats he/she feels is the best examples of the breeds and gives out Best-10th Best Cat/Kitten/Alter/HHP.
Oh and all the HHP (household pets) get a red/white merit award.