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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I am thinking of showing Cleo but do not know how to start.
I need to learn alot.
post #2 of 24
When I showed my Scottish fold my breeder helped me the first couple shows. My cat hated the shows so she did not continue on. I also showed one of my household cats and he actually won the HHP division in 1992 in Loveland Co. He got a plaque! I still have it next to his picture and urn..... He was such a wonderful boy.
post #3 of 24
First, you should find out when the next show is, and go. Observe all you can, and talk to breeders. =) Then, when you have specific questions, you can ask them. Plus, it's always great to talk to the breeders and "make friends" anyway; it is really nice to have people to talk to at the shows when you're not sure of what you're doing.
post #4 of 24
Over here if you ring the contact person and let them know it's your first show they will make sure someone is available to help you.

Our shows are run differently to yours, so I can't really help there but one of your first steps would be to get on the TICA website (or whoever you are showing with) to see when the next show is. Here entries close about a month before the show, so leave plenty of time to get your entry organised.
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
I would be showing in Tica.
I still ahve to send her paperwork in.
How long does it take to get it back?
There were 2 sphynx breeders at the last show i went to in march but I they are friends with each other.
Its the breeder that started ignoring emails.
The other breeder has something to do with her cattery also.
Cleo seems like she would be ok to show.
She is very friendly.
post #6 of 24
Does this mean you won't be spaying her?
post #7 of 24
Call TICA and see if you can register her online for faster service in getting a number. I'm assuming you have the blue slip registration? If not, then you may only be able to show her one day in the kitten class without a number. Any time after that, she'd have to have a registration number.

I'd ask Ed what he washing his Sphynx in and when (usually you would do it the night before the show).

You need towels or curtains to cover 3 sides of the cage (inside) and a towel on top and bottom. A small litter pan and litter, your food/water dishes and cozy bed for her to curl up in at the show.

Main thing is to be sure she is spottless clean - ears, body, eyes, paws.

When you enter the show, tell them on the entry blank you are a novice and if they have any helpful hints, to let you know. When you get to the hall, set up the cage and then put her in it. The catalog will have her number that she will be "known" as in the show, so mark the page and mark (circle) all the kitten classes under each ring/judge. That is what you will be going by to know which ring is next. Since she's at the end of the alphabet, you will be one of the last kittens up, so you don't have to rush when they first call the numbers - just keep an ear out for her number to be called in judging/finals.

One thing, judging takes precedence over a final - if she is called for judging in one ring and a final in another - take her to judging first and tell the clerk in the final she's in another ring to be judged and you will bring her to the final as quick as you can.
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
She was fixed Nov 20th.
Ed told me what he what shampoo to use and I bought it a few days ago.
Thanks for the help.
I do not want to keep bothering Ed with all the questions.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by CatMom2Wires View Post
Does this mean you won't be spaying her?
Unlike dogs, cats are shown in 2 sections as entires and as neuters. Mews2much's kitten Cleo was spayed before she got her.
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
There is a Tica show in Lodi in Jan.
That might be to soon though.
post #11 of 24
That's cool about being able to show spayed pets! That certainly sounds like a win-win situation!

Have fun!
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
I wonder if they take points off for the scar.
post #13 of 24
Then you need to make or do something for cage curtains and comfortable bedding for the cat to lay on! Look at all the cool cages people set up for their cats in the show hall!

Start picking your cat up and working with her they way the judges pick them up and stretch them out.
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
I wonder if they take points off for the scar.
The spay scar? Uh, no. They can't, since all the cats in the class would be spayed and neutered. XD
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
I will find out more about showing next month.
post #16 of 24
If you're willing to come east, take some time off to come to the Annual to meet some of us in person. We must have a big TCS get together. If there's enough maybe we can have a whole benching area of TCSers.
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
I wish I could but there is no way we can go anywhere right now.
Do any of you come out west?
post #18 of 24
I would put her in the January show. It won't be too soon. We will be getting Jack in March and I already have plans for THREE shows in April for him. So he won't be in the house very long before he gets to his first show. He will be 5 months when I get him. His breeder will take him to the end of February show for the introduction to the show rings.
post #19 of 24
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I wonder if they take points off for the scar.
My Sphynx is spayed and doesn't have a scar. the procedure was done with a laser and she was older when the spay took place.

I think it is great you are going to show your Cleo.
Show pics are can be just stunning! They are great at catching that cat spirit and beauty even more than us mere mortals I think Meridian cats does too though!
post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 
You can see the scar on Cleo but its only been 3 weeks.
I never asked how it was done but the stitches did not have to ve taken out.
They were disolving.
post #21 of 24
You'll have so much fun showing Cleo!

I recently had the pleasure of book stewarding (it's different to your stewarding) for Harley De Vilbess and my Nana stewarded for his Mum Kay (both TICA judges) at our National Show and of course we've had the CFA President to stay at my Nana's (Pam Delebar)
post #22 of 24
Just a quick note to say that you should bother Ed. He is after all the breeder and we breeders like to be bothered with news and ideas about the kittens we have sent out. We breeders especially like to be bothered when the new home is interested in showing.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by Abymummy View Post
Just a quick note to say that you should bother Ed. He is after all the breeder and we breeders like to be bothered with news and ideas about the kittens we have sent out. We breeders especially like to be bothered when the new home is interested in showing.


I could not agree more.
post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 
I will write him sometime this week.
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