Congrats on wanting to enter the show circuit. I got hooked about 10 years ago. I judge cat shows and Rene is a training judge along with Ken. We're trying to get Sandy to go into the judging program.
Here are some answers.
First, the earliest you can show your cat is 4 months.
Second, find out where and when the next show will be in your area (check Cat Fancy or Cats) and contact the entry clerk. Tell them this will be your first show and they might be able to send you some info. If not, contact me and I will send you one of our phamphlets.
3. Each show depends on the association (our charges $45 for the first cat). Some of the others charge $40-$50. When you contact the entry clerk, he will send you a flyer with the info. BTW, you can't enter a show the week before as they need to have info at least 2 weeks before the show. My suggestion is to wait until the Fall for a show and get the info now if possible.
4. Judges are picked by the club and the judges have contracts well before hand.
5. You will need to have as many friends of yours handle your baby at home so he/she can get use to others.
6. You will need to have sheets or towels to keep 3 sides, the top and bottom of the cage covered (this is a requirement). Ask the entry clerk the size of the cages. I do suggest you get what they call a double cage so your baby has room to move and be able to have a litter box. The price of the entry includes a single cage. I'm not sure what they charge for a double.
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, we can chat more about this. I'm sure you will get lots of other points which will help but there are so many things to remember and can't do it on one response. If it's easier, I live on the westcoast and we can communite through phone if need be.