Originally Posted by yayi
if I ever get to judge domestic cats I'll never be able to make up my mind, or it would all depend on my mood for the day!
Yayi, That's exactly what it is when it comes to domestics (Moggies), iot depends on my mood and whatever strikes my fancy at the moment. As long as they are clean and healthy....
As for the rest, whew! My book of standards is well used! There are so many things that have to be considered when judging a cat, and sometimes the difference between 1st and 2nd is just a few 10ths of a point. As
far as grooming goes, and Sam can verify this, im sure, there are those exhibitors that can take a mediocre cat and groom it into a perfect cat. If you ever go to a cat show, watch who the perians folks so carefully groom the baby, and then watch as a judge completely messes the whole grooming effort up in about 10 seconds.
While most of the time, 99.9%, if you have 2 cats that are the same in all respects, which hardly ever happens, the choice will be made by the grooming standard of the cat, although there are times when I know how hard it is to groom some cats, a red Maine Coon comes to mind. Red course coats can be hard to keep to maintain the look of "flowing" hair. No matter what you try and do.
Hope that helps!