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TICA Show - Cage Size Confusion

post #1 of 24
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The TICA show coming up New Years Eve... I'm a little confused with how the cages work. I'm bringing 3 cats and they allow 2 cats in a full size cage and right now I've signed up for 1 double cage and 1 half cage. Which I assume would be enough space. What on earth is a half cage? At the CFA show I went to I didn't see any half cages so it must be different. Is a half cage enough for one cat?
post #2 of 24
If you use the cages the show supplies, each one is a double cage, with a middle section that will swing out to divide the cage in half.
So, it's possible that you have a strange cat right next to yours in the same cage, with the divider in between.
post #3 of 24
The cages are "double" cages with a divider in the center to create either one big double cage or 2 single cages (1/2 cages).

For 3 cats you would automatically get one double cage and half of the next double cage. You do not need to sign up for any cages. However, if you would prefer to have 2 full double cages (recommend with bigger cats) then you would pay for the extra 1/2 cage to have 2 doubles for 3 cats.

Most shows allow 1/2 cage per cat or 2 kittens. I recommend you pay for the extra 1/2 cage and have 2 doubles for your 3 cats.

Clear now?
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
I think so. That is sort of what I thought so I wanted to ask. Only 2 are showing, 1 is exhibition only so I would actually have to pay for a whole double cage extra. I don't want another cat in the same cage as mine with the divider. I just thought that if they actually have "half cages" then it wouldnt' be so bad. But if mine has to share a cage then I would rather buy teh whole extra double cage. This show is pricey.
post #5 of 24
I noticed TICA shows are one of the highest prices - that's cause they have the most rings. CFA and ACFA shows run anywhere from 4-10 rings for the weekend. Usually 4-5 rings a day. TICA goes 6 - and sometimes does a "3-day" weekend, so that's over 12 rings in 3 days - way too much for me or my cats.

I know ACFA is averaging $45-50 per show for 8-10 rings. And that's for one cat - you usually get a little discount on the 2nd or 3rd, etc. but not all the time.

Good luck with your cats.


If your "exhibit only" bengal is a kitten, then the smaller cage would be fine, but if an adult you are better off having the extra 1/2 cage.
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
Ok I'll get the extra half cage. She is a kitten but not a little kitten any more.

Yah there are a ton of rings. Not many shows come around locally that is why I'm going for it. I'm only doing 2 of the 3 days but even with only 2 days thats 7 rings a day. It will be busy. The last one I did was 3 rings a day for 2 days. And even though I'm only doing 2 days I still have to pay the same price for the extra cage.
post #7 of 24
If you are thinking about purchasing a cage here is a great site http://www.petcarrier.com/home.php?cat=249 I purchased my show cage from Sturdi and I love it!
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Ok I'll get the extra half cage. She is a kitten but not a little kitten any more.

Yah there are a ton of rings. Not many shows come around locally that is why I'm going for it. I'm only doing 2 of the 3 days but even with only 2 days thats 7 rings a day. It will be busy. The last one I did was 3 rings a day for 2 days. And even though I'm only doing 2 days I still have to pay the same price for the extra cage.
The nice thing about having two doubles - more space under the table for stashing your stuff, more chairs that are "yours" , lots of space on top of the two doubles to place your cards, photos, any brochures. It has it's pluses
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by Luvmysphynx
If you are thinking about purchasing a cage here is a great site http://www.petcarrier.com/home.php?cat=249 I purchased my show cage from Sturdi and I love it!
I like these. I'd like to get one with the see-thru plastic front so people can't poke their hands in the cage (which they were doing at my last show).
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by bengalbabe
I like these. I'd like to get one with the see-thru plastic front so people can't poke their hands in the cage (which they were doing at my last show).
off topic a tad .. but folks are stupid enough to poke fingers into an animals cage??
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by sharky
off topic a tad .. but folks are stupid enough to poke fingers into an animals cage??
Yes they are....well, how can you resist a cute bengal?
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by sharky
off topic a tad .. but folks are stupid enough to poke fingers into an animals cage??
Oh my heavens, are you kidding? Some folks do not understand what a cat show is besides an opportunity to see and pet the kitty. I do not mean to sound mean, but I have had little kids and adults think I should get out of their way so they could get to my several hours to groom them, resting kitty to pet it or poke their fingers at it, to ask me if I cut their ears to get them that shape

For some time I used a custom made lexane double size show cage - appropriate air vents along sides and top. Then when they couldn't get to my cat to touch, they'd ask how I could do that to my cat?? Where was the air?

I would reply, do you think this cat I love and adore and am spending money to show is one I have put in a contraption to suffocate in front of all of you?

There are times for asking if you can touch a cat or approach, ie. snuggling with your cat on your lap between rings, or playing with them using a teaser atop your grooming stand...but the key is "ask" do not "assume".

The price of admission does not include permission to touch.
post #13 of 24
Wow .. that just stunned me cause I would never stick my hands into a cage of a strange animal... I admittedly have only been to three cat shows but the only cats I touched were done showing and the owners had them out..
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by bengalbabe
Yes they are....well, how can you resist a cute bengal?
well no but I wouldnt poke at it..
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by sharky
well no but I wouldnt poke at it..
That's good I wish everyone would think like that
post #16 of 24
Gee can you tell that even though I haven't shown in a few years now, it still makes me hot under the collar?
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
I like the signs. "Don't touch. Cat won't bite but owner will."
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
I like the signs. "Don't touch. Cat won't bite but owner will."
Heh!
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Oh my heavens, are you kidding? Some folks do not understand what a cat show is besides an opportunity to see and pet the kitty. I do not mean to sound mean, but I have had little kids and adults think I should get out of their way so they could get to my several hours to groom them, resting kitty to pet it or poke their fingers at it, to ask me if I cut their ears to get them that shape

For some time I used a custom made lexane double size show cage - appropriate air vents along sides and top. Then when they couldn't get to my cat to touch, they'd ask how I could do that to my cat?? Where was the air?

I would reply, do you think this cat I love and adore and am spending money to show is one I have put in a contraption to suffocate in front of all of you?

There are times for asking if you can touch a cat or approach, ie. snuggling with your cat on your lap between rings, or playing with them using a teaser atop your grooming stand...but the key is "ask" do not "assume".

The price of admission does not include permission to touch.
What you're describing here, is the very reason we purchased 2 double show "cages" from sturdi-products. Spectators can look and see, but they can't get their fingers near the cats. Generally speaking I won't let strangers touch our cats even if I have them out between rings, etc.
Who knows who's cat they touched before mine? I'd rather be safe than sorry and I do explain politely why they are not allowed to pet my cat. I've yet to have anyone over the age of 6 get upset about it. Sometimes a toddler will have a fit when the parent restrains them.
post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'd probably go for the use of an antibacterial before petting. I know a lot of breeders do that.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
I'd probably go for the use of an antibacterial before petting. I know a lot of breeders do that.
The problem with that stuff is that it isn't very effective against viruses. Most exhibitors at cat shows won't let any spectators touch their cats. But to each their own. I can't afford to put any of my cats at risk.
post #22 of 24
I've sat at numerous cat shows watching when people come down the isles and poke their fingers in cage after cage. I've told them politely they shouldn't do that without permission as it can spread germs from one to the other. I got lots of dirty looks too.

That's why we usually benched with friends to keep an eye on each other's cats.

A long time ago there were mean people (or jealous ones) in the show hall that would pour antifreeze (a few drops) in unattended competitors cages in the water cups! I'm not joking. They were that unethical to kill another's cat so they would win.

People were told that if you kept water in the cages to put it in the far back. I never took the chance. I offered my cats water a few times a day and never kept water or uneaten food in my cages. That was another reason to bench with friends!
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
New Years Eve show is tomorrow (well all weekend). They also had the show today but I'm only doing Saturday and Sunday. I'm really excited! Hope and Autumn will be in the HHP section. Meeka was going to be there as a pal for my other kitties but she had to go to the breeders.
post #24 of 24
I always tell people not to stick their fingers in the cages. We used to use the plastic fronts, but we find the Persians get too hot.

At the end of the show, my cats are allowed to have cuddles with the public.
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