Showing is a most enjoyable hobby and a way of making lots of new like-minded friends. Please remember, though, that whilst you may many win beautiful rosettes it is not going to make your fortune, even if you have got a top exhibit!
You can show Pedigree Cats, and Household Pets which include the “Moggy” and Pedigree or Part Pedigree Pets. All working towards titles such as Champion, Mastercat and Gold Olympian one of the highest honours
Shows take place throughout the year, nearly always on Saturdays. A Cat Show Calendar can be found on the GCCF website along with links to help obtain the necessary schedules and entry forms.
Schedules are usually available 2 to 3 months prior to the show date and entries should be made by the closing date, generally 3 to 4 weeks before the show. Some shows may extend their closing dates so it may be worth checking with the Show Manager.
You may prefer to visit a local show before you make your first entry and to read the Show Rules and Regulations at the front of every schedule, but it is not essential to do so.
Show Managers can help with any queries and some shows even provide a ‘buddy’ service for new exhibitors using an experienced club member as a guide. If you want a buddy please let the show manager know when you send your entry in.
Your cat will need to be vaccinated, registered in your name with the GCCF for pedigree exhibits, well groomed, free from parasites and in good health with its claws clipped the day before. All this will be checked by a vet on arrival. You will need to provide white show equipment, which can usually be purchased at the show: a litter tray, food and water bowls and blankets or vet bed.
You will have to leave the Judging Area or at some shows the show hall during the morning while the main classes are judged, returning after lunch while judging continues with miscellaneous and club
You can show cats and kittens that have been neutered and we would encourage you to have your cats neutered unless you are serious about breeding. Some breeders will have already have neutered your kitten before you take it home, others recommend neutering at 6 months of age. You should ask your own VET about this. All household pets being shown must be neutered from 6 months
BEWARE CAT SHOWING IS ADDICTIVE.