A Look Inside the World of Show Cats

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Before a show, a cat’s nails must be clipped, and they must be completely free of fleas, ticks, and parasites. Furthermore, according to Fanciers.com, each contestant must have the following vaccinations:

  • Rabies

  • Panleukopenia

  • Rhinotracheitis

  • Calicivirus

Because show cats must keep up a certain appearance, their owners may not allow them to go outside. Therefore, show cat life involves lots of leisure in between shows. However, a fat cat is a no-no at a cat show. Make sure that your cat is in optimal health and at an ideal weight. This involves giving your cat enough activity to maintain its svelte physique.

Ultimately, showing your cat is a difficult process that requires more than just a pretty face. It takes research and knowledge, an even temper (on the part of the cat and the owner), and the funds to be able to procure a high-quality cat in the first place. Being part of that world is exciting. However, facing rejection can be tough. At the end of the day, make sure that you give your kitty lots of affection no matter how many ribbons he or she has won.

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