Typical cat show benching cage in the US. Cats wait here until called to the
Fancy cat show benching area decorations
A cat show is a judged event where
cats compete to win
titles in various cat registering organizations. Both
pedigreed and random bred cats can compete, although the rules differ from
organization to organization. Cats are compared to a breed standard and those
judged to be closest to it are awarded a prize. Often, at the end of the year,
all of the points accured at various shows are added up and additional national
and regional titles are awarded.
In the US, each judge has a separate ring with cages. The cats are brought up
to the judge, who removes each cat in turn and then replaces them when they are
done. Spectators, including the owners of the cats are present and in the
audience. The cats' owners are given a number for each cat and are responsible
for getting them to the ring when they are called.
In Europe, many times the cats are all placed in undecorated cages in a hall,
then the judge comes around to each cat and examines them. The owner must leave
the hall while judging takes place. When all the judging is done, the results
are tallied and the owners may return.
Cat shows are important so that breeders can compare their cats and progress
on breed standards can be achieved.