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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:05 pm 
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I'm going to take my 4 month old Bengal to his first show next month. I've just bought a soft fabric carrier case so I can take him round the shops where there's plenty of people and noise for him to ajust to. A breeder told me that she trains her cats with freeze dried chicken to help them perform...GREAT IDEA !

I'd love to hear from anyone with some more good tips on preparing for a show :D

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 12:23 am 
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Hi Elaine,

I have never shown but do plan to show Nova my new baby this year. I'm interested in any hints and tips people have.

Have you shown before Elaine?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:15 am 
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Hi Linda,

yes we went to two shows last year. The first cat we took was 4 a month old female. She behaved really well but in the 3rd ring she managed to push her paw through to the other pen and got it trapped when she pulled back. She got so upset after that and missed out been shown in 2 rings.

The other girl we took later on was 8 months old. She was puuring was she was vetted in and and happy in her cage but was so freaked out by all the other cats there. It was such a shame as she'd managed to pick up 50 points in her first ring. But she was not a happy girl :cry:

This time I'm taking a 4 month old boy and I'll do my best to bomb proof him before we go :wink:

The shows are a great way for meeting people that share the same interests.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 12:15 pm 
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hi all

i find it depends on the day what frame of mind whatever cat is being shown is in !
i am always preparing weeks in advance.
evertime someone comes round getting them to pick them up, put on a table top (like vetting in) go all round them with the loves etc then look in there ears ,mouth if they are brave enough lol tummy etc. that is always fine.
i take them out in the car alot so they are used to that. they always always "speak a lot" when they are in the car anyway so i will talk back ! lol
i trim claws regularly myself but a few days before the show its a trip to the real vets for a trim all for the handling/new surroundings etc and i find this is all part of good interaction for the cat.
i show 4 cats at different times and are all under this "routine" lol
then.... in saying this go back to the beginning of the post , on the day things could be very different!
i have had days where everything goes brilliantly from start to finish including results :D
other times i have had days where it all goes pear shaped! hissing and spitting at the vet vetting in. hissing at the neighbouring penned cats...oh the memories and fun times there. :D
also the judges!! bengals being bengals know what they can get away with and if "a" judge is not too familiar with the breed they will play up too.
i know judges placings are that one persons own opinions but i do think they should have own/breed bengals themselves etc to know how the breed can behave at times.this is my own opinion and i am not being slanderous in any way. :D


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I think the ‘Best’ way to get your cat used to showing is to get them to a show as soon as you can…The younger the kitten, the more likely they are to accept the environment they have been placed in. However, before taking them to that first show, try and get them familiar with lots of noise, people & other cats. Have ‘anyone’ who comes round to the house pick up you cat and stretch it out like a judge would do, get them to have a look in the cats mouth if they’re brave enough :-). We have a hand pump/spray cleanser that we use before handling them to get them used to the smell (as this is what the judges do at shows). Taking them out is also a good idea as it gets them used to crowds. Soft carriers are great especially the ones with the ‘mesh’ sides as the can then see everything that’s going on.

I find that it’s not being in the cage that frightens the cats/kittens…it’s being taken out of the cage by a stranger that unsettles them. It’s a good idea to have a cage set-up at home and have you friends/family take it in turns taking the cat out of the pen, looking at them (stretching them out etc), give them a treat (a little piece of ham or something they like) and then putting them back in. The aim of this is to get them to associate being brought out of the cage with getting a treat.

Get your cat used to being brought out of the pen ‘bum’ first. Judges/stewards do this so that the cat is not facing them and thus prevents them having their faces clawed off :-) You don’t have to buy a proper show pen, Argos sell wire cat/dog crates for £20/£30 that’s what we use. As a breeder, get your cats used to being stretched out as soon as you start handling them and continue to do this every day.

One thing to remember is that all the preparation in the world won’t guarantee your cat will behave. A cat’s natural instinct of fear will play a strong part and this is often inherited. If you have a grumpy queen/stud that just won’t tolerate being shown then you can bet they’ll pass this onto a few of their kittens. We have a queen that we can not show as she would literally ‘eat’ the judge alive. She’s great in the pen, but put your hand in and you’re a gonna! We recently saw one of her sons at a show and it was amazing to see that his response to being shown was identical to hers.

Bengals have a lot of ‘bad press’ on the show bench for their attitude which breeders here in the UK are starting to take seriously by working to eliminate these traits.

Hope the tips are useful 

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:54 am 
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Hello Heidi,

Thanks for your advice :D
We took the boy out in the car on Sunday for a short ride and also treated him to some Felix in his carrier that he really enjoyed.
The next step is to take him round the town. I'll put him an harness on so we can take him out of his carrier for people to stroke him. We use Tri-Gene around the home and on the hands of visitors. I've just used up a bottle of catnip so I'll make a solution of Trigene up in the catnip bottle to take with us when we go round the shops.

I think I'm the one more nervous about the whole thing.
TalkIng of nervous I could give him a few drops of Valarium before the show....and some for me too :lol:

I'll do what you said about having different people come around and handle him and stretch him out. I've been putting him outside for a couple of hours during the day in a pen next to a couple of our girls. They do quite a bit of spraying. Thought this will get him used to different cats. I'm going to put him next to our stud boy today....Who is a real stinky boy :shock:

I'll do all I can but unfortunitely his mum hates been shown so I do hope he doesn't take after her :?

I really appreciate your advice Heidi...BIG THANKS :D

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