It is currently Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:59 pm

All times are UTC [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:13 pm 
Offline
Asian Leopard Cat

Joined: Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:09 pm
Posts: 977
Location: Surrey, UK
Forgive me if this is posted elsewhere on the forum, but I am curious about some things. As most of you know I have 2 Bengals, 1 brown spotted girl and one brown marbled boy.

Sheba (or Ms Top Cat) hates being handled but she is a really pretty cat, and

Benny - a gorgeous boy but he has a really thin tail!

As both are neutered I know I will have to show them in the altered class, but how do I find out if they are good enough to show? I have spoken with breeders of both cats and have really had loads of general info, but nothing specific. Is the alter class as strict as the "intact"?

I have been to quite a few cat shows (as well as some specialist Bengal shows) and I think that both cats could hold their own. Not that I think either of them would trot off with rosettes and cups every time, but it would be nice to see how they got on - but I really don't want to waste anyone's time.

Any advice would be very welcome. Thanks

_________________
Image


Yvette & furkids - Milly, Dusty, Chesney, Candy and Rocky


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:36 pm 
Offline
The Real Boss
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jun 25, 2004 10:37 am
Posts: 471
Location: North West, UK
If the breeder has no objections I’d go-ahead and enter them into a show. Please don’t think you’ll be wasting anyone’s time, I promise you nobody will think like that. If you go with an open mind knowing that it’s just a bit of fun I guarantee you’ll enjoy the whole experience, regardless of whether or not you win a rosette :D

Re the cat that doesn’t like being handled, see how she does with the first judge, if she’s really bad or if you are worried you can always withdraw her from any further classes/rings.

Just think…If you don’t enter, you’ll never know know what they might have achieved! :wink:

_________________
Heidi


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:17 am 
Offline
Senior Bengal

Joined: Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:44 pm
Posts: 84
Location: Finland
How old are your bengals? think it's really important to start showing bengals as early as possible, so if you're thinking of showing, don't think too long! You won't know how it goes until you try it, so it might be a good idea to just go ahead and enter them to a show. You can always list them as absent if the seem overly nervouse. As for show results, I think that it comes in second after actually making it through the first show day :lol: but you won't know how they'll do either until you try.

I don't know what you mean by "strict", but to my experience of TICA and FIFé shows neuters/alters are judged based on the same standards as intact cats. The only extra allowed are knicks and bumps on te tail, but they might have an affect on the show result. I've really enjoyed showing my neuter bengal because he behaves well and also does well. Personally I don't see why showing alters/neuters would make less "sense" than showing breed cats, and that's why it's good that the standards are the same as well. Don't worry, you won't be "wasting anyone's time" if you enter your bengals to a show; there's a lot of first timers who whant a judge's opinion of their cat. Besides, you'll be paying for it, so you're definetely entitled to a judge's opinion :wink:

If you do decide to show, I would advise you to start handling your bengals right away to train them for the show. Do to them everything the judge will do, check their teeth on a regular basis etc. (there will probably be a vet check at the door). Also have some friends who are used to handling cats come over and handle your bengals, so that when they go to a judge, at least the handling part will be familiar. They might not like it, but they won't be scared by it either.

There's a lot of people who were never supposed to show their cats who ended up totally addicted to cat shows, including yours truly :lol: But as I said, don't wait too long if you want your bengals to get used to the show environment. Not all cats do, but the longer you wait, the more difficult it will become. Best of luck, which ever you decide :)

_________________
Owned by two housecats and a bengal


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:37 pm 
Offline
Asian Leopard Cat

Joined: Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:09 pm
Posts: 977
Location: Surrey, UK
Thank you for your help so far. I will have a look to see what is coming up over the next few months. As for age - Sheba is almost 18 months & Benny is 13 months old.

I'll see how it goes - will prob be good fun.

Yvette

_________________
Image


Yvette & furkids - Milly, Dusty, Chesney, Candy and Rocky


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:43 pm 
Offline
Senior Bengal

Joined: Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:44 pm
Posts: 84
Location: Finland
In my opinion Sheba and Benny are getting quite old for theit first show, so don't be too disappointed if things don't go as you hope. I've seen some young adult bengals come to their first show, and it's just horrible to look at because they're so insecure, scared and aggressive. I think that it's particularly important for bengals to start showing as young kittens to get them used to the situation. But there are always exceptions, so it won't hurt to try, especially if you prepare the cats as well as possible by handling them like the judges do. As I said, it's always possible to list the cats as absent on the spot if they can't handle the show situation. And who knows, maybe they'll be natural show cats!

Do you have any exhibition only shows in Britain where there's no judges or competition? Those are excellet for finding out how a cat reacts to a show environment. I took one of my adult housecats to an exhibition only show to see if she could be shown, and I'm glad I did because the answer in her case was no. She was okay hanging out in the cage, but when I tried to take her out she was just horrified to a frenzy, so she got to stay at home as a pet only.

_________________
Owned by two housecats and a bengal


Last edited by Elfling on Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 5:39 pm 
Offline
Asian Leopard Cat

Joined: Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:44 pm
Posts: 360
Location: Devon countryside
I agree, the earlier they start the more easily they take to showing. But having said that, I’ve seen a few Bengals that have been shown for the first time at one year or over and taken to it like a duck to water! (In GCCF shows!)
GCCF showing, in my opinion, is a lot gentler on the cat, as they are not rushed around all day from their own pen to the holding pen, back again and so on, at least six times as they are at Tica shows. On top of this the holding pen may well have the smell of spray from a male previously held in it if it hasn’t been cleaned thoroughly, and this can be very disconcerting for a first time shower. One of my cats hated this aspect with a vengeance and got very irate and aggressive which has put me off Tica I’m afraid.
At GCCF show they are judged at their own pen and you can enter as few or as many classes as you like. Admittedly, you won’t get to see your cat judged in it’s Open class in the morning, but you can stay by the pen to watch him being judged during the afternoon in the miscellaneous classes. Though you mustn’t make it obvious that it is your cat, as GCCF showing is supposed to be anonymous! The judge writes up a report of your cat which you can view in a couple of weeks or so online. You don’t get his personal report with Tica.
Fife shows are also a good way to start of a cat. At these shows YOU present your cat to the judge at their table and are with them whilst they are judged. The only exception to this is if your cat goes on to Best in Show when the cat is taken by a steward and put into a holding pen, taken out by the same steward and taken care of by the steward on the podium whilst the judges come along to judge him. At Fife shows you also get a written report delivered to your pen on the day.
I hope this has been helpful in your choice of the type of show to try with Sheba and Benny and if you do want to go for a GCCF show, please look at my ‘GUIDE TO SHOWING BENGAL CATS’, a sticky at the top of this showing section. Any problems please feel free to PM me for further advice about showing with the GCCF.
Annie

_________________
http://www.bengalcat-ziggianshowcats.co.uk
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:01 am 
Offline
Asian Leopard Cat

Joined: Sun May 13, 2007 8:07 pm
Posts: 690
Location: north east
i dont believe that any cat is ever too old to enter into there first show i have entered an oap to her first show and she managed to hold her own i think once you have entered them once you will be addicted. and if you have already been to shows and think that yours would hold their own you already have the answer as to if they are good enough.

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by meemonkey