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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:17 pm 
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so safari is my pet and i bought him as a pet only...because i had no intentions of showing him....well my breeder just called me yesterday asking if i would be interested in bringing him to a cat show with her. i have very little knowledge on all this.... i read a little on the forum about it...but safari is the only pet...hes only been around my sisters cat one time....and it stressed him out a bit...so im not sure if bringing him around tons of other cats will freak him out??? plus i mean do you win money or what do you get?? just ribbons? i dont feel like i need to stress him out just to say "hey my cat is a pretty cat" to me he will always be a winner and beautiful. maybe im reading to much into this... any advice would be great though thanks :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:29 pm 
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well just read about showing on the TICA website.....and safari HATESSSSSSS cages!! :shock: there is no way he would sit in a cage for hours or however long it takes....he would be meowing and looking at my like WHYYYY?? let me out!! do all the cats act like this at showings? i only put him in his carrier when its time for vet and he doesnt like it in there at all.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:33 pm 
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Its completely up to you and how you feel, if you think Safari will struggle then don't do it - what you could do is go to a show and see how all the cats are and how they cope and then assess for yourself whether you think he will be ok.
I must say mine aren't brilliant in carriers either but don't seem to mind the shows - although there is one in particular I just wouldn't take - she is such a free spirit she would go insane in a cage.

With Tica you can have them outside of the pen though on your lap etc in between judging, but I reckon go have a look at one first before making your mind up one way or the other.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:50 pm 
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thanks for the advice :D ....well my breeder goes quit a few times to them herself... safari sometimes does surprise me at times...hes good in car rides...acts good other times...at vet acts good. but im just not to sure how he would react..he could be a angel...or then again act crazy. im just not sure with him. im going to look up and find some videos so i could see what happens so i can get a feel on what he would be experiencing.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:14 pm 
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We thought about showing Max too but he freaks out being in a cage. Open the door and he's cool. Shut the door and he just looks like he must have done something horrible to get this punishment then screams like hes being tortured and tries to rip the carrier apart. We went to a show to see what it was like and there were some cats out of their cages on peoples laps but he would want to walk in his harness checking everything out. When we walk he is good about respecting boundaries when he can't go in a certain area but if he has to stay in such a small area I just didn't see him enjoying it so we never tried. I was also worried about how he would be when the judges put him back on his cage I the judging ring. :| we went to a couple of shows just to check them out and see if it was worth trying. He is more of a dirt and forest adventure cat than a city primping kitty. ;) We decided to "show" him more of the outdoors with our free time instead.

If your breeder is willing to walk you throughshowing step by step (mine was) and be there with you during the show it may be worth trying. Mine wouldn't have been able to go with us. She was willing to find me a mentor that would. She even said she has had people go to shows with the same fears and the cats ended up hamming it up and loving it. Others didn't go very well so they didn't even stay all day. She even said when she first started there was a show she left after the first or second ring. The cat was unhappy there so she was too and she just packed it up in kitty's best interest. This is what we would have done if we had tried showing and it was too upsetting for Max. All the tips I received when we were considering showing suggested starting early so they get used to all the components of a show and can roll with it as they get older. I look forward to hearing what you decide and how things go! Safari is a beautiful kitty!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:51 pm 
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well safari is 5 months and a very quick learner. she wants me to go with her to the shows ( and bring safari ofcorse) im pretty sure she will tell me all what i have to do. i think it would be something great to experience and get to go to. but not so sure if safari would like it...he may love it or be scared :( but she said she will call me back with more details ect.....she also said its 50 bucks to enter...and im going on a vacation next month and 50 bucks is alot...well to me...plus the gas i would have to spend driving to her house which is a hour/and a half away. im still debating...maybe once she tells me more about it i will make my decision... and she knows alot of info on this so for her to ask to me she must feel safari would be a great candidate.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:40 pm 
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viperkeeper thats scary lol

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:02 pm 
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Thats too funny for words :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:02 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:40 pm 
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viper, you are hilarious!!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:15 am 
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You can get specified material show carriers now, albeit they are around the £90 mark :shock:

Why not try something like this material carrier instead;

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/cat_ ... rier/14673

I used to show some of my rats, I never thought it would work out as they were a pain to get ready and 2 would have panic attacks when putting them in carriers but as soon as they got to the venue, they calmed right down and were on best behaviour. I know, I know, they are rats and not cats!

Bt it gets you out, gets you meeting like minded people and it might fulfill that cat urge for you and safari.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:21 am 
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ooh i love honey-boo-boo!

I'm considering showing too, just for something new, but my kitten is 1st too young and 2nd a bit naughty! But I think my cat is beautiful, and I don't want a judge to say she's not!

I think going to a show without your cat first, just to have a look/ask questions is a good step towards understanding the process. See if you can go with your breeder and her cat(s).

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:13 pm 
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sweetjelly wrote:
I'm considering showing too, just for something new, but my kitten is 1st too young and 2nd a bit naughty! But I think my cat is beautiful, and I don't want a judge to say she's not!

I think going to a show without your cat first, just to have a look/ask questions is a good step towards understanding the process. See if you can go with your breeder and her cat(s).


Not sure where you are in the world.

Kittens can be shown in the UK at GCCF shows from the age of 14 weeks. They are best started earlyish so as to get used to it. Not sure what age TICA kitten classes start from.

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