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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:45 pm 
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I wanted to make this a different thread from the one about Saki's first show just to make sure it doesn't get missed.

As you will know if you read the other thread Sakura went for the Judge in one of the rings and then for my husband James. The Judge remarked that once they don't like it, they never like it. Is that true?

Although the next two judges handled Saki well and she calmed down a bit she was still complaining pretty loudly at me and hissing at all the other cats she saw. From experience do you think it is possible for her to get used to it especially if I use Feliway?

And does anyone have tips or advice or experience to share please?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:25 pm 
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Hi

Sorry to hear that sakura didnt have a fun time at the show :(
Sometimes cats can have a "bad day" at a show and it can be possible that is all it was a bad day.

One of my girls Calli was also like this at one of her shows so i decided to take her to one more show to see if it would happen again which it did so i then knew showing was not for her and wasnt willing to put her through the stress any longer.

If i was you try some feliway and take Sukura to another show and if it happens again it maybe that showing is not for her.
and it maybe best to give her a break and try again sometime in the future if you really wanted to show her , i dont think if they dislike showing then thats it i think its down to stress and how each cat copes with it and some cats hate showing when they are kittens but once an adult love it !!

We had that with Calli she loved shows as a baby but once an adult she wasnt keen.

Good luck with it and let us know how you get on if you do decide to try another show.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:41 am 
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It could well have been. Perhaps a two day show was just too much her first time. The first day she did really well. The second day the first Judge was pretty rough and quick. Others said that probably didn't help and then in the second ring where she lost it the cat next to her was going beserk, that started her hissing and getting very wound up, I should have moved her then I think. Also my husband said when he took her back to her cage she wanted the litter box right away. The last two Judges of the day said she was a little grumpy and scared.

Some suggested walking her in harness through Petsmart once she is comfortable with it might help her.

Open to any and all suggestions to help her feel comfortable. What I have started doing is running her through the routine the Judges do every day and praising her so she is used to it. I tried it with Apollo.. umm.. not too sure about his prospects at all!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:50 am 
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Hi Shantra-

I haven't shown cats but I have gone with a breeder to many cat shows.

Here are some of the things I have learned. And here is a link to three articles about showing cats.

http://www.bengalcat.com/aboutbengals/showing.php

It helps to prepare the cat for the show experience. Get the kitty used to being caged and handled. Practice with a variety of teaser toys so the kitty isn't surprised by anything a judge might have.

If you are showing one cat, bring another one with you to keep the show cat company.

I hope that helps! :D

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:27 am 
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Thanks to you Seamuskitty! I have put that in my favorites and will study. I have started putting feelers out to see if I might take Apollo to keep her company.. I don't know how the heck he will fit in that cage with her he is so huge but they are tightly bonded and his presence would probably calm her too.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:55 pm 
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Some of them just don't like it but some can get more used to it & start to enjoy it. Some of them love it & others do at first but then go off.
It's so hard to say & they are all different.

My Monty is a total lovebug but he had an experience at a show where we were held up at the beginning in the queue for a long time, all the cats in the carriers behind us were getting worked up & getting vocal. When we finally got to the vetting table, the guy there had been bitten by a cat earlier & blood was seeping through the plaster on his hand :roll: so he reached out to grab Monty & of course Monty flipped! Went for the guy (who wasn't even a vet...he was a steward :roll: ) & went for me.
I was in tears as this just wasn't my soppy lovebug & I was worried the experience had completely ruined him. He was edgy for the rest of the day & had managed to catch the corner of his eye in the meantime when he'd flipped so that must have been sore too.
I didn't take him to another TICA show. All that back & forth between pens, passing other cats etc was not a good idea.
We did a couple of GCCF ones but his temperament just wasn't happy so I've taken him out of the ring for a break. Being a highly-charged testosterone fuelled teenager didn't help either. I'm hoping when he's a little older & had time to get over the experience, plus being used to being handled by strangers, especially vets etc & knowing they mean him no harm, that he may be OK again. If not, it has ruined him & we won't go to any more.

I gave my first girl Willow 3 chances. First time she was a little reserved so I thought try again & she may be better as she'll know what to expect.
She was a bit more grumpy the 2nd time so I decided she either needs a bit more practise or she just doesn't like it.
3rd show & she was really fed up & sulking so then I knew, it just wasn't for her.

Sugar loved showing but damaged her tail & can't go any more :cry:

Celisse did a couple & spent pretty much the whole time rolling around in her pen & purring, I think she enjoyed it :lol: I haven't been out for a while as it's so expensive & I'm hoping that having a break imbetween hasn't stopped Celisse enjoying it, she may not like it anyway now that she is maturing & will be hormonal.

It's all trial & error, I've taken others out who haven't been as extreme, some tolerate it & others don't but I think I would stick by my 3 strike rule with any questionable ones unless there was a major reaction to it, in which case I wouldn't put them through it again.

Getting them used to being handled by strangers, spending an hour or so in a puppy crate/sturdi pen once a week or so for practise & going out & about to experience new sights/sounds etc all really help.


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Thanks for writing in such detail Ren. You know all the time she was in her pen she was just fine, totally her normal Sakura self. Carrying her up the corridor to the side of the hall where it was quiet was no problem either, she had her head up in the air looking around interested in where we were going. But certain other.... ohhhhh wait a minute here...

I was about to say that the sight of certain other cats just set her off, but I am forgetting that she was in a hall with 'entire' males and females.. could that be it? The smell or sound of females in heat (there were some) or the males set her off?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:38 pm 
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That could certainly be it...they do tend to wind each other up when they are hormonal & she could have reacted to that.
Because I have mine seperated in different areas, when I am show training I will set up the puppy crate in an area with cats they don't know. So that they get used to being penned & to being in an area surrounded by unfamiliar cats. It does seem to help.
I wonder if you have a friend nearby who has cats, maybe you could take Saki over now & again, in a strange environment & with strange cats, but with the security & safety of her own pen or large carrier...hopefully after 2 or 3 times & knowing she is always going back home with you, she may start to get used to it.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:13 pm 
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I know quite a few! I don't know that I would want to take her to the shelter I volunteer at in the cat rooms.. she might be vaccinated but there is a high rate of URI in those rooms. Some of the other cat volunteers can probably help though. One of my friends has 10 cats including a Bengal!! But she is going in for cancer surgery.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:37 pm 
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I've never been to anything but a Tica show. So other types of shows don't have everyone running around with cats in their arms trying to get to the right ring? :lol:

I thought it was just me being a nervous nellie--there is a lot of somewhat controlled chaos at the shows I've been to. It puts the humans on edge too. :shock:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:20 pm 
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I think it's only the GCCF shows where you don't have to move your cat around Julie, & they are only in the UK :wink:


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I think it's only the GCCF shows where you don't have to move your cat around Julie, & they are only in the UK :wink:


Okee dokee. I don't suppose I'll be seeing one of those any time soon. :(

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:41 am 
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Aww never say never though!
I'd love to see a show in America one day :D


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bundles of bengals wrote:
Aww never say never though!
I'd love to see a show in America one day :D


There's one next weekend in Raleigh, NC! Meet me there Ren! :D

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:22 am 
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Hey! She is coming to me first in Illinois!

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