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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 8:56 pm 
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I'm putting my cat in her first UK show in a few weeks so I've been reading up on as much 'showing' material as I can find, in doing so, I keep coming across the 'Whip Tail' clause (Where an award can be withheld if the cat has a Whip Tail). Does anybody have a picture of a whip tail? or a good description of one? I'm a bit puzzled as to what it is :(

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Can't say I've heard of that before :(


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Ok, I've got it now; a few people from the Bengal-L yahoo group have helped me out. A Whip tail is where the tail is long, thin and bony (similar to a Siamese)!

Simple as that :)

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 8:40 pm 
OK, but how do you tell if your cat's tail is like that? Not having ever seen a Siamese in the flesh, I couldn't say whether Zeus and Hestia have a whip tail or not!


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Hi Gavin

I've just had a look at the cool pics Siobhan has posted and I'm no expert but your cats? tails look fine to me. They look pretty thick at the top with a slight taper to the end (Which I'm told is fine) and they certainly don't look to long. Why don't you take them to a couple of shows? That's what we're doing; I'm hoping it's going to be fun B)

Do a search on the Internet for Siamese breeders and you'll soon see what people mean by a Whip tail, Here's one I found earlier!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 8:34 am 
Don't they have to be on the active register to be shown? We were sold them by the breeder as "pet quality", though they do look to be better than average...


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Hi Gavin

You can show your cat as 'Breed/Entire' which means they are breeding cats and must be on the active register or you can show them as 'Altered/Pets'. I think as kittens though your pets don't have to be altered and both pet and breed kittens are judged together (I think) but then once your cat is older than 9 months it is classed as an adult and has to be altered (if it's not on the active register) and from then on it is judged separately to the breeding cats. All you really need is your GCCF registration document 'the pink slip' as you need the info from that to fill in your application form.

It would be polite to check with your breeder first before you show them, it may be that she sold them to you as pets because they are pet quality and not show quality but quite often breeders will sell a show quality as a pet because at the time nobody wants a show cat (hope that made sense). Anyway, I'm no expert but from your pics, Zeus certainly looks good enough to show (IMO....don't quote me on that ;) )!

If your interested check the <a href='http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/GCCF_CATS/shows.htm' target='_blank'>GCCF Cat Show List</a> for a list of all the shows, find one that?s local and go and have a look, that?s what we did.

I've just bought our tickets for the GCCF Supreme Cat Show (it's the cat's world equivalent to 'Crufts') its in November at the Birmingham NEC. Where not taking any cats (I think you can only show cats at the supreme if they've won 'x' number of awards at normal shows), where just going as visitors but it should be a good day out with lots of Bengals on show!

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