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|Purred: Sat Aug 30, '08 10:10am PST |
|I show HHP, on the CFA circuit, I am in Region 1. Is this your first show?
Are you showing CFA or TICA? What shows are you going to, if I am there
would be glad to help you. I show in NY, PA, MA, CT. Either way, you will
find the HHP people to be very friendly and very helpful, they are a great
group of people.
I love these icons!!
Don't know how much experience you have, so please forgive if this is stuff
you already know, but trying to give you info, in case you don't know.
HHP's must be 4 months old to enter the show hall, cannot be declawed, and
must be spayed/neutered by 8 months old. They should be free of fleas and
fungus, and not be ill. They should also have all the required shots, and some
states mandate rabies certificates. This info will be on the flyer.
*If* a judge or another exhibitor, should see/find fleas, fungus, evidence that
the cat is ill, the exhibitor, as well as anyone traveling with that person, will
be asked to leave, and the judges are pretty sharp.
If this is your first show, indicate it on the entry form, and the entry clerk
will assign you a "mentor", another HHP person, to help you.
In the catalog, under the HHP section, usually in the back, you will find your
cats name and number, when you go to the ring, put your cat in the cage
with your cats number on top. Blue is for boys, pink is for girls. The ring
clerk will have it set up either boy, girl, or all the girls will be in a row, or
if they set it up with males first, there will be an empty cage between each
male, males are never put next to each other. They will also give you a
schedule for each ring, so find HHP's in each ring, most of the time, HHP
is the first class in one of the rings, so get there at check in time, so you have
time to set up your benching cage, and get your cat ready.
Depending on the schedule of each ring, they pretty much go in order of the
numbers/breeds as shown in the catalogs, so you have a rough idea when
HHP's will be called. It gets kinda confusing, if your new, they have 3, 4, 6 or
8 rings going at the same time, and announcements for each ring, but you
will get the hang of it. Your "mentor" will help you with this, and if you
indicate you are new, the entry clerk will most likely bench you with other
HHP exhibitors, so they can help you too.
After they judge the HHP's, the will call back the top 10, its called a Final.
They will announce the numbers, or some people just stay and watch to see
what numbers are put up. Keep alert, sometimes they change the schedule,
and move HHP's up, this usually happens around the LH/SH Kitten Finals,
because there are a zillion of them, lol, or one of the other AB or Premiership
As far as washing, what to use, I have 3 HHP's, 2 LH, 1SH, each with
different types of fur, and I use a different formula for each one. You will
have to try different products, to see which works best for your cat. What
works for one cat, does not work for the other. Helpful hint, a white cat, you
want him/her to be bright white, a dark haired cat, has to shine. I start my
kittens out on Suave baby shampoo and conditioner. Whatever you go with,
the secret is to rinse, rinse, and rinse some more. The shampoo residue will
leave their fur dull and lifeless. If you decide to go with conditioner, use
very very little, and make sure you rinse it all out, or it will leave their coat
greasy. If you go with any coat products after the bath, same thing, very
very little. The object of the game, is to present a very clean and healthy
cat. Before you go in the ring, make sure the ears are clean, and no gooky's
in the eyes.
Do not talk to the judge in the ring, unless he speaks to you first, some will
ask the cats name and where he/she came from, they don't want a 5 min
disertation, keep it short, this is a good time to mention that it is her first
show, some will even ask, most can tell if the cat has been shown before.
They like the cat to play on the table and be outgoing, friendly, some kind of
"presence" on the table. They like it if the cat goes up the rope pole, so
practice with that. ***Before the show starts, you are allowed, to go to an
empty ring, and practice on the table. The judge will spray the table and his
hands in between cat, so be a good neighbor, and spray the table before you
use it, and after.
I tend to be overly pickey about my cats at a show, I am pretty well know for
it on the circuit, and very proud of it. I do not let the spectators touch my
cats. You don't know what cat they may have just petted before they want to
pet your cat, or what they might have brought from home, or if they just ate
and have grease on their hands. Some exhibitors have hand sanitizer, and
will let the spectators pet their cat if they use it first. Most spectators will
ask if they can take a picture of your cat, don't let them use a flash, it may
scare a cat that has not been on the circuit, and is pretty much used to what
Get to know your neighbors, let them know, no one but you should take your
cat out of the cage, we all kinda watch after each others cats. It is very rare
but cats have been stolen from shows. I put twisty ties on the doors, not
going to prevent someone from taking them, but it will slow them down, so
a neighbor would notice and say something.
Bumpurr was a scardy boy his first 2 shows as a 4 mo old kitten. I walked him
all around the show hall, so he could get used to the noise and commotion.
By his 3rd show, he acted like he had been doing it all his life, and nothing
If your going to a TICA show, that is whole other ball of wax, lol, so let me
know, and I can tell you all about that.
Hope this helps, and I covered all your questions, and didn't repeat anything
you already knew. Please feel free to let me know if you have any more