|Purred: Tue Sep 2, '08 5:09pm PST |
The Jerob House of An-Ju Snowy Blue Shampoo (which is a whitener) is available online, I would presume. It's made by an American company. Same with Groomer's Goop. Unfortunately, both are a bit pricey. For your "first" show, maybe you should just try a mild dish detergent for deep cleansing, and a regular cat shampoo for milder cleansing. I'm not sure if you need a conditioner or not--depends on your fur type. If you want to buy the grooming products I mentioned, search the Internet.
There's a site somewhere on the Internet where some lady gives the measurements for show curtains. Google cat show curtains and you'll eventually find it. Also, I think you can probably find used show curtains on e-Bay, but I'd make sure I had them dry-cleaned before I used them on my cat (germs, tom cat odor).
Sturdi-Shelters are great, but in Japan, you get charged MORE if you use a Sturdi-Shelter than one of the cages they provide! Also, they are quite pricey--over a hundred dollars, I seem to remember. If you really start getting into showing to the point where you travel with your cat, you'll need a Sturdi-Shelter or its equivalent for the hotel. Look on the Internet for a YouTube demonstration of the Sturdi-Shelter so you'll know what it looks like. Somebody told me they got a perfectly good, very light, foldable shelter for hotels at Target for around $20 (originally meant for a dog). SturdiProducts also sells a tent that can be used for hotels and is much cheaper than the shelter, but doesn't have as many uses.
As far as I know, you cannot take a cat into the ring that's not being shown, except perhaps in the "kittens for sale" section (I'm not quite clear on what that is). But YOU can go and get used to the atmosphere and see what's necessary--and have fun at the same time.
Showing HHP is a great way to start out, and everyone is friendly--not so much rivalry or "cattiness" as in the other classes. Between rings, you can sit in on other rings in the various classes (Championship, Kitten, Premiership) and learn about the different breeds. If you eventually decide to show a pedigreed cat, first you have to decide on which breed--I'm still not sure I really like Maine Coons that much! And there are too many of them! Also, once you DO decide on a breed, zero in on the rings featuring that breed so that you can see what kind of cat gets the points. Also familiarize yourself with the breed standards, available on the CFA website or in a pamphlet.
For those of you who have expressed an interest in showing purebred cats, if you have been to enough cat shows and seen enough cats being judged, you'll develop a good eye for quality cats (as well as for kittens that will grow up to be champions), and that's when you should take the plunge and buy your cat. Purebred cats are not cheap, but you don't always have to buy the most expensive cat to get a winner. Harvey was cheap for a Maine Coon in Japan, and yet (as of this writing), he's #1 in the Premiership Class in Japan, and the #10 Maine Coon in the Premiership Class internationally (his standing will undoubtedly go down as the show season goes into full swing in the fall). The secret is knowing what to look for (I didn't; I just lucked out); good grooming (this can't be emphasized enough, especially for a longhaired cat), and the cat's attitude (unfortunately, Harvey doesn't do too well in this department). Look at breeders' website and talk to breeders of your breed of choice at shows, and you'll get a feel for what to look for in a cat. If you're lucky, like some of us, you can buy a "pet quality" cat that's really a winner. In the end, though, the owner's effort is almost as important as the quality of the cat.
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