Cat Preparations for an Exhibition

The ideal is to begin to prepare a cat for the exhibition since he is a kitten. The exhibitions imply activities that cat don’t like, unless he is used to them, as traveling long distances, staying much time inside a cage or being manipulated by strangers.

The sooner a potential exhibition cat gets used to these things, the best. Although the standard of breeds don’t make reference of the character of the cat, it can be very important at the exhibition and often is a decisive factor when a judge must choose between two cats of similar exhibition quality.

Furthermore a cat without pedigree that participate in the infantile levels or of domestic cats will need training if you want him to behave in the day of the event and also to look stunning.

Training for a Career
If you want your cat to make you look good, it is essential that the experience of participating in an exhibition will result pleasant for him. For example, if the cat associates the traveling cage with a visit to the veterinary, probably unpleasant and painful, you may expect that he won’t react calmly when we put him inside to go to the exhibition.

There are two ways to settle this problem. One consists in “seasoning” the veterinary experience with others more pleasant: take advantage of any occasion to take your cat inside the traveling cage on trips each time more prolonged, rewarding him at the end of the trip.

Another option consists in buying a new traveling cage for exhibitions of a design completely different from the old one. Use the new traveling cage for your “simulacrums” and associate it with rewards.

It is also necessary to make the cat get used to the exhibition cage. The exhibition cages all have the same size and, in some  countries. An standard design; if he has his own cage at home you could put the cat inside everyday during a brief period of time and being to increase the time gradually. Don’t forget to reward him after every session.

Traveling cages are not adequate for this object, due that they are too small. During the training process, you can imitate the conditions of an exhibition, put the cat inside the cage with the regulated bowls of food and water, the sand tray and a blanket, for the animal to get used to these accessories.

In the exhibition, the cat will be examined by person with a determined professional style, and very different from the lovingly way that he is treated at home.

In the daily life of a cat, the only person that might have treated him this way is the veterinary, for which, again, you will have to “season” this experience with others.

If you plan thoroughly your training program, you can unite these exhibition conditions; time inside the cage, traveling and handling, for the cat to be able to associate.

If you can, ask your friends and neighbors to interpret the part of stranger so the cat may get used to being touched by different people.

It is possible that in spite of your efforts, that the cat won’t adapt to this training. If such is the case, the most sensible to do is to abandon the hope that this cat in concrete will develop a career in exhibitions.

A cat that is already uneasy when arriving to the exhibition and that keeps on showing symptoms of stress during the event will never be able to win a prize.

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