General Preparations a Cat Exhibition

Near to the slope of competition, to foment a style of life for all cats is one of the main objectives  of the feline associations and it is fundamental that the cats participating in exhibitions be in an eminently good physical shape. This implies to have an special attention with the quality of the diet of the cat, the general state of its cloak aside from the special embellishment previous from the exhibition that is described immediately after) and to the exercise they do.

In some countries cats of exhibition with pedigree are no let to go outside of their homes, for comprehensible reasons, which takes us to having to design all kind of strategies for the cat to do exercise and not let him gain weight. The ideal is to build a training track outside in the open air as big as possible.

To cats of short hair and without pedigree you can give them more freedom, but in the case of long hair cats it is extremely difficult to maintain a cloak in an excellent state if you let them run freely. An exhibition must begin to be prepared seriously with about 4 weeks of anticipation, although it is convenient to make the cat to get previous repeated rehearsals. Don’t forget to see if the cats vaccination are up to date and that you have documentation to prove it, because they may be asked for at the exhibition. Also, it is convenient to take the cat to be examined, and to inform the veterinary that he is participating in an exhibition.

The embellishment for an exhibition is more exhausting, frequent and entertaining than the daily routine of a domestic cat.

First we have to brush the cloak with a brush of thin pricks and, on the way, to see if there is any presence of scurf, parasites or of an illness known as stud tail. Then when we brush again the cloak with a brush of natural bristle. The collar of a cat of long hair must be brushed in a way that the face stands out, and the entanglements on the feet and legs and the area of the tail must be brushed carefully.

In the case of cats with short hair, it is convenient to use a small silk bolster or a chamois to give brightness to the cloak.

All these activities must be as smooth as possible and must be accompany with a soothing conversation to make the embellishing a pleasant moment for the cat.

The rex cats require special care, due that an excessively vigorous brushing can provoke the apparition of bald spots; many experts advice the use of a baby brush of short bristles.

About three weeks before the exhibition verify the state of the cat’s claws. If the sharpening activity and the exercise of the animal hasn’t maintain them short you will have to trim them.

People with experience do it they, but, if you have never done so, take the cat to the veterinary. It is an operation in which two persons have to intervene and it also requires of special trimmers and certain practice.

You can also ask the veterinary to verify the state of the cat’s denture; in case you haven’t done it recently it is necessary to eliminate the crust and to clean its teeth. Bad breath will not cause a good impression to the judges.

Four or five days before the exhibition it is convenient to wash the cloak of the cat with shampoo or, in the case of short hair cats, with a bath of bran.

It will be easier if the cat has been used to being bathed one in a while as kittens can be bathed starting from the six months of age approximately.

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