Even though he is neutered, he is eligible to be shown at a CFA or CCA sanctioned cat show. Neutered and spayed cats can compete as Premiers rather than Champions, but apart from that, the cat show experience is identical.
I went to my first cat show as a spectator when I was in junior high, and this is where I first fell in love with Abyssinians. I really enjoy showing cats at cat shows. I’ve only ever done CFA shows, but I started in high school, showing my Siamese mix, Sgt. Pepper, as a Household Pet. Later, I also volunteered at shows, first as a cage cleaner, and later as a judge’s clerk. I stopped doing shows after I started college and Pepper got older, but I never lost my love of shows. In fact, it was as a spectator at a cat show in Boxborough, MA that I met Sherry and Scar, which led to our adopting Gun-Hee and then Jake.
This website has some great candid photos of the cat show experience…and, if you scroll down a bit, you’ll see Uncle Whitey with Sherry and her niece! Just above that photo is a shot of one of Jacoby’s cousins, Eszencia Fabulous Finnegan, exploring the show on his leash. Jake’s grandfather, Haro’s Jake of Eszencia (“TJ”) is part of that cattery, so there’s doubtless some tangled branches in their family trees.
I showed Gun-Hee as a kitten, and later as a Premier. He earned his Premiership, but I never showed him once he earned his title because he started not to have fun at them any more.
Look at this hiss! Although, to be fair, he was trading insults with Aby Castle Hottownsummerinthecity, a firey redhead if ever there was one.
We showed Tessie as a Household Pet (she is a registered Asian with TICA, but Asians aren’t recognised by the CFA yet), and at one show she won Best Household Pet.
Next weekend, Jacoby will participate in his first show, as an Open in Premiership, at a CFA show in Milford, MA. I’m very interested to see how he does at this show, not just to see if he earns enough ribbons to become a Premier, but to see how he interacts with the judges and how he tolerates being around all the other cats and the general hustle and bustle of a two-day cat show. We’re also taking Kylie to show as a Household Pet, because white cats always get a lot of notice at shows.
Of course, there will be lots of photos when we return from the show, but in the meantime, here’s a few from Gun-Hee’s show career.
This last one is especially special: it’s Gun-Hee with judge Marge Collier, who is bringing him out to receive his Best Kitten ribbon in her ring at his second show in Concord, NH.