A common misconception is that only unneutered cats can be shown at a GCCF cat show. However that is not true. There are a number of breed classes that our Chartreux can enter as an adult or kitten, unneutered or neutered.
Showing your cat for the first time may appear to be very daunting. However, once you know what to do, showing your fur baby can be a very interesting and enjoyable way to spend the day, especially if you like cats. It is fair to say that some owners love cat shows and others do not; and the same can be said of their cats!
The GCCF website has a very good and detailed section on showing your cats and often a good way to start is to find a show preferably nearby so that you make life easy for yourself and your kitty as newbies to the whole process. The GCCF maintain a list of recognised shows on their website, together with the deadlines for entry. Some shows are obviously not suitable as they are only for a particular breed, but there are plenty of opportunities to show our Chartreux in the breed classes at most cat shows.
If you find a show that you think would be suitable, you can contact the show organiser to discuss your application form if you have never completed one before. Many show organisers are very keen to see Chartreux cats represented at their shows and will help you with your application and in choosing the correct classes for your cat. Some shows also have pedigree pet classes that you may prefer.
If you think that you might be interested in showing your cat here are a few points that you need to know:
- Make sure you read the show’s rules and regulations, as even if you break them by accident or ignorance you can still be disqualified.
- Your cat’s vaccinations must be up-to-date and you will need to bring your current vaccination certificate with you which must clearly identify the cat you are showing.
- Your cat must have clean ears, eyes and a coat free from pests, and they should not have any bare or scabby patches of skin or any snuffles or sneezes.
- You will be expected to clip the sharp tips off your cat’s claws (although this sounds daunting it is quite simple to do and the show organiser may even have a leaflet that they can send you to explain what to do).
- It is advisable to have a top opening cat carrier or crate so that your cat can be easily retrieved for inspection by the vet on arrival at the cat show.
- You will also need a set of ‘show whites’. These are a clean plain white blanket, a non-tip water bowl, a feeding bowl and litter tray to put in the show cage you are allocated (for more information, please below). The cat litter does not need to be white under GCCF rules but most exhibitors do use a white or very pale coloured cat litter. You may not add anything to the cage which would distinguish your cat in some way and you are not permitted to spray the cat, cage or bedding with any stress remedies which would change the cat’s appearance or behaviour in any way. Once your cat has been judged a small toy is permitted in the cage.
- The cat show provides the show cages which are normally included in the entry fee. If your cat is quite big you might want to consider paying extra for a larger cage so they have room to stretch their legs throughout the show.
At most cat shows ‘show whites’ can be bought from one of the stands on the show day. But, it is worth checking with the show organiser beforehand to ensure they will be on sale.
Otherwise, they are widely available on the Internet, a quick search using the term “cat show whites” or “cat show white equipment” should provide you with a number of buying options.
GCCF Show Information can be found here:
GCCF Show & Events List can be found here:
Once the show has finished, the judges have 28 days to send their reports on each cat to GCCF for publication on their website
CCF Show Reports can be found here: