A cat show is a judged event where the owners of Cats compete to win titles in various cat registering organizations by entering their cats to be judged after a breed standard. Both Pedigree (cat) and companion (or moggy) cats are admissible, although the rules differ from organization to organization. Cats are compared to a breed standard, and the owners of those judged to be closest to it are awarded a prize. Often, at the end of the year, all of the points accrued at various shows are added up and additional national and regional titles are awarded.
In the US, each judge has a separate ring with cages. The cats are brought up to the judge, who removes each cat in turn and then replaces them when they are done. Spectators, including the owners of the cats are present and in the audience. The cats' owners are given a number for each cat and are responsible for getting them to the ring when they are called.
In Europe, many times the cats are all placed in undecorated cages in a hall, then the judge comes around to each cat and examines them. The owner must leave the hall while judging takes place. When all the judging is done, the results are tallied and the owners may return.
In Australia, the shows can be either "closed style" or "open style" judging. In closed shows, the cats are placed in undecorated cages with white curtains and bed, and the owners must leave the hall. The judges for each ring will examine each animal in turn and decide on awards. Then the owner may return. In open style, the owners and other spectators may stay to watch the judging, as the judges talk to them about the cats. To read more and find out about the CCCA (Co-ordinating Cat Council Of Australia) visit their site. To visit the NSWCFA go to: www.nswcfa.asn.au.
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