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Cat Care

January 6, 2020

The purpose of the 4-H Cat Project is to encourage responsibility and development of a member through caring and training of their cat. This project will help 4-H members acquire a basic knowledge of health, grooming, feeding and training of their cat. In addition, members will participate in the 4-H Cat Show at the Noble County Community Fair.

1. Any boy or girl who is in grades 3 through 12 may become a 4-H Cat Project member. Each member must be enrolled in a local 4-H Club and comply with local project deadline.

2. Divisions shall be:
Junior -grades 3, 4 and 5
Intermediate -grades 6, 7 and 8 
Senior -grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

3. Each member may show only his or her cat or the family cat.

4. To be eligible, the cat must be in the member's possession by May 1, and born before April 1.

5. The cat may be either purebred or a household pet. Cats do not need to be registered or pedigreed.

6. The cat must be fed and cared for by the 4-H member.

7. All cats must be accompanied by a certificate of vaccination, or statement signed by a licensed, accredited veterinarian indicating that within 1 year of the date of exhibition, but at least two (2) weeks prior to the show, the cats have been vaccinated for feline panleukopenia, feline rhinotracheitis and calcivirus. All cats must be tested for feline leukemia within 180 days of exhibition.

8. All cats over 3 months of age must be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed, accredited veterinarian in accordance with the state rabies vaccination law. A certificate of vaccination must accompany the animal to the exhibition.

9. Completed record sheets, and Question & Answer sheets, are due into the Extension Office on or before July 1, 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets/manuals/ Q & A sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.

10. No cats will be left overnight at the fair.

11. The 4-H members may exhibit one (1) or two (2) cats at the fair. Cats will be entered by Junior, Intermediate or Senior. Champion, Reserve Champion, Blue, Red or White ribbons will be given.

12. Each cat shall wear a collar or harness and be on a leash during the show.

13. The member will stay and watch his/her cat being judged, then return it to its cage/carrier. If a cat is not on the judging table at time class is judged, cat will not be judged.

14. In the event a 4-H member cannot show his/her cat, arrangements must be made with the person in charge of the Cat Show to have someone else (a 4-H member) show the cat.

15. All cats exhibited must have their toenails clipped. This is for safety reasons.

16. Pregnant or lactating cats will not be permitted to be shown.

EXHIBIT REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL DIVISIONS:
1. Completed record sheets and Q & A sheets are due into the Extension Office on or before July 1, 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets/Q & A sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.

2. Exhibit your cat at the County Fair Cat Show.

4-H CAT SHOW CLASSES
1. Junior - 4-H'ers grades 3, 4 and 5
2. Intermediate - 4-H'ers grades 6, 7 and 8
3. Senior - 4-H'ers grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.
A Champion and Reserve will be picked from each level.

JUDGING CRITERIA
1. The Decision of the Judge is final.

2. Judging will include:
     a. Health
     b. Cleanliness
     c. Grooming
     d. Personality
(In case of a tie, the judge will choose a winner by its "star quality.")

A Cage Decorating Class will be offered.

 

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