Shelby County

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February 10, 2020


Show: Sunday, June 28, 2020    4:00 p.m.

Workshops: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m.
                  Wednesday, May 6, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m.
Workshops will be at the Brinson Building at the fairgrounds.

PREMIUMS: $2, $1.50, $1.25; Participation $1 SHOWMANSHIP PREMIUMS: $2, $1, $1

1. OWNERSHIP - Each member must be enrolled in the 4-H cat project. For leased animals, a completed, signed lease (county only) form must     be turned in to the Shelby County Extension Office by May 15. There will no NO entries accepted after May 15th.
2. SHELBY COUNTY FAIR ENTRY - All County 4-H Exhibitors must enter your Cat in their classes in the Fair Entry online program by May 31.  There will be NO entries accepted after May 31.
3. Each 4-H member may show only his or her own or family cat for state fair eligibility. However, they may lease a cat and show it at the county level only.
4. A 4-H cat member may show as many as two (2) cats, as long as the animals are in different classes.

Refer to 4-H General Livestock/Animal rules. Also:
1. All cats will travel to and from the show in a carrier. A cage will be provided for benching while at the fair. Cats must remain in the cage, except when showing or for last minute grooming. Bring your own show drapes (such as towels, curtains, etc.), litter box, and litter.
2. Each cat must have nails clipped prior to show.
3. No cat shall be de-vocalized.
4. Each cat must be accompanied by a certificate of vaccination, or statement signed by a licensed veterinarian indicating the cat(s) have been vaccinated for pneumonitis, feline panleukopenia, calcivirus, feline rhenotracheitis, leukemia and rabies -- all within one year of the date of exhibition.
5. Animal must be free from internal and external parasites; 4-H member must have veterinary receipt for verification.
6. Animal may be neutered.
7. Pregnant or lactating female cats will not be permitted to show.

1. To be eligible to be shown, the cat must be at least four (4) months of age by the day of the show.
2. The cat may be either a purebred or a household pet. Cats do not need to be registered or pedigreed in order to enter.
3. The judge retains the right to choose the cats for the final judging consideration. Cats in the final elimination class may or may not have won their individual classes.

1. Cats must be checked in during the official check-in time, which will begin one-half hour prior to show time.
2. The cat cages must be covered on 3 sides of the cage, the back and the 2 sides. This is done to block the cat’s view of their neighbor during the show.
3. The cat must be fed and cared for by the 4-H member.
4. No cats will be left overnight at the show. No cat is to be unattended at any time.
5. During judging, the cat will be removed from its cage, and the 4-H member will stay and
    watch his or her cat being judged. The 4-H'er will then return the cat to its cage. If the cat is not on the judging table at the time the class is judged, the cat will not be judged.
6. Each cat shall be restrained by its owner. NO collar or leash is permitted on the cat during the time of judging.

Each 4-H member is expected to exhibit his/her own animal at the Cat Show. In case of unusual circumstances or hardship, another Shelby County 4-H Member may show the cat.

KITTEN (four to eight months):                                     CAT (over eight months):
1. Short Hair Male                                                          5. Short Hair Male
2 Short Hair Female                                                       6. Short Hair Female
3. Long Hair Male                                                           7. Long Hair Male
4. Long Hair Female                                                       8. Long Hair Female


• 4-Her will be in the same age category as they were in for the cat show
• Showmanship/knowledge will be judged by two parts-a written test and an evaluation by the
judge. Scores will be combined to select a champion and reserve from each division. A grand and
reserve grand will be selected from the division champions.
• Questions for the written test will be taken from the cat project books. Junior:
“Purr-fect Pals!”, Intermediate: “Climbing Up” and Senior: “Cat Connections, Your Cat and You.”
• Judging scores will be done during the show. The judge will score on how you handle your
cat, how well it is presented (grooming) and your overall general knowledge of cats.


This contest is optional.  The work for this contest must be done at the Cat Show site, solely by the 4-H Cat project member.  The cage is to be covered on three (3) sides, with top optional.  The size of the cage is 24” x 24” x 18”.  Decorations may only be used one year.  You must change your decoration ideas each year.  If you repeat your decorating, your cage will be disqualified.  The 4-H member can choose whatever theme they want

Judging is based on:

  1. Color coordination
  2. Originality/imagination
  3. Overall theme
  4. Appropriateness to theme. Exhibitors must post theme name on cage.

4-H Members who own their own animal may participate in the State Fair 4-H Cat Show. This does not include the leased animals. Contact the Shelby County Extension Office for details.

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