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February 8, 2021



Revised Online 2.8.2021

Cat Project Leader:  Trish Wyrobek   219-742-9236


The 4-H Cat Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general care, nutrition, housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Cat Project.


Project Rules: 

  1. All completed record sheets and manuals/activity books must be turned in to the 4‑H Club leader by July 8, and must be securely attached in the green “Indiana 4‑H Club Member's Record Book.” A minimum of one activity in each chapter must be completed each year. At least half of the activities must be from the list of required activities. If a 4-H'er chooses to do an optional activity, he/she must write a short (1 or 2 paragraph) report on that activity.
  2. All animal class entries must be entered into fairentry.com by July 8.
  3. In all levels, you may choose to exhibit a live animal, and/or poster on a topic from your manual. If any part of your exhibit is on a poster, it must follow the poster rules stated in the front of this Insight book. It is REQUIRED that all posters, notebooks, and display boards include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include website links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as a part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.                   
  4. Certificate of Vaccination will be required for all cats to be shown at the fair; see front of book for health requirements. All vaccinations must be given by a licensed veterinarian.
  5. Each 4‑H member will show up to 2 cats he or she has cared for. The cat(s) must be in member's possession by April 1, of the year it is shown. The cat must be on a leash at all times. (A cat carrier is suggested for travel and holding when not being shown.)
  6. The owner must take the cat home following the show.
  7. Kittens are 4-8 months old, Adults are 8 months old and older. 

Level 1:  PURRR-FECT PALS – BU8148 - (grades 3-5)

Level 2:  CLIMBING UP – BU8149 - (grades 6-8)

Level 3:  LEAPING FORWARD – BU8150 - (grades 9-12)

 Cats will show in the following classes at the fair:

NOTE: The Showmanship Class is a combination of a written test along with providing a knowledgeable explanation about their cat. It is a learning asset that helps the member deliver information about their cat to the judge. Things the member might explain is their cat’s name, qualities about their cat, any special things or tricks that the cat does. It is helpful to read the cat manual thoroughly in order to explain things with proper terminology. Examples: how to groom the cat, care for the cat, diseases that the cat can get, parts of the cat, etc.



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