Description: Youth will learn how to care for, groom, and show a cat or kitten.
State Fair Entries: Any eligible 4-H cat project member may elect to exhibit their 4-H cat in State Fair competition. All 4-H cats and/or kittens must be owned and cared for by May 15. Check State Fair website for entry information. Enter online at www.indianastatefair.com.
- If the paperwork listed in the box above is not turned in by the designated deadline, the member may still exhibit his or her cat; however, the exhibit will not be eligible for any award above a blue ribbon placing. A merit award will be presented for the most exceptional manual in each level.
- A 4-H member may enter and show a maximum of 2 cats in the 4-H Cat Show. Each cat may be shown in only one cat class.
- 4-H cats and kittens MUST BE OWNED BY THE 4-H MEMBER AND/OR FAMILY BY MAY 15. In addition, cats and/or kittens must be fed, trained, and cared for by the 4-H member.
- Evidence of purebred status must be provided if cat or kitten is to show in Purebred class.
- At least one Workshop and a Shot Clinic may be held. Details will be mailed.
- Required vaccinations for all cats are: Rabies, panleukopenia, calcivirus, rhinotracheitis, and feline leukemia. The Certification of Vaccination, signed by the veterinarian administering them, shall be attached to the 4-H Cats Record Sheet. Papers will be checked prior to judging. Vaccinations must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the show in the year of exhibition. Those vaccinated after that date will not be allowed to show.
- It is recommended that all cats, other than pedigreed breeding stock, be spayed or neutered.
- Cats in season or pregnant will not be permitted to show. 4-H members should still attend the Cat Show without their cat and will not be penalized. In order to receive a ribbon placing, a Cat Poster should be made and exhibited. . See the “4-H Poster and Notebook Requirements” section for more information.
- Cats must be free of fleas, fungus, ear mites, parasites, or other communicable diseases. The Vaccination Certificate states that “Cats will be examined by a vet (or vet tech) at the time of exhibition. Any sign of a communicable disease will result in the cat being sent home.”
- The cat is to be brought in a suitable cage or pet carrier with kitty litter included. Please do not use cardboard boxes as carriers.
- Each cat must wear a collar. Exhibitors are responsible for providing water/feed containers and grooming aids.
- Prior to and during the Show, cats should be removed from carriers only for grooming or judging. Only cat owner or family member should remove cat from carrier.
- Cats will be brought for the Show and taken home immediately afterward.
- Cats will be judged on health, cleanliness, grooming, personality, and if all categories are equal, the judge will choose a winner by its "star quality."
- Each animal will be suitably caged in a cage or carrier provided by the 4-H member. Cats must be on a leash when not caged.
- Cats will be shown in the following classes:
- Short Hair Household Kitten, 4-8 months
- Long Hair Household Kitten, 4-8 months
- Short Hair Household Cat, 8 months and over
- Long Hair Household Cat, 8 months and over
- Short Hair Purebred (kitten and adult)
- Long Hair Purebred (kitten and adult)
- OPTIONAL EXHIBITS (not required, but give them a try!)
- The purpose is to help 4-H members learn and become more aware of cat fanciers knowledge, show techniques, and related management. Members will compete in one of the following 3 grade levels: Beginner (grades 3-5), Intermediate (grades 6-8), and Advanced (grades 9-12). The judge will ask questions to measure the 4-Her’s cat knowledge. A Workshop may be held prior to the Fair to acquaint 4-Hers with showmanship techniques and practices.
- Carrier Decoration. If a member chooses to decorate the 4-H cat cage, the following judging criteria will be used: a) color coordination; b) originality; c) appropriate covering of the 2 sides, back, and top. Front of cage should not be covered. Copyrighted figures such as Garfield, Mickey Mouse, etc. should not be used in decorating cages.
4-H CAT POSTER:
Members may exhibit educational poster in addition to or in place of live animal. See Animal Education Project guidelines. The posters should be submitted to the 4-H Office before or on the day of the animal education judging.