Learn All About Cat Shows

Have you ever been to a cat show before? It’s a place where people who own cats take them to show them off and have them judged and, hopefully, they’ll win lots of ribbons. It’s also an event for people who love cats to go and see all of the different breeds, meet and talk to the breeders, watch the judges evaluate the cats, and maybe even find a special treat or toy for their own cat at one of the vendor booths.

If you’ve never been to a cat show and don’t know what one is, you’ve been missing a lot of fun!

Just follow our little guide and learn ALL about cat shows.

So, just what happens at a cat show?

As we said before, a cat show is where cat breeders and owners take their cats to compete with other cats that are the same color and breed. Cats can compete in four classes:

Kitten Class – for cats between 4 and 8 months of age
Championship Class – for CFA registered adult cats over 8 months of age
Premiership Class – for CFA registered altered cats over 8 months of age
Household Pet – for unregistered cats over 4 months of age


Each cat entered in the show will be looked at by a trained judge. Most shows have at least 6 judges, and some have 8 or more. Each judge will handle the cats in their own “ring” and each judge will give their top awards to those cats they handle.

The moment every cat breeder lives for is the thrill when their cat is held aloft and proclaimed “Best Cat”!