4-H Cat Department
Judging Time: Monday, July 15th,
9:30 a. m. Community Building — West
1. A 4-H member may enroll to show a maximum of two cats, as long as the cats are not in the same class. Each 4-H member may show only his/her cat or the family cat. The 4-H’er also has the option to enroll in the cat animal poster project. Posters must be educational and follow guidelines listed below.
2. The cat(s) and/or kittens must be owned, in the possession, care and feeding of the 4-H member by
3. All cats must have valid Certificate of Vaccination (4-H-777-W). This Certificate of vaccination must be signed by the Extension educator and a licensed, accredited veterinarian, and it must be available at check-in. The certificate must be presented prior to any 4-H cat exhibition. Vaccinations must be at least two weeks before the show and within one year of the show. All cats must be free of fleas, fungus, ear mites, or other communicable disease. See the health terms and conditions section printed in the front of the Indiana State Fair handbook for further details.
4. Cat(s) may be purebred or grade animals (household pet).
5. All 4-H cats with claws must have their nails clipped.
6. It is recommended that all 4-H cats, other than pedigreed breeding stock, be spayed or neutered.
7. Exhibitors will be responsible to maintain and care for the 4-H cat while at the Putnam County 4-H Cat Show. This includes proper removal of any waste.
8. Exhibitors must provide water/feed containers, carrying case, towels or curtains to drape their cage, litter box and litter, and other appropriate grooming aids.
9. It is recommended that cats be brought to and taken from the show in a carrying case. When the cat is not in the carrying case it must be on leash, except for the actual time it is being judged. Please do not use paper/cardboard boxes as carriers. A plastic laundry basket with a lid makes a secure carrier. Harnesses can be used, but shall be removed for judging.
10. Pregnant or lactating female cats will not be permitted to show.
11. 4-H cats will be removed from their cages during judging. The 4-H member will stay and watch his or her cat being judged, then return the cat to its cage. If a 4-H cat is not on the judging table at the time the class is judged, it will not be judged.
12. The 4-H’er and/or his/her parent(s) should not speak with the judge unless conversation is initiated by the judge.
13. Cats must be taken home following official release at the end of the 4-H cat show.
14. 4-H cats shall not be left unattended at any time either in the 4-H Exhibit Hall building or in an automobile.
**Pictures will be taken of the Exhibitors and their cats upon completion of judging and will be exhibited during the fair.
A household cat is 8 months of age or older on the day of the show. A household kitten is aged between 4 and 8 months of age on the day of show.
The following is the class listing:
Long Hair Kitten
Long Hair Cat
Short Hair Kitten
Long Hair Cat
Long Haired – cats whose coat has long top hairs, with a thick wooly undercoat. The length of hair on a cat’s tail is often used as a determining factor. Hair length is normally 1-1/2” long or more.
Short Haired – cats whose coat has only short hairs, a smooth, textured coat. Cat tail hair is usually less than 1-1/2” in length.
It is strongly urged that all 4-H members show their own animal. 4-H members unable to show their animal because of unforeseen circumstance must receive prior permission from the 4-H Cat Superintendent and 4-H Extension Educator in order for another Putnam County 4-H member to show the animal. A poster may be an option for 4-H members unable to show their cat.
Note: Indiana State Fair entry forms are available from your County Extension Office and on the website at www. Indianastatefair.com. Please refer to the online Indiana State Fair handbook for additional exhibit requirements and regulations because they may be different from the county fair exhibit classes.
The purpose of this 4-H activity is to help 4-H members become more aware of cat fanciers knowledge, show techniques and related management. Exhibitor can only enter one cat in showmanship.
Juniors - Grades 3-4-5 BU-08148…”Purrr-fect Pals!”
Intermediates - Grades 6-7-8…BU-08149 ”Climbing Up!” and”Purrr-fect Pals”
Seniors - Grade 9 & above… BU-08150”Leaping Forward,” ”Climbing Up!,” and ”Purrr-fect Pals”
1. Reference material may not be used during the activity by participants.
2. Questions for the activity will be taken from one or more of the following publications listed by specific grade level. Showmanship Divisions are based on the 4-H’er’s grade in school on January 1st of the current year.
3. Activity Criteria – 100 points for each part for a total of 300 points.
Part 1 – Written Quiz about Cats
Part 2 – Handling, Posting & Showing Your Cat
Part 3 – Oral interviews about your cat and its body parts
4. Knowing answers to the following sample questions increase and help appropriately prepare the 4-H member for participation in this activity:
● Name three breeds of purebred cats.
● What is a cat parasite? Give an example of one parasite.
● How should cat parasites be controlled?
● What are hairballs? How can hairballs be prevented?
●How would you stop a cat fight?
●How often should a cat/kitten be bathed?
●Name five symptoms that indicate your cat is getting sick?
●Why do cats scratch? How do you avoid ruined furniture?
●Why is cat vaccination so important?
5. Once a 4-H’er has won a showmanship grade based level, they must advance to the next level in subsequent years. The successful winning showman will remain in the advanced level for the next year and future years of
the showmanship class, until they win again or advance to the next grade level.
Cat Posters due on Tuesday, July 16th
Between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00p.m. in the
4-H Exhibit Hall.
1. Comply with all the requirements listed at the beginning of this “4-H Exhibit Hall Project” section, the “Putnam County 4-H Fair Rules” section, and “Indiana and Putnam County 4-H Policy/Terms” section.
2. Suggested Topics for development of educational cat posters are as follows:
Level 1 — 3rd, 4th, 5th, grades on January 1st of current year: Cat Care, Cat Breeds, Litter-Training, Treating My Cat with Care and Respect, Cat Responsibilities, Grooming Skills, Training My Cat, Neutering/ Spaying, Determining Cat Costs, Traveling with My Cat, My Cat’s Safety.
Level 2 — 6th, 7th, 8th grades on January 1st of current year: National Cat Fancier Associations, A Cat Clinic, Training with Extra Praise, Careers Related to Cats, Should My Cat Have Kittens?, Feeding My Cat, Things I Have Learned, Insect Pests, Symptoms of Ill Health, My Visiting Pet Therapy Program, Cats Get Old Too!, Saying Goodbye.
Level 3 — 9th grade or above on January 1st of current year: Understanding a Cat Show, Planning a Cat Business, Cat Genetics, Cat Organs and Systems, Exploring Careers, Learning About Leadership, Teaching Others, Having Fun Learning, Protecting Our Environment, Issues of Animal Welfare/Rights.
Cat Vaccinnation Form (click here)
Record Sheet (click here)
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