ª Judging: Cats earn points by placing well in shows, which are held throughout the year; the top performers can achieve “grand champion” status.
ª Each breed has a standard — condition, structure of the head, structure of the body — that judges use to scrutinize each competing cat.
ª Judges are extensively trained and licensed, having to first take a comprehensive exam on show rules and breed standards.
ª The pinnacle event, the World Championship Cat Show, drew 1,000 contestants last year. The “best in show’’ award went to a chocolate spotted Ocicat kitten.
ª The Cat Fanciers’ Association recognizes 42 breeds for
showing in “championship” and “miscellaneous” classes.
SOURCE: The Cat Fanciers’ Association