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Judging the cats

Winning ways

ª Judging: Cats earn points by placing well in shows, which are held throughout the year; the top performers can achieve “grand champion” status.

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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.

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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

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