Member is responsible for exhibit equipment, to include cage, feed, water, etc. Animal must be owned by exhibitor or the exhibitor's family.
- Cats will be required to have health papers showing necessary vaccinations at time of 4-H exhibit.
- All cats must be tested for feline leukemia within one hundred eighty (180) days of exhibition.
- Cats do not need to be registered or pedigreed to enter the cat project.
- Each 4- H member must exhibit the animal at the cat show. Each cat shall be under the restraint of the owner.
- All cats will come to the show in a carrier and leave in their carrier.
- All cats must be free from internal and external parasites and members must have a veterinary receipt for verification.
Cat Educational Exhibit Classes
- Level 1 (junior division) for 4-H'ers grades, 3, 4, & 5 by January 1st.
- Level 2 (intermediate division) for 4-H'ers grades, 6, 7, & 8 by January 1st.
- Level 3 (senior division) for 4-H'ers grades 9, 10, 11, 12 by January 1st.
Exhibit suggestions: 4-H member may exhibit their cat at the cat show or exhibit a cat poster on the following topics. For cat poster use a 22"x 28" poster board with a stiff backing and a clear protective covering. Posters should be displayed horizontally.
Exhibit topics: The following suggestions are ideas for development of an educational cat poster. 4-H’ers need not be limited by or to just these mentioned topics.
Beginner— cat care, cat breeds, litter-training, treating my cat with care and respect, cat responsibilities, grooming skills, training my cat, declawing; good or not, neutering/spaying, determining cat costs, traveling with my cat, my cat’s safety.
Intermediate -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’ve learned, insect pests, symptoms of ill health, my visiting pet therapy program, cats get old too!, saying goodbye.
Advanced - understanding a cat show, planning a cat business, am I a role model?, cat genetics, cat organs and systems, exploring careers, learning about leadership, teaching others, having fun learning, protecting our environment, issues of animal welfare/rights.