Show Etiquette & Sportsmanship

Etiquette, good manners, and sportsmanship are a combination of common sense and thoughtfulness that can make a show weekend a wonderful adventure. Without any one of the three ingredients, a cat show can be an unhappy place indeed.

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  • Big Mouth Phenomenon
    Have you heard an exhibitor loudy say something nasty about a cat on the judging table? They have a big mouth - and it's against the rules!
    April 2006

  • Cat Show Etiquette
    An experienced exhibitor shares her thoughts on what constitutes good cat show etiquette
    May 2007

  • Code of Sportsmanship
    Sportsmanship is defined as behavior conforming to the rules and proper spirit of a sport. Does the cat fancy need an official Code of Sportsmanship?
    August 2008

  • * Controlling Gossip
    You will never be able to control all of what other people say about you, but there are steps you can take to take control of gossip if you become a target ....
    February 2010

  • Getting Along
    With the new year just a few weeks old, now seems a good time to think about how best to get along with our fellow (wo)man.
    January 2008

  • * Gossip, Gossip
    Like a small town where tongues wag easily, the cat fancy is a small community where gossip can cause great pain and hurt. But there are smart ways you can neutralize gossip and enjoy the cat shows more.
    December 2019

  • How We Act At Cat Shows
    A cat breeder and exhibitor shares the way she interacts with spectators at the cat show and the positive impact it can have for the cat fancy.
    June 2008

  • Me or We
    A display of poor sportsmanship provides food for thought...
    August 2022

  • * Noisy Neighbors
    A cat show can be a noisy place that can intimidate even the most laid back kitty.
    January 2016

  • * Show Etiquette 1: In Your Benching Area
    Ten things we can do to make the show hall a happier place to spend the weekend.
    July 2000

  • * Show Etiquette 2: At Ringside
    When we go to ringside, we not only want to behave politely, we must consider our behavior in light of the rules of good sportsmanship.
    August 2000

  • * Show Etiquette 3: Etiquette and Sportsmanship
    Etiquette and Sportsmanship are each basically defined by a set of (often unspoken) rules. This article discusses how to be a true winner no matter whether you cat wins a rosette or not.
    September 2000

  • * Show Hall Dos And Don'ts
    The start of a new show season is a bit like New Year's Day. Regardless of what happened last season, or how you may have behaved, the slate has been wiped clean and you have the opportunity to write a different story... maybe a better story...
    May 2012

  • * Sportsmanship
    Sportsmanship. What is it? Do you have it? Is it common in the show halls of the cat fancy?
    July 2010



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