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Showing Your Turkish Van


So you think you want to show a Turkish Van? Well here is a little information about cat shows in general and some specific areas related to Turkish Vans.

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(l) Doug Meyers, CFA AB judge and (r) Barbara Ray, TICA AB judge with Alleranth

The Turkish Van is currently accepted for registration and show competition in all of the major cat associations. These include, but are not limited to: Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), The International Cat Fanciers Association (TICA), and the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA). There are several other associations that also register cats and hold cat shows. Some may be more predominant in certain geographic areas. We recommend that you visit shows in your area to see which you like the best and then embark on your cat show endeavors there. Above all, showing your cats should be lots of fun. Pick the association(s) with which you personally feel most comfortable. Ask lots of questions while you are there. Most of the exhibitors will be happy to talk about their cats and the shows. Of course, in order to be able to show your Turkish Van, you must have the cat registered in the association in which you plan on showing.

Richard Bailey with Machiavelli

Richard Bailey, TICA AB Judge, with Machiavelli

There are differences among the associations with respect to titles and how the cats are scored for regional and national points. In this discussion we will be focusing on the common elements for showing. Cats are evaluated by judges according to how well they fit the "standard" for the breed. Each association has its own standard. We have the CFA and the TICA standards in the Van Info section of this site for you to refer to. The standards for the Turkish Van are very similar in all associations with only slight differences.

There are generally three different classes in which purebreds can compete. These are: the kitten class (4 through 7 months); the championship class (8 months and older); and the premiership or alter class (for spayed and neutered cats that are 8 months and older).

Cats show take place on the weekends. Each weekend, there are several cat shows taking place across the country. Shows usually run from around 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.


More on Showing Your Turkish Van:

bullets_balls_grey_012.gif Preparing for the show (or how to get your Van ready for stardom)

bullets_balls_grey_012.gif What you need to take to the show

bullets_balls_grey_012.gif Judging procedures at the show


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