Hi all. There used to be a few cat show people here, not sure if that is true anymore, but I thought I'd ask for opinions.
I have a 2 year old female longhaired odd eyed brown ticked tabby and white. She's absolutely gorgeous, a true one in a million cat. At home, she is super relaxed, somewhat playful. She lets you handle her pretty well most of the time since I've been training her. She doesn't spook easily. She's just an all around laid back cat.
Took her to her first show as a 6 month old. She was scared but behaved herself. Did ok placing wise.
Took her to her 2nd as a 1 yr old. She did pretty well, seemed a bit more relaxed and got a little sassy at times (which means she was her normal self
) Got all Best's. I was happy and she wasn't too nervous. A good experience overall.
Last Saturday I decided to take her to another. She'd been acting odd the night before. Was constantly looking to escape during the bath & drying. She meowed the whole car trip. She fought me when I groomed her. She sulked in the corner in her cage and did not want to be touched much, and tried to run away when I attempted to get her to play. I took her to one ring and she would NOT allow herself to be put on the table. Very odd, because she's usually pretty biddable, especially when she's nervous! All of her behavior was weird for her.
I left after the first ring. I know I should've done a few more, but the wait between rings seemed so long and I was not enjoying myself at all. It was freezing, I had 4 hrs of sleep a few nights in a row, and my cat was not herself in the slightest.
I said I wouldn't show her anymore, but the more I looked back on it, the more I realized why she behaved the way she did. I've started to rethink my decision.
There's a show in October, a TICA show this time. I've never shown with TICA before and like how they handle HHPs. I started thinking about the possibilities - I could start training her again. I could try Feliway & Rescue Remedy. I could try to make sure I bathe her a few days before so she can "recover" from the experience. It'll be a longer car ride like she's used to, so she'll have time to settle down. I'll make sure I get plenty of sleep.
Do you think it's worth another shot or that I'm fooling myself? I love her. She's my heart cat. I don't want to put her through something if she has no chance of tolerating or enjoying it. I'm just curious what show people think of the situation.
Thanks in advance for any input.