Koshka Black Opal
Multiple Supreme in Show Awards
    Group 3 Kitten of the Year 2001      Best in Group        
        Best Exhibit in Show                (16 weeks old)


Double Grand Champion
Koshka Blue Hyacinth
Multiple Supreme Awards, Kitten of the Year, Best of Breed, Best in Group



         Gold Champion of Champions 

    Koshka Touch of Class                      Koshka Denim 'n Lace

Multiple Supreme Winners;  Kitten of the Year;  Cat of the year;  Best of Breed;  Best in Group

Judging at Cat Shows

Cat shows can be a lot of fun for breeders and judges alike, however, the actual judging is a serious business and is carried out by highly qualified people who have generally dedicated their lives to the world of cats. Qualifying to be a judge is a long intensive process that includes, extensive experience and impeccable reputation as a breeder, attendances at hundreds of shows and participation in both written and practical classes over a number of years, learning how to handle each type of cat and acquisition of an extensive understanding of all breeds of cat and the different breed characteristics.

A good judge should also have an in-depth knowledge of cat anatomy, physiology and cat behaviour traits, coupled with exceptional skills in handling and public presentation. Each entrant presents differently and, maintaining control of an animal that has a "mind of its own" in an open public forum, while providing breeders and the general public with an entertaining and informative overview, plus,  running commentary, takes a fair degree of experience and skill.....Cat Judging is an art-form in itself, as captured in the photographs below.


Visiting French Judges
Adele Noelle & Phillipe Noelle (dec.)


Checking balance in body, head, ears and coat quality from back view.


Checking density of coat and fullness of the ripple on shoulders & spine.


Checking overall profile, shape, forehead shape, chin strength and bite.


Feeling tail from base to tip for kinks, & other skeletal faults.

  Koshka Denim 'n Lace
Best in Group

Visiting USA Judge
Daryl Newkirk
Using a feather to distract Koshka Sonny Jim so as to check overall balance and alertness   Checking ear set, eye shape & colour

Visiting USA Judge
Kim Everett

Using a feather to attract enough attention for Koshka Dynamite Nina to pose without restriction.

Many cat governing bodies have a requirement that judges select their winning cats on the basis of an accrual of points awarded from an officially recognised show points scale. Points are allocated for each aspect of a show cat's presentation including, head shape, overall body shape and balance, paws and leg shape, tail length and thickness, eye shape and colour, whisker length and degree of curl or kink, and coat density, quality and depth of ripple. Points allocated for each body part or coat characteristics are then tallied and an overall score awarded. The perfect cat can accrue a total possible number of 100 points. This is a highly objective and fair means of judging.

There are some less objective aspects to judging as well, however.
A cat's personality and behaviour are also of great importance as there is usually only one, short-lived chance to impress each judge on the day. A cat that "shows" well, by posing naturally and playing up to the judge has a distinct advantage over a cat that cowers or takes fright. . Not only because it is more likeable, but also because a cat that displays well, without coaxing, makes it easier for a judge to view/assess all the required breed characteristics and to allocate the points in a fair and accurate manner. The way a cat shows, poses or behaves, often determines the winner on the day when two or three exceptional cats share closely aligned over-all point scores.

While an exceptional cat that displays perfect "show manners" may be awarded a win over exceptional peers that are not as well behaved, the reverse is true if a cat that is exceptional in type, behaves badly or aggressively. Poor behaviour, and, aggression in particular, are not acceptable or endearing characteristics and an offending cat is likely to be severely penalised. Aggression of any kind attracts an "Unable To Handle" (UTH) classification, resulting in disqualification on that day. This is a rare occurrence as the majority of show cats are trained for the show bench from the time they are kittens and very quickly learn to enjoy the outing and the attention they receive.

Show Awards Certificate

Each time a cat is entered into a show, the Group and Breed placing and Special Awards are listed on a certificate. These certificates are official documents and must be retained as part of the documentary evidence for accumulated Championship or Cat/Kitten of the Year points that may be awarded over the year. The following example is a Show Certificate, outlining the categories won by Koshka Black Opal in a 3 ring show .that included a Supreme Exhibit In Show Award. Championship points were not awarded in this instance as Opal was still a kitten and too young to be eligible for Championship points.


Sashes, Ribbons & Rosettes







Most cat shows award a variety of ribbons, sashes and rosettes to the winners in each Breed, Group and Best in Show.  Sashes and trophies are usual for Cat/Kitten/Breeder of the Year. Many of the top breeders and visiting judges donate sashes and rosettes to outside cat organizations and clubs. It is always an honour to be awarded a special sash or rosette that has been donated, especially if it has come from another state or country.