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									                                             February, 2012

                       4-H CAT PROJECT NEWSLETTER
Dear 4-H Family:

Welcome to the 2012 Outagamie County 4-H cat project program. We have a total of 31 youth
enrolled in the project this year. This newsletter announces and explains your project
expectations and guidelines. Please save this letter for future reference.

Your cat project resource leader is:
       Katie Dorow
       W4368 Walter Wieckert Rd
       Appleton WI 54913
       470-4207

IMPORTANT REMINDER – Your cat must receive both rabies and
distemper vaccinations by a licensed veterinarian. The reason for this
is to assure that the vaccines have been given correctly. This is
especially important for rabies. If your cat should bite someone and is not vaccinated for rabies
by a licensed vet, you would have to quarantine your animal in an isolated facility for 10 days.
This is both traumatic and expensive. Please call your local veterinarian for more information.

Project Talk Demonstration – the cat project manual has 3 levels. Each of you has received a
copy of the publication of the level in which you are enrolled (based on 1/family). This
publication explains a number of concerns regarding cats as a 4-H project. There are other
publications that you can get from many community libraries and pet shops. Each member is
encouraged to give a project talk or demonstration at your 4-H club meeting. Suggested topics to
consider include:

      The History of Cats
      Equipment & Headquarters for Cats
      Breeds of Cats
      Parasites & Other Cat Disorders
      Feeding & Nutrition
      General Care & Protection
      Health & Grooming
      Training & Showing of Cats
GENERAL CARE & GROOMING OF YOUR CAT FOR THE FAIR

     Eyes & Nose – Clean very gently with a Q-tip or wash cloth
     Ears – Be sure your cat’s ears are clean. Use Boric acid powder for control of ear mites.
      On a long-haired cat, pluck hair on end of ear (but do not take any hair out of the ear).
     Bathing – Use two tubs of warm water. Gently place cat in tub. Wash the cats face with
      your fingers in clear water only. Wash rest of cat with shampoo (not detergent). Rinse
      thoroughly in second tub; wrap in towel and pat dry. Use hair dryer and fluff hair dry.
      Keep cat in warm, draft free room until completely dry. Comb your long-haired cat; brush
      your short-haired cat.
     Claws – Carefully clip nails on all four feet.
     Cage Decorations – Drape three sides on the inside of your cage with material and cover
      the floor with a piece of floor covering. Cages are 25” long (front with door), 22” wide,
      26” high.
     Food – Recommend dry foods rather than canned foods as there is no refrigeration
      facilities; canned foods will spoil and make your cats sick.
     Litter – Bring enough litter to change litter box two times per day. Also bring cleaning
      tools and a paper or plastic bag for disposing of used litter.

CHECK LIST – ARE YOU READY FOR THE SHOW?

1.     Is your cat healthy and well groomed?
2.     Do you have your proof of vaccination for rabies and distemper from a licensed vet?
3.     Have you made provisions for transporting your cat to the show? (Carrier or collar/leash)
4.     Do you have drapes for the cage?
5.     Have you provided a floor covering?
6.     Do you have a litter pan?
7.     Do you have a food dish?
8.     Do you have a water dish?
9.     Do you have grooming aids? (Brush, comb, nail clippers, Q-tips)
10.    Do you have cage-cleaning material?

COUNTY FAIR CAT SHOW

Our county fair cat show will be Sunday, July 29 beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the dairy arena at the
fairgrounds in Seymour. Cats will need to be brought to the fairgrounds between 9:30 a.m. –
12:00 p.m. that day. Proof of vaccination for rabies and distemper must be presented to the fair
superintendent upon arrival on the day of the show. It is important that you plan your schedule so
that you can get your cage decorated and permit your cat(s) to adjust to their new environment
for the day prior to the judging time. Cages are judged at 1:00 p.m. Cats are then released from
the show between 6:00-8:00 p.m. (NO EXCEPTIONS).

2012 COUNTY FAIR RULES

1. Cats must be vaccinated for rabies and distemper by a licensed veterinarian
   at least 1 month prior to the date of the show. Proof of vaccination must be
   presented to the superintendent upon entry.

2. Pregnant cats subject to giving birth should not be entered in the show.
3. Male cats over 8 months of age are not allowed unless they are neutered.

4. Remove harness/collar from cat when unattended.

5. Wire cages provided. Exhibitor is to provide cage drapery on the inside, floor covering
   (vinyl, rug, carpet, etc.), feed and water dishes and litter box. Cages are 25” long (front with
   door), 22” wide, and 26” high.

6. No more than 2 cats per exhibitor plus1educational display.

7. Cats will be judged on health, grooming, and general appearance, etc.

8. Educational displays are to be brought to the fair on Wednesday and taken to the Animal
   Science Department (Exhibit building B) for display.

2012 COUNTY FAIR CLASSES

Class A – Cats

1.   Male kitten, short hair (4-8 months of age)
2.   Female kitten, short hair (4-8 months of age)
3.   Male kitten, long hair (4-8 months of age)
4.   Female kitten, long hair (4-8 months of age)
5.   Neutered male cat, short hair (over 8 months of age)
6.   Female cat, short hair (over 8 months of age)
7.   Neutered male cat, long hair (over 8 months of age)
8.   Female cat, long hair (over 8 months of age)

BEST-EQUIPPED PEN DISPLAY – ribbon only

Class B – Educational Display

Posters must be to 14” x 22”; displays limited to 22” x 28”.

1.   Educational poster on a cat related topic; member grades 3-5.
2.   Educational poster on a cat related topic; member grades 6-8.
3.   Educational poster on a cat related topic; member grades 9 and up.
4.   Any other educational display on cat related topic; member grades 3-5.
5.   Any other educational display on cat related topic; member grades 6-8
6.   Any other educational display on cat related topic; member grades 9 and up.

We hope that the 4-H cat project provides an educational and fun learning experience for each of
you.


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