I was speaking the other day to a client of mine who has cats. She was telling me she just got 2 new kitties, one a Norwegian forest Cat and the other a Ragdoll. I was excited to meet them, especially the Norwegian Forest cat. When I went to her house to pick up the key for petsitting, we talked a lot about the new kitties. Then she brought me into her family room to show me all their show ribbons. I knew that she had neutered them so I asked her about that. She said that the CFA has several classes that cats can be shown in. The regular class where breeding stock is evaluated, a Premier class where purebred neutered and spayed cats can be shown and a household pet class where any mutt cat can be shown. She shows her two in the premier class and they have gotten tons of ribbons. They are judged against the standard of the breed, I believe. The household class doesn't really have a standard as any of our regular old housecats are shown in that and there really isn't a standard per say.
I think this is totally awesome and wish AKC would do it!!
This topic was recently brought up in AKC here recently. Can't remember if I seen it on the secretaries page as just a suggestion or maybe it was Carmen Battaglia (spelling?)one of the AKC Boards in one of my kennel magazines. He may try suggesting it to the Board later if he hasn't already. It is being talked about and discussed to some degree. How far they will take it time will only tell. I know that a lot of the specialty shows will host an altered class but it obviously isn't anything official and specialties are few and far between.