The End Of The Cat Show Season 2022

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There are only a few more days left in the show season of 2021-2022.

This seems like the purr-fect time to look back on what is perhaps the most unique time in the history of the show cat fancy.

It all started in the spring of 2020. No one could have predicted the impact COVID-19 would have on the world at large.

As hospitals became over-whelmed with COVID patients, businesses shuttered, schools closed, and people worked from home. It was a difficult time full of challenges.

The cat fancy was not exempt from the impact of the pandemic. When the show season began in April 2020, it became apparent that shows could not move forward in a normal manner.

Cat registries scrambled to try to innovate within the limits imposed by the virus. Exhibitors assumed masking protocols. Shows were held without spectators or vendors. But counts were down as exhibitors remained home. Mandates prevented shows from being held at all. A few cat clubs held virtual shows. But eventually all cat clubs were left with no choice but to cancel their shows.

Points needed for end of season awards were adjusted to reflect the smaller number of shows held in the COVID-limited season. In some cases insufficient shows had been held to even merit national awards. It was all so unexpected. The 2020-2021 show season could rightly be called (pardon the pun) a cat-astrophe.

But the world met the challenge of fighting the virus, vaccines became available, and the cat fancy was able to slowly return to normal, even if with a few adjustments.

Which brings us to the 2021-2022 show season. And a return to normal (mostly).

The cat fancy has been given a glimpse of what it would be like to be without our beloved cat shows; to envision what it would be like if we were to lose the ability to join together in friendly competition, to share time with one another face-to-face, to make new friends and enjoy the company of old friends alike in show halls across the world.

If you have had a successful show season this year, celebrate more than you have every done before. This season has been more precious that ever before just because of what went before it. This season represents a return to normal.

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