Contestants who enter the Lorain County Fair cat show could have future veterinary careers based on the knowledge they gain.
When it comes to 4-H judging, Aimee Ackerman said she expects kids to be able to examine their animals and be able to handle them.
The felines entered in the ring are typical house cats and not purebreds, so Ackerman said she looks to make sure the cats are taken care of and well-groomed.
Since clean ears, unmatted fur, and clipped nails are basics, Ackerman said the knowledge contestants have in examining and possibly diagnosing illness is what sets them above the rest.
“The difference between first and third place is the depth of knowledge,” she said.
Contestants should be able to spot trouble before a full-blown emergency arises, Ackerman said.
Caitlyn Wasmundt may be reached at 440-647-3171 or on Twitter @LC_CaitW.