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The 4-H Cat project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general care, nutrition, housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participate in the Cat project.

Purr-fect Pals is suggested for the beginner level. In that project, members can learn responsible cat care, name and locate body parts, handle, groom and care for a cat.

Climbing Up is suggested for the intermediate member. In this project, members can learn to identify cat behavior, observe and record a cat's six senses, understand a cat's nutritional needs and understand common cat illnesses.

Leaping Forward is for advanced members. Here members can learn about genetics, practice cat showmanship, organize a cat quiz bowl and more.

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Youth enrolled in Cats are eligible to exhibit in the Animal Science Exhibit Class. Each county may submit 2 entries total from 50135, 50136; and 1 entry from 50137.

50135    ANIMAL SCIENCE

Prepare a display focusing on any activity related to the animal science project. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained through the animal project you studied.  The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. Live animals are not permitted as exhibits in this area. For safety reasons, exhibits cannot include glass, syringes with needles or any other sharp objects.

50136    ANIMAL SCIENCE CLOVER CHALLENGE

Open to 15- to 18-year-olds enrolled in the Animal Science Clover Challenge project who have completed all levels of an animal project.

Exhibits in this category should go “above and beyond” what the 4-H project books cover and should represent an accumulation of years of project study. The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. The completed Illinois 4-H Clover Challenge Agreement must be presented with the exhibit.

50137    ANIMAL SCIENCE READY4LIFE CHALLENGE

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Animal Science project

Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.