|Setting up Your Cage Curtains
Pamela R. Martin of Castle Paws Designs
So many of the newbies ask "How do I set up my new
curtains?" By popular request, instructions are now
illustrated for you.
When you arrive at the show hall, your benching area will
look like this - only there won't be (or shouldn't be) loose
kitties hanging around!! The cage will be bare other than
your entry numbers being attached.
It's now up to you to turn this bare & boring cage into a
showcase for your cat(s) and cattery!
Lift the top lid of the cage all the way up (it wil be from
the back) and drop down to the front
If you will be using a divider, bring it to the middle and
using a binder clip, clamp to the front of the cage,
otherwise fold the divider all the way to the back of the
Bread ties work well for this too.
For obvious reasons, some exhibitors prefer to do these
steps once the cage is on the floor.
;-) You decide.
Carefully lift the cage off the table and place it on the
You may want to spray and wipe the cage with a
disinfectant at this time.
Lay the skirt over the table to the desired amount of
drop. This skirt will hide your things such as carriers,
underneath the table.
I like to place a sheet of clear plastic over the skirt or
some sort of matching plastic tablecloth.
This gives the skirt and kitty extra protection against
soils and spills while making it easier to clean up
accidents during the show.
Next, if you're tall enough, place the cage back on top of
If you are short like me, you may want to keep the cage
on the floor for now.
Lift the top of the cage up and flip the lid all the way down
over the front.
Begin draping the liner over the inside and outside of
The liner usually have two sides so you can drape the
liner equally over the cage wall.
Less expensive liners are sometimes only wide enough
to drape down one side. This style will require clamps to
hold it in place.
Continue draping around the entire cage until you get a
Once the liner is evenly draped around the cage to the
end, fold under any access in length.
Clamp at the bottom.
This holds the curtains in place and helps to keep them
looking nice for the show.
You are now ready to place the curtain topper onto the
Once this is accomplished and you are happy with the
placement of the topper, clamp two binder clips on the
top backside of the cage as shown above.
Again, this will prevent your curtains from sliding off the
cage and keep them looking nice for the show.
If you haven't already placed the cage on top of the table,
do so now.
Also put the covered and filled litter box inside the cage
along with the donut bed, food, toys and of course your
You are now ready to decorate your benching area even
more with your cattery sign, photos, etc.
As you will see in the show hall, many exhibitors are quite
creative and sometimes elaborate!
Have fun with it and hope you have a great show!
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