and it's about a cat. Yeah, I know, dog forum... but... here's the background: A friend has a 7 month old European Burmese and she's hoping to show him, mostly for fun. She's been trying to get him used to strangers handling him, crowds, etc. by taking him to Petsmart and having friends/family come over and handle/hold him. He was doing pretty well - until she took him to his first cat show a couple of weeks ago. He totally stressed out at all the other cats and started hissing/biting at any person who came within reach, including her and the judge of the only class he was in. A big no-no in the cat show world... She was advised by various breeders at the show to 'not let him get away with' this behavior and to keep showing him until he learns to behave. Problem A: There aren't that many local shows (which aren't that inexpensive with the benching fee) and she can't afford to show him every weekend, especially out-of-town. Problem B: He's become even more reactive to the sight of strange cats (she recently took him to Petsmart during one of their adoption days). He did let one of the volunteers hold him and did wind up relaxing a little. I just don't think dragging the kitten to shows and stressing him out is gonna solve anything. My suggestion was for her to treat him like a reactive dog and also start clicker training him, rewarding him for ignoring strange cats/looking at her and not disciplining him for reacting badly. Does that sound reasonable? Don't know if anyone has been to a cat show but the cats being judged are placed in a line of cages, with each cat being pulled out individually to be judged. Even though the cages are cleaned between classes, her kitten was also reacting to the smell of other cats and disinfectant. So I suggested she contact one of the local cat clubs and see if she could rent/borrow one of the cages they use for shows to practice with him and show him it's a fun place to be. I finally suggested she read some books on operant conditioning although I could only think of dog book titles... She could still apply the principles, couldn't she?