I’m not going to keep you guys in suspense — this is how I did at the TICA cat show this weekend in Arcadia. Out of 13 rings, I finaled in 6. In two specialty rings, I was Best Longhaired Kitten! With all the points I earned at this show, I might wind up as one of the Southwest Regional Kitten winners! I have to be in the top 20 to do that, and since this is my last show as a kitten, it all depends on how the other kittens do between now and next April, which is the end of the season. You can only show as a kitten between four and eight months, so we only have a limited time to make an impression!
Which leads me to the important part of this post: Kitty Face Exercises! To look your best, you need to keep your face in shape along with the rest of your body. If you start doing face exercises when you are a kitten, you will stay young looking for years and you will have a long career as a show cat. And if you don’t do shows, you will still dazzle the other kitties with how amazing you look!
The first step to doing your facial exercises is to relax and breathe! Let your emotions drain out of you. Become aware of your facial muscles.
For the warm up exercise, lift your chin slightly and focus on your nose. If you have a bit of food on your nose, don’t worry — that is actually very helpful for keeping your focus! You may even want to put some food on your nose on purpose.
Next, open your mouth as wide as you can, as if you are singing an aria in an opera and want the humans in the balcony seats to hear you! I don’t know why my human is pointing at me in this photo. Maybe she was impressed by my form.
Then, while keeping your mouth open slightly, move your whiskers forward. It will feel a little bit like you are flehming, but you aren’t trying to smell anything.
You should practice the warm up and the first two exercises for a few weeks before trying the exercise above! It is very advanced. I’m not even sure I can explain it properly. It’s sort of a combination of the warm up and the flehming-type exercise, but you also roll your tongue around in your mouth! You have to be careful not to put your jaw out of alignment. But once you get it right, it is so worth it because it is a wonderful full facial toner.
All these exercises may feel weird while you are doing them, but when you are done, the results are pleasing and you will always look like you are ready for a show!
Marty the Manx says
Summer you are a hoot! Concats on your great showing! Keeping our paws crossed that you make it as one of the Southwest Regional Kitten Winners!
Marty and the Gang
Mary @ Stale Cheerios says
Great photos and congrats on your ribbons!
Cathy Keisha says
Dunno, you better watch out with that one you canâ€™t describe. Your face might freeze like that. MOL!
You are hilarious and beautiful. Obviously a winning combination.
Well done you!!!
Congrats, Summer! And great advice for young kitties too 🙂
Athena and Marie
The Swiss Cats says
Concatulations on your prizes ! Those are pawsome facial exercices, no doubt you’re the best at it ! Purrs
The Kitties of Purring Pines says
Concatulations Summer!!! We’re sleepy now from watching you exercise ….
Pipo &Minko ~ WeBeesSiameezers says
Concats on winning all those sections of the show.
And you are the cutest kitty exercise instructor evfur! MOL!!
Wow, it takes a lot of work to keeping looking your best, and you’re beautiful.
ConCATulations on your wins, Summer! That is so pawsome, and we are very proud of you.
We’re going to go try your exercises now!
Fraidy cats! says
concats, Summer! we have our paws crossed you’ll be a regional winner! great tips on the facial exercises. we’ll have to try those out 🙂
Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie
Sue Brandes says
Your really good at those exercises. Congrats on your wins.
Concats on your winnings, Summer! We think that anyone who isn’t impressed by you must be…a dog!
Sometimes Cats Herd You says
Concatulations on your big wins. We’ll be crossing our paws that you do well overall in the region, too. Meanwhile, we are off to practice those facial exercises.
Kitty Cat Chronicles says
Wow, you’ve really got some nice moves Summer! We will have to give them a try.
Austin Towers says
MOL Now I know where I’ve been going wrong! Thanks for the tips, Summer. They obviously work!! 🙂
prancer pie says
Concatulations, pretty girl! Even your ribbon seems to accentuate those beautiful furs of yours!
We loved the facial exercises. MOL!
Concats on your successes at the show Summer. Thank you for explaining the exercises so well. I will try them but I think it is a bit late to help me keep my youthful looks.
Concatulations! And you now those are very similar to human face exercises – who knew?
Kitties Blue says
Mom wants to know if those will work for humans ’cause she says her face really could use some toning. Concats on doing so well at the cat show. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
Tober the Library Cat says
Thanks for the exercise tips, Summer! My AB is always accusing me of looking grumpy. Maybe some stretching will help. (Or maybe AB needs to give me more treats.)
Oh! Great tips! I need to start thinking of these things now that I’m approaching 3.5 years old. Thanks, Summer! – Crepes.
Lone Star Cats says
Me and Crockett are gonna make sure we’re doin all of those, so we stays young and handsome.
Congrats on da cat show too – you did pawsome!
Excellent exercise regime young lady….no wonder you’re already a pro on the show circuit lookin’ good as can be!!
Harvey Button says
Aaaah so that’s what Phoebe is doing * peers around corner *……..
Congrats on your wins Summer! You look truly adorable practicing your facial expressions, a sure sign that you will remain that way for years to come 🙂
the critters in the cottage xo
Timmy Tomcat says
Those are some great exercises Summer but i am not even going to try that last one. I am only a regular house cat and do not walk the… Cat Walk
As far as we’re concerned, Summer, you ARE Best Kitten, paws down.
Those are priceless photos <3
the PDX pride says
Concats on all your awards! Wow! We’re also really impressed with your “show face” tutorial. Maybe Autumn will study that one.
Andrea and the Celestial Kitties says
It doesn’t hurt that you look cute as a button doing them!
You did wonderful at the show. Congratulations!
Love your facial exercises. You are very good instructer 🙂
Angel AbbyGrace says
Summer you certainly do look smashing and beautiful after your exercises.
Laila and Minchie says
Great exercises, Summer! We will have to practice. Concats on all those wins! Your ribbon matches your furs pretty good.
madi and mom says
BRAVO SUMMER!! WE KNEW YOU WERE A TOP NOTCH BEAUTIFUL KITTY ALL ALONG…NOW WE KNOW YOU ARE ALSO A FUNNY KITTY….THIS CRACKED MOM UP “openmouth as wide as you can, as if you are singing an aria in an opera”
Hugs madi your bfff
Ellen Pilch says
You are so adorable!!! I love those faces. Congratulations on how well you did at the Cat Show!
Go, girl! I predict a stunning career when you’re no longer in the kitten class!
Caren Gittleman says
HUGE concatulations to YOU!! You got this!!!!
No wonder you are winning, you have those facial expressions down my furiend!
Random Felines says
concats on the wins!! You will always be our Best in Show.
having a cute face obviously is a lot of work.
Fur Everywhere says
Congrats on your awardies, Summer! You are a good facial exercise teacher; we will have to try some of those.
Melissa & Truffles says
Concats on your wins and thank you for the helpful lesson, Summer!
Brian Frum says
Congrats beautiful Summer!!! We think you will continue to stack up those wins sweet one!
Awesome exercise routine, Summer. I feel as if I am too old to start them, though. What do you think? I am about 12 now.
Summer Samba says
Simba, you are never too old to tone your face! In fact, the improvements are more obvious in older kitties.
Oh Summer, that is so exciting that you did so well at the show. Good girl. Love all your facial expressions. Don’t know if we can do all that but you sure are good at it.
The Island Cats says
Congrats on all your wins, Summer! You’re really good at those facial expressions.
Toby & Leia says
Concaulations on the wins! And thanks so much for showing us your secret expressions.
Very promising ! You behave already like a professional !!
The Florida Furkids says
ConCatulations on your wins!!!
Thanks for those tips, we’re going to try them.
The Florida Furkids
Georgia and Julie says
Those are pawsome face exercises. We do some of them 😉
Congratulations on such a good showing 🙂
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ