Cat Showdown is the nineteenth episode of Season 1 of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.


Sabrina and Salem are both in desperate need of money and look through the paper for an opportunity to make some. When they discover that there's $500 grand prize to be won in a cat show, they decide to enter. Arriving in Boston for the show, they discover a web of intrigue, giant-sized egos and really catty behaviour. Discovering that the cat show judge, a respected media figure, is being blackmailed Sabrina sets out to find out who it is. She gets herself into trouble when she turns herself into a cat to avoid suspicion when she gets trapped in a room she shouldn't be in.

Meanwhile, Hilda and Zelda seek out a magical perfume that will make Zelda repulsive to their love-sick mailman Dirk, and Hilda gets shrunk as a punishment for taking free samples in the magical "Full Moon" shop.



Guest starring

  • Beth Howland as Mrs. Ericson
  • Dann Florek as Bob Gordon
  • Bob Fagerbakke as Dirk
  • Patty Toy as Daphne

Magic Notes

Uses of Magic

  • Hilda sends Sabrina's history book to Egypt.
  • Sabrina makes a cat show application appear on the table.
  • Hilda eats a stress mint which makes her shorter.
  • Sabrina fixes the photo.
  • Sabrina turns herself into a cat.
  • Hilda turns Sabrina back.
  • Zelda uses a reverse angle spell to see who took the photo.
  • Hilda makes mini quiches appear.
  • Zelda uses a revulsion spray to make herself ugly.


  • Sabrina is a cat, trapped in a cage.
  • Sabrina: Salem, this is awful! If I can't point, I can't change myself back! What was that?
  • Salem: What?
  • Sabrina: There's something in here with me!
  • Salem: What?
  • Sabrina: Oh, it's just my tail.


  • One of the people in the cat show was a parody of James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who has the same type of cat as seen in this episode.
  • For some reason, Sabrina assumes that Salem's last name would be Spellman, but she and the audience discover it is actually Saberhagen.
  • Mr. Pool, Libby , and Jenny do not appear in this episode.
  • A girl is seen, whose name is not mentioned, and who offers tickets to Sabrina and Harvey. She is also seemingly arrogant, a role usually fulfilled, this season, by the Libby character.