Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I Went To A Cat Show!

 Did you ever go see a cat show? It's so much fun! I went to one Saturday and LOVED it! I only wish I could have stayed longer. It only cost $5 to get in, and the parking lot was packed! The place was really big with rows and rows of cat owners with their cats in fancy cages (219 kittens and cats entered). There were five judges and each had little cages in their judging area that the owners would put their cats into when it was their turn. The cats are judged within their own breed, the most popular were the Maine Coons at this particular show. The brochure with all the cat breeds listed including pictures that everyone was given as they arrived said:
The Maine Coon is the only longhaired breed native to the United States. It is a medium to large cat with a smooth shaggy coat, well tufted ears and toes and a rugged appearance. They are personable, remarkably gentle and are referred to as the "Gentle Giant.
It was fun talking to some of the cat owners about their cats. Most exhibitors don't want people petting their cats because of germs and also the grooming. Some of the bigger furballs take a long time to groom. Even the judge wash their hand after handling each cat and wipe out the cages and the table between judging the cats. The judges were friendly and welcomed questions from those watching. I was very impressed with how easily the judges got the cats in and out of the cages and how the cats just stayed on the table for them without jumping off.

I only took a few pictures because you were supposed to ask permission first if you were in close proximity to the cat. I used the telephoto feature so I didn't have to get too close with the flash to bother the cats most of the time. A few, I did ask owners for permission and only one said no. I would have liked to take a whole bunch more pictures, but I refrained from over doing it. I wanted to get back to spend time with my cats that I could pet.

I saw some cats that looked like Manny Boy but none that looked like Spunky Doodle. In fact, on the breed brochure, none looked like Spunky either! I heard that Tuxedo cats weren't considered a breed. This show though even had a special "House Hold Pet Class". People could enter their non-pedigreed cats if they were spayed or neutered and not declawed. They would compete against other household pets and earn ribbons awarded by the judges.

This show was sponsored by The Cat Fanciers' Association (www.cfa.org).

I'm sure glad I didn't have to go!

Manny says:
I wouldn't want to be in a cat show anyway.  Those poor cats have to ride in a car, spend their day from 10-4:00 in a cage and let judges hold them!  No way would I want to do that!  I look like the Chinese Li Hua on the brochure but I do not think I am Chinese.

I agree Manny, we would not have had much fun there.

Spunky Doodle says:
Why would you go there when you can pet me?  Oh, I know.  Because I run from you when you try to pet me!  hee, hee, hee  I bet I could have won in that household pet category if I entered when I was a tiny kitten before being declawed.  I even used to let you hold me back then, now not so much.

What do you think of cat shows?  Have you ever been to one?  Would you like to go? 

We are joining in with Cats on Tuesday.

Share this:


Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

What a great video!! Where in Cleveland was this? We just had a Cat Show in Michigan a couple of weeks ago. I have been to them before but wasn't able to go this year. So glad that you had the opportunity and your video was precious!

Lin said...

Oh yes, we've been and it's lots of fun! I like to see all the breeds and the owners....well...they are certainly very interesting, aren't they? They have all those little set-ups to keep their kitties comfortable all day.

I also like the vendors at these events. You can get some really cool things for your cats. We got a nice cat tree at one show--Joe was gonna KILL me for making him lug it back to the car! :P

Luna und Luzie said...

This is a great interesting video!
We never have been on a cat show, but our Angelcat Luna was when she was a baby cat.

♥Happy Tuesday♥

Gattina said...

I have been twice to a cat show, but I don't like it, the poor little things behind bars and all these people staring at them ! Manny is right !
Our Kim also doesn't like to be petted !

Rebecca Mecomber said...

I would love to go! I'm sure Livvy would win, too. She is beautiful and she has a wonderful personality

Sparkle said...

My human loves going to cat shows - she met my breeder and my dad at one! In fact, I have one or more grandparents that come from a part of Kentucky that is close to Ohio! That is still quite a ways from you, but if a cat show is big enough, a breeder will travel quite a distance for their cats to earn important ribbons! Once my human ran into my breeder in Atlanta, GA (and they both live in southern California!).

BeadedTail said...

I went to one before and didn't like that I couldn't pet them because they were so tempting! Angel & Isabella wouldn't want to be lugged around and stared at all day so they agree with Manny!

Post a Comment