Cat show to dis­play pedi­greed, house­hold fe­lines

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

Charles County cat fanciers will have a spe­cial treat this weekend, as more than 100 pure­bred pedi­greed and house­hold cats will show off for at­ten­dees at the Cap­i­tal Cat Club pedi­greed and house­hold pet cat show.

The cat show, sanc­tioned by The In­ter­na­tional Cat As­so­ci­a­tion (TICA), will be held at the Charles County Fair­grounds, 8440 Fair­ground Road in La Plata, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day.

Ad­mis­sion is $6 for adults, $2 for chil­dren, with $1 off with a non­per­ish­able food do­na­tion to the South­ern Mary­land Food Bank.

Show Man­ager An­thony Hutch­er­son said 112 cats have been reg­is­tered for the event from all over the coun­try, as far away as Caifor­nia.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited about the show; it’s go­ing to be a fun weekend,” Hutch­er­son said.

Seven TICA judges from all over the coun­try will be judg­ing the event. Pedi­greed cats and kit­tens, in­clud­ing Maine coon cats, Abyssini­ans, Ben­gals, Per­sians, Hi­malayans, the hair­less sphinxes and even a rel­a­tively new breed, toyger — a breed de­vel­oped to re­sem­ble a minia­ture tiger — will be judged based on how well they con­form to breed char­ac­ter­is­tics.

In ad­di­tion, there is also a house­hold pet class, Hutch­er­son said.

“These are cats that don’t have a pedi­gree. Some­times they’ve come off the streets or from feral cat colonies. Un­like in dog shows, these cats can com­pete for the same sort of ti­tles as pedi­greed cats.”

Cats in the house­hold pet cat­e­gory are judged based on per­son­al­ity and friend­li­ness, Hutch­er­son said.

Win­ners re­ceive points that are ap­plied to­wards ti­tles in TICA’s pure­bred, pure­bred al­tered (spayed or neutered) and house­hold pet cat­e­gories, up to Supreme Grand Cham­pion, Supreme Grand Cham­pion Al­ter and Supreme Grand Master, re­spec­tively.

In ad­di­tion, there will be a num­ber of ven­dors on hand, and there will be kit­tens avail­able for adop­tion from Res­cue An­gels of South­ern Mary­land, a lo­cal an­i­mal res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“This will be a great op­por­tu­nity to see a wide va­ri­ety of cats and kit­tens from through­out the United States, and also see mod­els for dif­fer­ent relationships for cats, both for house­hold pets and for work­ing relationships,” Hutch­er­son said, adding that there will be a wide va­ri­ety of cats at the show. “There seems to be a way to find beauty in all dif­fer­ent kinds of cats.”

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