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Cat show coming to town

Posted: September 10, 2012 - 10:41pm  |  Updated: September 10, 2012 - 10:48pm

Cat lovers will be able to see many different breeds this weekend at the All Breed and Household Pet Cat Show being held by the Cattyshack Cat Club at Riverview Park.

More than 200 cats from around the world will be at the competition, according to a news release. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 adults, $5 seniors and military, and free for children age 4 and younger.

For Cattyshack club member Sallie Dubay, the proud owner of three ragdolls, she said she looks forward to the mingling with others at the show.

“(I) love the camaraderie of other breeders and exhibitors, the thrill if your cat wins and appreciating all the different breeds,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to talk with the public and educate them about different breeds, rescues and cats in general.”

Dubay started showing Himalayan Persians in her late 20s and after taking time off to raise a family, began breeding and showing ragdolls in the past year.

“As in dogs, there is a cat personality for just about every type of cat lover,” she said. “Ragdolls are large, laid back cats with almost dog-like personalities. They want to be with you all the time, follow you around, sleep with you and fetch, among other traits.”

The show will include cats being judged in six rings daily by six judges.

“Many judges speak to the audience, describing the traits of different breeds, so it’s educational,” Dubay said.

Cats will be judged in the following groups: kitten; unaltered adult; altered; and household pet for mixed breeds.

Rescue organizations will be on hand to discuss adoption.

“We will also be collecting cat food donations at the door to benefit the local shelters and rescue organizations,” she said.

Vendors will sell cat products and crafts, and there is a raffle. The Cattyshack Cat Club is a local sanctioned club of The International Cat Association. For more information, contact Liz Flynn at tankopje@aol.com or (706) 860-1521.

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