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Cat show comes to Taylor this weekend

The Motor City Jazz Club and Midwest Persian Tabby Fanciers clubs host a CFA cat show on Satuday July 26.
The Motor City Jazz Club and Midwest Persian Tabby Fanciers clubs host a CFA cat show on Satuday July 26.Kenneth R. Shepherd/all rights reserved

This Saturday, July 26, 2014, the Motor City Jazz Club and Midwest Persian Tabby Fanciers Cat Fanciers Association clubs will present their CFA All-Breed cat show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Taylor Sportsplex, 13333 Telegraph Road, in Taylor, Michigan. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students. Children under age 12 will be admitted free of charge. Personnel for the one-day show includes show mangers Megan Hiemstra and Lorna Friemoth, vendor coordinator Kevin Mathis, entry clerk Judy Hudgens, and judges Rachel Anger, Kathy Calhoun, Gene Darrah, Diana Doernberg, Anne Mathis, John Hiemstra, and Loretta Baugh.

The seven judges will evaluate dozens of different breeds, including Siamese, Russian Blues, Ragdolls, Persians, Maine Coons, Exotics, Devon Rexes, and many more. In addition to championship animals, there will be two specialty rings for long-haired and short-haired cats, as well as an evaluation for household pets.

Here are some things to keep in mind when visiting the show:

  • Please don’t handle or pet the cats without permission. Cat shows are places where many cats come in contact with each other. People can spread diseases from one cat to another simply by touch. As a result, many breeders do not allow strangers to handle their cats. In addition, the cats at the show are evaluated in part on their grooming, and handling them could cost them points in the ring.
  • Please don’t take offense if the participants at the show are distracted or seem reluctant to talk. All the people in the cat fancy clubs love cats, and they love to talk about them. However, they may be preparing their cats for showing in the ring, and may not have time to talk until their cat has shown.
  • In the same vein, please avoid boisterous activity and loud noises (running and yelling, for instance). The cats in the show are in an unfamiliar environment and can get pretty stressed by noise and rapid motion. That stress can hurt their chances in the ring. Breeders also have to be listening for the announcements calling their cats to the ring.
  • Enjoy the show! Have a good time and learn about all the different breeds.

Learn more about pedigreed cats by visiting the Cat Fanciers Association Web site.