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Cat show moves to Taylor venue

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The Just Cat-In Around Cat Fanciers Spring Fling cat show this past weekend was notable for many things, but two in particular stand out: the new venue, at the Taylor Sportsplex on Telegraph, and the number of cats expected to become grand champions or to grand in premiership.

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The Just Cat-In Around Cat Fanciers show, which is affiliated with the Cat Fanciers' Association, moved from the Allen Park Civic Center to the Taylor location's main ice rink. Sean Hogan-Downey, the show manager, expressed her satisfaction with the new venue, which offers easy access from I-75, I-94 and I-96. “This is perfect for cat shows,” she said. “There's plenty of room for working and grooming the animals.”

It's also more secure. One cat who jumped down from its grooming table was caught in the rink penalty box.

“We're very happy and comfortable here,” Hogan-Downey said.

The new venue also offers much more room for vendors selling cat toys, cat grooming tools, and many other cat-themed items. Merchants in attendance included pet artist Lori Ellsworth; Marilyn Graham of Graham's Embroidery; Sally Wilkinson and Larry Nelson of Magic-Zymes, a pet odor elimination product; Dawn Maitland of Purrfect Stitch Embroidery; and Nancy Rogers, who sells handmade rag rugs made from recycled bed sheets, as well as cat tents, cat beds, and many other products.

Many of the cats that appeared at the show were ready and eager to earn the points they needed to become grand champions and grand premiers. See the slide show for details.

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