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Thumbs Up Cat Fanciers gather in Taylor

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On Saturday, September 15, 2012, the Thumbs Up Cat Fanciers presented their “Fall Feline Fun” cat show at the Taylor Sportsplex on Telegraph Road. One hundred and fifty-one adult cats and 67 kittens were registered for the show.

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Cats and kittens of all kinds, including household pets, made their appearance in the show's seven rings. Breeds in attendance included American bobtails, Angoras, Bombays, Birmans, European Burmese, exotics, Manx, Norwegian forest cats, orientals, ragdolls, Scottish folds, Siamese, Siberians, and Turkish vans. At this show, however, the Maine Coon was the most prevalent breed.

According to the Cat Fanciers Association, with which the Thumbs Up Cat Fanciers is affiliated, the most popular breed of cat in the United States is the Persian. At the Thumbs Up Cat Fanciers show, Maine Coons represented 18% of all cats and 22% of all kittens. Persians represented 17% of cats and 18% of kittens at the show.

The Maine Coon is one of the earliest American breeds of cat. They are quite large, sometimes weighing in at 25 pounds or more, and usually distinctively marked. The CFA breed standard lists 19 different classes of coat color and pattern. According to the CFA, a brown tabby Maine Coon female named Cosey won the first major cat show in the United States in 1895, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

To moviegoers, the Maine Coon has become familiar through the Harry Potter franchise. A Maine Coon portrayed Mrs. Norris, the cat of Hogwarts caretaker Mr. Filch.

As one enthusiastic attendee said at the cat show, “Maine Coons are so cool!