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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 4 years ago

'Fun and addicting': Cat show attracts feline fanatics far and wide

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The Nova Recreation Center hosted nearly 140 cats at the annual Cat Fanciers' Association Cat Show last weekend.

BY EMILY BLACKWOOD | STAFF WRITER

A total of 139 felines of all shapes, sizes and breeds, along with cat lovers from in and around Ormond Beach, filled the Nova Recreation Center Saturday and Sunday for the Cat Fanciers’ Association Cat Club of the Palm Beaches Cat Show.

“I come to the cat show because I love them, and all the different breeds,” Lisa Stein said. “And I bring mom because she loves them too. I used to have three cats myself.”

Sponsored by IAMS, the show featured different awards for each breed, as well as a top 10 for all breeds. According to master clerk and cat ambassador owner Laura Gregory, the cats are judged on things like head shape and coat color.

“There is a written standard for every cat, for each breed,” Gregory said. “They are looking at each breed based on it’s own standards and how well it meets that standard up to 100 points."

Since the majority of the show cats are not allowed to be touched, Gregory provided her feline Blueberry as the cat ambassador. One of almost a dozen cats that she owns, Gregory said started with cats just as house pets and quickly grew to showing pedigrees.

“You bring them because you are wanting to get the judges individual opinions,” Gregory said. “It’s fun and addicting.”

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