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Cat Fanciers show set for July 21, 22

Still time to register your feline

July 12, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers is gearing up for its annual CFA Allbreed Championship & Household Pet Cat Show.

The Fur N' Feathers show is set for Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Araba Temple, in Fort Myers. Tickets are $8.

"We are now entering our 28th year of cat show production. We started here in 1992, but they held two shows prior to that before it incorporated," show treasurer and secretary Charlene Campbell said.

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Regional Winning Grand Premier Tranquility Butterball.

Larry Johnson Photography

The cat club began after several people from Cape Coral and Fort Myers wanted to put on a cat show.

"They thought Southwest Florida would be a great place to have a cat show and that is how it all started," she said.

There will be six allbreed, two specialty and eight household pet rings with a back-to-back format.

"We are expecting around 100" entries, Campbell said, which has been the average for the last six years.

There are four divisions, Championships, Premiership, Kitten up to 8 months old and Household Pet.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, July 17, at 6 p.m., or at 225 entries. Those interested can enter their cat online at, or email Campbell at

The entries will be seen by eight judges.Four judges will look at every cat on Saturday and four new judges will look at all the cats on Sunday.

The judges will pick their top 10 in each division, which are staggered throughout the day.

"Almost anytime after lunch you will see a final in any one of those categories," she said.

Cape Coral resident Barbara Cole will be showing Regional Winning Grand Premier Tranquility Butterball at the show. She said she has been involved for about 25 years after a friend dragged her along one year.

"I am an animal lover," she said.

Butterball, a Himalayan neutered 2-year- old, was an original winner last year. This year, Cole said she can bring him along for Grand of Distinction.

"He likes to go," she said of bringing Butterball to the show. "I don't know what it is he likes . . . he likes to be admired."

There's a lot of work that goes into getting Butterball ready for the show. Cole said he has a weekly bath, followed by being blown dry. His face is also washed every day and he is combed.

"He's a messy little cat. He certainly needs a bath every week," she said. "He's a fat and happy little cat. He likes to eat and likes to sit out on the lanai sometimes. He's playful and cuddly. He's a very loving little cat, happy-go-lucky."

The show, which is a beauty contest, requires certain standards of his breed, a Himalayan. Cole said most of the points are the head shape, with some points for the coat and expression.

Cole said she believes a lot of people get involved with the show because of the camaraderie and friendships made along the way.

"There are some awards, so there is a little competition as well," she said.

This year the show is featuring something new, "Meet the Breed," an educational component. She said a breeder will provide information about a specific breed in a 20- to 30- minute presentation. Such information as where the breed originated, the pros and cons of the breed and its coloring will be discussed.

"We are planning on four breeds on Saturday and four to five breeds on Sunday. All different ones," Campbell explained. "It will be interesting and fun."

Another component of the show will feature about a dozen rescues of Southwest Florida. Campbell said they show their favorite cat in the household pet division, as well as bring some additional cats that are adoptable.

There will also be vendors in attendance with cat supplies and toys as well as artists.

"Come with your favorite picture of your cat and say I would like a 24x24 picture of Fluffy. Here you can do that," Campbell said.

There will be snacks and burgers available for purchase.

Campbell said her favorite part of the show, "it always cracks me up, is the household category." The category always surprises her, especially with what the shelters bring to show.

"They can come and compete with fellow rescues and show off their cats and show off the cats at the shelter," Campbell said. "I have done rescue and I still do rescue. I love watching them. They always have the cutest cats that do the darndest thing. It's just a beauty contest. It's just fabulous," Campbell said.

She sends out an invitation to 24 rescues, with at least 10 or 11 joining them.

"Some people are afraid to go to the rescue. They can make a relationship with the rescue (at the cat show), meet the kitties and adopt right then and there," Campbell said. "When you make a contact you feel more comfortable going there (the rescue) to look. It's a win-win for everybody."

Coupons for savings off the admission price, such as $1 off admission and a Family Plan, which includes tickets for four people for $20, are available at .

The Araba Temple, 2010 Hanson Street, Fort Myers.



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