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Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers show scheduled for July 21-22

July 18, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

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 of Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers.

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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.

Campbell said there are coupons available at catshow.us, such as $1 off admission and a Family Plan, which includes tickets for four people for $20.

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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 eight months old and Household Pet.

The closing date for entries was Tuesday at 6 p.m., or at 225 entries. Those interested can check to enter their cat online at catshows.us, or email Campbell atjcampbell4244@aol.com.

The entries will be seen by eight separate 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 any time after lunch you will see a final in any one of those categories," she said.

Lehigh resident Patty Arnold has been breeding cats for more than 20 years. She began showing Abyssinian cats in the 1990s before she began breeding Ocicats, which she now shows.

"A friend that I met there was breeding Ocicats. We worked together and started going to shows and one thing led to another," she said.

Still to this day, she attends cat shows.

"It gets me out. That is actually my social life. I see different parts of the world and places that I wouldn't ever get to see," Arnold said of traveling to such countries as Russia and France. "I have friends all over the world. We get together and have dinner after the shows. It's a nice social network and it keeps me out of the house and out of trouble. I really enjoy it."

The Ocicat was started by a Siamese breeder out of Detroit, she explained. The breeder always loved the Abyssinians and thought it would be a cool idea to breed the Abyssinian and Siamese.

"She got what she wanted out of the breeding. In the second breeding there was one spotted kitten," which the breeder's daughter said looked like an ocelot, Arnold said.

The Ocicat looks like a wild cat, but does not have the temperament.

"They are extremely people oriented," she said of the breed. "They are social, fun and friendly. They are toy driven and love to play and be with their people. They get along well with other animals. They are more like a child than having a pet. They have to be involved in whatever you are doing. When someone comes to the door, they don't run and hide. They are right there with you, sitting and waiting to see who it is. They are definitely part of the family."

Arnold encourages individuals to come out to the show because it is going to be a lot of fun and educational.

"People need to learn about cats. Cats are really cool," 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 burger available for purchase.

Campbell said her favorite part of the show, "it always cracks me up, is the household category." She said 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 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."

 
 

 

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