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Kittyhawk Felines Cat Show in Dayton

By John Hamilton

Photo: Vendors will be available with beds, toys and grooming supplies among other things

We all know about the classic dog shows, but I’m sure all the self-proclaimed “cat people” out there are wondering if there are similar such shows for cats. Good news –

there is.

On Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., cat lovers and their furry friends from near and far will congregate at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to see who will reign supreme as the lord of cats in several different categories at the Cat Fanciers Association organized Kittyhawk Cat Show sponsored by Kittyhawk Felines.

The show will bring 43 nationally ranked cats to Dayton, representing their breeds with the hope of taking home top honor titles. The show will also feature vendors that supply everything from toys to grooming supplies for the owners and their feisty feline companion, with opportunities for owners to ask questions and get advice on how to help the pets.

While dog shows and cat shows are similar in some ways, audiences should not go in with the mindset that they are the exact same thing.

The show’s manager, Ginger Gunlock, gave the rundown on what happens at this show.

“There are six judging rings,” Gunlock said, “and each ones gives their own separate opinion and choose the top cat for every category.”

Gunlock then mentioned another aspect that makes this event different from dog shows.

“While at dog shows the dogs walk around back and forth as part of the judging,” she said. “With cat shows, the cats are held and carried.”

Since 1975, the Kittyhawk Cat Show has judged cats in different categories. They’ve selected the best in the household variety and given thorough investigations to the cutest kittens to see who takes the top spot in the kitten category. But of course, like in many contests, there can be only one – and that’s where the championship class comes in.

There is more to the show than just watching cute kitties getting awards – there are plenty of other aspects that will benefit any cat lover.

“There will be plenty of vendors at this event, and they’ll have a whole lot of stuff,” Gunlock said. “They’ll have beds, toys, grooming supplies and countless others.” Gunlock added that many of the spokesmen and vendor suppliers attending will also discuss issues prominent among pet owners and their pets.

If you watch the show and are convinced that you want a cat of your very own, look no further. At the cat show, you can buy a pedigreed cat or kitten and take it home and bask in the warm and loving comfort that comes with every fuzzy friend.

Admission for the show is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Children under the age of five receive free admission. A part of the proceeds will go to various organizations related to feline and general pet ownership including the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, the Pet Advocate League’s low-cost neuter/spay programs and other local humane societies and foundations.

The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), while playing a big hand in judging the cats, also lends a hand and contributes stands dedicated to other operations associated with the show, including the CFA Relief Program and CFA Purebred Rescue.

The CFA is a nonprofit organization that got its start in 1906, according to its website, after it broke ties with the American Cat Association. According to their website, cfa.org, the missions of the group are, “the welfare of all cats; the promotion and improvement of CFA recognized breeds of cats; the registering, recording or identifying by number or by other means the names and/or pedigrees of cats and kittens; the promulgation of rules for the management of cat shows; the licensing of cat shows held under the rules of this organization; and the promotion of the interests of breeders and exhibitors of pedigreed cats.”

So if you’re a lover of cats and want a part of your money to go to a worthy cause, you can head down to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds and check out the KittyHawk Cat Show.

The Kittyhawk Cat Show will take place Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Children under the age of 5 receive free admission. For more information, please visit catshows.us/kittyhawk.

Reach DCP freelance writer John Hamilton at JohnHamilton@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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