Fine felines Annual cat show on stage this weekend
Attn: All cat lovers! The annual CFA All-Breed Cat Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at the Araba Temple in Fort Myers. The show is presented by the Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers group.
Feline fanciers and families can come by and enjoy the spectacle of more than 25 cat breeds competing in multiple categories this weekend, all available for meeting and greeting, purring and snuggling.
“This is such a fun event for everyone – families, children, grandparents, parents, and cat-lovers of all ages,” said Charlene Campbell, show treasurer, 21-year member of the Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers club and 22-year member of the Cat Fanciers Association. “It’s a wholesome event, safe and fun. Who doesn’t like to watch the cats in the ring?”
Competing breeds will go through different qualifications, as Campbell explains, “Judges from all over the United States are flying in that weekend to judge the entrants: four on Saturday, four on Sunday, and entries go through breed-standard specifications, such as body structure and disposition, etc.”
The cats earn points to gain titles such as Breed Winner, Champion, Grand Champion, Companion, Master, Grand Master and others.
Cape Coral resident Barbara Cole has been competing in feline competitions for decades. She is a founding member of the Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers group, and this year, she will enter two neutered, male Flame-Point Himalayans: Hot Sauced, a previous competitor who’s on the road to Grand Premier status, and her latest entry, Butterball.
“These shows are a lot of fun; you get to meet fellow cat-lovers. I’ve had several Grand Champions and Grand Premiers over the years. Hot Sauced was in a show in Georgia recently, working towards being a Grand Premier, and this is Butterball’s first show,” she said. “Many ask why we (cat fanciers) spend hundreds of dollars traveling for a $4 rosette, but it’s a lot of fun, and we really enjoy it. And, it’s a lot of fun for families. When people come to the shows, they’re very enthusiastic.”
Aside from watching the many “pro” cats in the ring, guests of the two-day show can peruse the many local animal shelters on hand, with some of their very own special pets available for adoption.
“We are so happy to have many local shelters also displaying their favorite household pets this weekend – as well as have several available for adoption,” Campbell said. “It’s so great allowing smaller shelters the opportunity of exposure at these shows, where they can hopefully adopt out more rescues. And, it also lets them learn to decipher the different breeds, which can then help adopt them out 10 times faster.”
Campbell said the rescues had a lot of fun coming up with names of their available pets.
“I really got a kick out of reading who they’ll have up for adoption at the show,” she said. “For instance, Bright-Eyed Nancy will be available for adoption from the Brook’s Legacy Animal Rescue; Jeff Catworthy from Haven on Earth Animal League; and Edgar Allen Purr from Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary on Pine Island.”
Other participating animal shelters include the Caloosa Humane Society, Animal Refuge Center and Lee County Animal Services, with a total of nine on-site.
Those who adopt these rescue pets this weekend will also be presented with a basket of goodies for each pet who’s given a home.
Looking for that perfect present for your own four-legged fur ball? Peruse the extensive merch and vendor area, offering anything from cat condos and scratching posts to harnesses and treats.
“We will have all kinds of merchandise available through our vendors this weekend – for both people and their pets,” Campbell said. “We’ll have climbing posts, grooming items, cat beds, pet blankets, a local lady who makes soap for people in the shape of cats. We will even have a catnip vendor with all different varieties of catnip!”
Also taking place throughout the two-day event will be home-cooked food, barbecue and many raffles, awarding grand gift baskets and prizes all donated by local pet stores and chains.
“We will have a wide variety of raffles for you and your pet,” Campbell said. “Gift baskets from Petco and other pet shops, who all donated wonderful things. Pet beds, climbing trees. Wonderful raffles to win this weekend.”
Admission into the show is $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12, and free for those 4 and under. Family four-pack packages are available for any group of four for $20, and be sure to go online to FLCatShows.com for $1 coupon. (Click the link along the top of the page for a PDF of the coupon.) There is no cost for parking. For those not competing, pets are not allowed. Visit FLCatShows.com for further information or directions to the show.
The Araba Temple is at 2010 Hanson St.