Should a dog lover attend a cat show? Yes indeed, if the dog lover wants to learn a few things.
The show in question was the 40th Annual TICA (The International Cat Association) Awards and All Breed Cat Show “Viva Las Vegas” held Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The show is the largest TICA cat show in the U.S. and featured some 500 different breeds, pedigreed and non-pedigreed. Cats were judged on beauty and conformation to a standard. Judges were busy for two days in 14 rings.
Cat fanciers hauled beautiful animals to the show rings eager to compete and talk about their breed to show visitors. Generally, petting was allowed. Vendors were part of the action as well, so carriers, bedding, toys, climbing apparatus, food, collars, etc. were there for buyers. Carriers, once purchased and housing competing cats, were lavishly decorated.
Most of what I learned at the show is on the attached video, but for those whose video time is limited, a very popular breed I, who have definitely avoided cats in the past, was unfamiliar with, Rag Dolls, was introduced to me. Owners said Rag Dolls are loving, do not produce allergic reactions, and as pet animals are as valued ($1000-plus) as other breeds.
Competitors came to this show from all over the world and they brought with them lots of animal-print clothing and clean beautiful cats that would melt most hearts. The show even included a booth where rescue cats were available for adoption. My understanding is that several cats were adopted at the show.
Cats come in all sizes and colors. I saw my first huge Maine Coon Cat, my first one with extra toes (called a Maine Coon Polydactyl), and a hairless Sphynx that up close was as warm as toast.
Cost of the show was modest, only $15 for adults, $10 for Seniors and free for children under 12. I saw a number of families at the show, checking out the breeds and the breeders on hand.
Don’t tell my dogs, but had I known years ago that my allergy to cats could be handled by a daily pill, my family might have included a couple striped animals with whiskers instead of Beagles and Chihuahuas.