Cats from across the US show off at MCCC – Mcccagora
Best Russian Blue Tylonas Diamond-Lily rests between exams.
Richard Kish and Andromeda won over 3 ribbons.
Judge Jeri Zottoli assesses and examines the cats.
Ontario resident Dianne Lukas and her cat Bella Maiye.
Fran Volkman named Justify after a racehorse she had previously bred.
A stream of fancy cats found their way to the MCCC when the Cat Fanciers’ Association hosted a campus cat show, the first returning in December of last year.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association was founded in 1906 and continues to promote the welfare of cats and their breeders, licensing around 400 shows each season.
On January 25 and 26, cats and catteries from across the country gathered in the gymnasium of the health education building to show off their best purebred cats.
Ranging from the best Russian blue in the country, named Tylonas Diamond Lily; the first Maine Coon from Ontario, Bella Maiye; or the only Ocicat, Justify, who was the only one of his breed at the show, there was a variety to see.
Each participating cat is assigned a number.
As their numbers are called, the cats are brought to one of the judges’ many stands, waiting in another cage behind the stand before being examined one by one.
Cats are rated based on their physical characteristics, such as eye color, head shape, fur softness, and temperament, said Richard Kish of Ricela Cattery.
Their rating is broken down into 100 points with an emphasis on characteristics that vary by breed, age, and whether they have been spayed or neutered.
Judge Jerri Zottoli said cats are judged on the regulated aspects of their breed.
Zottoli explained another important rule of the show.
âThe CFA has a firm stance on declawing,â Zottoli said.
As such, declawed cats cannot enter the exhibit.
Jury scores are not shared among themselves, meaning each judge is essentially running their own miniature and highly subjective show, Zottoli said.
While waiting for their turn, the cats are kept with their owners in large cages.
Most transport cages come with beds, toys, and other enrichments to keep cats busy.
Some of the participants gave advice to future cat owners.
Volkman said an important aspect is choosing the type of cat you want.
âDo your research. Check the pros and cons of each breed to find the right one for your lifestyle,â said Fran Volkman of Calumet Cats.
For some, the individual is just as important as the race.
âTreat the cat to see if you bond,â said Tylona Cattery owner Barbara Schreck.
However, purebred cats aren’t the only felines present.
There were a lot of shelter animals looking for homes.
The Friends of Companion Animals organization was present as a seller.
Friends of Companion Animals is a committed voluntary organization where volunteers can help take care of cats in shelters.
âWe are passionate about making a difference,â said Penny Bly, director and founder of the organization.
Monroe County Animal Control was also present at the show and brought shelter cats with them.
After paying a $ 10 fee and filling out an application, visitors were able to bring home their own furry friend right from the show.
Anyone interested in shelter cats like the ones in the Cat Show can find them at Monroe County Animal Control at 911 Raisinville Road.