Fur might not fly but the competition is expected to be fierce at the Allbreed and Household Cat Show and Adopt-a-Cat event in December.
The Nature Coast Cat Club’s third annual cat show and adoption opportunity will be held for the first time at the National Guard Armory, located at 8551 W. Venable St. in Crystal River.
Times are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 9, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 10.
Terri Harris, president of the three-year-old cat club that works under The International Cat Association, said cat shows like these can be just as prestigious as dog shows.
“It’s a big deal, people just don’t know,” Harris said, adding she’s anticipating 125 felines, both purebreds and house cats alike, to give it their all when they go through 12 rounds of judgings. “We’re competing to find out who’s the best of the breed, and then you become a champion.”
Show attendees are also welcome to speak with cat breeders and owners. Some cats are coming as far away as Brazil and Canada, Harris said.
Along with having a purebred division, the cat show will include a division for household cats.
“Just because we don’t know where they came from, we still recognize them as an important part of the cat fancy,” Harris said.
Admission for the show is $6, with discounts offered to military, first responders and children. Tickets can also be purchased in advance for $5 by going online, at www.naturecoastcatclub.com.
Ticket buyers will also get a free cat poster, breeding guide and coloring book.
Raffle tickets for $5 each can also be purchased for a chance to win a rainbow edged, handmade quilt, which the raffle winner can personalize.
The Nature Coast Cat Club will also be accepting donations of cat food, cat litter and towels, which will be given to area rescue groups. Donors will get a $1 discount.
There is no charge to meet with the animal rescue groups or enjoy the many food and cat vendors.
The Humanitarians of Florida, Precious Paws and Pawsitive Revolution will also have cats up for adoption, Harris said.
“We’re really working together to get the cats a home,” Harris said. “The motto is: ‘Shop or adopt, find a cat a home.’”