Furry and furless felines are competing at the International Cat Show in Ione on March 23 and 24. The event at the Evalynn Bishop Hall in Howard Park, 600 S. Church Street/Highway 124, will showcase domestic and pedigreed cats from across the country. Proceeds from the show will go to several cat rescue groups. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $15 for families. Children 10 and under get in free. The event begins Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visitors to the show can watch more than 30 breeds of cats and kittens being judged and talk to their owners in the aisles where the cats are benched. Owners are very proud of their cats, which are groomed to perfection, and happy to talk about what makes their breed special. The longhair breeds present will include Balinese, Birmans, Himalayans, Maine Coons, Ragdolls and Siberians. Shorthair cats include Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Bengal, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Exotic Shorthair, Sphynx and Tonkinese.
The Wine Country Cat Club is hosting the show which is sponsored by TICA, The International Cat Association. Club members will answer questions about the show, explain the judging and the breeds of cats.
Much like dog shows, the cats are judged on overall balance and proportion, with each compared to the standard for its breed. The standard specifies how the ideal cat of a breed would look and act. The more a competing cat meets the standard, the better it will score. Judges announce Best of Breed and then call back their Top Ten Cats in Show. With Household Pets, judges look for a pleasant personality and a beautiful, or especially cute, cat.