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On July 13 and 14, Desert Cats Cat Club from Phoenix and the Las Vegas Cat Club held a joint Cat Fanciers Association Show at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. This was a Southwest Region 5 event entitled “Feline Lucky” where even Elvis showed up to help kickoff the show.
One of the top Cat Fanciers Association judges in the world was among the ten judges looking for the “Best Cat in Show.” David Mare is agreed to be one of the most respected judges of pedigreed cats. Although his home is in Las Vegas, for 50 years he has judged cats in cities all over the world including New York, Moscow, Tokyo and Venice.
Mr. Mare and nine other judges spent the weekend awarding points to cats trying to earn show placements as being an ideal specimen for its breed. Several breeds in category classes were judged. The categories consisted of the Kitten Class, Championship Class, Premiership Class, and Household Pets class. The highest point winner in this show was a bicolored Persian who earned a total of 431.60 points.
The Cat Fancy Association is a group of approved worldwide clubs. There is no direct individual memberships. Clubs typically accept new members through referrals by current members. The general public can attend these shows for a small fee. To see a CFA cat show, go online to review the schedule for the year at www.cfa.org.
Article by Marie Eisele
Photo by Mark Eisele