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Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers show scheduled for July 21, 22

July 18, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

The Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers will present its annual CFA Allbreed Championship & Household Pet Cat Show in Fort Myers for two full days this month.

"We are now entering our 28th year of cat show production. We started here in 1992, but they held two shows prior to that before it incorporated," show Treasurer and Secretary Charlene Campbell said of Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers.

The cat club began after several people from Cape Coral and Fort Myers wanted to put on a cat show.

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Bokeelia resident Becky Patterson will show her Devon Rex, a cat that she breeds, at the CFA Allbreed Champion-ship & Household Pet Show.

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"They thought Southwest Florida would be a great place to have a cat show and that is how it all started," she said.

This year the show will be held Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Araba Temple, 2010 Hanson St., Fort Myers. Tickets are $8 a person.

Campbell said there are coupons available at catshow.us, such as $1 off admission and a Family Plan, which includes tickets for four people for $20.

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There will be six allbreed, two specialty and eight household pet rings with a back-to-back format.

"We are expecting around 100" entries, Campbell said, which has been the average for the last six years.

There are four divisions, Championships, Premier-ship, Kitten up to 8 months old and Household Pet.

The closing date for entries was Tuesday, July 17, or at 225 entries.

The entries will be seen by eight separate judges. She said four judges will look at every cat on Saturday and four new judges will look at all the cats on Sunday.

Campbell said the judges will pick their top 10 in each division, which are staggered throughout the day.

"Almost anytime after lunch you will see a final in any one of those categories," she said.

Becky Patterson said she has been involved with the cat show for about seven or eight years.

"I actually got involved because one of the local rescues started taking their cats. I got bit with the show bug. I started breeding cats. Now I take my breeding cats to the show," she said.

Patterson breeds Devon Rex cats, which have a curly coat, and are known to be a good companion for those who have cat allergies.

"People who have allergies to cats tend to do very well with them because they have very low shedding," she said.

About 16 years ago, the Bokeelia resident was introduced to the breed because her husband has cat allergies. She said they found a breeder on the east coast of Florida and brought home two females as pets.

"They are highly intelligent. They are very inquisitive. Very social. They love people and other animals," Patterson explained.

Although she is not sure which of her cats she will bring to the show, there is a lot that goes into preparing one. The Devon Rex will go through a lot of bathing, ear cleaning, nail trimming and preparations on being handled.

"I start with them when they are very young," she said of handling them because she wants them to feel comfortable when handled by others at the show.

The handling includes touching her cats' ears, paws and bathing and grooming them at a very young age.

Although there is a lot that goes into the show, she said she loves attending to see the other breeds.

"I love being able to share my breed with the people who come to the show because they are a unique cat, not well-known. The Devon Rex are very unusual," Patterson said.

She said the show is also fun for those who attend because the judges spend time educating the people of what they are looking for when looking at a particular breed.

"I think it's a great event for families. If you are even just a little bit of a cat lover you should come to the show to see all the different cats and breeds," Patterson said.

This year the show is featuring something new, "Meet the Breed," an educational component. She said a breeder will provide information about a specific breed in a 20 to 30-minute presentation. Such information as where the breed originated, the pros and cons of the breed and its coloring will be discussed.

"We are planning on four breeds on Saturday and four to five breeds on Sunday. All different ones," Campbell explained. "It will be interesting and fun."

Another component of the show is featuring about a dozen rescues of Southwest Florida. Campbell said they show their favorite cat in the Household Pet division, as well as bringing some additional cats that are adoptable.

There will also be vendors in attendance with cat supplies and toys, as well as artists.

"Come with your favorite picture of your cat and say I would like a 24 x 24 picture of Fluffy. Here you can do that," Campbell said.

There will be snacks and hamburgers available for purchase.

Campbell said her favorite part of the show, "it always cracks me up, is the Household category." She said the category always surprises her, especially with what the shelters bring to show.

"They can come and compete with fellow rescues and show off their cats and show off the cats at the shelter," Campbell said. "I have done rescue and I still do rescue. I love watching them. They always have the cutest cats that do the darndest things. It's just a beauty contest. It's just fabulous."

She said she sends out an invitation to 24 rescues, with at least 10 or 11 joining them.

"Some people are afraid to go to the rescue. They can make a relationship with the rescue (at the cat show), meet the kitties and adopt right then and there," Campbell said. "When you make a contact you feel more comfortable going there (the rescue) to look. It's a win-win for everybody."

 
 

 

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