Can’t wait for Super Bowl Sunday and need something to cheer for? Here’s a competition that’s perfect for fans of all things feline. The San Diego Food and Water Bowl XXII Cat Show, hosted by the San Diego Cat Fanciers, Inc., will be bringing a special benefit cat show to the Del Mar Fair Grounds on January 25 and 26. As many as 41 recognized breeds of cats will be on hand for the competition, plus provisional breeds for viewing by the public. CFA’s top National and International judges will be flown in from around the country to judge this event, and exhibitors from coast to coast are expected to attend and compete with their finest. Judging in eight different rings will assure no lulls for guests and entries.
But your cat doesn’t have to a Persian from the Shah’s court, or the Pharaoh’s Egyptian Mau to enter this show. In the Household Pet Class, any non-pedigreed cat that has been spayed or neutered is eligible. They will be judged on both Saturday and Sunday for “purrsonality,” health and beauty. To be shown, all Household Pets (HHP) must be at least 4 months old, not declawed, in good health with no evidence of fleas, ear mites, etc. Cats 8 months of age or older must be spayed or neutered. HHP’s are judged on condition (general good health), uniqueness, temperament, and grooming. To enter your Household Pet, complete and sign a Household Pet Entry Form for each cat. Your special kitty could be the “Best Household Pet.”
The show hall will also provide a swap meet atmosphere for purchasing cat related items offered by specialty merchandisers situated throughout the show hall. There will be hundreds of items for cat lovers, ranging from gift novelties such as cat decorated t-shirts, personalized food and water bowls and exquisite hand-crafted cat theme jewelry. Practical products for cat owners may also include custom made cat poles or “trees,” gourmet cat food, wonderful cat toys (for the cats, of course) and an extravaganza of health and beauty care products. This expansive swap meet of cat supplies would alone make the show a must for San Diego feline fans.
With concern for any kitty without a loving family, this year’s show will include a special promotion to find homes for San Diego’s shelter cats. The Humane Society, Friends of Cats, the Helen Woodward Center and the Feral Cat Coalition are a few organizations that have participated in previous shows, many with adoptable shelter cats. With an emphasis on helping cats find homes, this is a major opportunity to make substantial impact on the population of adoptable shelter cats.