Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Feline Fun: As Many as 350 Cats on Exhibit, Judged at Show

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Feline Fun: As Many as 350 Cats on Exhibit, Judged at Show

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Cat fanciers from around the country will converge on St. Charles next month with feline friends in tow.

As many as 350 cats will be exhibited and judged at the second annual Midwest T.G.I.F. Cat Show March 4 and 5 at the St. Charles Exposition Hall, Interstate 70 and Fifth Street.

The pedigreed entries are registered with the Cat Fanciers Association, the largest registry of pedigreed cats in the country.

Household pets will be judged by different standards in a special category for non-purebred cats.

Spectators will be welcome to look at - but not touch - the cats in their decorated cages, visit with exhibitors and observe the judging. For the cat who has everything, vendors will sell items ranging from chaise lounges and condos to toys and bibs. Jewelry, stationery, sweat shirts and other cat-emblazoned items will be available for cat hobbyists.

The admission for the T.G.I.F. (Thank God It's Felines) Show is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for those 60 and over, and $2 for children from 4 to 11 years old, with a $10 maximum charge for a family. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Open Door Animal Sanctuary and to PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), an organization for cat owners with AIDS. The Cat Network will offer cats for adoption, and a few purebreds will be sold.

Betty Rednour of Harvester is a member of the T.G.I.F. Club and one of the show's organizers. Rednour owns two Oriental Short Hairs, a breed that comes in 153 color varieties.

The Rednours have been showing cats for 3 1/2 years. Like most cat show enthusiasts, they think nothing of getting up at 2 a.m. to drive to Indiana or Chicago to a cat show.

"Cat shows are a good place to exchange ideas and knowledge about cats and to meet friendly, interesting at people who are really diverse group from all walks of life," she said.

Rednour explained that there are 31 pure cat breeds, many of which will be shown at next month's cat show. …

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