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Place your bets at Catsino Royale!

Minn-Kota Feline Club will be presenting its 54th and 55th Annual ACFA Purebred and Household Pet Cat Show at the RRV Fairgrounds Commercial Building in West Fargo, April 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With approximately 100 cats entered, people will be able to see a variety of breeds including Tonkinese, Exotic Shorthairs, Burmese, Singapura, American Shorthair, British Shorthair, Ragdolls, Maine Coon Cats and Persians. There are also several beautiful household pets of all sizes and colors. The theme is Catsino Royale, and spectators are encouraged to take a gamble and enter the number of their favorite cat at the show for the Spectator's Award.

This year the Minn-Kota Club is donating $1 of each admission fee to PAAWS (People Advocating for Animal Welfare Services). PAAWS is a local, nonprofit organization that provides low cost spay/neuter assistance to people in our area. This is a valuable service to the F-M area to help lessen the unwanted litters. PAAWS will have an informational booth at the show with people ready to give more information about their service.

People often ask, "What do they do at a cat show? Is it like a dog show?" Yes it is, in part. Just like in dogs, each breed of cat has a written standard of perfection. The judge's job is to select the cat that he/she thinks comes closest to the written standard. After the judges have seen all the cats in one division, he/she must pick the ten best cats in show. There are eight different judges that will see each cat over the weekend, so a cat may win Best Cat in one ring, yet not place at all in another. Unlike dog shows, the cats are not instructed to move around the ring on leash - anyone who has ever known a cat can understand why. Also unlike dog shows there is a class for Alters (spays/neuters) in addition to Championship cats (intact breeding animals), Kittens (age four-eight months), and Household pets. The eventual goal is to reach the title of Grand Champion. Household pets may register with the ACFA and collect points to reach the title Supreme Royal.

The Minn-Kota Club members will be dressed as casino dealers and welcome questions about the show process. Admission is: adults $5, children 6-12 $3, and children under 6 are free