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Cat show features best of best

The Minn-Kota Feline Club is hosting its 56th and 57th annual Cat Show with a Pirates of the Caribbean theme, featuring over 120 cats and kittens competing for top awards in the purebred and household pet competition Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6.

In cooperation with the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA), the eight judges will handle each cat and select  their Top 10 in each of the four classes.  Those cats will earn points toward year-end awards and battle it out for Best in Show.

No, they don't trot around on leashes, but a cat show is similar to a dog show in that each breed has a written standard that the cat is measured against.  For example, a Persian is judged on coat texture, round head, cobby body and legs, etc., whereas a Bengal is judged on boning and musculature, broad wedge-shaped head, and coat color and pattern.  Once a judge handles all the cats of a specific breed, they will select the Best of Breed and second Best of Breed, then move on to the next breed of cats.  After all the cats have been examined, the judge will call back his/her choices for Top 10, and awards 10th place up to Best Cat.

The Household Pet competition doesn't have a written standard, instead these cats are judged on good health and condition, overall beauty, and quite importantly -  personality.

Four different competitions happen simultaneously in the show hall: Kitten class for purebred kittens ages 4 to 8 months, championship  class for the purebred breeding cats over 8 months, alter class for  purebred spay/neutered cats over 8 months, and household pet class for mixed-breed or non-pedigreed cats, which must be neutered by eight months old.

Exhibitors will also have the opportunity to take home some special prizes during various events all weekend.  Vendors will also be a part of the show, selling cat toys and cat related items also. 

The event will take place in the agriculture building at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, located on the west edge of West Fargo. Showtimes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, while those six and under will be admitted free.