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Thursday, September 19, 2013
For many feline enthusiasts, the Cattyshack Cat show is, well, the cat’s meow.
The 19th Annual Cattyshack Cat Show took place last Saturday, and more than a hundred fancy felines are competing in a variety of categories.
On Saturday, 130 cats and kittens were on display and about 141 whiskered participants were expected on Sunday. Cattyshack Treasurer Haze Casey said they have gotten about 20 percent more entries this year than last.
“These are probably some of the finest cats in the world,” Casey said. “It’s just a collection of beautiful cats.”
Cat breeders from all over the country attended the event. Ron and Jay Davis came in from Kentucky to show off their Peterbald cats, which are either “naked” meaning without fur or have a short-haired coat. Ron Davis showed off Shiver, his blue-eyed beauty with a fine coat that felt like suede. This was the Davis’ first time at this particular show.
“I plan to come again,” Ron Davis said. “It’s really nice.”
Erin Russell of Alabama brought one of the rarest breeds to the table, which was an American wirehair with its springy, coarse coat.
“We come to this show every year,” Russell said. “We love this center.”
Elaine Zalewski of Pennsylvania brought her certified therapy cat Cocoa Marbles of Marbleglen. She often attends these shows in an effort to fight the misconception that only dogs can act as therapy animals. Marbles has the ability to detect low blood sugar and visits 19 different facilities across five counties to offer comfort to those in need.
Zalewski said one of the most touching moments she’s experienced was when Marbles visited an elderly woman in the hospital who was suffering from Alzheimer’s and wasn’t responding much to other therapeutic activities. But the woman did respond well to Marbles. Zalewski sadly found out that the woman passed away the next day.
“Having the privilege to bring some joy to her on her last day is something I will treasure forever,” Zalewski said.
The show also includes a variety of vendors that are selling unique cat toys, art and other items.
The Cattyshack Cat Club show’s corporate sponsor this year is the UPS Store at Fort Gordon along with a host of other local business sponsors.
Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard.