Cats compete in Southwest Florida competition
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CREATED Jul. 28, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Whether they're resting on a silk blanket or getting a quick brush, more than one hundred cats had their game face on this weekend.
They all competed in the Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers Cat Show at the Araba Shrine Temple.
"We have Championship, which are your whole cats, Premiership which is spay and neutered class, we have kittens which is from 4-8 months old and we also have household cats," Show Manager Charlene Campbell, said.
With 144 cats competing, it is the biggest show in the U.S. this weekend. Owners tried to rack up as many ribbons as possible to add to their cats yearly running scores.
But it's not all about the competition.
"It's fun and you try and have camraderie and a good time," Campbell said.
It's also the perfect place for cat adoptions. Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary was just one of the rescues who set up a booth at the show.
"We come to a show like this to feature some of our cats, to meet people who will maybe volunteer, maybe donate, and maybe adopt," Mark Giloni said.
Helping Paws also entered some of their cats into the show, like an orange tabby named Bojangles. He won five ribbons and was crowned King of the Household Cats, but he also won the ultimate prize: a forever home.
Karla Kelley knew right away that Bojangles was meant to be king of her household.
"He seemed like a good kitty, friendly, doesn't seem like he likes to bite," Kelley said.
And thanks to all the vendors, Kelley was able to pick up some toys and treats to make sure Bojangles keeps living a royal life.
"He will be spoiled that's for sure," Kelley said.
For more information, log onto cfa.org/.