October 2008 Issue

And It's ... Show Time!

Does your cat have what it takes to compete? In these classes, she doesn't need a pedigree — just a desire to be involved!

According to Caroline Fralia of Ft. Worth, TX, "Fenix" is "just a brown, mackerel tabby cat" that she rescued as a kitten. Fenix may have come from humble beginnings; however, the tabby cat is quite famous in the show ring: "Fenix of Strayinc" attained the title of Supreme Grand Master (SGM) in 2002, as well as the ranking of 20th in the world in The International Cat Association (TICA) Household Pet (HHP) division. Who would have thought that a rescued cat could become a noted show kitty? "The majority of people showing either grew up with an HHP or started showing with an HHP," says Fralia, who started showing in 1992 with a pet cat. "It was interesting," she laughs. One of her cats let her know immediately that showing wasn’t for him, but another one gave her more hope — and that’s all it took. The excitement of showing her own pets drew Fralia to cat showing; however, it was the people who made her want to stay. Fralia notes that everyone — from fellow competitors to judges — was extremely supportive. "There’s a sense of camaraderie among [HHP] exhibitors," she explains.

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