Last week at this time, I was selling my books at the TICA International Cat Show here in Portland Oregon. It was a three-day show, and I ended up with a cold that kept me away from writing most of the week. I decided old news was better than no news, so I’ll give a quick rundown of what went on in the fur world.
As many if you know, I’m more into shelter cats than breed cats, but since I love all cats, I’ve been trying to learn about the pedigreed side of the family. I found many truly compassionate people who care not only for their show cats but for all cats. TICA has categories for house cats, and prizes also went to cats from shelters such as Patty the deaf white kitty who won the People’s Choice award. I saw a few breeders who seemed to treat their cats like a commodity as opposed to the living, breathing, wonderful beings they are, but I’m glad to say they were a vast minority.
I really enjoyed sharing a table with Ramona Marek again. We are both members of the Cat Writer’s Association, she with “Cats for the Genius“, the definitive how-to of everything cat, and me with my cat mysteries. We were placed next to the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society booth which ties in so well with my series that stars a cat shelter volunteer. The WCGHS adopted out several cats during the show, and it took real restraint on my part not to adopt Pluto, the hunky black 7-year-old boy they had there.
I got a chance to talk to many people and add a few pictures to my Cat Man collection. (Crazy Cat Lady mystery #7 will feature the male side of the crazy cat lady world) These are only a few examples of guys showing their love and respect for cats. The man on the right is the Cat Daddy of the successful Facebook page “My Life as Quincy” and a steadfast PAWS volunteer.
I also met up with award winning cat blogger Kerry Barbero (Noir Kitty Mews, Mewsings of Valentine the Persian Cat) who I hadn’t seen since BlogPaws in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina even though we both live here in Oregon. I was excited when she asked if Valentine could review my latest book, “Cat Call.” Valentine is also going to review Ramona’s book. That kitty’s got some real reading ahead of him!
There is so much more to cat shows than I could have ever imagined, and a lot of it has to do with the welfare of cats. I found the attendees to be friendly and amicable, as were most of the presenters. It was easy to stop by a booth or a kennel and strike a conversation. I’m not sure when the next show will be, but chances are you will find me there.
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What a wonderful experience! And so nice to virtually see both you and Ramona! I started attending cat shows with my art in 1992 and I have seen the attitude flip from mostly commercial interest and only a few breeders also having rescues or shelter cats to most of them with rescues or shelter cats and the rest only interested in winners and commerce. I’ll be going to our local CFA cat show in Pittsburgh next weekend, the first time in years I’ve been able to go. Steel City Kitties encourages adoption of rescues and shelter cats and always has space for rescues and shelters at the show. Hope you sold a lot of books!
How interesting to see the changes firsthand. Will you be at the CFA Conference this year?
I hope you are over your cold now! (People DO breathe don’t they 😉 )
It looks as though you had a lot of fun and,yes, I agree that it is helpful to know about pedigrees as well as ‘us brilliant moggies’!
Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew
Much better now.
That looks like a wonderful time and that kitty in the first photo is totally adorable!
I got to pet him!
Your so lucky to have petted him.x🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾
Like a cloud!
That was a great commentary about the show. I love the cat selfie at the top of page, such a wonderful expression, and I’m guessing a great personality too. I often fear, that so many folk may treat these shows as a job rather than a time to celebrate the joys of cats, breads and companionship. It’s good to see that those folk were a very small part of the show.
Toodle pips and purrs
Yes, floofy kitty knew she was queen.
That looks like a fun time. I have only been to the NEMO cat shows in Sturbridge, MA.
I’ve been positively impressed by the 2 I’ve attended lately.
That sounds like a fun show! I always enjoy seeing the different breeds at cat shows, even though I’m more into rescue kitties. Hope you are over your cold! 🙂
There is no denying the cats are gorgeous!
You make cat shows sound fun! Maybe one day I’ll get to one.
Both CFA and TICA adhere to rules for the cats’ best interest.
Oh Miss Mollie that was so-o very thoughtful of you to mention Mom & my bloggie! Mom didn’t get a chance to see the People’s Choice Award winning, white kitty you mention or the Persian kitty in your first image. What is that kitty’s name? Very cute! Hugs!
White kitty was named Patty, but I didn’t get the name of floofy-cat. That was very remiss of me!