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Lucy, a British Shorthair. Courtesy photo.




Seacoast Club Cat Show

Where: Everett Arena, Concord
When: Saturday, May 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Cost: $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under
Contact: Call 526-4688 or email ttlluu@tds.net
Visit: seacoastcatclub.org and cfa.org 




Pounce, play, perform
Cat show comes to Concord

05/01/14



 Dogs can be trained to jump through hoops and weave through poles, but did you know cats can run through agility courses too?

Carol Babel, a member of the Seacoast Cat Club and breeder of Egyptian Maus cats, has been training and presenting cats in shows for the last seven years. 
Her cat Eli has won several titles, and he’ll be going for another one at the Seacoast Cat Club’s show May 3 and May 4 at the Everett Arena in Concord. 
“There’s an obstacle course with a ringmaster, and the agility course is based on time. They get so many points for that,” Babel said. “The trick in agility is that in the course you must stay ahead of the cat, and my cat does it in 8 seconds flat.”
Cats are required to navigate steps, hoops, tunnels and weave through poles throughout the course. 
Along with the agility course competition, there will be a regular cat show judged on breeds. 
“Each [cat] has a standard to their breed that adds up to 180 points. A certain number of points are assigned to the cat based on their head, profile, etc.,” said Sharon Roy, president of the Seacoast Cat Club.
Roy has been judging cats for the last 25 years. 
She said that cats as young as 4 months can compete, and there is no age cap. There are separate divisions for household cats and pedigreed cats. 
Babel noted that cats at competitions are rarely true-bred pedigrees. 
“The most dominant cat you’ll see in a show is the Persian, which is a beautiful one,” Babel said. 
At the show, attendees will be able to pick up a spectator guide that provides information on all the cats and their owners. 
“It’s really a way of educating the public. It helps them stay longer, too, when they know what cats are there and what’s going on,” Babel said. 
In addition to the cat show and agility show, there will be a stuffed cat competition for kids and friendly cats for kids to interact with. Those attending on Sunday will be treated to a parade of breeds.
Roy noted that there should be around 200 cats competing at this show since it is one of the few cat shows in the country that weekend, and she suspects people will be traveling from afar.
Both Roy and Babel noted that competing and judging in these cat shows has allowed them to travel across the world. Within the last month, Roy said, she has judged a show in Italy and has been invited to judge a show in Malaysia. 
“That’s the beauty of this hobby. You can stay really close if you like, or you can travel a lot to compete. It’s a lot of fun,” Babel said. 
 
As seen in the May 1, 2014 issue of the Hippo. 





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