Cat fanciers in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE – More than 200 feline competitors will gather at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park on Saturday, March 26, 2016 for the 39th Annual Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show.

Cats representing approximately 40 longhaired and shorthaired breeds will compete from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in three different categories: kittens between 4 and 8 months old, championship cats and premiership class. The championship and premiership classes are distinguished by whether or not a cat has been spayed or neutered (with the spayed or neutered cats competing in premiership).

“Cats are judged against physical characteristics that make up breed standards,” said Pennie Pendleton, show secretary for the Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association. “There is a standard written by a national breed council for each cat breed. Those standards change over time, and new breeds are being recognized and added to competition.”

All purebred competitors are registered with the Cat Fanciers Association, a nonprofit organization that holds the world’s largest cat registry. The association also presents a household pet competition event for cats that are not documented as purebred.

“As breeders and fanciers, one of our goals is to help the public understand the proper care for their cats,” Pendleton said. “We showcase shelter groups and foster groups and invite them to bring cats for adoption. Shelters can enter their kitties who are looking for forever homes in our household cats’ events.”

The Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association is affiliated with the international organization, which hosts more than 400 cat shows each year across the world. Competition rules are set by the international CFA organization, and judges are internationally certified by the CFA.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $6 at the door for adults, and $4 for seniors and students.

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