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Archive for Sunday, June 27, 1999

CATS GET ROYAL TREATMENT AT SHOW

June 27, 1999

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The cat show continues today at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Sunny laid on her golden pillow, facing away from owner Sandra Stewart.

The brown and white Persian appeared more than a bit upset by everything going on around her Saturday.

Stewart opened the door of the cage and pushed aside its gold curtains to pet and coax the cat. She offered up chicken bits and even tried to entice her with a toy.

Sunny wasn't interested.

She wasn't sure she liked the third annual cat show at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

"You want them so they are not stressed out," another cat owner, Kathleen Corte, said. Two of her pets, Golden Nugget and Fantasia, reclined in their cages, trying to look regal.

The ragdoll cats had every amenity -- litter, covers over the cages, toys, treats and beds. Across the tops of their cages were pictures of their owner's prize pets. And a small sign on one of the cages said "Please Don't Touch."

"Cats have to be vaccinated before they come to a show," Corte said. "But you never know."

That's not the only reason owners didn't want spectators petting their prize felines. It can take two hours to get some of their coats ready for show.

"My cats aren't my cats, they're my children," Kenna Duerr, one of the show organizers, said. "I know children that aren't treated as well as show cats."

The show cats, which can cost anywhere from $800 to $4,000, have to be constantly cared for to keep them in condition for showing, Duerr said.

But despite all the special treatment and care, the show cats are still just cats, she said.

"Very beautiful ones, very spoiled ones, but they're still cats," Duerr said.

The show was sponsored by the Kansas City Midwest Cat Club and sanctioned by the American Cat Fanciers Assn.

Cat lovers who missed the cats on Saturday can see the animals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the fairgrounds. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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