This weekend, kitties large and small will come from all over the country to compete in the annual International Cat Show sponsored by the Kansas City Midwest Cat Club.
More than 100 cats and kittens and their owners from the United States and Canada will gather at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St., to show their various breeds of felines from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Murlene Priest, the cat club's president and show organizer, said eight judges will evaluate the cats in four categories: pedigree kittens, adults, spayed or neutered adults, and everyday household cats.
The cats and kittens that place at the event will receive points for the yearlong American Cat Fanciers Association exhibition circuit.
Admission to the show is $5 for adults and $4 for children and senior citizens.
Priest said attendees can expect to see a wide range of cats, including several unique breeds.
"One reason to come is you can learn about and see these different breeds you don't see every day," Priest said.
These breeds include Maine coon cats, which can reach up to 30 pounds; sphynx cats, which are characterized by their large ears and absence of fur; and Bengal cats, whose fur coloration and patterns reflect those of a jaguar.
Vendors will sell various cat accessories like furniture, clothing and food items all weekend, and raffles and silent auctions for prizes will be done each day. Priest said the club will donate some profits from the event to area animal welfare organizations.