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Cats and caretakers gearing up for 41st annual cat show

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All About Animals

POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 9:19pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:31am

One show is taking the term cat walk to a whole different level.

When asked about what to expect at the show, Larry Johnson, President of the Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club said, "You can expect to see many different breeds of cats, and get to see nthem in person, close up that you may never have seen other than looking it up on google nowadays."

The Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club is gearing up for its forty-first cat show. Sphynx, Persians, tens of different pure breeds--even housecats will be strutting their stuff for the big prize.

"[They'll get] fancied up, and the cats sit there during the day until they're called up to the judging ring, and then they honor the top ten cats of each group," said Johnson.

Exhibitors will bring more than a hundred cats and kittens from all across the country. And although his Maine Coon cat, Pumpkin, isn't competing against the crowd of kitties this year, this isn't his first rodeo.

"He has been in a couple of shows when he was a kitten," mentioned Johnson.

And this cat show photographer knows--judges aren't about to let anything slide.  "Definitely have to be cleaned, bathed, blown dry, they have special shampoos, and some persians are bathed everyday before the show."

But don't think it's all feline fun, the cat show has another cause too. "We're all cat lovers," said Johnson.  "We want to help promote avenue so that populations don't get overrun."

Not only will groups be on hand, finding homes for their furry friends some of the proceeds are going to rescue efforts.  Being able to lend a helping hand--or paw rather, gives organizers a warm and fuzzy feeling.

"We're happy that we can put on the show and we're close to the fifty year mark for the club, and we'd like to keep that fun going.

And as Pumpkin swatted at our NBC33 microphone, he declined to comment.

Registration to enter cats has ended.  Anyone can attend.  The cat show will be this Saturday from 11 to 6 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. It's 5 dollars for adults, 3 dollars for seniors and children. Children under 12 get in free.  Call 225-291-7733 for information or e-mail johnsonphoto951@hotmail.com

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