Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club hosting cat show in Gonzales: When, where, costs

A photo taken by Larry Johnson shows a cat posing for a picture.
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GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) — If you like cats, you may want to stop by and check out the 50th Annual Cat Show produced by the The Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club. The event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

According to Larry Johnson, show manager and president of Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club, there will be 200 felines competing at this event and “judging will take place in six different rings throughout the day.” Johnson said they will be competing in four categories:

  • Purebred kittens.
  • Purebred cats.
  • Purebred premiership cats (Neuters & Spays).
  • Household pets (Domestics without any pedigree).

Attendees can expect to see “Abyssinian, Russian Blue, Sphynx, Maine Coons, Siamese, Oriental Shorthairs, Ragdolls, Chartruex, Persians, Siberians” and Bengals, according to Johnson.

How are the cats judged?

“Awards are determined as to how close the cat meets the written standard that the judges follow, he said. “There are six judgings during the day. All the cats see each judge throughout the day. Each judge awards their best by breed and the best overall. They are judging as per the standards and work independently from each other.

A white cat is shown sitting for a picture. (Photo courtesy of Larry Johnson)

“Even though there are no ‘real’ standards for Household pets. The household pets are judged according to temper, playfulness, cleanliness, and uniqueness,” Johnson said.

Competitors from around the country will use points in the purebred categories toward other titles.

“Cats gaining top awards from the judges have a ribbon (rosette). The best cat has a larger rosette. The cats that are awarded best of breed and any of the top 10 cats receive points as to how many cats they have defeated from each judge. The accumulation of points from this show and other shows can gain the titles for grand champion, regional and national awards,” he said.

Want to go?

Kids who are 2 and younger and anyone 55 and older can get into the show for free. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for anyone who is 16 and younger. A family of four with two kids can also get in for $30.

If you are interested in registering your cat for the show, you have until midnight Monday, Dec. 11. Johnson provided details about the contest, including entry fees.

Rescue groups, including Cat Haven are expected to attend this event.

“Cats and kittens will be available for adoption,” Johnson said.



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