AE Jumps on Board With Chickadee Cat Club Show - Jun. 03, 2011
The Chickadee Cat Club is hosting its interesting showcase of felines on June 18 in
Animal Essential is proud to be a sponsor of the event.
Please find a story from Laverne Stewart with The Daily Gleaner highlighting the show.
‘Jamie Woodworth thinks this breed of cat is purr-fect. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and she thinks these cats are gorgeous. She owns four of them. According to breeding standards, the more wrinkled these cats are and the bigger their ears, the more beautiful they are thought to be.
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In the world of the Sphynx (also known as Canadian Hairless) and the people who love them, her stud cat, Captain Darling, is considered to be very handsome indeed. He is a grand champion.
Woodworth says he also has a winning personality. She is a registered breeder who is dedicated to maintaining the future of this special breed. As she talks about her love of them and the Chickadee Cat Club's upcoming cat show, Captain Darling freely roams in a newspaper office. At first, this fearful feline creeps across the carpet, remaining low to the ground and stares at the strangers who work here.
Slowly, as Woodworth talks about entering him and her three other Sphynx cats in the June 18 show, Captain Darling starts to adjust to this space and the people in it.
His natural curiosity wins out and the cat, with its rat-like tail and velvety-soft skin makes himself right at home, frequently jumping from the floor to a desk and then onto his owner's lap, where he starts to purr.
"He loves children but my niece is a bit timid of him because of how he looks. He loves people and other cats."
When she shows him and her other Sphynx cats at shows, she says she gets one of two reactions. Either people will shudder and turn away or they are drawn to his unique physical characteristics and want to know more about the breed.
"People will either say, 'Eeew,' or 'That's so cute.'"
Many people think that this would be a great cat to get if you have allergies but this isn't the case. Allergy sufferers actually react to the protein in the cat's saliva and not its fur. And some think these cats are low-maintenance but, Woodworth says, if you want one of these cats, you should be prepared to bathe it every week.
"They collect dirt and secrete oils. You have clean in between their toes and clean out the earwax. The only problem I have is 'Sphynx grease.' If they have an accumulated amount of body oils, it (the 'grease') will end up on blankets or your clothing if you haven't bathed them."
Woodworth's fiancé, John Friesen, wasn't a cat fancier prior to their relationship. They've grown on him, she says.
In fact, he once helped her with her cats at one of the cat shows they've competed at. When he was approached with questions about the cats, she says he came up with some great stories and jokes about them.
"He said, 'I shave them every day.'"
At the Chickadee Cat Club's show, you will see Captain Darling and many of the recognized purebred cats and other household pet cats. Five judges, who are experts on all of the cat breed standards, will be there.
When judges are looking at household cats, they are checking to be sure the animal is in good health and well groomed.
"The big thing about household pet cats is personality," says club president Bev Amos.
She invites anyone who wishes to register their cat for this show to do so before June 10.
"Breeders like Jamie will come because they want to get these titles on their cats but we want people who have household cats to come and have fun too. We have great prizes this year. I call it a big cat love-in."
If you are considering getting a registered pedigree cat, she says, this is a wonderful opportunity to find out about them from the breeders here.
A portion of the proceeds from the admissions to this show will go to the SPCA's cat enrichment program which provides all of the things that make the cats who come to the shelter comfortable and stimulated while the animals wait for adoption.
For more information on the fifth American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) championship and household pet cat show at the Capital Exhibit Centre, or to register your cat, call 459-2780 or visit www.CatShows.us/ChickadeeCatClub.’