Mardi Paw 2014
A CFA Allbreed Cat Show
Date: February 2014 ??
Sorry we missed you at our 3013 show and hope to see you in 2014
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
701 W Lime St, Lakeland FL 33815
Directions: MAPQUEST directions From I-4 W take exit 31 toward Lakeland/Lakeland CTR
Turn LEFT onto Kathleen Rd/ CR-35 A South. Go 2.5 miles
Turn RIGHT onto LAKE WIRE DR/FL-563 S. Continue to follow FL-563 S. for .5 miles
Turn RIGHT onto W LIME ST. and the Lakeland Center is .2 miles
You will see:
Iams Ambassador Cat
An ambassador cat will be there to meet and greet you.
Dr. Esley's Precious Cat Litters
Visiting a Cat Show: Frequently Asked Questions
What breeds will be at the show? Each CFA cat show has many different breeds ranging from long haired Persians and Maine Coons to curly coated Rexs and hairless Sphynx. THis is an opportunity to learn about the different personalities of the individual breeds. Just like a German Shepard and Poodle have different personalities a Persian and Tonkinese will be very different. You can speak to breeders and get your questions answered as well as view many different breeds.
How are the cats judged? Each pedigreed cat is judged according to a written standard for its breed. The standard is different for each breed (for example, a long haired Persian has a different coat than the hairless Sphynx). Each judge will judge Best in Show for kittens and two different adult categories. This a complex process and the Judging Guide describes the process. CFA has a standard for every breed. With so many different judges, judging each cat you can see the difference in how they interpret the written standard so different cats will be Best in Show depending on the judge.
Will there be pedigreed cats and kittens for sale at the show? Yes, many breeders bring cats or kittens for sale. Other breeders may have kittens at home too young to bring to the show, so if you see a cat you like, be sure to ask the owner if they have kittens available at home or litters due in the near future. Many breeders place business cards on their cages for this purpose. You also may adopt an older cat who has finished its show and/or breeding career and is ready for a special home.
When is the best time to come? Because each judge is independent of the others and there are several judging categories, each judge will be judging multiple Best in Show Finals. This means there is lots of activity going on throughout the event. The schedule is designed to spread out the Best in Show presentations.
Is there handicapped access to the show hall? Yes, the show hall has handicapped access. It is also climate controlled to make it comfortable no matter the weather conditions.
Is anything special done to prepare them for a show? Yes, the cats are bathed and groomed ranging from an elaborate process for longhairs such as the Persians to a shorter one for shorthairs such as a Tonkinese. Longhairs can take hours to be bathed and groomed properly and those breeds tend to be more placid in personality. Shorthairs are usually more active and grateful for a more wash and dry approach.
Can I take pictures of the cats? Yes, feel free to bring your camera but please ask as you might scare the kitties. Always ask the owners' permission before taking any picture.
May I bring my own cat or other pet to the show? No, only cats entered in the show are allowed in the show hall. Deadline to enter your cat is about a week before the show. If you are interested in entering your cat, please see the flyer link with entry information on how to enter the show.
How can I tell if my cat is pedigreed? By its registration papers. Many breeds developed naturally; in response to climate or other conditions and are similar to other breeds that evolved independently. For example, cats from all over the world in similar climates, such as the Siberian Cat or the Norwegian Forest Cat, have a few traits in common with the Maine Coon. Many mixed-breed cats came from the same gene pool, and have a similar appearance. Its fun to speculate on what was used to create a mixed breed cat, but there is no genetic test to specifically identify a breed.
Will there be pet supplies and novelties for sale? Yes, there will be several vendors selling cat-related items. Some Items are for the cat and some are for the cat owner or cat lover. There may also be products for dogs and dog owners. They may include general pet supplies, toys, T-shirts, jewelry or other items.
Can I touch the cats in the show? We will have an Iams Ambassador Cat Snoopy that you can touch.. Please do not touch the other cats without the owners' permission. Touching can pass germs from cat to cat, or oils in your skin can damage show grooming. A few owners may allow you to touch their kitty if your hands are clean and disinfected. They may have disinfectant on hand for you to use. Feel free to ask, but please don't be too disappointed if some owners say "no." They just love their cats and are trying to be careful.