What Really Goes on at the Columbus All-Breed Cat Show

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Liz Hansen's Maine Coon, Willie, is No. 1 in her world and No. 2 in the world. He earned the latter distinction at The International Cat Association cat shows. Willie is back on the show circuit this month, along with 200 fellow felines, at Show Cats: Columbus All-Breed Cat Show, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The cats that most closely resemble written standards approved by the association will receive the highest honors. While no cash prize is awarded, each ribbon earns points that accumulate to regional and world titles.

This is no dog show. Cat entries are judged on color, division and breed. And instead of being paraded around in a performance ring, they are poked, prodded and played with by the judges (to properly measure weight and size). Ordinary (yet extraordinary) house cats can enter as well, as long as they're bathed and entered five days before the show.

Don't have a cat? Find your star kitten at the show, along with the cat toys, food and clothing (for humans and furry friends) to go with it. ticamembers.org