I love cats. I love every kind of cat. I just wanna hug them all, but I can't hug every cat. (cue YouTube video)

This is the most exciting news I've heard all day. After a TEN YEAR hiatus, the Cat Fancier's Association cat show is returning to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse! Before the hiatus, the annual event was oldest cat show in Central New York.

More than 150 purebred and domestic cats and kittens will be strutting their stuff at the Salt City Cat Club & Cats Without Borders cat show on Sept. 15 and 16 in the science and industry building.

If you're like me, you're probably wondering: "What do I have to do to enter my cat?"

via Cats Without Borders
via Cats Without Borders Club

To enter the cat show, your kitty is required to be spayed/neutered by 8 months of age (adult status.) Kittens may be shown as long as they are at least 4 months of age. Cats and kittens must not be declawed.

Your kitty must be presented in good condition, with clean eyes, ears and coat.  Bathing is recommended. Your kitty must properly vaccinated & be free of parasites, such as fleas, ticks and ear mites. Claws must be clipped on all four paws.

There will be four categories:

  • Kittens
  • Championship, for purebred cats 8 months old and older that haven't been spayed or neutered
  • Premiership, for purebred cats 8 months old and older that have been spayed or neutered
  • Household pets, which is basically a beauty contest, since household cats are not purebred and can't conform to the description of any one breed

They'll also have an agility contest, where owners guide their cats through an obstacle course of stairs, tunnels and jumps. Local rescue groups will also be showcasing adoptable cats and many vendors will be selling toys, beds, furniture and more.

The show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For more information on the event or to learn how to enter your kitty, visit the Cats Without Boarders Club's website.

I guess it's time for me and Peaches to start training!

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