But did you know that cats have their own national show, too? It’s true! The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) sponsors the annual National Cat Show.

For those of us with feline family members, most of our catnip-loving kitties are true mixed breeds, or mutts. Domestic Shorthair is the official name of your average, run of the mill short-haired cat, and while we all cherish our unregistered cats, you can be sure you won’t find them strutting their stuff at the National Cat Show – it’s for pedigreed breeds only.

The Cat Fanciers' Association recognizes 42 pedigreed breeds for showing, ranging from somewhat common breeds like the Siamese to rarer breeds, like the Singapura, Korat and LaPerm.

The most popular breeds as determined by the registry are:

1. Persian
2. Maine Coon
3. Exotic
4. Ragdoll
5. Sphynx
6. Siamese
7. Abyssinian
8. American Shorthair
9. Cornish Rex
10. Birman

Before you run out to get yourself one of the most popular cat breeds, do some research. Some breeds are inherently prone to genetic diseases, and irresponsible breeding may perpetuate these diseases. Research any breeder to make sure ethical breeding is a top priority.

Read up on your potential pet’s health issues, as well as her personality. Just like dogs, some cat breeds do better with families, while some tend toward a more independent lifestyle. And for peace of mind, look into protecting your kitty with cat insurance.

Of course, there are always non-pedigreed cats available for adoption at local shelters, but pedigreed cats turn up at shelters more often than you would think. Check your shelter first to see if you can rescue a cat. In addition, rescue organizations abound for purebred cats of every type. Consider rescuing a purebred cat that doesn’t have a home!We’ve all probably seen at least a glimpse of a dog show, especially while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner. After all, the National Dog Show is televised every Thanksgiving, (right after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade), and at least in our house, watching has become a yearly tradition.

Nov 1, 2011

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