In a world where dogs seem to get all of the attention, cat lovers will have their weekend to shine at the International Cat Show, hosted by the Cat Fancier’s Association, this October.
More than 1,000 cats from every corner of the globe will compete at Cleveland’s I-X Center in 16 categories to become Best in Breed in the largest cat show of its kind.
Since starting in 1994, the annual competition has showcased the most diverse range of breeds out of any cat show in the country. This year promises to be no different, with 45 breeds registered in the two-day competition.
Visitors can expect stiff competition, with opportunities to get to know the furry athletes competing in the agility ring and the chance to pet the cats.
The International Cat Show also boasts bonus feline-friendly opportunities like a meet and greet with celebrities the Savitsky Cats (as seen on America's Got Talent), a stroll down the Meow Mall shopping market and pet education shows for children.
Visitors who don’t already own enough cats can take one home from the cat adoption portion of the festivities.
(Check out photos from last year's Cleveland event here.)
For cat parents interested in registering their pet for the competitions, the deadline for sign-ups is Aug. 27 at noon. Spectators can buy tickets starting at $14 for adults and $7 for children. The event runs Oct. 12-13. Learn more at cfa.org.