Competitive kitties
Local felines to compete in international cat show

LAWRENCEVILLE - As College Park hosts the largest cat show in the Western hemisphere this weekend, two local felines will be vying for top honors in the international competition.

Drake, a cinnamon-spotted cat of the Ocicat breed, and Padme, a Maine coon, belong to Buford resident Jacqui Bennett. The felines will be two of the more than 700 cats in the 2008 Cat Fanciers' Association's International Cat Show, where 11 countries will be represented.

The three-day event will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center and will feature a CFA Cat Agility Competition, a breed showcase and a competition for youth ages 8 to 16.

Bennett has been showing cats for 11 years. Her father bred and exhibited basset hound puppies and Siamese cats, so showing has been a natural fit for Bennett and, it seems, for her cats as well.

"(The cats) love the toys and the attention they get at the shows and truly seem to bask in the attention when people come along the aisles while they are out on the grooming table or lounging in a lap waiting on the next judging ring," said Bennett, who will also assist friends in showing two other cats.

"You are going to be able to see some of the finest cats in the world," Bennett said. "It's just an amazing event. I wouldn't miss it for the world."

SideBar: If you go

What: 2008 CFA International Cat Show

When: Noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Georgia International Convention Center, 200 Convention Center Concourse, College Park

Cost: $8 for adults; $6 for senior citizens and children older than 5; free for children 5 and younger

For more information: Visit www.cfa.org/catlanta