Pam White is a cat lover, but her husband prefers dogs.
When White learned about the Maine Coon breed, which average anywhere from 10 to 25 pounds depending on gender, it wasn’t hard to convince her husband to get one.
White, of Grand Prairie, showed her 15-pound Maine Coon, Marlin, during the cat show this weekend at the Killeen Civic and Convention Center.
“We wanted to find a cat he’d be happy with. These are the largest natural breeds,” she said. “He still has 3½ years to grow.”
The show, sponsored by the Heart Of Texas Cat Club, wrapped up Sunday at the convention center. During the show, 150 cats representing more than 30 breeds were judged a total of 12 times each. People traveled from all over the U.S. — some from as far away as California — for the show.
Cheryl Hogan, an exhibitor and regional director of the South-Central Region for the International Cat Association, which sanctioned the show, said judges look for a written standard of perfection that looks at the cats’ hair, ears, eyes and bone structure.
Hogan showed her first cat in 1981 and after doing well, she was hooked.
“All you need is one ribbon, and boy, you’re hooked,” she said. “I didn’t know what I was doing. I just thought (my cat) was cute.”
Christie Montgomery, of Fort Worth, has been showing cats with her husband for more than 25 years.
“We loved cats, and we used to go to cat shows just to watch and see what was going on,” she said. “We started working with one breeder so we could learn how to breed and how to take care of cats properly, not just as pets.”
The retired couple has eight cats and shows about once a month.
The shows don’t offer cash prizes and with the cost of hotel, gas and entry, she said it gets expensive. Although she doesn’t profit from participating, it’s a “good, clean hobby.”