To St. Louis They Came, 729 Felines with a Dream-but Only One Could Be America's Top Cat
This girl is not white-hot model Paulina Porizkova. This is not even Vanna White. The female in question is Kayzie's Dreammaker of Echoesofmaja, soon to be named Best Ocicat at the Ralston Purina and Cat Fanciers' Association Cat Show, the biggest feline fiesta in America. The event at St Louis's Cervantes Convention Center, featured 729 four-legged contestants, as well as hundreds of owners who are often, by their own admission, a special breed of cat.
"Cat shows are fun, but let's face it, nobody enters to lose," says Judy Brocato of Rome, Ga., who on judgment day spent hours bathing, blow-drying and primping her Persian, Peter Pan. Revillion My Oh My, a Persian shown by Connie Stewart of Temple City, Calif, rested before showtime in a $700 sequined cat house and wore a coffee filter as a bib so that saliva wouldn't drip on her coat. "Honey, I have a rich ex-husband," says Stewart, who owns 40 felines. "His alimony pays for my hobby." Ronna Colilla of Worthington, Ohio, says she "planned my last cesarean around a cat show."
"We put up with a lot of torture traveling," says Katherine Kisrow, who attends many of the Cat Fanciers' Association's 300-plus shows each year. "Often we go to gyms where there's bad heat in winter and no air in summer. We're crazy. But we're addicted. We want to exhibit our achievement. But we're really here for our animal. I'm here for my cat."