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Inside the CFA International Cat Show

Although premiering on GSN (Game Show Network) on April 2, 2007, Cat-Minster is not to be taken lightly.  To the thousands of participants of the CFA International Cat Championship, this show is not a game. What they are about is serious competition; vying to win “Best of Breed.” 

In the world of competitive cat competition, the winner doesn’t take home a new car, a washer and a dryer, or a set of living room furniture. Instead, they win the coveted “Best of Breed” cup along with the bragging rights that accompany such a win.

So gather your favorite purr-meister, settle back in your recliner, prop your feet up and prepare for the real world of cat showing to unfold right there in your home. Cat-Minster is hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Bob Goen and his wife Marianne Curan.  The show takes you not only into the show-ring of cat competition, but into the homes of the competitors prior to the show. 

For those of you who struggle giving your cat one bath, could you even imagine giving your cat or kitten seven baths in a row AND a hot oil treatment?  This is just some of the pre-showing labors of love involved behind cat showmanship. 

You will see the beauty of the different breeds, and experience the tranquility these cats portray as they are lifted up high above the judges head to be evaluated and admired.  You will learn about ring etiquette; the fact that the owner needs to stay composed along with her cat during judging.  The creed is “Always grace under pressure.”

Cat-Minster introduces you to some of the competitors; Susan Cook Henry and her Blue Persian “Flip,” Melanie and Melisa French and “Lola” their Tortoise Shell Persian, Joy Dey and her Short-haired Manx “Cali.” You will meet “Eddie” and “Charmin” two well-behaved Ocicats and their owners Elizabeth Hodgkins and John Snedden, and many more beautiful cats besides.

Considered to be the “Olympics of Cat Shows” The CFA International attracts competitors from all over the globe. They come to learn, to educate, to show-off the beauty of the breed, meeting people from all walks of life along the way. CFA International Cat Championship is the stage for the world’s top feline, the cream in the saucer, the ultimate win.

To encourage the younger generations’ participation, CFA offers the Junior Showmanship where the kids introduce their cats or get suitably tongue-tied.

You will be introduced not only to the cats and their owners, but also to the prestigious judges. Beauty, presentation and performance abounds, performance that is, until some cats get into the agility course and decide they have something better to do than run through tunnels or jump over obstacles. During the program informative cat tips appear on the screen concerning cat welfare. 

If you have never been to a cat show, this program will satisfy your curiosity of what happens there.  Perhaps it may even get you out of the recliner and into the show-ring with your cat entered into the different classes being offered.

The special is produced for GSN by Painless Entertainment, a production company that specializes in animal competitions. There is nothing painless about the ones who walk away with their dreams momentarily shattered, and for the winners, winning is such sweet reward.

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