By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
ThunderKatz, an Oklahoma City based cat club, will host their 18th Annual Championship AllBreed and Household Pet Cat Show on the weekend of April 26 – 27.
This year’s theme is “Extreme Makeover, Rescue Addition.” Nearly 200 cats will compete for titles awarded by The International Cat Association (TICA).
Exhibitor check-in will be from 7:30 – 9 a.m., Saturday and 8 – 9 a.m. on Sunday. The show is open to the public from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days at the Centennial Building, 608 Kiamichi Place, at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, in Oklahoma City.
ThunderKatz President, Deborah Keith said, “This year, Thunderkatz wanted to put the spotlight on, not only rescue organizations, but those individuals that go above and beyond to provide the much needed relief for our feline friends.
“We’ve all seen stories on the news, pets displaced from natural disasters, firemen saving pets from burning homes, and terrible abuse cases. First responders need to be recognized for their efforts in providing relief to these helpless animals.”
The ThunderKatz show brings together a wide variety of the most beautiful cat breeds in the world providing a great opportunity for the whole family to see them all under the same roof.
Vice-President, Dana Zauf said, “The proceeds from this show go to fund rescues. We donate to a local rescue here in Oklahoma City as well as a rescue run by a TICA judge. It’s all for a very good cause.”
Each day there will be seven rings, with seven judges, running simultaneously.
Each cat will show in each ring during the course of the day. When they are not in the ring, the cats can be viewed in their benching area with their owners. The proud owners are more than happy to answer questions regarding their specific breed.
Keith said, “Showing isn’t just for purebreds. Household pet cats can also be shown in TICA. They are judged on health, condition and personality. At times, their turn in the rings is even more competitive than the purebreds.”
While supplies last, spectators can pick up a free copy of The International Cat Association’s “Meet The Breeds” Brochure, as well as a Coloring book for the kids.
Anyone wanting to help Thunderkatz’ efforts to raise money for rescues are encouraged to bring their unwanted cell phones (working or not, no matter how old), cell batteries, Ipods, or MP3 players to be recycled.
This not only raises money for Thunderkatz from donated electronics, but it also recycles them and helps keep toxic chemicals out of the landfills.
Donations can be dropped off at the admissions gate. They will help to fund rescues and future cat shows.
ThunderKatz Cat Club members meet once a month throughout the year. Their main focus is putting on the cat show each year. Anyone interested in becoming a member can visit the website to find the membership application and learn more about yearly fees.
HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) screenings will be available with Board Certified Cardiologist, Dr. Ryan Baumwart. Photographer Preston Smith will be on hand to assist with memorable event photos.
Show admission is $5 for adults, children ages 12 and under are free.
Accommodations are available at the Ramada Oklahoma City Airport North, 2200 S. Meridian, in Oklahoma City. Mention ThunderKatz when making your reservation for the special $65 plus tax single king or double queen rate.
For more information, visit ThunderKatz.org or contact Marty Young, Show Manager, 405-213-5612 after 2:30 p.m.