Morgan Hill Woman is the Cat’s Meow at Feline Show this Weekend

With her five precious felines in tow, Morgan Hill resident Jo
Ann Cordes won’t miss a minute of the action at the 18th annual Cat
Fanciers’ Association International Cat Show in San Mateo this
weekend.
With her five precious felines in tow, Morgan Hill resident Jo Ann Cordes won’t miss a minute of the action at the 18th annual Cat Fanciers’ Association International Cat Show in San Mateo this weekend.

As show manager, Cordes is excited about the 800 cats and 41 different breeds that will be presented, and she hopes that anyone who loves cats will join in on the fun.

“This is the biggest cat show in the Western hemisphere and it’s only going to be in San Mateo this year and next year, so I think people should take advantage of the close location,” she said.

Cordes, who owns five Birman cats, said she’s always been a feline owner.

“I wasn’t allowed to have cats when I was a child because one of my family members was allergic, but once I moved out of the house I got my first cat named Chrissy,” she said.

Birmans, Japanese bobtails, Scottish folds, sphynx cats and more will be shown and on display at this weekend’s show, which will take place from 10am to 6pm Friday, from 9am to 6pm Saturday, and from 9:30am to 4pm Sunday.

Along with 12 judging rings, Cordes said 24 cats will participate in an agility contest where they’ll jump through rings, run through tubes and more. For those who enjoy shopping, the show will also feature more than 40 vendors in its “meow mall.”

“You can find everything from fine art to cat toys and supplies,” Cordes said.

The show is put on by the Cat Fanciers’ Association and will be held at the San Mateo County Expo Center, located at 2495 S. Delaware St. in San Mateo. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62 and older and children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 get in free.

For more information, go to www.cfa.org/intl-show.

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