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competition have made Johnson a relaxed
"The cat has to enjoy it. Some cats don't
like going to shows and you might as well
take them home," he says. "Some cats love
shows, but others are scared and cower in
Johnson says he has traveled all over the
country showing cats.
"Ifs a lot of fun and very social. I meet
people from all over the world; people who I
would never meet otherwise," he relates.
"Everyone enjoys showing cats and our cats
are like our children and have lots to talk
He used to go to as many as 10 shows a
year, but heart surgery slowed him down. "I
go to maybe one show a year, but Cynthia
Rigoni, who is my vet and best friend, also
shows my cats," he says.
Johnson .also breeds Cornish Rex, but produces just a few kittens each ye.ar. He has
eight cats, including a 17-year-old.
"Lots of people in Montrose have one of
my cats," he says.
He treats his cats like more than just pets,
and admits the cats have the run of the house.
"They run me; they're my children," he says
The fact that he is a gay man doesn't necessarily dictate his love for felines, according
to Johnson. He doesn't think that gay men are
any more likely to have cats as pets than any
other group of people. "All the men I know
have dogs. I don't know why, but they do," he
says. People who own his cats seem to be
equally likely to be men or women, he notes.
In addition to the cat exhibition and judging, the weekend feline show features a judging school, exhibits and information about
various cat breeds, performances by the
Friskies performing cats and the opportunity
to meet a live cougar.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Winn
Feline Foundation, which studies feline heath,
and the Houston SPCA, the Houston
Humane Society, Citizens for Animal
Protection and the Spray-Neuter Assistance
The "World's Most Beautiful Cat" award
will be handed out Sunday at 3 p.m.
CFA International Cat
George R. Brown Convention
Center, Hall C
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and
Saturday, Nov. 17
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for
seniors and children under 12,
children 5 and under admitted
Pets are not allowed
All events are free and open
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