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These Cats Are All That
by Nathan Orme
May 17, 2011 | 2190 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Nathan Orme - Reno resident Donna Johnson will be showing her ragdoll cat Midas at the Cat Fanciers Association Northwest Region Show on Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort. Johnson has been showing cats for four years.
Tribune/Nathan Orme - Reno resident Donna Johnson will be showing her ragdoll cat Midas at the Cat Fanciers Association Northwest Region Show on Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort. Johnson has been showing cats for four years.
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RENO — Does Midas have that golden touch?

He and his owner, Donna Johnson of Reno, will find out when they enter the ring for the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) All Breed Cat Show on Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort.

“This weekend he will probably do well,” Johnson said of Midas’ upcoming competition. “There are not a lot of ragdolls that show at CFA.”

Fingerpointrags The Midas Touch, as he is formally named, is a neutered male ragdoll who is nearing his second birthday. He will be competing in the show with about 200 other felines of all shapes and sizes. Internationally recognized all-breed judges will officiate at the show and make presentations for Best in Show of more than 40 different breeds of cats. Some cats will compete in the household pet category. The household pet division is reserved for those entries that are non-pedigreed cats.

Cats will be judged on how well they stack up against others of their breed in regard to eye color, coat, body structure and even agility. Midas, who has several shows under his collar, is a nontraditional color for his breed. His reddish tint usually doesn’t do well against blue or seal (brown) ragdolls, Johnson said, and sometimes he doesn’t do well because he simply doesn’t feel like behaving.

“For some reason he walked out of his cage, saw another cat and hissed at it,” Johnson said of a recent show in Plumas, Calif. “It depends on his mood at the show.”

Johnson began cat showing about four years ago. She started in 2007 after purchasing her first pedigreed ragdoll from a breeder in Sacramento, Calif., who encouraged her to check out a show for fun. Johnson watched the show and thought it looked fun. Later, after her kitten won in their first show, it got really exciting.

“It’s a lot of fun because you’re around people who just understand where you’re coming from when you’re a cat person,” she said.

Being around other people who enjoy their animals as much as she does is what it’s all about, Johnson said. But for being a hobby and a social circle, it’s a lot of work. Cats must be bathed and groomed, their coats must be well-maintained and they even have to behave in the ring.

Johnson said Midas is often good in the ring and sometimes not so good. And despite the prevailing notion that cats hate water, Midas quite enjoys his bath time.

“He’ll jump in the shower with me and as soon as I get out he’s in there playing with the water,” Johnson said.

The show, hosted by the High Sierra Cat Club and the Utah Purebred Cat Fanciers, will be held in the Silver State Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children. A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to benefit cats.

For more information, contact Carol Freels at 916-655-3372 or by email ocicat@hughes.net.
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February 27, 2013
Wow... Does this woman have a thing or what? I am sure the High Sierra Cat Club would have rather the story opened with them instead of this woman. Really odd that she wants the story to be about her cat. She musta be insane. Crazy cat lady for sure. I would so much rather read stories of notable animals. Maybe the sparks tribune should focus on the event rather than this woman and her cat. I will not attend for fear of running into this woman. God forbid I have to listen to her stories.
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