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Cat show this year attracts biggest number of moggies

By Lai Hsiao-tung and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

More than 200 cats from 20 breeds were gathered together on Sunday at the International Cat Association Cat Exhibition, drawing crowds that numbered in the tens of thousands.

Hosted by local cat-lovers organization, Dance with Cats Club, and taking place at Fu Jen Catholic University, the exhibition space included a huge exercise wheel on which the cats competed.

The first cat to complete three revolutions of the wheel in the shortest amount of time won the contest.

Not to be left out, the organization had arranged for a competition for the cats’ owners, requiring their imagination and creativity to decorate homes for their pets.

Liu Pei-ni (劉珮妮) — owner of Mia, the British Shorthair cat that won the short-haired and neutered division — said she kept two cats at home and her average monthly expense is NT$1,000 (US$32).

“Raising cats is easy; all you have to do is to give them lots of love and be willing to care for them,” Liu said.

Though she added: “The only thing to keep in mind is the shedding season and to brush your cat often to avoid a trail of hair everywhere it goes.”

According to the exhibition head, Wang Ying-chien (王櫻蒨), the event exceeded all past records for contestants.

“The exposition was not focused on the breed of the cats, but more particularly on how to raise healthy cats,” she added.

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