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A catty time

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Grace Nichols was the Grand Champion of the 2008 Clay County 4-H Fair Cat Show. Kimberly Gleason Photo.
The 4-H felines came out Wednesday afternoon for the chance to compete for Best in Show.

The cats and their masters competed in three different categories: long hair, short hair and kitten.

The members of the Cat Club have been meeting twice a month since March and learning how to take care of their animals, proper grooming techniques, the types of illness that cats are susceptible to and the classifications of the cat depending upon hair color and markings.

This year's judge, Carole Hiatt from Hamilton County, has been judging at 4-H cat shows and the State Fair for more than18 years.

Donnice Barnett was very pleased with all the hard work the members of the club put into the show.

"As they grow they will learn to take care of the animals themselves without the help of their parents," Barnett said "It is important that the kids realize that the animals are their responsibility."

This year the Grand Champion was Grace Nichols, who showed off her cat Lola. She has been in 4-H for four years and was very nervous during the competition, but was very excited and happy when she won. The Grand Reserve Champion was Shelby Lister.

Nichols also received champion in short hair and Lister received reserve champion in the same category. Other champions were Emily McWilliams with her long-haired cat Sadie and Lindsey Steiner with her kitten Meiko.

When asked what her dreams were for the Cat Club, Barnett said simply, "We keep growing and getting larger!"

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