|Purred: Fri Feb 13, '09 10:07pm PST |
|Wow, Purgatory--now that's an unusual name!
Aside from TICA, the CFA is the major cat show organization in the U.S. (Cat Fanciers' Association.) They have a website, which is a bit hard to navigate, but that should give you a start regarding where and when CFA shows will be held. I'm in Japan, so I look up this stuff on the Japanese site, but I imagine (haven't checked) that there must be show schedules on the American site as well.
As for cat-friendly hotels--thank you, thank you, thank you! I've gone out of Tokyo for a few shows, and it's always been necessary to reserve one of the few hotels connected with the cat show well in advance. And then there are rules to follow when you stay with your cat in a hotel--you're supposed to keep it in some kind of enclosure (like a SturdiShelter), although if you have an altered cat that has good toilet manners, a lot of people just let Mr./Ms. Kitty roam around the room (shh!!!). The other thing is that one is not allowed to leave any garbage in the room--obviously, this refers mostly to cat waste products, but when I stay in a hotel with my cat, I take EVERYTHING away, including such innocent things as empty Coke cans. Otherwise, the few hotels who are willing to let cat show people stay with their cats will get angry and stop allowing this. Fortunately, all the cat show people I know follow the rules (except for those of us who let Kitty sleep with us at night...shh...), and I've never heard of any big problems. But it's a fact that there aren't enough hotels, at least in Japan, that are willing to let cats on the premises, so I wish you luck!
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