Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends in September? Here are some fun September 2018 cat events.
Take in this playful lithographic exhibition on cats and dogs by Dutch artist Karel Appel (1921-2006) and German-born artist Dieter Roth (1930-1998). Appel’s colorful expressionistic renderings from his Cats portfolio contrast with Roth’s frenetic and mostly monochromatic canines from his 2 Times 5 Dogs portfolio. The exhibit runs online at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Find the details at nasher.duke.edu/exhibitions/cats-and-dogs.
Got a young cat lover in your life? Luis and Tabitha, by Stephanie Campisi, is a charming book that will engage readers of all ages. It tells the story of Luis, an alley cat who has everything figured out until he meets Tabitha, a beautiful indoor cat. Separated by a tragic glass door, Luis will do anything to be with Tabitha – even brave the danger of a fire. Available at bookstores, online booksellers and familius.com.
Experience the Magic of the Magic City at TICA’s 2018 Annual Cat Show in Birmingham, Alabama. Hosted by the Alabama Paws and Claws Cat Club, the show will feature more than 400 cats (representing most of TICA’s accepted breeds), feline agility and vendors with lots of cool stuff for cats and cat people. If you’re bringing your kids, be sure to check out TICA Cat Care 101, in which they’ll complete a 10-minute presentation on cat care and receive a beautiful embroidered patch and certificate. The show takes place at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. For more information, visit tica2018.com.
The Catio Tour offers cat lovers the opportunity to tour up to 12 catios in Portland, Oregon, ranging from fancy to functional to DIY to professionally crafted. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this self-guided event will help raise awareness about the catio craze – which directly results in a safer environment for cats and birds. Hosts, volunteers and staff will be available for tour and program information. The tour promotes the Cats Safe at Home Campaign founded by the Audubon Society of Portland, Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Animal Services of Multnomah County and Washington County. For more information, visit facebook.com/catssafeathome.
You’ve still got one more week to catch this unique exhibit at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Explore three interactive environments that pawsitively help you understand your furry friends: In Their Skin, In Their Heads and In Our Society. You can even pit your own physical skills against theirs. (We already know cats are better jumpers!) The exhibit ends today. For more information, visit kvm.kvcc.edu.
Check out this special TICA breed show hosted by Skyway Cat Club. Cats will compete in 12 different rings on both days, and judges from around the world will weigh in. You’ll meet lots of gorgeous Ragdolls, as well as many other cat breeds. The show is fun for cat fans of all ages and features vendors, adoptable cats and kittens and a raffle table. Hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Kids under 6 are free. The show takes place at the Park Inn Radisson Resort (Conference Center) in Kissimmee, Florida. You can also bring items to donate (like blankets, bleach, paper towels, cat food, etc.) to a local spay and neuter clinic. For more information, visit skywaycatclub.com/sept_2018_spectator.html.
Looking for a good mystery to read during the holidays? Check out Carol J. Perry’s latest addition to the Witch City Mystery series featuring Lee Barrett and her wise cat, O’Ryan, which takes place in historic Salem. When Lee finally gets her dream job as a TV field reporter, she finds her first interviewee dead, Santa hat askew. Lee pounces on the story, but will it spell her own demise? The book is $7.99/$8.99 Can. Published by Kensington Books.
Presented by Kitten Lady Hannah Shaw, the Tiny But Mighty Workshop is a fun, interactive and informative workshop that will help you be prepared to save the tiniest of felines. It runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Schlitz Park Auditorium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And don’t miss a special meet-and-greet opportunity with Hannah at the Sip & Purr Cat Café from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit sipandpurr.com.
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