By Samantha Calderone, Staff Writer
March 3 and 4, 1979:
Cat lovers got their first look at feral-domestic hybrid cats at the second regional cat show held at Pittston Convention Hall and sponsored by the North Atlantic Region of the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
The cats, which resemble silver and black miniature leopards, are created by crossing smaller wild cats, such as bobcats and lynx, with a domestic cat. Owners of the feral-hybrid cats were seeking recognition with the association. They claimed the cats were “loving in disposition” and did not show their “feral parentage.”
Meriellen Dunston of Scranton, Cat Fanciers’ Association judge and show manager, also spoke about the need for spaying and neutering of cats to prevent over-population.
Over the two days of the competition, the association judged 425 cats from 84 clubs spanning from Canada to Maryland. On the first day of the competition, longhair breeds were judged, with shorthair breeds judged the following day.
Twenty-five local, non-pedigree cats entered to compete for the best household pet award. Taking home the Morris Award was Callie of Hatboro, whose owners were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Evans of Wilkes-Barre. Also receiving awards in the household pet division were Andy, owned by Michelle Kirchner of Wyoming; Princess, owned by Thomas Susz of Tunkhannock; and Billy, owned by Valerie Hunsicker of Laceyville.
The competition ended with a parade of participants.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association will host a competition starting Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Old Main Building at the York Expo Center.
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