CATS GALORE will be coming to town this weekend when about 450 purebreds compete in one of the country's largest cat shows in Timonium.
And, in Columbia, a performance of trained cats who will shake hands, jump rope and fetch should round out a good weekend for cat lovers.
Longhair, shorthair, curly coated, wavy coated and color combinations even Clairol hasn't discovered will be among the 30 breeds of purebred and some darling household pet cats that are entered in the 28th Chesapeake Cat Club's all-breed show. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Exhibition Hall of the State Fairgrounds and is sanctioned by the Cat Fanciers Association, the world's largest cat registry.
Some of the entries have campaigned all year in most major shows and have won the most points of any cats in the country.
This two-day show is nationally known for attracting top winners and for its large number of entries.
Each purebred cat is judged by six judges; each household cat by four.
As always, there will be dozens of vendors selling cat-oriented items as well as booths with leading cat and dog food manufacturers handing out free samples.
Admission is $4 general, $2 seniors and children under 12. For details, call Pamela Swanson, 771-4880 or Tom Getz, 931-0445.
* Cat owners who have some trouble getting their pets to budge when spoken to may marvel at George Ney's trained cats, which can play dead, jump through a hoop or eat from the highchair upon command.
Ney, from Wauconda Ill., has trained cats since the early 1960s and travels some 40,000 miles annually presenting his cats in special performances. He is also an author of "The Educated Cat," which is part autobiography and part training manual in which he stresses the importance of repetition and praise in training. Ney jokes that he "catches the eye of a cat" and teaches felines to fetch. Ney also creates unique cat furniture at his shop, Cat House Originals, in Wauconda.
He and his cats will perform from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the DTC Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Beaverkill Road in Columbia during the statewide meeting of Pets on Wheels.
Everyone interested is welcome to Ney's performance and may also attend the entire program, which will include lunch and discussions and workshops on pets.
There will be a workshop on cat behavior by Ney, and one on dog behavior by Allen Holmes, a local authority on dogs and dog training. Krhis Vaitkus and Louise Cohen Silver will discuss pet loss and grieving.
Admission for the Ney performance at 10 a.m. is $5. The entire meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. and includes the performance, lunch and pet workshops, is $10. For details, call the senior center at 313-7213 or call Pets on Wheels at 396-1762.
A nine-week dog obedience training course will be held by Carolyn Machowski, veterinary technician supervisor, at the Municipal Animal Shelter beginning Saturday with an orientation session at the shelter, 301 Stockholm St. in South Baltimore. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $40. Call Machowski, 396-4696.