Members of the Black-eyed Susan Cat Club will take their cats and their knowledge of felines to Linthicum Library for a demonstration on pet care July 15.
Grooming, spaying and neutering and the benefits of keeping cats indoors will be among the topics discussed. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon.
Among the demonstrators will be Jo Ann M. Genovese and her cat, Humphrey "Bogie" Bogart, a prize-winning longhaired 3-year-old Maine Coon silver tabby in white show cat.
Ms. Genovese, 36, club president, works at an insurance company and lives alone above a hardware store in Linthicum with four cats. Bogie, Errol Flynn and Buster Keaton are all Main Coons. The other feline, Bailey Irish Cream, is a calico-colored domestic-longhair.
The club, formed in 1980, has grown from six to 25 members and meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Linthicum Library, 400 Shipley Road.
The club sponsors a cat show the first weekend of every February at the E. Leslie Medford National Guard Armory in Annapolis. The club, affiliated with the American Cat Fanciers Association club in Point Lookout, Mo., expects to draw people from across the country to Maryland next year when it sponsors the association's annual awards show and banquet.
Members of the Black-eyed Susan Cat Club say they often travel to other states to attend cat shows. This weekend Ms. Genovese plans to take Bogie up to Downingtown, Pa., for a cat show. Bogie is a champion. His awards cover one of the apartment's doors and part of a mirror.
He won a blue ribbon in May from the Maine Street Cat Fanciers for best of the best in the alter category. All of Ms. Genovese's cats are alters, meaning they have been spayed or neutered.
All of her cats have been shown at one time or another. Errol Flynn, her first pure breed, is a triple-grand winner. Retired now, his last show was more than a year ago, said Ms. Genovese, who keeps her cats, her "babies," indoors.
"There are too many dangers outside, getting run over by a car, kids and B-B guns, poisons, toxins and diseases they can get from other cats," said the nine-year Linthicum resident.
Her first show cat was Bailey, now 11 and retired. Age, fat, diabetes, a loss of interest in doing shows have caught up with Bailey.
Ms. Genovese said she can tell when the cats are tired of being shown because "they growl. They might hiss."
Helen Tippet, 72, a charter member of the cat club, estimates she and her husband, Paul Tippet, 73, have owned 15 cats over the years.
"I only have six old people now," said Mrs. Tippet, referring to her Persian and Himalayan cats, ages six to 14. "We don't show anymore."