A show this past weekend was the cat's meow.
Some 140 felines went before the judges during the 2103 Mystical Moon Cat Club show at All Sports Arena in Port Richey.
Motzie, the second tallest cat in the world, remained one of the stars of the show. The kitty boasts a 4-foot frame and tips the scales at 24 pounds, owner Debbie Millette explained. Yet the 8-year-old cat is lean with virtually no body fat, not even scruff on the back of his neck.
Motzie comes from the Savannah breed, great grandparent of which is the serval, a medium-size wild African cat. The big boy serves as a pet therapy cat for children and adults.
With close to four dozen breeds at the show, there was no shortage of exotic cats.
Cheryl Kerr attended to Artemis, a lykoi, a shorthair breed also known as a werewolf cat.
Cat owners — if indeed anyone can actually own a cat or merely serves their whims — come up with fanciful names for their pampered pets as well. Vanir Harry Potter epitomizes the long-haired Norwegian forest cat.
While these pampered pussycats have owners to fuss over them, the show organizers are mindful that many cats remain homeless. So funds were raised for nonprofit groups such as Helping Paws, a Brooksville shelter that strives toward "adopting the unadoptable" and "providing abandoned and unwanted pets a second chance."