Sunset Cliffs Animal Hospital | San Diego Cat Show
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San Diego Cat Show

Check out the largest cat show in the western US!

CFA’s San Diego Cat Show will feature 450 cats of 42 unique breeds in competition, a cat agility competition, an education ring, and even a stuffed animal competition for the kids. Pedigree and rescue cats will also be available for adoption.

Saturday January 27th, 10:00a – 5:00p
Sunday January 28th, 9:00a – 5:00p

in the Exhibit Hall at Del Mar Fairgrounds

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014

Tickets available for sale at door only. CASH ONLY.

Cost of admission:

  • Adults: $9.00
  • Seniors/Military/Children: $7.00
  • Children under 6 (w/adult): FREE 

The Super Bowl of Cat Competitions!

This cat show will feature up to 450 exotic cats from all over the US competing to be one of the 38 Best In Show winners throughout the weekend. Not only will there be a Pedigree Cat Competition, but there will also be a Competition for Household Cats too!

Agility Ring

What is Feline Agility? Its like dog agility only done in cat’s unique style. A fun event only seen once a year in Southern California at the Del Mar Cat Show! The agility ring is open to both Pedigree Cats and Household Pets and will be active all day Saturday and all day Sunday until 3 PM, when the awards are decided and presented.

Education Ring

The Education Ring runs from 11 AM to 5 PM both Saturday & Sunday. Schedule: Saturday and Sunday and is designed to help visitors better understand and appreciate ALL cats. Between each of the talks, visitors can enjoy informal chatting with speakers and exhibitors, close up viewing of the show cats, and the chance to pet unique examples of popular and rare breeds.

Saturday, January 27th
11:00 -11:30am

What the Judges are Doing; What the Ribbons Mean – Cat show judging can be mysterious. Discover what goes on in the judge’s head as he/she examines a cat’s profile or stretches out the torso of certain breeds; why they use toys and even more. When you understand the ribbons and rosettes, you will be able to know which cat is best in color class, best of breed, or even Best Cat in a judge’s ring.

11:30-12:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

12:00-12:30pm

Can You Really “Train” a Cat? – Once you know how cats communicate you can more easily encourage or enhance wanted behavior. Learn how to convince your cat that a harness and leash or a carrier means fun is coming next. Cats respond to positive reinforcement.

12:30 – 1:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

1:00 - 1:30pm

Stuffed Animal Contest – Children 12 years old and under are invited to enter their favorite stuffed animal for fun and judging each day. Prizes are awarded.

1:30 – 2:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

2:00 – 2:30pm

Our Newer Breeds – Most of the breeds you see today at shows have been accepted for registration beginning in the early 1960s. Some are variations of older breeds, like the Exotic, the Somali and the Oriental Shorthair/Longhair. Others are breeds that often go back centuries in their country of origin but are newer to the show ring such as the Birman, Siberian, Chartreux and Japanese Bobtail. Finally we have those breeds that are the result of imagination and careful breeding by humans – the Bengal, Ocicat, Burmilla and Ragdoll/Ragamuffin.

2:30 – 3:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

3:00 – 3:30pm

Ask the Vet about Feline Dermatology – Dr. Laura Stokking from Veterinary Specialty Hospital will discuss skin conditions in cats and their treatment.

3:30 – 4:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

4:00 – 4:30pm

Introducing the Breeds – We will explore the predictable personalities of various breeds to illustrate those that will please owners who like high energy, active cats or those who prefer more laid back, lap cats. We’ll even introduce those breeds who are especially smart, clever or mischievous and will keep their humans entertained.

Sunday, January 28th
11:00 -11:30am

What the Judges are Doing; What the Ribbons Mean – Cat show judging can be mysterious. Discover what goes on in the judge’s head as he/she examines a cat’s profile or stretches out the torso of certain breeds; why they use toys and even more. When you understand the ribbons and rosettes, you will be able to know which cat is best in color class, best of breed, or even Best Cat in a judge’s ring.

11:30-12:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

12:00-12:30pm

Mother Nature’s Gifts: Our Rarest Breeds – Meet the “rex” breeds with their wavy “permed” coats, the American Curl whose ears curl back; the Manx with no tail, the Japanese Bobtails each of which has a unique pom pom tail and the Sphynx with no hair.

12:30 – 1:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

1:00 - 1:30pm

Stuffed Animal Contest – Children 12 years old and under are invited to enter their favorite stuffed animal for fun and judging each day. Prizes are awarded.

1:30 – 2:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

2:00 – 2:30pm

Animal Communication – Cindy Richardson, animal telepath, will discuss how it works, what kind of information you can get, and how it helps pets both emotionally and physically.

2:30 – 3:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

3:00 – 3:30pm

The Earliest Breeds Shown – The first cat show at the Crystal Palace hall in London was intended to showcase the beauty and value of the “hearthside cat”. Cats were recognized more by color and length of coat than by distinguishable breeds although some of our earliest designated breeds were unique – the Manx, the Russian Blue, the Abyssinian, and the Siamese. Persian and Turkish Angora longhairs were considered interchangeable. Most prized were the British Shorthairs, of course!

3:30 – 4:00pm

Visitors may see and ask questions about cats on exhibit

4:00 – 4:30pm

Showing Your Household Pet; Best in Show Awards – Learn how to enter a show and what you need to have in order to present your exceptional companion. It’s really not hard. We will conclude with the presentation of the top winning Household Pet Cats from this show.

Kittens and cats looking for new homes

Pedigree kittens will be available for sale and rescue cats will be available for adoption. Many rescue groups will be present with lots of cats ready and looking for new forever homes. Pet Me Cats will also be available for you to pet (with the owner’s permission).

Free Favorite Stuffed Animal Contest

Children can bring their favorite stuffed animals to compete in their own “pet show”, scheduled each day in the Education Ring. Extra stuffed toys will be available to borrow so that everyone can participate. All the participants will received a prize!

Vendors Galore at Meow Mall

Check out the largest selection of vendors at any cat show in the western US. Items will be available for both pets as well as pet lovers, and many unique gift items will be on sale!