Mark your calendars for Steel City Kitties (cat show and convention, as recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association) when it returns in February 2020.
Unlike other artists, Cheryl Kirsch doesn’t find inspiration in people, landscapes or fruit. Her muses have four legs, purr and will knock over a houseplant if given the chance.
“I have three Maine Coons cats at home, and they’re my inspiration, so I paint them a lot, and I love to paint cats,” she tells Very Local Pittsburgh.
Kirsch and other cat fanciers convene yearly for Steel City Kitties. Equal parts cat show and convention, Steel City Kitties is an opportunity for cat lovers to show their stripes, from competitors vying for best in show to vendors selling feline-inspired wares, like cat portraits and handmade toys and cat beds.
Steel City Kitties is a nonprofit, Cat Fanciers Association-recognized cat club. The Cat Fanciers Association, or CFA, is the world’s largest pedigreed cats registry and is recognized as the most prestigious pedigreed cat registering association in North America.
More than 200 cats are judged during Steel City Kitties cat show on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the Monroeville Convention Center. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette) pic.twitter.com/prQlvywX7Z
— Steph Chambers (@StephChambers76) February 9, 2019
The event is open to the public, with tickets ranging from $8 for adults, $7 for seniors,
$6 for children, and free for children five and under, all paid in cash. Expect lots of cats big, small, furry, hairless and everything in-between.
Looking to add to your furry family? Steel City Kitties also has a shelter present featuring kitties in need of a new home. You can even take part in the action by showing your cat in the Household Pet Division.
The next Steel City Kitties show is Feb. 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Willows in Industry. For more information, visit the Steel City Kitties site or Facebook page.