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Linda Douglas shows off two of her prize-winning felines at a cat show. Douglas will compete in this weekend’s Birmingham Feline Fanciers 36th Annual CFA Cat Show, held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. To learn more about Douglas and her kitties, visit www.fultonblue.com.

By Adam Smith

The North Jefferson News




One Fultondale couple’s home has gone to the cats.

Linda Douglas, owner of Home Field Sports Grill on U.S. 31, is also the proud owner of at least 10 Persian and Himalayan breed of cats. Douglas said there may be more than 10 cats living at her home, but said she’s afraid to count.

Douglas’ kitties are show quality and she takes her feline pals all over the country to cat shows.

She’ll have the chance to compete closer to home this weekend when she takes part in the Birmingham Feline Fanciers 36th Annual CFA Cat Show, held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

According to the Birmingham Feline Fanciers Web site, the show will feature up to 275 pedigree cats and 40 to 50 household pets.

Cats will compete in three categories, including: kitten, 4-8 months; championship, 8 months and older; and premiership, spayed or neutered adults. Six judges will evaluate each cat entered on how it measures up to the standard for that breed.

Douglas, originally from Chicago, said she’s been breeding cats for nine years and showing them for the past three.

“I was one of those people who always brought home little strays,” Douglas said. “My mother loved me.”

Douglas said much like pure-bred dogs that can fetch hundreds of dollars, cats can also be expensive. She said the more wins a cat has at a show, it increases the value of its kittens.

She said her cats definitely have their own personalities. “Persians are the dumb blondes of cats,” she said. “They’re very laid-back. They might have 15 minutes of activity per day and it takes them 23 hours and 45 minutes to recover.”

Her cats are also well-traveled. She attends two to three shows a month, driving sometimes as much as 11 hours for one show.

Linda Douglas’ husband, John, said he’s proud that his wife has gone from being a novice to someone that is respected in the cat community. He described her as a fast learner and someone who stays on top of trends.

However, he said life with a house full of cats has its challenges. “It can be a bit trying at times, but they’re actually pretty clean animals,” John Douglas said.

On top of their cleanliness, he said another added bonus is a rodent and bug-free household. “Mice are definitely not a problem,” he said.

Douglas said he’s more of a dog lover, but he actually built a “cattery” for Linda’s felines, enabling them to keep males and females separated.

“There’s never a dull moment,” he said. “Sometimes I get jealous of the cats. They mean a lot to her.”

The Birmingham Feline Fanciers CFA Cat Show will run today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

For more information, visit www.birminghamfelinefanciers.org.

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