I love cat shows, too. Peshtigo (the cat in my avatar) is a Maine Coon, and I showed him for a while (haven't lately, because he's kinda small for a Maine Coon :( ).
If you like the shows, some have a "household pet" category, where you can show non-pedigreed cats. They usually must be neutered, and have all their claws.
What I loved about showing:
1. FANTASTIC cats!
2. You meet a lot of other people who like cats. :)
3. You can see cats really CAN be trained.
4. Higher-quality toys and such (most of what you get in pet stores is junk)
5. Showing off my baby! ;)
Think a moment, though: all the cats there are trained to be used to the noise, and be handled by strangers (the judges), etc. Whenever someone tells me cats can't be trained, I tell them to go to a cat show!
If you want to find out if there are more shows in your area, you can go to: www.cfa.org/exhibitors/show-schedule.html
"Life is good; flight is better." --me
"Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional!" --my dad
"Never give up. Never surrender." --Tim Allen as Jason Nesmith in "Galaxy Quest"
| Pounds lost: 21.0