When I turned 50, I decided I wanted a purebred cat for the first time in my life. I had rescues over the years that were beautiful, wonderful cats, but I

Bon Bon

wanted a cat bred for specific looks and temperament. I chose the RagaMuffin breed and waited two years for my kitten. Bon Bon came from a reputable breeder with an excellent background. He was an adorable package of fluff and attitude. AND, he was show quality.  I went to my first cat show with a friend to see what it was like. Having shown horses and dogs, it didn’t take much for me to get the bug. I entered my first show with Bon Bon. With help from his breeder I learned the intensive grooming procedure that was required. It paid off. My sable with white boy won a Best Kitten in Show under one judge. I was thrilled! And hooked!


As I was new to this venue, I sought out mentors in the show world. I have learned so much from other cat exhibitors. They have been extremely helpful along the way. My current show cat is Nougat. He won Best RagaMuffin Kitten at the RagaMuffin Nationals at his first show and Best Kitten in Show. He is currently the leading RagaMuffin kitten in the nation. But, more important, he is a fabulous, sweet, cat to live with. Honestly, he has no idea he is so famous in the cat show world. He plays and sleeps with his adopted stray sisters. Aren’t cats fabulous? Recently, he went to his first show as an adult ( over 8 months of age) and got most of his points for a Grand Championship in one weekend!!


I knew a lot about cats before I started this; I have learned so much more. Do you have any idea how complicated cat colors can be??? That in itself is a significant challenge! It has been an interesting journey, making new friends, learning new skills and most of all, enjoying cats.