America is no longer going to the dogs. As many an ailurophile has known for a decade, the cat has surpassed Fido as the country's favorite domestic pet--60 million to 50 million, according to the latest census.
The phenomenon has spawned a number of exhibitions and competitions, each bigger than the last, the latest of which is the International Cat Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., today and Sunday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Along with myriad contests--best of breed, most beautiful eyes, best shelter-adopted cats, longest whiskers, best of show, owner-cat look-alike, etc.--there are booths purring the virtues of a number of exotic breeds: Manx, Cymric and Scottish Folds from Britain; Bengals, California Spangled Cats and Sphynxes among new breeds. Examples of the breeds are displayed, as well as photos and people to tell you how to get one, and how to care for it.
A marketplace sells just about everything imaginable for cat and cat lover; kittens are for sale by some of the nation's top breeders, and Kinky Friedman, author/character/musician/iconoclast will be on hand today at 4 p.m. to autograph copies of his new book, "When the Cat's Away," and generally "do whatever he feels like," according to show spokesperson Elinor Silverman.