[Photo provided by Michelle Duni]
[Judge Kim Chenault inspects an Abyssinian cat at a May 2016 International Cat Association show in Moraine, Ohio.]
Although spectators cannot come into the judging rings, the majority of cat owners who are presenting them to judges at the cat show will allow spectators to pet the cats after asking for permission and using hand sanitizer to make sure germs don't spread among the cats, Lopeman said.
Often, the breeders and owners enjoy talking about their animals, she said.
"These are most people's children," Lopeman quipped.
If you go
WHAT: Wisconsin-Illinois Cat Fanciers All Breed and Household Pet Cat Show
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15
WHERE: Buildings 2 and 3 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton
COST: $6 for general admission, $5 for seniors and $3 for children 10 and younger; free parking