Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Winners of the 2019 International Cat Show

An entry of 800 exquisite cats, from 17 European, Asian, Middle Eastern and North American countries, competed for the title of Best Cat in Show at the world’s most prestigious annual cat competition.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – October 22, 2019

The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 International Cat Show presented by Royal Canin. The awards celebrate the top three overall Best In Show winners, the Top Three Household Pets, Veterans and Agility Cats.

The CFA International Cat Show is the largest, most prestigious event of its kind in the USA and was held at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio during the weekend of October 12-13, 2019. The show drew 800 competition entries from 17 countries around the world, representing 43 unique pedigreed breeds, as well as non-pedigreed, mixed-breed kittens and cats. Over 10,000 spectators attended the event to observe intense cat competitions, watch acrobatic performances by the famous Savitsky Cats, meet celebrity cats of Instagram and adopt over 150 kittens from Northeastern Ohio rescue and shelters.

2019 CIS Best in Show

Best In Show Awards

The Kittens, Championship Cats and Premiership Cats who scored the highest in the 16 judging rings throughout the weekend competed for Best in Show.

Grand Champion Pinkpawpal Cassiopeia, a brown patched tabby and white Persian female, bred and owned by Pattama Weeranon from Thailand, took Best in Show honors. 

First runner-up was also the Best Shorthair Kitten in Show, Teddy-Cat Antony of R-Mint Cat, a blue British Shorthair male, bred by Bei Xue Wang and owned by Yiru Wang and Bei Xue Wang from China.

Second runner-up was up GC Chelsea Rose Raspberry Tart, the Best Shorthair in Championship, a blue British Shorthair male bred by Cynthia Byrd-Andrea Bohren and co-owned by Cynthia Byrd andAndrea Bohren of California and Wenwei Shi from China.

Household Pet Awards

The Household Pet (HHP) Award is presented to non-pedigreed, mixed-breed pets that are judged for their uniqueness, pleasing appearance, unusual markings, and sweet dispositions. CFA Show Rules state that HHPs may NOT be declawed and must be neutered or spayed if 8 months of age or older.

The Best Household Pet Award was presented to Hans Solo owned by Donna Zimmerman of Indiana.

Veteran Awards

The Veteran competition is for pedigreed cats over the age of seven years. Grand Champion, Grand Premier, National Winner Karabel’s Heavenly Bliss, DM, a lovely 11 ½ year old cream point Himalayan Persian spay owned by Katrina Ojaste and bred by Christine Arnold, received the top Veteran Cat honors. 

Agility Awards

More than 25 pedigree and non-pedigree cats raced for the finish line in the Agility Competition. Congratulations to Riverspots Yellow Polka Dot Bikin, a 15-month old Ocicat owned by Peter and Beth Deal of Virginia, finished in first place with a best time of 0:9.28. 

Etonnant Kismet, a 6-month old Turkish Angora owned by Dan and Michelle Beaudry of Canada and handled by Rhonda Smith, finished in 2nd place with a best time of 0:09.68.

The third-place award went to Riverspots Queen Anne’s Revenge, a 6-month old Ocicat owned by Peter and Beth Deal of Virginia, who finished with a best time of 0:10.15.

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The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc., a not-for-profit association of member clubs and the world’s most influential registry of pedigreed cats has been preserving, celebrating and protecting cats since 1906. CFA’s mission is to preserve and promote the pedigreed breeds of cats and to enhance the well-being of ALL cats. CFA promotes education, responsible cat ownership and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. CFA and its affiliate clubs work nationally with local shelters to help humanely reduce homeless and feral cat populations and to encourage voluntary neuter/spay of pet cats. To learn more about the Cat Fanciers’ Association or to find the nearest CFA cat show, visit