Cat Show, Workshops, Adoptions And More Purring At Largest Annual Garden State Cat Show Expo

Garden State Cat Show & Expo plans to celebrate its 81st year with a new location, new user-friendly website, and new sponsors and vendors on July 15 and 16, at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center at the Raritan. Calling all cat lovers, this fun-filled family event will feature more than 50 pet and cat related exhibits, along with some unique entertainment and educational activities.

World renowned artist Steve Nyman Caricaturist can create memorable portraits of individuals, cats and families. Bring a photo or image on phone. Known coast to coast, Nyman has captured famous celebrities at national events such as Bill Murray, Whoopie Goldberg, Heather Locklear and many more.
If showing a cat, bring that special feline for an “in person” sitting.
Come sit in his chair and let him capture it all on paper or bring a photo of your pet or family. and you will have a keepsake to treasure forever.

A Cat Show will feature more than 300 pedigreed cats and household pets compete for rosettes. Many of the cats will go on to be regional and national winning cats. Ambassador cats will be roaming the show hall and available to be petted.

Noah’s Ark Cat Workshop invited kids to a teddy bear workshop. There are lots of plush pals to choose from: bears, puppies, penguins and more. Each child hand-stuffs their own new pal, makes a wish on a rainbow star and tucks it inside their new friend. The teddy bear workshop includes dressing the animal, naming it with a birth certificate and then taking it home.

Feline Agility invites fleet footed household pets and pedigreed cats to run through a course of obstacles, competing for the fastest time and prizes. Watch a video on how it’s done: 

Meet-the-Breeds will uncover 43 types of cat breeds. Come meet most of them and learn how different they are both in personalities and habits. CFA Judge Sharon Roy, one of the Cat Fancier’s Association’s most respected experts on all the breeds of cats, will be on hand to answer questions and present the many breeds. She will present twice a day.

Adopt-a-Cat will feature more than 12 rescue organizations with cats and kittens available for adoption. Bring home a new family member at this year’s show.

Shopping with almost 50 vendors, this show is a great place to find special and unique items for cats or the “purr-fect” gift for cat lovers.

Emergency Preparedness and CPR will be presented by Somerset County Animal Response Team. Information will be distributed and Steve Ross, certified CPR instructor, will demonstrate how to save a cat or a dog.

Raffle Table and 50/50 can bring some luck to win a few dollars and fabulous prizes at one of the largest raffle tables.

Show hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sat., July 15 and Sun., July 16. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children under 12 years old, $10 for seniors and $30 for family of four. Tickets sold at the door only. For more information, visit

Garden State Cat Club, organized in 1936, is the third oldest cat club affiliated with CFA and is a registered not-for profit organization which contributes to animal welfare and feline health organizations as funds permit.
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