It’s the age-old battle: Are you a dog person or a cat person? Well, the good news is that this month, there are events that cater to canine crusaders and feline fans alike. Here are all the details to know before you pledge your allegiance.
Lincoln State Cat Club Feline Expo and CFA All Breed Benefit Cat Show
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 22-23
Where: Harper College, Building M, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine
Cost: $8, $6 seniors and kids 6-12, free kids 5 and under
Highlights: A cat scavenger hunt, where kids identify cat breeds throughout the show; The Education Ring hosts sessions on everything from grooming to nutrition, all presented as college courses in “Cat University”; Breed Booths let visitors meet kitties from breeds from the American Bobtail to the Tonkinese. And the Household Pet Competition means even Fluffy can compete on the basis of condition, grooming and personality.
More Info: lscats.org
International Kennel Club Cluster of Dog Shows
When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 22-23
Where: McCormick Place, Lakeside Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Cost: $20, $15 seniors, free kids under 12 (cash only)
Highlights: The sure-to-be-adorable Puppy Spectacular features dogs ages 4-6 months competing for Best Puppy in Show; a unique “Chicago-style” format that allows guests to meet and greet dogs from around the country; and a new Barn Hunt demonstration, where dogs and handlers work as a team to locate rats (in aerated tubes) hidden in a maze of hay bales. Plus, the Kids Zone includes face painting and a coloring station, and kids 9-19 can take part in Junior Dog Judging.
More Info: ikcdogshow.com