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February 3, 2012 (Spring Valley)--This weekend at the Cat Fanciers Association cat show held at the(Del Mar Fairgrounds, an unexpected cat landed in the finals.  Gizmo is a 16 year old cat with cateracts in both eyes that has left her almost completely blind. She lives at the NatCat shelter in Spring Valley. 
NatCat is a private shelter focused on quality care.  The group attended the cat show this past weekend to do adoptions.  With that, came a free entry for the competition.  They choose Gizmo as their entry since she was really the only cat at the shelter who could handle the spotlight. 
“Along side the beautiful show cats, Gizmo competed – with her cloudy cateractic eyes, her old body and her sweet and super affectionate soul.   NatCat and show goers were shocked when this old gal not only made it to the finals but placed – she earned a 14th place ribbon in the household division,” said Cindy Williams, operation manager for NatCat.
While Gizmo normally lives in the shelter clinic, she will spend the next week in the lobby of the shelter with her multiple cat show ribbons – showing off her new beauty pageant diva status.
“NatCat was delighted that the Cat Fanciers Association recognized this old disabled cat and gave her a chance to shine as well,” Williams concluded. “ Yes, inner beauty is sometimes good enough to place you in the finals of a cat show. NatCat hope that Gizmos beauty pageant success reminds potential adopters that the old and disabled pets are beautiful too!“


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