One of CFA’s newer cat clubs originally grew out of one of its oldest. In February 2013, some newer members of the Nutmeg Cat Club (a CT-based club over 50 years old) were involved with putting on a cat show in Sturbridge, MA. The show coincided exactly with Winter Storm NEMO and became known as “the blizzard show” or “the NEMO show.” Following the show, it became apparent that the newer group was more interested in exploring new ideas, alternative show formats, and creating a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere while the original Nutmeg organization was more focused on preserving its history and traditions. . . both perfectly valid purrspectives! Hence the founding of New England Meow Outfit, a CFA-affiliated cat club whose name was chosen to fit the N.E.M.O. acronym and commemorate the storm. The connection with Disney’s “Finding Nemo” followed naturally, and Coco Helmqvist, a club member and gifted artist, created a uniqe logo for the club.
N.E.M.O. put on its first show in the fall of 2013. Its current traditional show date is the fourth weekend of August every year. In 2019, N.E.M.O. became a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation and subsequently attained 501(c)(3) status. During the COVID pandemic, N.E.M.O. pioneered the concept of a virtual cat show for CFA using the Launchpad6 platform, and ran two successful virtual events, donating a significant portion of the proceeds to CFA’s Breeder Assistance Program.
N.E.M.O. tries to do things a little differently than many other CFA cat shows. We are committed to providing a fun and welcoming atmosphere in the show hall, with special events such as our “Fish Finder” game (for exhibitors and spectators alike), and a Cat and Owner Costume Contest. Only exhibitors can enter the contest, but all are invited to watch and cheer their favorite costume combinations. We also provide authentic cloth rosettes for the finalists in each judging ring, and we always strive to create an innovative slate of judges that combines familiar favorites with new faces that have not been seen in our area before.
We welcome potential new members at any time. Experience with purebred cats is appreciated, but not required. New England residence is also not required, as our monthly meetings are held via Zoom. However, prospective members must be committed to supporting CFA cat show activities in the New England area. To learn more, visit our Membership page.