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Like Nazis of the animal kingdom, pet-breeders are obsessed with genetic purity, judge merit by physical appearance, and ruthlessly persecute pets of mixed parentage. (The Westminster Dog Show is the pet-breeders’ version of the 1936 Berlin Olympics.) Fortunately, the Montgomery County SPCA, which organizes The Household Pet Cat Show, knows it’s not the genes that make the felines. Two hundred household cats—most of mixed bloodlines—will be judged for beauty and conditioning. They will also compete in 10 “surprise” classes—which one hopes will include “Biggest Fur Ball Hacked Up” and “Most Times Killing a Bird, Bringing It Into the House, and Leaving It Beneath the Radiator.” From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. $5. (301) 948-4266. (David Plotz)