Thanks Ren and Christina!
For those interested in "strategies" for taking zoo pics ... here's the link to the original picture (which had cage bars in the way). There were actually two cats in their shelter (out of the sun), but I couldn't make a final photo of both because of the chain link fence.http://i658.photobucket.com/albums/uu309/Jakeroo510/P1010028.jpg
Hints? Use your zoom if you have one, focus on the animal's eyes. The bars will then be out of focus and can be cropped out afterwards. If you have your camera set on "multi pixels" before you take the picture, you will still end up with a fairly detailed/sharp photo once cropped and resized to fit the format here. I absolutely never "mess" with contrast, brightness, hue saturation or anything else that I don't think is "fair" (unless you actually used a specific lens to get that particular effect) - just cropping. In this case, the animal was "outdoors", so an added "plus" is that I didn't have to deal with the extra dilemma of glass/plexiglas.
If you don't care about any of the above, well I'm just happy if you enjoyed the cat's smirk : )))))))))))