Did you ever go see a cat show? It's so much fun! I went to one Saturday and LOVED it! I only wish I could have stayed longer. It only cost $5 to get in, and the parking lot was packed! The place was really big with rows and rows of cat owners with their cats in fancy cages (219 kittens and cats entered). There were five judges and each had little cages in their judging area that the owners would put their cats into when it was their turn. The cats are judged within their own breed, the most popular were the Maine Coons at this particular show. The brochure with all the cat breeds listed including pictures that everyone was given as they arrived said:
The Maine Coon is the only longhaired breed native to the United States. It is a medium to large cat with a smooth shaggy coat, well tufted ears and toes and a rugged appearance. They are personable, remarkably gentle and are referred to as the "Gentle Giant.It was fun talking to some of the cat owners about their cats. Most exhibitors don't want people petting their cats because of germs and also the grooming. Some of the bigger furballs take a long time to groom. Even the judge wash their hand after handling each cat and wipe out the cages and the table between judging the cats. The judges were friendly and welcomed questions from those watching. I was very impressed with how easily the judges got the cats in and out of the cages and how the cats just stayed on the table for them without jumping off.
I only took a few pictures because you were supposed to ask permission first if you were in close proximity to the cat. I used the telephoto feature so I didn't have to get too close with the flash to bother the cats most of the time. A few, I did ask owners for permission and only one said no. I would have liked to take a whole bunch more pictures, but I refrained from over doing it. I wanted to get back to spend time with my cats that I could pet.
I saw some cats that looked like Manny Boy but none that looked like Spunky Doodle. In fact, on the breed brochure, none looked like Spunky either! I heard that Tuxedo cats weren't considered a breed. This show though even had a special "House Hold Pet Class". People could enter their non-pedigreed cats if they were spayed or neutered and not declawed. They would compete against other household pets and earn ribbons awarded by the judges.
This show was sponsored by The Cat Fanciers' Association (www.cfa.org).
|I'm sure glad I didn't have to go!|
I wouldn't want to be in a cat show anyway. Those poor cats have to ride in a car, spend their day from 10-4:00 in a cage and let judges hold them! No way would I want to do that! I look like the Chinese Li Hua on the brochure but I do not think I am Chinese.
|I agree Manny, we would not have had much fun there.|
Spunky Doodle says:
Why would you go there when you can pet me? Oh, I know. Because I run from you when you try to pet me! hee, hee, hee I bet I could have won in that household pet category if I entered when I was a tiny kitten before being declawed. I even used to let you hold me back then, now not so much.
What do you think of cat shows? Have you ever been to one? Would you like to go?
We are joining in with Cats on Tuesday.