Last weekend we went up to Burlington to visit the annual cat show they put on there, something we’ve been meaning to do for years for H’s sake. It’s silly how long it can take us to get around to something we all agree we want to do. Imagine how long it takes us to do the things we must (but don’t want) to do.
The cat show took place in a large meeting room in a hotel. There were rows of benches (tables) with various sizes of cat carriers and cages. On one end of the room were the “rings,” which were u-shaped areas bordered by cages with a judge’s table in front.
Cat owners ferried their charges from the bench cages to the ring cages as their numbers were called for each judging class. Then judges took each cat in turn out of its cage, put it on the table, handled it, watched it move, put it back in its cage, and wrote the cat’s score in a notebook. After the judge had handled each cat in the class, ribbons were bestowed and owners returned their cats to the benches.
So, no agility stunts or running the cats around the rings with leashes like at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, but if you got a seat up front you could get a good look at some beautiful cats, and you could wander the benches and talk to the owners, who were all exceedingly enthusiastic about their breeds of choice.
Some highlights of our day:
Seeing with our own eyes that our Abyssinian is not the only one who likes to act up.
Getting a chance to see just how large and gorgeous Norwegian Forest Cats are.
Seeing cats of all spots, stripes, colors, fur lengths, and body shapes.
And meeting Zelda, a beautiful young cousin of our very own Singapura, Oyster.
Cool…a cat show! Years ago when our 4-H Council was trying to decide if our 4-H Club members enrolled in the Cats project should have a county-wide Cat Show at the Fair. This went on for a couple of years and finally they decided they would try a cat show. Discussions ensued as to how the winner would be determined and one of the senior council members suggested that they put a mouse on the floor in the middle of the room and open all the cat cages at the same time…whoever survived and caught the mouse would be the winner. This was not approved in case you were wondering. 😉
I’m relieved to hear it!
Oh wow! Great photos 🙂
Thanks so much!