Aby-a-Day – March 11: “Judge not, lest you yourself be judged” isn’t really relevant when you’re a cat…

I have always liked watching cat show judges at work.

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I have always wanted to be a judge…but I think you generally have to be a breeder, first.

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Of course, I’ve always wanted to be one of those, too.

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But I’m always captivated by watching the judges handle and interact with the cats.

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This is Jacoby being examined by one judge, Elaine Hawksworth-Weitz, last weekend.

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While I mostly watch the first three letters of the Shorthair Premier/Alter judging, I try to check out other rings. This is the Championship Aby judging.

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Granted, it looks pretty similar, but it’s different.

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This is a Championship Bengal (notice our Somali friend in the back, watching).

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Despite being a tomcat, this guy was a sweetie.

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I like watching the judging because it’s also a chance to see the cats out of a cage, like the silver Somali.

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This Maine Coon alter was another great cat. I think he was in every final that Jake was in.

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Here’s our little neighbour Sally the Sphinx being judged.

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You see silver classic tabby American Shorthairs on television in cat food commercials and Saturday Night Live skits* all the time, but you don’t actually see them that often in cat shows these days.

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This guy was stunning.

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There was also an all-white American Shorthair in the Alter class. Look at this guy’s head! You can definitely tell that Kylie is not really related to American Shorthairs as her body type is so very different.

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When you see all the different cats a judge has to evaluate, it makes you kind of relieved to be associated with only one or two breeds.

*While looking for a Toonces clip…look what else I found! And his name is Deiter! I wonder if he has a monkey?