Aby-a-Day – May 11: Scenes From a Cat Show

Here are a few more photos from last week’s cat show. First, here’s Russell Webb and Jacoby during the final in Russell’s ring.

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I just love watching Russell describe Abyssinians.

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Jake was pretty pleased with his second best ribbon.

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Here is the Persian who took Best in Russell’s ring. It’s also pretty entertaining to watch Russell describe Persians.

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This cat, GP Catsafrats Stardust of Joray, is a force to be reckoned with. He made nine out of the ten finals, and he was Best Cat in Premiership in six of them!

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Needless to say, coming in second to the Best Premier in Show was fairly satisfying.

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For this show, I tried putting make-up on Jake’s ear spots

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I used a combination of brown pencil eyeliner, brown mascara and rust grooming powder.

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It didn’t make the spots go away entirely, but I do think it helped.

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Jake spent a good part of the show in his benching cage, greeting his fans and making new friends.

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Jake really enjoys getting pets from the spectators.

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I think it might be his favourite thing about cat shows.

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My favourite part of cat shows is seeing the other breeds! This is Swift-Rivers DiamondLilli, a lavender and white Oriental Shorthair – a very unusual colour. What’s more, she has the greenest of green eyes.

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This is Karol Walt Whitman, a Japanese Bobtail. He’s almost entirely white except for a few spots on his ears and nose and his little black tail nub.

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This little Sphynx girl, Skinzin Crystal Bald of Gillies, was at the show we went to in Stamford last year, too. She was only a kitten then – she’s grown!

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Whoops! There’s Chanan the photographer passing by!

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Compare that little Sphynx to this Persian, Top Shelf’s Harry Winston. It’s hard to believe that these two cats are the same species, isn’t it?

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I wonder what their kittens would look like?

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There was a Parade of Breeds on Sunday, and Jake was the proud representative of his breed.

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He was requested specifically, which was a nice honour.

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This Ocicat had something to say to the audience.

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There was a Spectator’s Choice award, too. Our friend Amelia and her blue Burmese Bella took third place.

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The best thing, though, was seeing Burmillas recognised as a regular breed.

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This little five month old boy is Kitzn’s Stevia, a black shaded Burmilla kitten.

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Isn’t he adorable?

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I imagine Tessie looked a lot like him when she was his age.

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Here is Kitzn’s Mickey again. He has less colour on each hair than Stevia does since he’s a tipped Burmilla.

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Mickey is a year and two months old. He reminded me so much of Tessie when I first met her – we got her when she was a year and eight months old.

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Ultimately, I can’t really explain what it is I love so much about going to and participating in cat shows.

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I’m just glad I have a cat who likes coming along to the shows with me.