Aby-a-Day – 5 April: Hanging out in the benching area

At a cat show, your cat’s cage is your “home.”

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Shows in Sweden are different than the ones in the States in that everyone uses the metal cages provided by the show and decorates them with curtains. I bought this gorgeous green set from Burgardin, a Danish couple who make the best curtains I have ever seen. I even got this set on sale! We also decorate the cage with artificial pussy willows, because Logan’s registered name, Vide, means pussy willow in Swedish.

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A lot of people also have these tables that hook onto the cage with chains and the little lip on the edge of the table. Björn and I made this one ourselves out of a plastic cutting board…which just happened to be the exact right colour to match the curtains!

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As the tops of the metal are nice and flat, we have business cards for Lisa’s cattery and my blog, as well as a stand-up with a photo of Logan on one side and a CFA brochure on Singas on the other.

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The table is not only incredibly handy, but it gives your cage a little more space. On Sunday, Björn’s friend Janne stopped by to meet Logan. Another difference with Swedish shows, as you may notice in the background, is that chairs are NOT provided by the show. Most people bring folding canvas camp chairs, and both Royal Canin and Orijen have chairs available for purchase at their ever-present booths.

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This was probably the best-located show I have ever been to. It was held in Gothia Towers across the street from Liseberg, Göteborg’s amusement park music venue.

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This show was also unique in that it had an online system of calling you up to the ring which they named “Call of Cat.”

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The show hall had free wifi, so all we had to do was log in, find your judge, and then just wait for our number. It. Was. AWESOME.

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Oh, but wait. It gets better, You all know I am a huge fan of Peter Hasselbom‘s Abyssinian photos…well…

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…Now I am friends with Peter and his partner, Anna! We all had sushi together back in September 2016. This is Peter and Bonk.

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Okay, Peter and I may be friends…but dude, we gotta talk about that Yankees hat…