Aby-a-Day: 16 December: A Christmas party cat show (Cat Show Singapura Sunday)

The little show we took Izaak to at our DjurMagazinet at the beginning of December was more than just a cat exhibition.

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It was also a Christmas party. There were gingerbread cookies and Julmust and other traditional holiday treats. There was also a duo who sang Christmas songs and played the flute and guitar.

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Whilst we were listening to the singers, we explored the store a bit.

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I showed Zak the fish tanks first.

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Zak really liked the big fish.

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I think he liked them more than the little ones.

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Next I showed him the gerbils.

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At first, he didn’t notice them…

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…but when he finally did…Oh, boy! I thought he would like real mousies since he is so fond of his Ikea mousies. We didn’t stay too long because I didn’t want to freak the rodents out too much. Also he was making the rabbits (in cages on the floor beneath the gerbils and hamsters) nervous, even though most of them were bigger than Zak!

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Then we went to look at toys. I was amused by this squeaky carrot.

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I ended up buying Zak a little Christmas bow tie, to join in the Christmas spirit.

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Zak also schmoozed with the man who played the guitar.

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I think Zak thought he might be Santa, because he was telling him what he wants for Christmas.

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It was a really fun day out for all of us.

Aby-a-Day – 9 December: A surprise encounter at the show (Cat Show Sunday)

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On Saturday, there were four Singapuras entered in the show. Izaak is now old enough to start earning titles, and he was up against three of Stellan’s cats. He wasn’t nominated, but he was up against a Singa who won at the Scandinavian Winners Show last spring! Little SW IC S*Kustens Chi Sarà Con Te was the BIV (Best in Variety) Singa and nominated both days. She was even Best in Show on Saturday!

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But on Sunday, a fifth Singapura was entered in the show! And not just any Singa, either…SE*Melur’s Mistle, Logan’s half brother and another kitten from Naina, the Singa Björn brought back to Sweden with him in 2016!

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Of course, Zak and I had to go meet him and his human, Charlotte! Mistel lives in Norway now.

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Even more interesting, Charlotte breeds Maine Coons. So it’s a cattery full of Maine Coons…

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…and one Singapura. The smallest cat breed living with a pack of the largest cat breed. Apparently, Mistle holds his own. I am not surprised.

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Mistel and Zak are both in Class 9, the Open class for unneutered cats over 10 months old. Mistel is about a month older than Zak, so he was judged first.

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Zak and I watched whilst we waited our turn.

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When he got on the table, Zak really turned on the charm.

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I mean, he really turned it on!

He also made sure that the judge wrote only nice things about him.

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He was quite helpful, as you can see.

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Because there were two Singas in the same class, only one could get the certificate. And, on Sunday, it was Zak who won the CAC (Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat de Beauté). Mistel was Ex1. Yesterday, Zak had no Singa in his class, so he got his CAC by default. When he gets one more, he will be a Champion.

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Meanwhile, Lorelai was the only blue Aby in the show. She is still in the Junior class (she turns 10 months old tomorrow), so she still only got EX1s. Our next show in Örebro in January, she will also be competing as an adult.

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Rory wasn’t up for the nomination on Saturday at all, but on Sunday she really enchanted her judge.

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She was up for the nomination with two adorable Devon Rexes.

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A little blue-silver and white tabby girl…

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And a copper-eyed white girl.

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The judge, Glenn Sjöbom, was truly torn. I swear, he took at least ten minutes to decide which of these girls to nominate. In the end, it was the white Devon…but he said that this was the hardest decision he’d had to make all weekend.

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All in all, despite not getting nominated, it was a fun weekend. Our friend Anna and Peter’s Aby Bonk earned his Supreme, and it was great seeing all our friends. And that’s really the point of the whole thing, isn’t it?

Aby-a-Day – 2 December: Cat up a tree (Silly Singapura Cat Show Sunday)

One of the fun things about having a cat show in a pet store is, there’s plenty of cat trees to play with.

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There was one right in front of Izaak’s cage.

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He loved them and how tall they were…but he also really loved this little cubby.

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The instructions were folded up inside, but that didn’t stop him from playing in there.

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If anything, it gave Zak something to play with whilst he was in there.

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I don’t exactly know what he was doing in there…chasing his tail, just spinning around…but he seemed to be having fun.

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And then, after a round of spinning and rolling about…

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…it was time to attack the post.

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Zak loved it in there.

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But eventually he started to look around at the rest of the cat tree.

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Both Björn and I were taking photos of his adventures.

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Zak seemed to notice that high shelf, and he started to get ambitious.

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Zak’s not much of a climber at home – much less so than Logan was – but at DjurMagazinet he was fearless.

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He even branched out onto the grey tree next to his brown one.

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But he soon jumped back to his brown one.

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But what was really funny was, after Zak was done playing, the little Neva Masquarade in the cage next to ours went out to explore the cat tree…and was very interested in the smells Zak left behind.

Aby-a-Day – 16 September: Dogs on a train (Cat Show Sunday)

Still processing everything from the show. On Sunday, neither Lorelai nor Izaak were nominated, so it was a fairly peaceful show day. We just sat and talked to people. I got to talk to Göran, my one-time nurse, and found out an interesting fact that no one bothered to mention before: Not only could I have lost my finger or hand from the infection caused by the cat bite…I could have lost my life! So, everyone reading, please remember: If you are bitten in the hand or finger by a cat and it becomes at all swollen…go to an ER immediately. Don’t waste time at a local urgent care.

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Our train ride home was interesting, though. On Swedish trains, there are special pet compartments that are the only places animals are allowed. In this particular pet car, there were only nine seats…and we had two cats and four dogs! We boarded the train in Göteborg with a very well behaved rescue dog from Greece. He lived with cats and was not at all fazed by Zak and Rory. When a Border Collie got on a few stations later, though, the dog reacted. The Border Collie and his human sat in the doorway. Then in Falköping, we were joined by a Bedlington Terrier and a Chinese Crested!

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Their human was delighted to see a Singapura in person and had to have a photo. She said her friend, who had a Somali, would be so jealous that she had met a Singa.

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Rory in particular was fascinated by the Chinese Crested. She never puffed up, growled or hissed, and she actually got up the nerve to touch the dog’s ear with her nose!

Aby-a-Day – 19 August: Cat Show Wrap-up (Cat Show Cinema Sunday)

Okay, first off I need to apologise for today’s post. We are all four of us exhausted after a long, hot day at the show and what ended up being a nearly six-hour trip home with the kittens’ stroller and two wicked heavy bags. But I also know how much you want to know what happened.

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It was a very interesting Abyssinian class this show. Six ruddies, eight blues, four reds and a fawn! I don’t think I have been to a show when the blues dominated the breed.

On Saturday, Lorelai competed against her littermates Maya and Manne. Rory took Ex2, Maya Ex1 and Manne was Best in Variety (BIV).

This was Izaak’s first show day, and he was up against a Bengal and an Ocicat in Class 12 (Kittens 4-6 months). He got an Ex1, but wasn’t nominated. However, our friend Jenny’s Singapura, S*Kustens Follia d’Amore aka Skilla, was nominated and won Best in Show (BIS)!

On Sunday, Rory again competed against her brother and sister, but this time, she was Ex1 and her sister Maya was Ex2. However, brother Manne still took BIV. He also got the NOM, but ultimately lost to a pretty Siamese.

Zak got another Ex1, and he was up against a Bengal for the Nomination. He lost to the Bengal, but it was a close decision.

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However, how Zak and Rory did in the show is nothing compared to how they did during the long trip involving regional trains, light rail trains, cabs and buses. It was hard on me and Björn, so I don’t know what two six month old kittens thought of all that.

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Zak and Rory were awesome throughout it all. They almost never meowed, they stayed on the table or in our laps on the train, they were unfazed by loud noises or dogs (there were two large dogs in our car), and other people barely noticed them – they were surprised to see kittens in out stroller instead of a child! And they did marvellously at the show itself, being unfazed by the noise or the other cats.

The other exciting part of the show was the Litter class. CFA doesn’t have this, but in FIFe, three or more kittens (under 7 months) are judged together as part of a litter and compete against other litters! On both days, there were no other Cat. 4 litters entered, so Kajza’s kittens were BIS. The littermates are also ranked within the litter, and on the first day, the ranking was Manne, then Maya, and finally Rory…but on the second day with a different judge, the ranking was Rory first, then Maya, and finally Manne. So it just goes to show how a different day and a different judge can change everthing.

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Here is a little movie that Eva made showing her star kittens (click image to see video).

Aby-a-Day – 22 July: “I have one speed, I have one gear: go!” (Cat Show Cinema Sunday)

In a couple of weeks, Lorelai and Izaak will be going to their first show together, held by the Järva Kattklubb in Stockholm. This was Logan’s first show last year.

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It was a fun show, and it was held as part of a larger animal fair called Djurens Helg, with dogs, horses, small mammals, birds, reptiles and even insects! There was a lot to do and see during the show downtimes. Sadly, though, this year Djurens Helg is the weekend before the cat show.

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But the best thing of all about this show was that they had cat agility set up! I hadn’t seen that since I was back n the States.

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Now, you may remember that Jacoby absolutely sucks at agility. But Gun-Hee was really good at it, and came in fourth place as a kitten at our first Seacoast show. So when I saw the agility set up, I had to give Logan a go.

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And, after getting himself oriented in the cage…

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…he did really, really well!

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But at the end of the day, he had come in third place! Unfortunately, there were only trophies for first and second places, but still, he ran the course in 4 seconds!

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It wasn’t a circle, like the one in New Hampshire; it was just a straight line, but he did it perfectly. We are hoping it will be back again this year, because we cannot wait to show it to Zak and Rory!

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Oddly, as with Gun-Hee, we didn’t manage to get a very good video of Logan running it. This is the best we could manage.

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So, here is a video of Logan playing in his benching cage. (Click on the images to see the videos on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – 8 July: “Judge not, lest ye be judged” (Cat Show Cinema Sunday)

Last Saturday, as I posted, Lorelai made her first show appearance.

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What was interesting, though, was that her half brother Lord was being judged at the same time on the judging table next to ours. The ruddies and the blues were judged separately on Saturday, and together on Sunday.

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It was fun to watch him be judged while Rory was being judged.

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Rory is a cat show natural! She was fearless, playful, and utterly charming.

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The judge, Marie Westerlund, actually breeds Abys (her cattery name is S*Rackarkattens) and she fell in love with Rory.

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In FIFe, the owner displays the cat to the judge, and the judge talks to the owner and explains what she’s looking for and how the cat meets the standard. It’s a bit different from CFA, where of course the judges know who the owners are, but there’s a sort of invisible wall of tacit anonymity. A show judge is not supposed to see or even know what cat is entered in the show. After the cat is judged, it’s okay to hang out with the judge. Also, in CFA, judges dress up. Men wear ties, and women wear nice suits and dresses. In FIFe, the judges seem to wear whatever they want. Men wearing jeans and a polo shirt is not uncommon.

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Marie seemed to examine Rory for ages

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Meanwhile, Rory’s half-brother was still on his judging table.

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Then something odd happened. Rory’s judge went over to talk to Lord’s judge! I hadn’t ever seen that happen before. Not sure what they were talking about, but it was cool to see them close together!

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As you can see, Rory is a natural star. And you can see how smitten Marie was by her.

I also shot a movie of her being judged. As I said, she was on the table a really long time!