Anyone who’s read this blog for a while knows I identify as a dog person. In this world, you’re one or the other, it seems, but just because you lean towards one doesn’t mean you dislike the other. I happen to like cats a lot, too. Which is why I took my daughter to check out the 2012 San Diego Cat Show this weekend. It really is a different world.
Much like a dog show, there are ‘rings’ where the cats are judged.
There’s none of this running around in a show lead, however. The cats wait in a cage until it’s their turn.
The judge takes the cat out. Stretches them out a bit, maybe waves a feather around.
And they were very interactive with the spectators, telling them what they were looking for in a cat.
Champion cats proudly displayed their ribbons.
There is also a category for “household” (ie non-show) pets, who can win in categories as well. Here is a former stray who is, as you can see, doing quite well for himself now.
This is an agility course. I am so sad they wouldn’t let me photograph while a cat was running it, because trust me, it’s cool. In order to compete, the cat needs to finish the circuit in 3 minutes, though the fastest that day finished in 10 seconds.
But the best part for me was just seeing so many beautiful kitties, like these Cornish Rex:
And this Oriental Shorthair. Will you LOOK at that muzzle!
I’m pretty sure this regal cat is an Abyssinian. Cat fancy breeds are not my strong suit. ETA: The consensus of you all is that this is in fact a Somali- I was waffling on that. See previous sentence.
I adore ragdolls. These guys were sooooo cute. I wanted to stick one in my purse. (Ragdolls are my kitty Boston terriers.)
The number one Burmese in the country getting some love and hugs.
And a Persian doing what cats love best.
Of course, no cat show is complete without some accessories of questionable taste.
Dinnerware and puzzles, as well.
You know you’re at a cat show when there is an entire dumpster dedicated to the leavings. Wouldn’t want to be the lucky guy who gets to empty that one out.
We had a great time getting to know some new kitty breeds and just hanging out with people who love felines dearly. Maybe I am a teeny bit of a cat lady after all.