Well hello there! It’s Rose.
Yesterday I went to my first cat show: The North West Cat Club’s 27th Annual Championship Show. It was held in Leigh, Lancashire, about forty minutes’ drive from here. At first I wasn’t very happy with the car drive but I eventually settled down: Scott kept talking to me to reassure me that everything was OK.
We got to the venue and I was examined by a vet to make sure I was healthy and could take part in the show. I was then assigned my pen: number 129. Scott disinfected the pen and set it up for the show. The rules state that everything in the pen must be white – the blanket, litter tray, food and water bowls. Nothing extra is allowed that might identify us, our owners or breeders. This ensures that the judging is unbiased.
Then Scott had to leave the hall for the judging. This is when the judges and their stewards visit all the pens and take us out to look at us very carefully. The judges are looking to see how closely we match the Breed Standard for our type of cat. They then award places for the best cats in each class – for example, my class was British Shorthair Colourpoint Kittens. The darker parts of my coat are called points and points come in many different colours. Some cat’s points are cream, others lilac, chocolate and so-on. My points are called blue, which is a kind of grey.
Well guess what? I came first in my class! That’s what this big rosette is for. Red is for first, blue second and yellow/orange third. The coloured cards at the top of my pen are for the side classes. You can see by the red card that I came first in British Debutante Kitten (that’s a class for kittens that have never been shown before). I also came first in British Maiden Kitten (that’s a kitten that has never won a prize before). The yellow card is for my third place in British Novice Kitten (that’s a kitten that has never had a first place before). It was a great day!
The Best of Breed went to this kitten here. He was three months older than me and looked almost like an adult. Scott says he has had more time to mature and develop the features that match the breed standard. He had cream coloured points.
Here is a hairless cat called a Sphynx.
My next door neighbour looked just like Oliver!
Towards the end of the day all the cats who are declared Best of Variety are moved into these special pens for the final judging.
And another. He then added to the drama by selecting a shortlist of three cats and looked at them all again.
The Best in Show was awarded to this semi-longhaired cat. Scott thinks he looks like Oliver with hair extensions!