Cat show judge Nick Tricarico admires the qualities of
Conrad the Devon Rex cat, at the Easter Cat Show at the
Green Island Civic Hall on Saturday. Photo by Jane Dawber.
It would be easy, and just a trifle condescending, to
arrive at a cat show and churn out another story suggesting
cats and their owners look alike.
At the Otago Siamese and Shorthair Pedigree Cat Club and
Southern Cross Longhair Cat Club show on Saturday, the humans
looked like humans.
The cats looked fabulous.
They looked cool, bored, slightly annoyed, judgemental,
tired, aloof and relaxed.
They looked down their noses.
Some pushed their heads under the cushions in their cages,
left their bottoms out, and went straight to sleep.
In other cages, only a nose could be seen.
The humans, who show secretary Zena Pigden said had spent the
previous day bathing and brushing their cats as they "tidied
up and prettied" them, looked adoring and just a little
reverent as they laid their fluffy idols in front of the
Ms Pigden said there were about 50 exhibitors, though cats
have little interest in such numbers.
She said the exhibitors came from as far as Christchurch and
Invercargill, though most cats slept on the journey to
She said there were competitions for long-haired and
short-haired pedigree cats, domestic cats and companion cats,
though cats make no such distinctions.
In the end, somebody won.
It was the cats.
Shorthair pedigree: Ch Wildtreasure Million Heir
(Bengal), Christine Johnson.
Longhair pedigree: AngelsNOutlaws Dancin In The Dark
(Norwegian Forest Cat), Sharon Worthington and Becky
Domestic: Alpine (black smoke and white shorthair),
Supreme companion: Gold Double Grand Premier CC H R
Puffinsnuf, Amber and Deirdre Philpott.