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02 August 2014 @ 08:00 pm
A bit weary tonight.  
Today was the Little Paws Kitten Rescue annual cat show, and I was invited both to judge and to record results as they came up, so it was quite a full day. Judging was fun; as the show was run by the kitten rescue group there were a lot of companion cats in, many more than usual. It made the placings very difficult as they were all beautifully presented and sweet-natured; in the end it came down to such little things as a bit of dandruff in the coat keeping the cat out of the top ten, or a reluctance to engage with me.

My best cat today was a surprise packet, in more ways than one. Firstly I saw on my judges' slip that it was a blue point spay; in my mind, a pointed cat is one of a couple of very distinct body types - either medium boning with medium wedge and semi-longhair like an "oops" kitten from a Ragdoll or Birman, like this -
 photo fattygirl400x300_zps6f78b2a1.jpg (my Saavik Bacardi aka Princess Fatty Kitten)

or a sleek svelte extreme wedge like a Siamese -

 photo bea_zps3a5cf903.jpg (Arinacourt Beatrice)

Instead the cat that came out of cage 91 was very British in type; slightly squishy face, cobby body, crackly coat, and the pale blue eyes you only find in British / Persian types. Colourpoint British are few and far between so how this little girl came upon her points is a mystery, there are just not enough of them about for them to be turning up as rescue cats. Anyway, whatever her antecedents, she was a sweetheart; snuggled into my hand and then suddenly exploded into action when she caught sight of my feather teaser. Quite a surprise!

I ended up placing her first as she had everything I was looking for; temperament, a willingness to engage with me, playfulness, cleanliness and grooming, I couldn't fault this girl at all. I did vacillate a bit between her and a lovely tortoiseshell girl who kept chatting away throughout the judging but in the end the surprise value of the pointed girl won out.

Afterwards, while signing the award cards, I was again surprised to find that this girl is owned by the president of Little Paws, who just happens to be my best friend. She hadn't said a word about putting the cat in, and I haven't been to her place in a while so had never come across the cat at all. She came into Little Paws as a rescue about three months ago; I don't know her backstory at all but knowing how most of the cats end up there it won't be a pleasant one I'm sure. Nice to see she's landed on her feet. And the best bit is, it looks as though she's going to be adopted by a lady visiting the show who fell in love with her today. Not every cat is that lucky.
Current Mood: lethargiclethargic
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on August 2nd, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)

Sorry to hear that you're so tired but it sounds like you had a lovely day getting that way. *g*
miwahni: Cats Sparklemeezermiwahni on August 4th, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
I did, for sure. Mind you, I got my second wind after posting here, and ended up crawling into bed at 2am....
sunray45: Catssunray45 on August 3rd, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
Sounds like you were in your element down there, getting to cuddle all the kitties. Damn cold wind blowing though.

Glad to hear your winner is going to be adopted, but that chatty little tortoiseshell sounds cute.
miwahni: Cats Dancemiwahni on August 4th, 2014 09:54 am (UTC)
It was good fun and yes, that cold wind was not the best - while I was recording results I ended up wrapping myself in a blanket!
That chatty tortie was a sweetheart!