A Visit To The London Cat Show

London Cat Show

Cats, cats and then more cats! Longhaired, shorthaired, fluffy, skinny, sleepy, playful….If you didn’t like cats you were in the wrong place at the London Cat Show this weekend. People had travelled from across Europe to bring their pampered felines to compete in the show. 

Compared to the London Dog Show, where the performance of the Dogs was a key part of their assessment, as cats can’t really perform, this competition was more about an evaluation of the ‘quality’ of the cat. This appears to be determined by how like the ‘ideal’ version of that breed they are, as each breed has certain characteristics; bone structure, size, ears etc which it should exhibit.

The owners were all pretty protective of their cats. I can imagine they must have cost a pretty penny if they are competition level felines so I can understand their owner’s concern. They weren’t keen for anyone to touch the cats, especially without asking, and interestingly they also held the cats in an unusual way – sort of out in-front of their body like they were a weapon. There was preening going on everywhere, with hair spray and fluffing spray, and lots of cleaning cat noses and eyes. The cats all seemed pretty relaxed about the whole experience. I barely heard any ‘meow’s the entire time and they seemed content to be handled and moved around the arena to the different categories of the competition.

A fascinating day out for an animal love like myself and very interesting to see how the competition works. Highly recommended for a rainy day and suitable for all ages.

London Cat Show
A cat waits patiently to be judged
London Cat Show
Judging in progress
London Cat Show
One of the more unusual patterned coats
London Cat Show
A judging arena
London Cat Show
Patiently waiting in her travel case
London Cat Show
Probably not the cleverest choice of bed…
London Cat Show
Some cat’s travelled in style
London Cat Show
Easily the most impressive travelling case
London Cat Show
The judge explains what makes this one a winner
London Cat Show
Best in Show! The happy owner tells me his shiny coat is down to a diet of only raw food
London Cat Show
Just checking the length
London Cat Show
Can we go home now?

 
        

More of a canine fan? Check out The London Dog Show

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