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Feast of fun for feline lovers: Aussie cat show

06-21-2012 00:41 BJT

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The 40th Australian Cat Federation National Championships are underway in Melbourne and it's a pursuit of purr-fection. Hundreds of cat-lovers and their furry feline friends are hoping to win the coveted award of "top cat".

It's a feast of fun for feline lovers. Cats have come from all over Australia, looking to get claws on the coveted 'Best in Show'. From the miniature to the monstrous moggy, hundreds of competitors descended on Melbourne's Royal Showground for the 40th National Cat Show.

Russian blue cat breed at a cat show.

Meet Rupert who goes by the stage name of 'Jack-be-nimble', he's certainly in the hunt for the top prize. At just two years of age he already weighs nine kilos - three times bigger than the average domestic cat.

But he faces some agile competition with the early pace-setter "Mon Seul Choix" meaning "My Only Choice" -- a Balinese Templeton.

Sue Tomlinson, owner of Mon Seul Choix, said, "Today she's won best Balinese neuter in two rings, she won 10th Best group 2, she won Reserve in the show and Best in the show,"

While some cats are clearly used to the limelight, others can be a tad overwhelmed. And for the over-WORKED owners, there's a spot of retail therapy in the downtime with cat jeweler and cat ornaments on offer.

Cat show: Ragdoll Cat.

Chief Steward Scoot Andersen says the competitive world of show cats can sometimes be a catty place. Emotions run high - and the fur can fly for both cats and their owners.

Scoot Andersen, Chief Steward, said, "For somebody to win the national or even place highly in the national, it's huge. For some of them it's the highlight of their show life and for some of them it's the highlight of their life. Period, Oh yeah, there will be tears. You can guarantee there will be tears."

In this deadly serious competition, what kinds of cats can attract the judge’s eye the most?

The 40th Australian Cat Federation National Championships are underway in Melbourne
and it's a pursuit of purr-fection.

Feline judge, Lone Lund, lives in Denmark, but travels the world judging 40 cat-shows a year. She says it’s all about personality and breeding.

Lone Lund, cat show judge, said, "Type and temperament is most important. The rest is makeup for me. But it is a beauty competition so the cat has to be presented and look nice,"

So the winner of today’s top prize? This glorious grey, the ostentatiously named Kimara Zaris Evelina. Judges say she won by a very beautiful, unique, whisker.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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