Cat show is serious business

2019-07-02 06:00
Striking a pose at one of the shows.

Striking a pose at one of the shows.

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With only a few days to go to the Chats du Cap Cat show, the cats taking part in the show must be dying of curiosity.

The show will be open to the public from 09:00 to 15:00 and it will be held at Wynberg Girls’ High School on Saturday 6 July.

The theme is Christmas in July.

Chats du Cap Cat Club is a non- profit organisation with a passion to host championship cat shows in the smaller country towns around Cape Town.

The cat show promises to have cats of all kinds that will certainly attract attention. From the more well-known breeds such as the Persian and Siamese to the more rare breeds such as Sphynx, Bengals and even the Lykoi “the werewolf cat” will be on show.

There will be breeds such as Burmese, Devon Rex, Abyssinians, Ragdolls, Orientals, Bambino, Elf, Main Coons and many more on show including domestic cats.

There are different categories from kitten category, three to six months of age, junior category, six to 10 months of age and then the adult classes which is further divided into Champion, SA Grand Champion, SA Double Grand Champion, SA Triple Grand Champion, Supreme Champion to Triple Supreme Champion.

Further, cats are divided into three main categories neuter, adult and kitten.

According to the event organiser, Leonard Ferreira, all the cats will be competing for international titles and will be judged according to each breed’s specific standard as set by the World Cat Federation (WCF).

“The cats are judged by experienced qualified judges, some of the judges have vast international experience and have judged all over the world. Our judges come from Cape Town and there will be two judges from Gauteng.

Over and above the international titles awarded to the cats that meet the breed specific standard, there are great prizes to be won by the official show sponsor, Hills Transforming Lives,” he says.

Ferreira says many people do not realise that there are specific breeds of cats and their aim is to introduce the different breeds of cats to both the local residents of Cape Town as well as the smaller towns around Cape Town.

“Chats du Cap has hosted numerous cat shows over the years in towns such as Franschoek, Robertson, George and Darling as part of the Spring Festival in September.

“We have recently been invited by the Swellendam Agricultural Show committee to host cat shows as part of their show programme.

“The response at all the shows has been astounding. In July 2018 we hosted a cat show in Diep River which was a tremendous success with plenty of interest from the cat fancy.”

Chats du Cap also invited The Emma Animal Rescue Society (TEARS) to be part of the show.

They will bring some cats up for adoption.

“Over and above the serious business of showing and the competitive nature of our exhibitors, it is great fun where like-minded people with a common passion are gathered together sharing their cat-related experiences. What makes cat showing so worthwhile is seeing families getting involved, youngsters showing their much-beloved kitty and parents supporting their children,” he says.

Entry fee is R20 and children under 12 are free of charge.

V Enquiries email or contact Leonard Ferreira 082 459 0768 or visit their website or Facebook for more information.


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