Gallery: FENLAND: Exhibitors from across the country join in the celebrations at exotic cat show
PUBLISHED: 12:37 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010
IT again attracted a mix of exotic felines and non-pedigree moggies – but there was an extra special celebration at this year s exotic cat championship. Saturday s show marked the 25th anniversary of the Exotic Shorthair Cat Society – and to celebrate exh
IT again attracted a mix of exotic felines and non-pedigree moggies - but there was an extra special celebration at this year's exotic cat championship.
Saturday's show marked the 25th anniversary of the Exotic Shorthair Cat Society - and to celebrate exhibitors enjoyed a glass of bubbly and a slice of cake.
Entries for this year's show were slightly down on last year's, but the smaller numbers failed to take the shine off the event for organisers Barbara and Stuart McEwen.
"It was a fantastic day," Barbara said. "Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and had a good laugh."
This year's show was held at the Hudson Leisure Centre - something which confused a number of exhibitors who travelled from as far away as Warwickshire, Yorkshire and Cheshire.
Barbara said: "We had a number of people go to the Queen Mary Centre because they're so used to going there. We held the show there for many years but couldn't this year because the library is there."
The Hudson Leisure Centre also caused a unique problem for one exhibit, a sphinx cat. The hairless cat was entered in the non-pedigree section and it was the first time such a cat was entered.
Barbara said: "It was cold inside the Hudson and the owner needed to put a coat on her cat so it didn't get cold in-between judging.
"It's really warm when you hold it, but normal cats have fur coats and don't have a problem with the cold."
A total of 86 cats were entered, 57 of them exotics, for the show. Saturday's running was the 14th cat show, and the eighth year the show held championship status.
Best in show for the exotic entries was won by Meg Smith, from Norwich, with her tabby kitten Ferara Valento.
There were two non-pedigree best in show awards, one for adult cats and one for kittens. The adult winner was a long-haired tortie called Rosina, owned by Linda Hutchinson of Little Downham, manager of Fenland Citizens Advice Bureau.
The best kitten award went to Linda's partner Rod Steele, with his seven-month-old black and white long-haired kitten, Harvey.
The three best in show cats then went head for the overall best in show award - with Ms Hutchinson's cat crowned the winner.
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