Friday, September 15, 2006

Show Off

Scoop and Au in bed
I was trawling the web the other day when I came across a notice of a cat show. I think Scoop’s corkscrew tail and Au’s little stub that's set at a 45 degree angle (see picture to see how cute!) are part of their attractiveness, but I suspect it puts them beyond the pale in cat beauty competitions.

Just as well really, as neither is the type to enjoy a cat show. Au isn't keen on strangers; he takes his time to get to know new friends (except for our friend Usha whom he adored the second he met her). Scoop loves people but he loathes loud noises. Neither likes traveling in cars.

I've only been to one cat show but it was enough to put me off. Too many cats looking upset, too many people milling about poking cages, and far too many kids yelling and screaming.

There have to be cats and people who love that sort of thing, but we'll just stay at home and wait till some enterprising TV manager realizes pretty cats are much nicer to look at than Miss Earth/Mr Universe or whatever.

PS Katz Tales is out tomorrow in the Weekend section of the Malaysian Star. Buy it, send in a picture of your cat and win a hamper!


Anonymous said...

haha.. u shud try n enter ur cat. It is fun n exciting n most important, something to learn. I heard there is 1 show in Penang this weekend.

The tail u mentioned, it is called kinked tail n it will not be penalise shud u enter ur cat in a show provided the cat had been neutered.

Ellen Whyte said...

Scoop's tail isn't so much kinked as corkscrewed. When he was young his tail tip was rigid, but now he's older he curls it when he's purring. It looks very sweet!

And of couse both Scoop and Au are retired gentlemen cats. Have been since they were 6 months old...

But cat shows, not a hope. They would loathe it. I wonder though, do you think pedigrees are somehow more likely to have that cat show personality in them than kampong kitties?

Anonymous said...

well, should ur cats had never been outside the house often (n the vet trips does not count) then i wud suggest not to stress ur cats.

I had involved in cat shows and there r some cats r pretty stress on show days.

I dun think pedigrees wud hv such personality. All cats r born the same n shud the owner had expose the cats to the outside world when they were kitten, a very high chance that they will adapt with the noisy environment.