Saturday, 15 November 2008

Showcats In Transit

An article I wrote for today's Daily Telegraph Magazine...

12 comments:

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

Great Article on Cat Shows! Our Mom went to one and loved it!! As for us we don't like to be in the car either!
Your FL furiends,

Karen Jo said...

I enjoyed reading your article. I went to a garden-variety cat show once. I found it interesting, but most of the cats looked bored out of their skulls.

Kimberlee Hicks said...

Have to say - Monty is by far the scariest animal I have ever seen. Ever.

truffles said...

I am a Persian princess.

I was once a show cat and a breeding queen, but when I became old and was no longer able to perform as I used to, my owner sold me to some people who did not understand how to care for a Persian beauty. I became ill and neglected, and nearly died. If it had not been for my present Mum and Dad who rescued and cared for me I would not be here today.

Please breeders, before you part with those of us who have served you well in our prime, please take great care in choosing new homes for us. An elderly cat needs much tender care and attention. Be sure that those who take us in to their homes understand.

Black Cat said...

Great article!

Erm, have your neighbours got tired yet of the new method of calling the cats to dinner, hahaha?!! :) xxx

Black Cat said...

P.S. The Wordy Thingy was "under". Can you believe that? How appropriate for the author of "Under the Paw" haha!

Anonymous said...

Great article, yes, but...am I the only one here who thinks that cats' shows, interesting and amusing as they may be, are cruel and unkind to the poor cats? Cats, unlike dogs, do not like being imprisoned like this, made to travel in cars, prodded and "pawed" by strangers and essentially being treated like a soft toy. Where is the respect for this lovely most independent and magnificent creature? Indeed where are the cats' lovers?

Tom said...

I have to admit I'm with you there, Anonymous. I think if The Telegraph had asked me to write it as an opinion piece it would have had a different kind of flavour.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing wrong with the common moggy. At least they have not been inbred to within an inch of their lives and they suffer less genetic diseases. I disagree with cat and dog shows on the whole as they can often be distressing to the animals concerned. Even the ones that "don't mind" seem to be bored out of their tiny skulls. Animals should be treated with respect, not carted around like a cuddly toy. I may change my mind tonight when my black and white moggy Noodle decides to have a chow down on my feet however(!)

NickyB said...

There's nothing wrong with the common moggy. At least they have not been inbred to within an inch of their lives and they suffer less genetic diseases. I disagree with cat and dog shows on the whole as they can often be distressing to the animals concerned. Even the ones that "don't mind" seem to be bored out of their tiny skulls. Animals should be treated with respect, not carted around like a cuddly toy. I may change my mind tonight when my black and white moggy Noodle decides to have a chow down on my feet however(!)

librarian said...

Frankly, having been a rescue homer for both moggies and pedigree cats, I would totally disagree with any comments about pedigrees being inbred or having genetic problems. All mine have been healthy and well except for a few dental problems and have lived long lives.
I just loved the Telegraph article and we all fell in love with William "wot? Me??". closely followed by the laughing Bengal.

Liz said...

I have been to a cat show once (being a Mad Cat Lady) and it was very weird. Despite the fact that if Squeaky was ever in one, he'd win for being the MOST beautiful (until he clawed someones eyes out), it was verrrrrrrrry weird.

Even the Mad Cat Lady has rare moments when she realises there are people more Mad than her..