A purrfect Caturday at CityONE Megamall’s cat show

By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
@sendouringgit
danielleringgit@theborneopost.com

We may not know what cats meow about, but it’s not hard to recognise the subtle ways they show their affections to their human.

For instance, if your cat(s) have ever left dead animals at home, it is their way to thank you by showering you with what they consider ‘gifts’. When they gently blink their eyes in the middle of looking at you, it is their way of saying ‘I love you’.

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The Borneo Cat Show 2016 featured more than 100 cats from 50 different breeds such as Maine Coon, Persian and Bengali cats.

On what was a purrfect Caturday for cat lovers from all walks of life, CityONE Megamall held the Borneo Cat Show 2016 from November 19 to 20.

It was the first cat show to be organised by CityONE Megamall in partnership with Kota Samarahan Cat Lovers (KSCL) and The Pet Zone, supported by Kuching Street Cat Club and Smart Reader Kids.

The exhibition hall was filled with cat parents with their feline companions taking part in the cat show, giving cat lovers an opportunity to appreciate cats they don’t normally see outside of special events.

Cat lovers flocking CityONE exhibition hall during the event with some taking the opportunity to take pictures with the cats

Cat lovers flocking CityONE exhibition hall during the event with some taking the opportunity to take pictures with the cats

 

A cat looking slightly unimpressed by my presence as I woke it up from its sleep

A cat looking slightly unimpressed by my presence as I woke it up from its sleep

Established since last year, as of now KSCL has about 150 members.

Over 100 cats from 50 different breeds took part in the cat show competition in seven different categories: senior cat short tail, senior cat long tail, junior cat short tail, junior cat long tail on November 19th, and the Sarawak local cat, fancy dress and cage decoration category on November 20th.

Diana struggling to carry plus size cats; Santo (left) and Woody

Diana struggling to carry plus-sized cats; Santo (left) and Woody

Standing out among the sea of cuteness were Maine Coon cats, four-year-old Santo and two-year-old Woody with their owner, Diana Ting in the senior long tail category.

According to Diana, the pair are generally sweet-tempered on normal days, but even with the barriers set around the cages to keep the crowd separated from the cats, they looked slightly overwhelmed and wide-eyed when taken out of their carriers for the judging session by the organising committee.

A judging session by the organizing committee which includes checking up on their fur condition and response to cat toys

A judging session by the organizing committee which includes checking up on their fur condition and response to cat toys

Despite their slight overwhelm, however, the gentle giants looked majestic with their shining fur coats and distinctively large figures. (Maine cats can weigh up to 18 lbs and measure up to 120cm in length from head to tail). Diana added that she grooms her plus-sized cats at least once a month to keep their fur shiny and clean.

Kristi with Pearl (left) looking slightly grumpy and calm Eva

Kristi with Pearl (left) looking slightly grumpy and calm Eva

Also participating in the senior long tail category was proud owner of eight cats Kristi Putal with her four-year-old domestic long tail Pearl. Describing Pearl as grumpy with a tendency for mood swings when she comes across unfamiliar cats, Kristi added that Pearl however loved meeting people.

Besides Pearl, Kristi also brought Eva, her seven-year-old domestic long tail to participate in the senior long tail category. Much like Pearl, Eva also has a distinct personality, so much so that Kristi calls her ‘Eva the Diva’ due to her diva-like and graceful demeanor.

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Nurhalida holding six-month-old Mickey

Also entering the cat show competition was six-month old Mickey. With his gingery coat and wide-eyed stare, Mickey looked relaxed as his owner Nurhalida Merjedi picked him up and gently scratched his belly.

Besides gathering cat lovers from all over Sarawak and Sabah and provide a wonderful exhibition of the feline species, the purrrfect event aimed to create awareness of their healthcare issues.

The two-day event also featured other activities such as cat’s health and product talk, bazaar, photo booths and colouring contest.

 

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