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Show Managers - please note my address
I RECENTLY became a Probationer Judge on the Birman lists, but have been notified that a couple of Show Managers had difficulty locating me.

Please note my details are: Audrey Saye, Rose Cottage Farm, Sutton Under Whitestonecliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 2QA. Tel. 01845 597309. Email withchycat@btinternet.com
Audrey Saye


Show Managers please note
MAY I inform Show Managers, and anyone else concerned, that I have resigned from the Tipped List.

Therefore I will not be judging cats on that list from the end of January 2006.
Jean Clare


The emotional cost of PKD testing
WITH reference to the articles in OUR CATS (1080) about the emotional cost of PKD testing. I know how devastating it is to have a favourite cat die of a hereditary disease. In my case it was HCM with IC Keoka Firestorm.

It is generally assumed that positives must be taken out of breeding and, in the case of HCM with an uncertain test, close relatives as well. DNA testing makes a difference and gives hope as kittens can now be tested.

I have been involved for some years in discussing testing and testing procedures and one topic comes up every time, and that is the damage to gene pools which can be caused by automatic or wholesale neutering.

We have DNA tests for PKD, GM in Korats and for one form of HCM (possibly out of several different mutations) in Maine Coons. DNA tests make a difference because a kitten from a positive cat can now be tested and used as a replacement breeding cat instead of losing a valuable breeding line.

Most attempts to bring in a rule for making testing compulsory have failed world-wide. An exception is in Felis Britannica, where a carefully worded rule allows the breeding of a PKD positive Persian or Exotic to produce a replacement cat without losing a valuable line.

What was passed in that a Persian or Exotic kitten with a positive or untested parent is placed on the restricted register (i.e. non-active). With approval, a restricted kitten which tests negative can be derestricted. The difference a DNA test makes is that kittens can be tested and selected at an early age.

A rule of this type delays the final elimination of a hereditary disease by one generation, but is a great advance on no rule. We could have reduced the incidence of PKD from the worst affected breeds from 40 per cent to nearly zero by 1997. A generally acceptable rule is preferable to no rule at all.
David Brinicombe, Secretary, FIFe Maine Coon Breed Council

It could be you!!
AS A dedicated Show Manager for many years, I am always trying to think of new ways to do things, and in one of my day-dreaming moments, just before this year’s Yorkshire Show, I hit upon an idea, and would welcome some feed-back from exhibitors.

The reasoning behind the idea is that on some occasions, as we clear the hall at the end of a show, we often find miscellaneous rosettes left on the pens or, even worse, dumped in the bins.
As newcomers, we tend to treasure all the rosettes our cats win, but after a few years, tend only to keep the main ones (Grands, Open 1sts, BOB and now Imperials). Many exhibitors have boxes of them kept under the bed, in the loft or wherever and when moving house have to pay the removal company to transport them, only to put them back under the bed or in the loft again in the new house.

My idea is that, instead of giving rosettes for Misc. Classes, we could give cards, and the money normally used to buy the rosettes could be used as prize money.

Every cat in the hall would have a raffle ticket and there would be a simple draw, so the more cats you bring, the more chances you have, and it wouldn’t matter if your cat had its certificate withheld, it wouldn’t have to be a pedigree cat, everyone would have the same chance.
It could mean a 1st win of £500 and others of say £100 each.

Showing is an expensive hobby and I would like to know what exhibitors feel about this idea, which would give something back.

You can let me have your views by writing to 7 Ledstone Road, Sheffield S8 0NS, telephoning 0114 258 6866 or emailing Show.Manager@g-mail.com or airing your views in OUR CATS.
Lynda Ashmore



Competition loathed and feared in modern life
IF, as 28 % of those who replied to your Editor’s Forum suggested, “Grands” were not allowed to compete for Best of Breed, it would make an absolute mockery of the award!

I think it would also have been very good to know what the 28% represented, how many replies did you receive?

It seems a feature of modern life that competition is loathed and feared. I remember my pride in 1974 when my two Sealpoint Siamese, aged 9 months and 5 days entered the Siamese Cat Association Show at St Albans. Beaumaris Unknown Ajax won the Male CC from 18 Sealpoint males under Anne Rickson and Beaumaris Grand Sophy the Female CC from 24 Sealpoint females (including five Champions) under Mary Wilson. That was competition, and a really exciting win.

If a young cat is good, it will beat all competition.
Anne Gregory
Editorial Note: Over 150 OUR CATS readers responded to the Forum.



Change of address
AS from 25th January the Mayfields cats and I have moved to Spain.
My new address is as follows:

43 Pancho, Urb. Dona Pepa, Ciudad Quesada, 03170 Rojales, Alicante, Spain. Mobile telephone 07796 69 79 59. Email helgadessauer@aol.com
Helga Dessauer




Sheena Mauchline
SHEENA was a long standing member and staunch supporter of the Siamese CS of the British Empire, and was also a close personal friend.

She will be remembered by fellow exhibitors for her many successes on the show bench in the Siamese and Oriental Section. I remember very clearly her excitement when she won BOV at the Supreme. I was in France at the time and a three way telephone link was established between me, my late husband and Sheena relaying frantic messages each time her boy went on to the next stage.

One of my prized possessions is the framed BOV certificate which she gave to me as a memento.
Despite her illness, Sheena was able to judge at the Supreme in 2005, which gave her enormous pride and pleasure. She was an active member of the Fancy, serving on the Committees of the Seal Point Siamese Cat Club, the Tabby Point Siamese & Progressive Breeders Club and also attended Council and SCJAC meetings as a delegate.

Born in Scotland, she remained a true Scot, despite many years in England, and the Celtic and Rangers football match always had her glued to the small screen.

Forthright, brave and honest, she epitomised the best of the Cat Fancy and will be missed by all who knew her. Our condolences go to her husband Robert and family.
Norma Farnsworth (Chairman), Siamese CS of the British Empire


THE Officers and Committee of the Tabby Pointed Siamese Cat Society extend their heartfelt sympathy at the loss of a good friend, who was a valued Club Member for over 25 years, and also our GCCF representative for many years.

She will be sorely missed. Our thoughts go out to her husband Robert and her family.
Lin Jones Hon Secretary