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Rules governing the contents of pens
I READ with interest Rita Quick’s letter and Patsy Yardley’s comments in your issue of 8 September about the rules governing the contents of pens at GCCF shows.

This has highlighted a general problem for exhibitors, and show managers. There is no ambiguity about the contents of litter trays.

Section 4 Rule 16 (in the amendment of 21/6/06, formerly Rule 9 in the 1/11/04 rulebook) of the GCCF Rules clearly states that “Every exhibit must be provided with a white sanitary tray and clean, plain white or near-white blanket or blankets...” The rule does not define the type of litter, for two reasons; firstly, that when the rule was introduced the only type of litter generally available was ‘fullers earth’ so it was unnecessary to specify a type of litter; and, more importantly, that some cats will not use any litter other than the one they are used to - the comfort and cleanliness of the cat must take priority.

Even at home some cats can become very distressed if presented with a ‘new’ litter, cats already stressed by show conditions need something familiar in which to express their feelings!


There is a rather more controversial part to this rule - that covering the type of bedding to be used. From time to time the question is raised in Council of the use of ‘sewn beds’ in pens. A number of exhibitors do use sewn beds, although this is clearly against the rules.

I have been told by one exhibitor that ‘sewn beds are allowed if they’re hidden under the blankets’. That is not the case, in fact the only objects which may be ‘hidden under blankets’ are heat/cold pads or hot water bottles (and, of course, cats).


My own feeling is that small sewn beds (perhaps not more than 30cm in circumference and 10cm high) would be appropriate, and welcomed, for kitten classes - especially for debutante kittens. As well as providing a bit more comfort and security in a strange environment it would make it possible for stewards to lift out the kitten in its bed for judging.

For adult cats the need to find some method of ‘anchoring’ the bedding, as Patsy Yardley points out, also needs to be addressed. However, pending another look at this rule by Council, the current situation is that any exhibited in a pen with incorrect* or dirty bedding may be disqualified at the discretion of the show manager.


* I confess that my knowledge of this rule is a result of having washed all of my white show bedding together with the cats’ bright red fleece just before a show - copious amounts of bleach have so far failed to return them to show condition!

Miss Jean Sheward


So now we have “Jug-handle” ears!
MAY one ask where cat breeding is heading?! Where will the breeding of “freaks” stop?
Before I read the above (OUR CATS, 1099) I had written the following, but still think that I should submit it:

“I cannot but comment on some of the Orientals in OUR CATS, No 1097, 25 August. As of late, I have been very critical of many; recently however, an improvement of ear placement has taken place and hopefully it will continue. One lovely example is Grand Premier Foxypaws Ramasses, bred by Irene and Andrew Clarke and owned by Sue McParlin, who gained his Title at the Lancashire Cat Club Show on 8 July.

He also celebrated the day with a Red Card win and BOV Oriental Neuter - it seems a pity he was neutered, for, in my opinion, his ear placement and head are perfection.

Also with lovely head and ear placement is Mrs Copeland’s Premier Highiq Xtravaganza. Featured also (1097) are two I follow regularly, and are Imperial Grand Premier Merrytail Gentleman Ted, who became the first Oriental Self to gain this Title and BIS Oriental at Gwynedd Cat Club Show on 15 July, owned and bred by Bob and Doreen Nall. A very lovely black, again, such a pity he was not left entire.

Jan Hurst’s lovely Havana, Ch Toghar Mojhita was winner of the Oriental Section at the Lincolnshire Cat Club Pearl Anniversary Show. If I were still breeding Havanas I would like to study his pedigree.

Hopefully, cats such as these will encourage breeders to review their assessment of type, as extremes are not wanted by the buyers public - they want cats which are “pleasing to the eye” not “deformities”.

Joan Judd, Crossways Siamese & Havanas


obituary

Mrs Maureen Rawlinson

THE Trans Pennine Oriental & Siamese Cat Club has learned of the recent death of Mrs Maureen Rawlinson.

She will be remembered for her ‘Mikaela’ prefix and for her ever ready advice and practical help in rearing premature kittens.

She was a founder Member of our Club and we send our deepest sympathy to her husband Eddie and their family.

Nancy Webster, Hon Secretary