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Socks at the BRCC Show

A Ragdoll called Socks is the 8th Blue Peter cat and he joined the show on 9th January 2006.
Socks was recently on exhibition at the British Ragdoll Cat Club show on 6th January and he seemed to be very a very relaxed chap. If you want to know more about him, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/bluepeter/pets/socks/

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Cute kitten photos

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The first cat show in America

The first official Cat Show in Great Britain took place at the Crystal palace in London on the 13th of July 1871. It was organised by writer, artist and cat lover Harrison Weir. Ten years later, the USA followed suit, as reported by the New York Times Sunday March 6, 1881; “Manager Bunnel stood in the centre of his museum on Broadway, his hands in his hair, utterly perplexed, late last night. He was surrounded by cats in cages, cats in wooden boxes, cats in hand boxes, cats in bags, half of them yelling, spitting, and scratching, as mad as cats can be in uncomfortable quarters and in a strange place. A deep scratch on his nose and three fingers tied up in oil and rags told how inexperienced he was in the way of cats. As fast as the cages were completed and the cats were placed in little sections, each one alone, they settled down for the night, and silence reigned.”

Show hall etiquette

I thought the following makes interesting reading on how exhibitor’s should conduct themselves at cat shows…

A few final words about courtesy... Be civil, or better yet, be friendly to the other exhibitors. When you’re a novice, you need all the advice and assistance you can get, and when you’re a veteran, there will be others to whom you can pass on what you’ve learned. Be willing to share ideas with your fellow exhibitors. Keep an eye on the other cats benched nearby if their owners are elsewhere. Be polite to the spectators, even if you’re asked the same questions over and over again. Trust me - you will be. If your cat is of a breed developed from domestic shorthairs - the Chartreux, American Shorthair, British Shorthair, or Maine Coon - you will get a LOT of spectators saying that they have a cat who looks just like that, so Smokey or Ginger must be that breed. Yes, it’s highly annoying, but think of it an opportunity to politely educate them about breed characteristics. Some one who owns a cat that has a few spots may still walk away convinced that he owns an Egyptian Mau, but hey, you tried. Be willing to direct spectators around the hall. If you visited a show before entering your cat in a later show, you may remember how difficult it was to find a particular breed or breeder. If you’re talking with a spectator and your cat’s number is called, be polite about breaking away to go to the ring. If you’re talking to a fellow exhibitor, don’t worry, she’ll understand why you had to run off so suddenly!

The above guidelines to show etiquette is extracted from “A Beginner’s Guide to Exhibiting at CFA Cat Shows” © Perri Mongan see http://home.earthlink.net/~featherland/off/showing.html for more...

Naming a litter

Since I am fond of white-pawed kittens,
I think I’ll call the first cat mittens.
His younger brother in cahoots
Can have no other name but Boots.
The little tortoiseshell, I know
Shall bear the name of Calico.
The Persian seems so bright and jolly;
She needs an Irish name like Molly.
The black-and-white with bushy tail

The Gotoku-ji Temple

More about the Maneki-Neko…The Gotoku-ji Temple still stands in what are now the suburbs of Tokyo. The outside of the temple is liberally decorated with pictures of the Maneki-Neko, and adjoining the temple is a cemetery where hundreds of cats are buried. People bring offerings to the shrine at the temple, and in the cemetery there is a stone statue of a cat - the spirit cat that watches over the souls of the cats buried there. Owners also come to the shrine to pray for their departed cats. The Beckoning Cat is thought to bring good luck, protect domestic homes and bring prosperity to businesses.

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