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HELPFUL HINTS IN HOT WEATHER
WHAT’S NEW ON THE SHOW SCENE
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Gaynor Saxon 272 Kennedy Road Napier 06 842 1011 email@example.com ADVERTISING Zena Pigden 03 471 0626 firstname.lastname@example.org NATIONAL SECRETARY Chris Lowe email@example.com 07 533 4347 TREASURER Marion Petley 259B Mill Road, Otaki 5512 06 364 6314 firstname.lastname@example.org
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What’s in a Colour The level of a Cat’s Agressiveness The Darker Side of Breeding
12-14 Meet Our Junior Members
Open it’s Doors
The Lonely Meow Helpful Hints
In Hot Weather
Who are We and What do We Do
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Herpes Treatment Update LOLA
SIL DBL GR Ch Pasdezhat LouLou Cacheral - aka Shay & Iluka Dhark Raven. (In memory)
Cats are made of moon-beams, sunlight, pure air, and Christmas dreams.
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Hello to all, With my many hats on, and on behalf of the Flashcats and Admin Teams, I would like to wish all our members a very safe and relaxing Christmas break. Many good wishes also to those whose cats and kittens will be competing in the many shows next year. Lots of work goes into creating Flashcats and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting articles, handy hints that may be of help to our breeders with breeding problems, and with the health and care of our all our pets. Let us know of any topic you may wish to read about and we will do our best to source or reprint anything you send us. Our Admin team have done an excellent job (as always) ensuring that the NZCF continues to run efficiently and with our thoughts always on how we can best work to benefit our members and their cats. My thanks to Chris, Marion and Jane for their tireless efforts. A very happy Christmas to you all, Gaynor, Linda, (Flashcats) Chris and Marion.
Christmas is just around the corner – already! I hope it is a time of joy for you and that in all the busyness, you find some time to enjoy the cats in your life and the humans who mean something to you. It is so easy to get caught up in the Christmas rush and forget to appreciate the most important things in our lives. Meanwhile however, it is also that time of year when the EC has been working on the 2016 draft budget and considering our fees for 2016. It’s very important that we continue to manage our budget responsibly and plan for a moderate surplus (as it only takes a few unforeseen expenses to change a small surplus into a deficit). This year we have benefited from some very hard work by Janice Davey successfully raising funds for the WCC Seminar and we anticipate a positive end of year result. We also need to have some leeway for new initiatives. Some expenses have been cut back in previous years and we may want to be able to consider reinstating them. And of course we are affected by inflation. It’s also important to understand that our three main sources of income – membership subscriptions, benching and ring fees, and registrations and transfers – have to fund ALL of our activities including those relating to portfolios that don’t have their own income stream. At the same time, we want to keep fee increases as low as possible, we know that our members have their own financial pressures. After holding most fees for two years, we have had to put in increases in full member subscriptions and benching fees (but have left registrations and transfers untouched). I don’t know if it is any consolation to know that fees in other similar organisations (eg NZ Kennel Club) are still quite a bit higher than ours. Of course part of being a registered breeder is meeting the expectations of the public that you will be providing good care for your cats and selling healthy kittens. But what about when things go wrong? In this issue you’ll see an article about what happens when breeders get into trouble – and some questions about what the NZCF should do about these cases (if anything). Have a look at the article and think about the issues. There will be a link posted on the NZCF website to a survey asking for your feedback on this. We’ve also had a submission asking us to ensure that extreme conformations (sometimes already identified as faults in breed standards) that can cause health problems are penalised and we have also asked the BSAC to look at including guidance on these in the breeding practices guidelines that are to be developed for each breed. Considering both of these issues is part of our commitment to cat welfare and the development of a cat fancy that we can all be proud of. I have to say that we are already well on the way to be being that cat fancy. Our breeders breed cats that are competitive with cats bred anywhere and we do export overseas despite the costs involved to buyers - they think our cats are worth it. We have many dedicated and hardworking individuals, paid and unpaid, who go ‘above and beyond’ in the work they do to keep our organisation running smoothly. We have world class judges and we are respected members of the World Cat Congress. For a small country, we do very well. In closing, I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Zena Pigden NZCF Chair
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Over the past 5 years, Brendan Woodhouse has worked on a number of projects for us and has also handled all the day to day maintenance and updates needed on our database. But as his own life circumstances have changed, it’s been more difficult for him to find time for our projects. This led to the decision to advertise within our membership to see if someone else might be able to take on this role. I’m pleased to announce that we have a suitable person - Peter Davidson – and that the EC has agreed to contract with him for one year (a contract which can be renewed if all goes well). The transition with regard to our main project on hand at the moment – the payment gateway, will be managed by agreement between Brendan and Peter as Brendan has already done a fair bit of work on this. Brendan has been a great person to work with, and we have appreciated all he has done for us over the years. We look forward to an equally good partnership with Peter. The NZCF show package has had another important enhancement – it’s now possible to add a cat AFTER the information from our database has been imported into the Access programme. This means that late entries can be accommodated, as can imported cats or CATZ Inc cats who are being shown under dispensation. The programme will create new documents incorporating the added cats (judges sheets, catalogue, list of breeds and colours, cage numbers etc). Instructions will be available to enable you to print out the amended documents if this is a late change, but I’m also
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looking at whether we can incorporate this into our show package service so as to support less ‘tech savvy’ clubs who would like to use the service. Watch this space! The NZCF is investigating options to modernise our system in various ways (eg adding the ability for members to access information about their own cats, including checking if they’ve already used a name, and whether they have registered or transferred a kitten, and a better online registration process that might reduce the workload for our registrars, online show entries via the website etc.) Creating a purpose built system is beyond us unfortunately as the likely cost would use up almost all of our reserves, but one possibility may be some form of partnership with the Kennel Club who have a system that already provides many of these functions, and we have made an initial contact with them to discuss this. There may also be scope to work with our current system to bring in some of these changes.
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Our fundraising calendar has been a huge success with our print run of 200 getting close to selling out. It’s not too late to order yours, we still have a few left. This calendar showcases fabulous cats owned or bred by our members, including a wide range of pedigree cats, companion cats and a very striking domestic cat. Check out the NZCF website for the order form! Or contact Susan Edwards at email@example.com to place your order and get payment details.
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IN LOVING MEMORY OF TWO WONDERFUL COMPANIONS
By Deb Armishaw
Shay quickly settled in with us and her and Raven became the best of buddies and although they was a years’ difference in their ages they became as close as litter mates. When Shay had her first litter I would come home to find Raven sitting there, helping by babysitting whilst mum went out to hunt and bring back rabbits. Several times I came home to find live baby bunnies running around the lounge. Then I would have to catch them and do a land version of Free Willy. Not sure if the same ones visited or if we had different members of the larger family of the local rabbit population come for a visit. Then there was the lizards that Shay loved to bring inside on a hot Canterbury day, all the while letting me know that she had a present for me, only to let them go once inside. I would either be lucky enough to catch them straight away or spend sometimes days trying to catch them and do another version of Free Willy. Shay went to all the shows that Raven went to and she ended her career as a Silver Double Grand Champion and took out the National Award in 2009 for the Best Siamese/Oriental. In early 2011 the girls became international travellers when we went to live in Australia, they both took it in their stride. When we came back in 2012 they again made the journey without any problems and settled back into life in Canterbury as if they had never left. When I moved to Wellington early 2014 they, by now old hands at this travelling lark, again they had no problems and settled into their new digs in Lower Hutt. They were always never far from each other and if I saw one the other was somewhere close by.
ILUKA DHARK RAVEN BORN 11/03/2006 DIED 2/11/2014.
Raven was a special cat right from the first, she was my birthday cat, as we shared the same birth date. She was very aloof with most people though if she decided you were her friend then you got all her attention. Raven was originally destined to be a show cat and a breeding girl, she had other ideas. Visiting and watching her grow through her early days until I could bring her home she appeared to be perfect. The day came for me to pick her up and she had decided to add a kink to her otherwise lovely long tail. Although the kink was in the last half inch of her tail she wasn’t destined to be a pedigree show cat and I also decided not to bred from her, just in case. I transferred her to the Companion section where she went on to be a Gold Double Grand Premier Companion Cat and took out first in the Companion Section in the Annual Awards in 2008. She was beside me through my journey with cancer and would spend the early hours sitting outside with me when I couldn’t sleep.
When Raven left us at the start of November 2014 very suddenly, not only was I feeling the loss, so was Shay. Shay became closer to me but didn’t share the same rapport with Feegle and Zits. Midway through this year Shay started to lose weight and it was determined that she had cancer. I decided to let Shay continue to be in my life until she was no longer in a good place. That day came on Friday 6 November. She wasn’t herself that night when I got home from work so I made the decision to take her off to the vet the next morning. Shay always one to make her own mind up, was having none of that and I woke on the Saturday to find she had passed away peacefully in her sleep. Raven and Shay are now together again across the Rainbow Bridge. I miss you both my girls and you will forever be in my heart. Until we are together again play nice, share as always, and I know that you both are always near.
SIL DBL GR CH PASDEZHAT LOULOU CACHERAL - AKA SHAY BORN 28/04/2007 DIED 7/11/2015
Shay came into my world originally via Gaynor whom I had met first at a show I was judging in Wellington. We stayed in contact and when I saw pictures of her decided that she should join Raven as part of my little family. I picked her up and brought her home after having her delivered to me at the show hall when I came north to judge.
“You gave me all the love you had” and I will always remember
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Thank you to everyone who helps out within the Shows Portfolio area. To Joan, our Honours Registrar and Sue, the Health and Safety Officer, I hope you have a fantastic break over the Christmas season. Thank you for all the work you do in keeping our systems working correctly. Special thanks to Janice who has handed the Portfolio Manager’s Role over to me. I appreciate the work that you have put into this Portfolio over the past few years.
The shows wouldn’t be successful without the cats, exhibitors, judges, workers and clubs, so thank you for all your efforts this past year. We all deal with stressful situations, whether it is in our showing life or in our family life. Take some time to relax and enjoy the peace of holiday times. Make time for those you cherish and love. All the very best for your kittening season and my wish for you all would be strong, healthy litters with no surgery interventions required! Take care everyone and safe travels if you are fortunate to be going away for a break! Best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a fantastic 2016.
It has been a busy six months since I took over the Judges portfolio and the years’ end is nearly upon us. At the last EC meeting I submitted a process to appoint Judges Emeritus which will become part of the Judges Manual, once that manual has undergone a makeover. Basically there are some areas that don’t work very well, and there are some areas that need to be moved around and put in context. Other areas need clarification and it is proposed to actually incorporate steward and handler training into this manual. As we all know there is more than just stewards and handlers, it is proposed to call the new section ‘Show Support Staff’. I hope to have this ready to go to EC for the first meeting of the New Year. There will possibly be some minor changes to the Show Bylaws as part of this makeover. Central Region has just had a Judges Refresher and it is timely to remind all Judges that they are all required to attend one of these refreshers annually, as part of them continuing to hold an NZCF Judging licence.
In the New Year there is to be a Steward and Handlers Training course run, one in each of the three regions. Sue Ford is coordinating the Northern training, Emma Kimberley the Central region and Jo Millar and Jo Woodrow the Southern region training. If you are interested in attending please make contact with these people. The more the merrier and who knows maybe just maybe it might lead you down the path to becoming a judge. Whilst I talk about becoming a judge, I have made a decision to cross the line, and finally do the Longhair training, however to do this and have a school, there needs to be a roll of more than one. If any current shorthair or longhair judges want to transfer, can they please send in their expression of interest. If there are any other members of the NZCF who would like to become a judge, please also let me know. Before the end of the year I will be emailing out an electronic version of a Judges Contract to all Clubs (and get it added to the website) that will allow the document to be filled out via a computer, saved, then emailed back.
I have also modified the Judges Annual Return to be completed in the same way and I will send those out shortly. The Annual Returns are due back by the end of January at the same time as the NZCF Membership forms.
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are out and about (either locally or travelling) travel safe and I look forward to seeing a lot of you in 2016 at a show or two.
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COULD DEPEND ON ITS COLOUR,
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but maybe you should judge a cat by its colour. Veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis, may have found a link between the colour of a cat’s fur and its tendency to exhibit aggressive behaviour towards humans. In a study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, experts used an online survey to test a “common assumption” that calico (tortie) females are “significantly more often aggressive towards people” than other types of cat. In total, 1,274 cat owners responded to the questionnaire which asked them to list the frequency and degree of their cat’s aggressive behaviour during everyday interactions, when handled and when taken to the vet. Answers were used to give each cat a rating on an aggression scale. Comparing the average aggression rating for different colour groups, scientists confirmed that calico (tortie) females, along with black-andwhite and grey-and-white cats, were “more frequently aggressive toward humans”. Male tortie’s are rare. Genes for orange and black fur are both carried by the X chromosome and, since females have two X chromosomes, they can carry both genes. Neither gene is dominant, resulting in a random distribution of orange and black in the coat. The study also found that black-and-white cats were particularly aggressive when handled, grey-and-white cats had a hissy fit when they visited a vet, and tortie females became stroppy in everyday interactions with humans. The good news for cat-lovers is that the study, led by clinician Elizabeth Stelow, suggested that, overall, puss is a bit of a pushover. But if owners really want to consult the shade chart, for maximum cuddles and minimum fuss, the ideal pet is black, grey, white or tabby.
HOW DID TABBY CATS GET THEIR ‘M’?
All tabbies have an “M” marking on their forehead, and on some this mark is very distinct. The ‘M’ is often referred to as “the mark of the true tabby.” There are several amusing legends about how tabby cats got their “M.”That “M” on the forehead of the tabby cat The most popular of these legends tells us that when the baby Jesus was lying in the manger he started to shiver with the cold. Mary covered the baby with blankets but still he kept shivering. Mary then asked all the animals to move closer to the manger so that their body heat would warm Jesus. The animals stood as close to the manger as they could, but the baby Jesus remained cold and shivering. After a time, a small cat with tabby markings jumped into the manger and snuggled next to Jesus. Before long the baby had stopped shivering and was sound asleep, contented and warm. In her gratitude to the tabby Mary made the mark
of her own initial, upon the cat’s forehead so that tabby cats will forever remind the world of how they saved Jesus from the cold. A legend from the Islamic world recounts that Mohammed had a tabby called Muezza who once saved his masters life by slaying a snake that had crawled up Mohammed’s sleeve. Later, when it was time to attend prayers the cat had fallen asleep upon the sleeve, so to avoid disturbing Muezza, Mohammed cut the sleeve from his garment. From that day on all tabbies were born with the ‘M’ marking on their forehead to remind all that see them, that Mohammed loved cats, and that cats should always be respected. What do you think?
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If anybody has been wondering what's been happening over 2015 with the NZCF history project here's a bit of summary. Mainly we've got things started, such as: • an inventory of NZCF history assets; • a timeline of NZ cat fancy history; • a digitised history collection of things we've scanned (stud books, club show catalogues, yearbooks, and meeting minutes) • breed histories that we can add to as we do research. We've been back to the EC with some policy issues, most recently data retention and disposal, but previously collecting oral histories, running Facebook pages and groups, making records over 50 years old available for research, and selling duplicate items to balance the costs of the project. The Facebook page (NZ Cat Fancy History) is proving to be a fun way to keep in touch with people and share some of the things we're working on. The Facebook group (NZ Cat Fancy Recollections) is our way of encouraging people to share those great stories that make our history come alive. At the moment we're limiting the numbers in this group as we have to transcribe the information and don't want to get swamped. (We might review this when we see how it's working.) But by far the most exciting part of the project to date has been receiving the first minute book of the NZGCCF which goes back to the earliest meetings held in the 1930s cat fancy and then records meetings in the revived 1950s cat fancy. Right away we photographed each page as a backup copy but over the next few weeks we have to add it to the inventory, scan each page and produce a pdf file to share, transcribe all entries and make the transcript available, and finally add the data from the minutes to the timeline and breed histories. As you can imagine we're pretty busy doing this sort of thing to all the documents that come our way! We're looking forward to 2016 being another exciting year on the history front, and hope anybody with an interest in cat fancy history will call in and see us on the NZCF stand at the National Show in Palmerston North. NZCF Historian Jane Webster heads the 'history team' of Emma Kimberley, Ann Skilling, and Marg Harris. JANE WEBSTER HISTORIAN Gaynor and Marion study the minute book Chris Lowe hands over the minute book
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the darker side of breeding
Too many cats, overflowing litter trays, water bowls growing green slime, sick animals… dirty floors… and a breeder who doesn’t seem to realise that they are not managing to provide adequate care for their cats. It’s not a good scenario, but it is one that occurs more often than we’d like. Maybe you have known someone in this situation…. maybe you have been there yourself. The question is - what can we do about these breeders?
Many things can tip a breeder over the edge from managing and providing good care to their cats, to not managing (and sometimes giving up the struggle, so they are not even doing what they could be doing). Typical situations include numbers creeping up beyond what the breeder can afford, or can physically manage to look after. • • sickness in the cattery, kittens that can’t be sold, numbers go up further • • physically - can’t manage the hands on care that is needed. animal hoarding is considered a mental illness. Some breeders slip into a hoarding situation. In these situations the breeder often genuinely cares about their cats and is unable to see that the animals are ill, underfed, or otherwise poorly cared for. Or should we consider setting up some kind of support system that breeders could tap into or be referred to, that would aim to help a breeder in trouble to develop and carry out a plan of action to deal with the issues and bring things back to an acceptable standard? What would that look like? Could it be done in conjunction with the local SPCA? Is it likely that anyone would be prepared to get involved as a helper, and would breeders getting into difficulties accept the help (how would you feel if it was you?) Money would probably have to be raised - a major contributing issue to problems is no money for vet treatment and/or no money for desexing cats for rehoming. If the NZCF did have some kind of support system, should there be an incentive to engage with it (eg help with vet or other costs), or a sanction for not engaging (eg either participate in the process to make things right, or have your prefix removed?) Or both? Should the NZCF establish closer links with the SPCA and have some way of working together with local SPCAS to help breeders in difficulties? We’d like to hear your thoughts on this. A survey will be set up with a link on the NZCF homepage. But you are also welcome to email Gaynor Saxon directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org Zena Pigden Chair
breeder can’t afford the vet costs to properly treat everyone (and often with infections it is necessary to treat all exposed animals even if they don’t show symptoms). Illness spreads, kittens and cats can’t be rehomed • with more cats and kittens, breeder struggles to keep on top of cleaning and the environment becomes increasingly dirty. Litter trays are not regularly scooped and cats start eliminating outside the litter box. things go from bad to worse. It seems just too hard to get things back to a reasonable state.
Currently the only options are for a concerned person to report the breeder to the SPCA, (and that may sometimes be the best thing to do.) However people are often reluctant to do this. They don’t want to get a friend or fellow breeder into trouble. They may worry that the breeder will find out or guess who reported them. And a breeder who is slipping into disaster and DOES realise it, does not really have anywhere to turn. And what about the situation where things are not at such a desperate point - but there are repeated complaints about sick kittens from a particular breeder - so clearly they have some issue going on in their cattery that they are not managing to deal with successfully? If there are 5 complaints in two years about sick kittens, we know there is a problem… but at the moment we don’t really have any way to address this. We’d like to know what you, our members, think the NZCF could or should do if we become aware, either of a serious ‘breeder in trouble’ situation or of an apparent ongoing issue with sickness in a particular cattery. Should we simply do nothing? Not get involved in any way? (that’s more or less the current situation. When we get a complaint about a sick kitten, we focus on mediating a solution between the breeder and the purchaser if at all possible - we don’t try to get more deeply involved). Should we get rid of these breeders? Set in place rules that breeders found to be providing seriously inadequate care to their cats lose their prefixes? Make them not our problem?
• breeder becomes increasingly isolated, doesn’t allow people to visit the house as they know things aren’t right and don’t want others to see what is going on. • breeder becomes unwell either mentally (depression - which is relatively common - can sap energy and motivation and also make a difficult situation seem hopeless, and more serious mental health conditions may mean a person is completely out of touch with reality), or
Do we need a support system for breeders in need?
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My name is Rosie Grantley. I am 11 years old. I first started coming to Cat Shows when I was about 6 years old with my Mum. The cats that we show are all our family pets. Some things that I remember before that, are going with Mum to an "All That Glitters" show with Patrick our Ragdoll when he was about 5, and I was 4 years old. We began to show our Tabby Norwegian Forest Cat Gld Dble Gr Pr "Jaymlynkatz E'Aengus.(Angus) when he was a kitten. He was really for my sister Faith & I , but he fell in love with my big sister Hope instead. I also remember taking along our other cats to a cuddle corner at a Palmerston North Cat Club Show. They were our Ragdoll Rose the Kitty and our other Norwegian Forest Cat Freya. I think I was 4 years old then too. My Grandma & my big sister were helping run the cuddle corner. In May of 2013 I was given a very special gift of a cat of my own. His name is Jasper. He is a Seal Burmese. In the kitten section he made me proud by finishing the year as the 4th Best Shorthair Neuter/spay Kitten in 2013. I was so excited and proud of him. I just kept hugging him. I have enjoyed showing him, and have had lots of fun with him. But the most special thing about him is that he is my own very first cat. I didn't have to share him with anyone else. I love him so much. The things I have liked about showing cats are the people who have been kind to me and my family , and made me laugh. I like seeing all the different breeds of cats. I know quite a lot of breeds by name. There are some I would like to own when I grow up. I like travelling to different places, and going on adventures with Mum & my sister Faith. It has been fun.
My family loves all animals. I hope one day I can be a vet. I am glad Mum took me to Cat Shows because I think I would also like to breed cats myself when I am older. At the moment my favourites are Cashmeres (I like their long coats they are so pretty), Ragdolls and Burmese. I also love Pug Dogs. (Even though I know they aren't cats).
I show my cat because it is way to enjoy my pet even more. it teaches me to groom her and carefor her at a higher level than i would if i did not show her. When we chose Bella ( JAYMLYNKATZ PORENN ) the breeder ( Denise Grace ) said we maywant to show her as she is a good example of the breed. We are a competitive family and so it makes sense that our pet cat Bella is competitive also.I am a competitive swimmer and train up to 10 hours a week on top of school, so to have a less physically demanding hobby like showing Bella is good recovery time and also helps me bond withbella. Bella follows me everywhere around the house. When it comes to show preparation I wash her and my mum dries her. When it comes to the early morning wake up on show day, she goes in her cage and in the car we go, After a few minutes she meows once or twice so I take her out of her cage and I put her bed on my lap and she goes into her bed curls up and goes to sleep. Sometimes she would look out the window and look at all the cows and sheep as we travel. What ever Bella’s results are after the show we are still proud of her. We take in all the comments the judges say and take that into consideration, and prep her for the next show, making sure she has met the standards that our judges have said. Around the house Bella has diva moments for example, when I am on my phone and she is laying down in front of me thinking that the phone or shall I say camera, is pointing at her, so she strikes a pose. She is very talkative,, we say whats up and she would reply we say “hi Bella” and she would reply. Bella would sometimes wake us up in the middle of the night and want to come under the covers with me or mum in bed and she would curl up and go to sleep. She is a very beautiful cat and I am proud to have her as my pet. I have created a strong bond with Bella. I am proud to call her mine.
Hi I am Elizabeth and this is a bit about my cat Misty.
We had 2 cats at home but I wanted my own cat, we adopted Misty at the start of 2015 when she was 3 months old. Misty didn't have a great start in life she was found with her brothers and sisters abandoned at a factory in Levin, we don't know if they were dumped there or born wild as unfortunately her Mum was never found. Misty and her family went into a lovely foster home until she was ready to go to the SPCA to find her forever home. When we went there we chose Misty as she was the most outgoing and interested in us, we didn't want a shy cat as we have a male cat at home who is very bossy!
Misty settled into our home really quickly she sleeps with me on my bed, she doesn't act wild but she does eat her food very quickly and will take food off our gentle older cat if allowed. The reason I wanted to join Cat Fancy and do cat shows was seeing them online and wanting to see what they are like. So far we have only been to 2 cat shows so Misty is a little shy but we hope to do more in the future. I have found people at cat shows to be very helpful and friendly and it's great to go to new places and meet different people and see all the beautiful cats.
Our names are Ellie and Grace and we are 12 yrs old. We starting showing this year. The Hamilton show was our first show. Rustus is 4 years old so he has not taken to showing as we had hoped. He has his own ideas about how he should behave on show day, he showed a few of the judges his grumpy side. We wanted to try a few shows to see if his behaviour improved but sadly it did not, so we have decided to retire Rustus from the show arena. Hopefully in the future we can get another kitten to show. It’s a lot of fun and we love to see all the different breeds of cats, and listen to what the judges have to say about all the cats.
ELLIE & GRACE KING