20,000 cat lovers got here to pat, hear and study

20,000 cat lovers got here to pat, hear and study

Cat Lovers Present CEO Jason Humphris mentioned about 20,000 folks attended on Saturday and Sunday, and the occasion would develop to a few days subsequent 12 months.

A report 160 stallholders spruiked all the things from cat funerals to designer kitty litter, pet rescue and adoption providers.

Smoosh the four-month-old Persian kitten entertains the crowd.

Smoosh the four-month-old Persian kitten entertains the gang.Credit score:Meredith O’Shea

Consultants, together with movie star vets Dr Chris Brown and Dr Katrina Warren and US guru Jackson Galaxy, gave talks.

Humphris mentioned patrons cherished seeing greater than 50 breeds of cats up shut.

Not like with canine, folks can’t go to the park and work together with giant numbers of cats, he mentioned. Guests have been of all completely different ages, and about 60 per cent have been girls.

Nadia Zarmanian, 12, of Wantirna South, mentioned she had a pet tabby cat at residence. “However I actually love cats and I simply needed to see all the lovable cats and pat them. It’s been enjoyable”.

Lapping up the attention: Savannah the Chinchilla Persian cat is patted by Nadia Zarmanian (left) and friend Brianna.

Lapping up the eye: Savannah the Chinchilla Persian cat is patted by Nadia Zarmanian (left) and buddy Brianna.Credit score:Meredith O’Shea

Nadia and her buddy Brianna, 12, stroked Savannah, a chinchilla Persian that was fortunately rolling round on a pink cushion.

“It’s so fluffy and really cute,” Nadia mentioned. “It’s lovely.”

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Nadia’s mom, Tanya Zarmanian, who preferred the ragdoll kitten exhibit, mentioned the cat present was instructional but additionally “a pleasant household time out” and her husband, Raffi, can be loopy about cats.

Chris Wagner, Savannah’s proprietor, mentioned the cat was “so laid again”, used to being dealt with and cherished the eye, however she might inform when Savannah grew weary and it was time for a relaxation, water and meals.

Feline good: Judges Sue Ford and Paul Henry with Honky the Balinese cat.

Feline good: Judges Sue Ford and Paul Henry with Honky the Balinese cat.Credit score:Meredith O’Shea

Wagner was having fun with chatting to folks. She had spent quite a lot of time at residence throughout the pandemic and it felt good to get out and educate folks concerning the breed and about ragdoll cats, which she additionally breeds.

Paul Henry, from Tokoroa, New Zealand, was one in every of six judges within the Cat Lovers Present’s inaugural competitors, who over two days assessed over 20 breeds.

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Cats have been judged in line with an ordinary for every breed. A Maine coon — a giant cat breed — ought to have a boxed muzzle, flat nostril, and a protracted physique with a protracted, fluffy tail.

The judges have been all unpaid, however Henry, 75, enjoys it as a retirement passion. And he loves cats. On Sunday he noticed a cheetoh breed, which he had by no means seen earlier than. “It’s actually neat since you’re all the time studying,” he mentioned.

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