Strong crowds turn out for cat show

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The annual cat show hosted by the Nelson Cat Club returned to the Hope Community Centre following previous stints at the Trafalgar Centre. Around 149 furry felines were entered in the event with contestants bringing their cats from all over the country. The cats were examined by judges from as far as Finland.

Nelson Cat Club treasurer Barbara Beatson was pleased with the turnout, saying the number of contestants was above recent years, although overall the figures had dropped since the event’s early years. “We were rapt with the turnout we’ve got here. It’s on a par or slightly better than what we’ve had in the past two years,” says Barbara.

Competition cats have to comply with a standard before being accepted into events such as the Nelson Cat Show. The amount of care varies from owner to owner. Barbara says judge’s preference has a lot of bearing on which cat wins. “One judge might like Norwegian forest cats while one judge might like Persians. But of course they have to fit the standard.”

Cats were judged by six different judges in a number of different categories. “For a Persian they’re looking for a short body, very rounded skull, heavy legs and long flowing coat.