During the weekend I had an insight into the competitive business of cat shows. The Midland Cat Show was held in Limerick and my sister was showing her two brand-spanking new British Shorthair kittens, Oswin and Doctor Blue – one is white and one is blue and they are sister and brother and best buddies. They are only five months old so both are currently rocking the cuteness factor. We had no expectations other than being told that Blue was expected to do well. Oswin was more of an afterthought only substituting for her sister Amy who went to a new home at the last minute.
The show was held in the Kilmurray Lodge. We hit the road on Saturday afternoon. The kitties were very good travellers and we settled into the hotel quickly. We headed to La Cucina, a local tiny Italian restaurant for their great value pasta and wine combo for €10 and some yummy, scrummy desserts. It was strange having two playful kitties in the bedroom resulting in little sleep. It was an early start for the two kitties and my sis as they had to go through a vetting process and get settled into their new home for the day.
The judging takes place in private and the show opened at 12.30 for both exhibitors and the public alike. I was surprised at the number of cats showing – all different varieties – british shorthairs, exotics, persians, sphinx, siamese and many others. There were over 100 cats on display. I was also surprised at the number of people who just came to view the cats. It’s another world. By the time we got in, Blue had got best of Blue British Shorthair Kittens and had a rosette pinned to his pen and Oswin also won Best of White Shorthair Kittens although she was the only one in her class so she also had a rosette.
The judging continued all day and the kittens were entered for a few other miscellaneous classes so throughout the day there were a few surprises. Blue won Best Debutante Kitten but Oswin stole the show. Surprising us all, she nearly swept the boards and stole the heart of both judges and public alike quickly becoming one of the favourites. She was lapping up all the attention. She won a trophy for Best British Shorthair and ended up winning Best in Show Reserve effectively coming second in the whole show. She took it all in her stride too, the little diva that she is. In total, they won eleven rosettes and one trophy between them – not bad for their first show!
If you can’t get enough of Blue and Oswin and for your daily dose of cuteness, you can follow my sis on Instagram @movmctov. If anyone is interested in British Shorthairs, these prize-winning quality kitties came from Labrys Cats. For those who want to learn more check out The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of Ireland. The next shows in Dublin are on Paddy’s weekend in Bewleys Airport Hotel or the Supreme Show in Ballinteer Community Show on the 21st April.