Well there were cats everywhere! And I met people who really love them. Still, I don’t think I’d EVER bring my cats into an environment like that and subject them to all that drama.
My cats, especially my shy-girl, would be overwhelmed by all the people and animals. I watched the judges go through the cats very quickly, too. I guess they’re experts and know what they’re looking for -but they barely gave each kitty time to adapt and get to know the "new stranger" when they tried to see if the cat was playful and would attack a feather. One of mine would never! (At least not for 5 or 10 minutes - until she got to know the stranger. And she’s very playful with me - and very loving.)
But I suppose some of these show-cats are used to the competition circuit.
Still, that’s just not how I appreciate my animals.
Meanwhile, they had really cool cat trees on display there, and all the latest in kitty-litter-technology, hybrid foods, etc. etc. I stopped myself before I spent a fortune (well I was only interested in the cat trees really out of some last, desperate hope I could at long last save at least one sofa). But honestly, my babies might have a lot of fun with these things but I wanted to look at the website so I could see all the design options available to me and my little friends.
The other really good thing that was going on there was all the humane society adoptions. A good thing about that too, was you didn’t take a cat home with you on the spot, but applied for a background check and so-on, and then you’d arrange to pick up your adopted cat at a later date. The same thing could be noted about the kitten adoptions, too.
They also had a cat obstacle course or "agility proving ground." When I first saw this, I laughed. These are cats! The ladies "on the field" with these cats were wasting their time and delusional if they thought that most of these cats could be trained to run an obstacle course. The first time I watched, a cat simply stretched out and lay down to sleep in front of the first jump.
I passed by there later hower, and a youngster (not small enough to still be called a kitten - but I’d guess around 2 years old nevertheless) did 3 laps through the course just as I made my way up to watch. He was chasing "a bird" on an eslastic line and probably having the best time of his life jumping over, through and diving under everything. It kind of redeemed the lady who I first saw the older cat go to sleep on.
Anyway, this was my first cat show. Eh. Maybe I’ll go to another one on down the line. At least I know that cat tree bargains can be had there when exhibitors are packing up things at the end of the convention. I just would never subject my babies to that kind of chaos though. But I guess to each their own. There are cats I saw there who seemed perfectly accustomed to the whole thing and rather enjoyed themselves.
Oh - and one who won a ribbon promptly ripped it down off its cage and had a great time chewing on it!