Saturday, January 13, 2007

Thoughts after the cat show

Before this cat show, I had only been to 1 cat show at the Singapore Convention Centre many years ago. I saw cats stuck in cages for hours, mostly frightened and stressed by the number of people surrounding their cages, and also their proud owners beside them.

I remember there was this huge fat cat (a DSH weighing maybe 10kg or more) in that cat show which drew so much attention due to its girth. And its owner was so proud of the attention. Hey, Mr/Ms Cat Owner, do the cat a favour and reduce its diet so that it can slim down. I'm sure you don't want it to suffer illnesses resulting from obesity in the future (add on to my to-do list, make sure that chubby Kim Kim loses 450g from her 5.45kg frame within a year from now and maintain it at 5kg).

Anyway, back to the cat show. And the highlight of the whole show was actually my lunch at the make shift hawker centre opposite The Malay Village. Sinful deep fried chicken thigh (smashed by a mallet) with fragrant rice. I think it was called "Ayam cannot remember cannot remember" (this is purely to tempt/di xiao ksn). Well, the chicken was very good and very good it had to be because I queued 30 min for the chicken.

And this cat show was no different from the last I attended. Cats stuffed into small cages, frigthened and stressed, with their proud owners beside them. I did not realise that there are so many people keeping pedigree cats in Singapore. I am not against buying pedigree cats (my Bon Bon is supposedly pedigree BSH as well but adopted) but do they also have DSH at home? I am not sure about that but I only saw less than 5 DSH at the cat show. I remember these DSH being as beautiful as the pedigrees.

The cats are judged on I think, their look and bone structure based on the some cat fancier club guidelines. Why is there no judging based on say, ability to catch a mousie (hunting skill), smashing a lizard off the wall (test jumping ability), manja display(tripping a human by twirling itself between his/her legs when he/she is walking), loudest purring cat? I know there are dog agility contests held worldwide but why are there no cat ability contests?

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Blogger auntie p said...

Is it called Ayam Penyet? I haven't tried it but it looks similar to the bbq chicken in Bali (even the presentation is the same) except they don't smash the chicken in Bali...hehe.

5:42 PM, January 13, 2007  
Blogger KXBC said...

I think that is the name. They deep fry the chicken and then they smash it with a mallet. Good stuff.

10:17 PM, January 13, 2007  
Blogger kuro.shiro.neko said...

wah kxbc, 你好毒 leh. like that "siah" me! luckily no photo, so no harm done... hehe...

actually though i agree that there are stressed cats at cat shows, but there are some very amazing cats who are indifferent to the surroundings. usually they are the long-haired flat faced, as well as the outgoing american shorthairs.

9:04 PM, January 14, 2007  
Blogger ddxiong said...

I checked out the show too. The place was quite squeezy and I spoke to a breeder. Apparently he can fetch more than $1K for every cat that they sell.

12:21 PM, January 16, 2007  
Blogger Zeus said...

I have never been to a cat show, but after reading this, I don't know that I would want to go to one. It seems like it would be a very stressful situation.

As for the overweight cat, I don't understand why people think that girth is something to be proud of. My vet is constantly worried about me tipping the scales, and I am at a healthy weight. Less food is fine by me because I don't want diabetes; no thanks!

12:44 AM, January 18, 2007  
Blogger Artsy Catsy said...

Poor scared kitties squished in cages. We're so glad we're just plain old rescued cats and not fancy show cats!

The ArtsyCatsy fifteen

6:18 AM, January 22, 2007  

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