The International Cat Association’s (TICA) cat show and competition was this weekend and yes, you probably missed it.
Walking through the aisle of sleeping ragdoll cats, I dodged out of the way of frantic cat-carrying owners rushing to one of 12 judging circles.
More than 50 different breeds of pedigreed and household cats were featured at last weekend’s cat show competition at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.
It was hard to tell exactly what was going on in the crowded booths where international judges propped cats up on stands, stroked their backs and stretched out their tails to enthusiastic applause. The show’s guidebook broke down the judging process like this:
Household pets are judged 50% on condition (health, cleanliness, nails, ears, etc), 30% on personality and 20% on beauty.
The pedigreed cats are judged on a more nuanced set of international standards that are specific to each breed and broken down by age, color and patterns.
It certainly didn’t draw the nerdy YouTube, cat-GIF generating crowd I expected. So be forewarned if you attend next year’s show: this fluffy cat parade is serious business.
Manny the Manafred Cat, held up here by his owner, has his own Facebook page. (Photo by Sara McCaslin)