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The Art of Being Clueless

Well, there are good days and bad days...

June 29th 2009 6:21 pm
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Today is not a good day fore Meowmy. She had to take the day off from work because she is simply tired. Partly because of our show life. It was traumatic, probably more for Meowmy than me. If you don't know anything about cat shows, while you're waiting for your number to come up, you're in your benching cage. Then, your number comes up and you go to the judging ring. In CFA, at least, you have a one-day show with six rings, or a two-day show with eight rings. I just zoned off in my benching cage. I only became a problem when I was being judged. TICA appears to have a different system (you can get your cat numerous Grand Championships), but everyone I know in the CFA agrees that one year is about all a cat can take. It depends on the cat. Harvey's distant cousin--look at the CFA site on Maine Coons and he's number three--was totally laid-back about the whole thing. Actually, most show cats are. Having said that, one year is about as long as a cat can be put into a show almost every weekend. We have been criticized on Catster for being unkind for putting cats into cat shows. We know that that is one way of looking at it.

But...when I first got Harvey, he was semi-feral. If I tried to stroke his head, he would back away. And he couldn't stand having his paws handled. Every week for a whole year, I would bathe and groom him, and spend two days with him at cat shows. He doesn't need to go to them anymore, but...this sounds funny...that brought us together. He loves being combed, he loves having his paws held, and currently he is worried about my mental state. He was never a bed cat, but recently he sleeps next to me with his big Maine Coon paw on my hand.

Yes, these diary entries should be in the cat's voice, and halfway through, I stopped doing that. And to be perfectly honest, I am tired of writing "Meowmy."


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