It?s just got to be ?purrfect
By RENEE REDMOND
WELL-GROOMED felines will be on the prowl today in a bid to win biscuits and ribbons at the inaugural North Coast National Cat Championship.
Cat show secretary Rob Walker has organised the competition which drew 68 entrants from across the region and interstate.
"I've always been a lover of cats because they make a good companion and they adore affection," the Caniaba resident said.
"Judges rate felines on their good bodies, roundness and colour of eyes and overall presentation.
"For the Persian cats it's a bit of a beauty contest and judges will look for ones which have been immaculately groomed."
Mr Walker said every breed had a standard and the cat which came close to the mark won.
"Cat stewards will take the cat from the cage, present it to the judges and let it walk across a table so they can get a good look at it," he said.
Mr Walker has been showing and breeding cats since 1997. He has shown them across Queensland and NSW.
"People like to show their cats for the chance to win but it's a hobby, too, and a good way to meet people," he said.
"Our major sponsor, Iams, along with other sponsors, have provided pet supplements and bags of cat biscuits for winners.
"The judging is open to the public but access is limited. The winner will be announced at 3pm and given a ribbon." The championship cat competition can be found next door to the poultry pavilion at Lis- more Showground.