2nd International Cat Show of India
By Rudolph.A.Furtado (in Mumbai India)
Saturday (27-9-2014): Following India’s first cat show in Bangalore on 23rd April 2013, Mumbai has hosted the country’s second. I live in Mumbai close to the air conditioned show venue (Stallion Banquets) and care for two purebred Persian cats but was unable to show them. My boy cat “Matata” is too wild (!) and his mother, “Matahari”, is currently recovering from a wound.
The show was been sponsored by Mars India International Pvt Ltd a leading pet food manufacturer in India, selling the famous Pedigree and Whiskas brands for dogs and cats.
Both the president, Mr Shree Nair and the vice-president, Mr Ganesh Srinivasan of the Indian Cat Federation attended the show and I met them both. I felt there was a slight lack of participants and discussed the matter with Mr Mr Shree Nair.
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I later strolled around the small venue and came across some Facebook members of Mumbai Cat Club and “Persian Cats, Breeding and Upbringing”.
Meehnaaz Khan had brought five of her cats to the show, all Persians while Mr Shahab Ali had flown from Hyderabad with his cat “Snowy” proving that the cat fancy in India is not nascent.
I thought that it was only in U.S.A and first World country’s that pet owners travelled by air across city’s for pet shows. All the volunteers at the show were students from the “Bombay veterinary college”. Went home for lunch and later at approximately 1500 hrs returned back to the venue.
Cats were being examined on the “Traditional judges table” being judged by South African Dr Johan Lamprecht a WCF All breeds judge (see above). He is shown examining feline “Christina” owned by Mrs Meher.Ansari. I had a discussion with Dr Johan Lamprecht and was surprised to know that in South Africa it was mostly the minority white population that kept cats as most of the majority negro Africans associated cats with witchcraft! It seems even in the 21st century superstitious beliefs about cats is still prevalent in certain societies.
I came across beautiful and well bred Persian cats all of whom were bred in normal Mumbai climatic conditions. Their coats were in excellent condition. I had a talk with German Petra Muller (President of Middle East Cat Association[MECATS]) and was amazed to learn that she lived with 325 cats in her villa in Dubai.
She was responsible for getting the natural street cat of U.A.E/Dubai as a recognized breed by the World Cat Federation in 2008 after conducting 5 years of research and breeding. This cat was named the “Arabian Mau” cat.
Later in the evening the final judging of the show cats was done on the main show ring. Judge Mrs Anneliza Hackmann examined each competitor for various traits. The winners were declared in each category akin to a dog show, based on age, sex and breed. All the cats were of the Persian breed and hence no variety in the competition.
In Mumbai every cat owner seems to prefer the Persian and I was surprised at not seeing a single Siamese cat, once a very popular pet cat. My first cat as a child in the 1960’s was a Siamese cat. Mr Dev.Purbiya’s cat “Bella” won the best of best in the show.
The show culminated at approx 1900 hrs, a sparse crowd and a entertaining and educative day of cat beauty and cat fancy. As usual went home and quickly updated the photographs and my personal opinion of the show, encouraging cat owners to participate in this unique first cat show in Mumbai city.
Sunday(29-9-2014) :- My internet advertisement review of the cat show proved effective and did receive queries about the venue and method of reaching the same. Went to the cat show in the afternoon at around 1430 hrs and was happy to see the auditorium full of cat competitors as well as spectators. Saw a few new cat breeds, one being an exotic tabby coloured short-haired Persian cat with overshot upper teeth a major defect in cats.
This cat would be a excellent pet cat but definitely not a show cat. The tragedy of selective cat breeding by breeders is that many inferior specimens that have defects are usually euthanized at birth, a negative aspect of the World of cat fancy and cat shows.
A Spanish lady living in Mumbai and a friend of Meehnaaz Khan had brought her street cats, the typical common stray cat of Mumbai for the show. These cats and the exotic short haired Persian were the only two different breeds in the total Persian breeds on display.
The Bombay veterinary college along with “Indian cat Association” will be doing research work on the “Mumbai street cat (stray)” and hope to create a recognized street cat breed called “BILLI (Cat in Hindi language)” in a few years akin to the “Arabian Mau” created by Petra Muller.
Met various cat owners and their cat exhibits. A few people congratulated me on the article written about the cat show where thanks to the internet anyone can become a “citizen journalist”, something unthinkable and not practicable just two decades ago.
Met Mrs Juwairiah Majid who had come to the show after seeing my article on the Internet. She had arrived with three cats out of which two were traditional Persian kittens worth Rs 80,000! This was the costliest pair of local bred cats that i had come across in Mumbai although in dogs such fancy prices are not uncommon. I have seen German Shepherd dogs worth lakhs of rupees at a dog show in Mumbai.
Later Dr Umesh conducted a quiz on cats and I won a prize, a cat mug. After being a active cat owner, blogger and member of various cat sites for years, most importantly PoC this cat quiz was simple!
Dr Ashish. M. Paturkar the Associate dean of the “Bombay Veterinary college” was an honoured guest and he gave a short talk on the future of getting the Indian street cat recognized as a new cat breed “Billi (Cat in Hindi language)”.
Later as the evening progressed there was the presentation of cats of various ages into the show ring for judging the best cat in that class. There was the “Kitten Class”, “Elder Cats Class “, “Persian Cat Class” and a few other prizes. The most coveted prize, the best of best cat in the show went to 6 months old “Bella”, owned by Mr Devendra Purbiya and bred by Mr Sudhakaran Aaskar in Bangalore.
At the end of the show Mr Shree Nair made a announcement that the next Indian Cat Federation show would be held in Bangalore in February 2015 and another show in Delhi in the same year. The idea is to popularize cat shows in every city in India and a beginning was made in Mumbai, India’s commercial capital; Mumbai should now host a cat show annually as there are numerous cat enthusiasts. As for me hope to enter cat “Matahari” in the senior cat group in the next cat show and awaiting the same as would other cat fanciers.
Thank you Ahsan. You are right. ” IF YOU SAVE A LIFE, YOU SAVE HUMANITY”. All living creatures on this planet form a balanced bio-system which in other terms means they are part of your life support system. Remove one of them and that will negatively affect your life.
Please check out this amazing video that brings to light new understanding of how the presence of just one species can beneficially affect many other species, the whole landscape, and even rivers. The absence of that species brings about ecological disaster. The persecution of the cat in Medieval Europe and elsewhere brought about the decimation of the human population and caused widespread disease. That was nature getting it’s own back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q&feature=share .
Loved the article and reading all about the cat show there are some beautiful cats 🙂 the only cat show I’ve ever been to was a Maine Coon one that we stumbled on and ever since then I’ve been smitten!
Your cats look lovely Ahsan. I can see right away they appreciate what you are doing for them. Now they will start to call their friends so they can also experience a better life. Congratulations on your good work..
Thank you my friend Harvey <3
and you are doing a greatest job, too because the fancy cats are always interested by the RICH but these cats are always ignored and they need us for the sake of welfare.
IF YOU SAVE A LIFE, YOU SAVE HUMANITY (whether it is human beings or innocent animals)
This is what I believe. prayers and all well wishes for you and your cats <3
Michael you have done a excellent piece of reprinting my personal observations and opinions on the “Cat Show” held in Mumbai.
This was the first cat show in the city and hence there was “Teething problems” on the first day due to a lack of competitors.
Now everyone in the “Cat World” in Mumbai and India have been exposed to a “Cat Show” and as the years go by it should be a annual event akin to dog shows.”Cat Shows” are very popular in the “Middle East” and reading through the Middle East magazine “PET ME” edited by Mr Shree.Nair (President of Indian Cat Federation) was surprised to know that they will be having the “First International dog show” in Dubai and simultaneously the “10th International cat show” on 7th and 8th November 2014.
The Muslim community prefer cats as pets compared to dogs and hence the preference and popularity of “CAT SHOWS” in the Middle East compared to dog shows, the total opposite of India.
India has a sizeable pure vegetarian Hindu community although most Hindus are non-vegetarian in food habits. Hence dogs are preferred as pets as they can be fed “Vegetarian food” unlike cats who are totally carnivorous in diet.
This could be one of the main reasons for “Cat Shows” and “Cat Fancy Clubs” in India having less exhibitors compared to dog shows.Below is a photo of my cats at home.
It is nice for PoC to be part of the development of the cat fancy in India. It has been fun to see it develop. Thanks for reporting on the show Rudolph. I hope your reporting has helped.
Thank you Radolph dear
I have shared it on my facebook, too.
I will wait for your own cat’s photos sooner or later, which will be much lovly for us all, Thanks again <3 🙂
Michael, please correct the name spelling Rudolph, thank you.
Fifty Fifty having dinner
Laila sleeping peacefully
me and Laila
Beautiful love the way she has her paw on your beard and no claws out 🙂
No Feral cat or kitten has ever opened their claws to me, ever LEAH. They are always kind to me. Only one time TUM TUM when he was 6 months old kitten clawed me and blood rushed out of the veins but he laid on my legs and weapt a lot for what he did, he was sorry. But I know that it was my mistake, not his. After that till now, he is always demanding and needs my love.
LEAH I claim myself to be the father of cats n kittens, this is what I own for me, and thanks God that in this entire population I am the chosen one, let me be that and I am happy with them (cats and kittens) <3
I must say I have thought about that more than a few times, but I already adopted 4 kittens from there. One blue cream tortie female , 1 blue/white tabby male bi-colour, 1 solid blue tabby male kitten 2 weeks old found just in time under a Coca Cola truck ready to start up, and, a red/black Turkish Van female Lucy who is booked to go to Istanbul and then Estonia, and another Demet who is a dead ringer for Nuray but from a different place. All are semi long-haired except Danny D.
All are very sweet-natured and trusting. .
Harvey your cats and kittens are really fantastic.
He looks like my LAILA (13 weeks old) kitten.
I love them all <3 , brilliant, classic and really loving <3
Thanks for sharing with us 🙂
For Harvey: Just wanted to share my colony cats.
That rubbish dump and surrounding area would definitely be infested with rate and mice if not for the sterling work of those cats.
Anatolis are considered to be a short-haired version of the Turkish Van. Notice the sturdy body even in these young cats, and the wide head.
Here is a photo of another young cat at the same place. Nuray and Daniela D are still on rodent control and kebab snatching duties on their block.
I would have snatched her up in a fast heartbeat and brought her home.
There comes a time when the well-off even in cultures that are disinterested in cats see that having a really nice cat is something of a status symbol. It sets them apart from the less affluent who struggle to make ends meet and just emphasises how successful they are and can spend lots of money pampering their cat. That sounds rather anti-social but that’s the way it is but it just may cause the disinterested uncaring average person to start looking differently at cats.
Despite having lived rough in and around a rubbish dump near an open-air restaurant (charming!) he was and still is spotless. This is probably his sister.
Very attractive and a special tail.
All beautiful cats, indeed.
I’m shocked to read of Petra Muller living with 325 cats in her villa.
I hope that “living with” means how I interpret, which is they are all free-roaming inside her home and not caged.
I’m saddened that less than perfect breeded kittens are killed.
Will just shut up now…
I’m with you Dee, I daren’t even begin to comment x
I know your thoughts about cat shows and breeders 😉
Hi Rudolph. Thanks for a fascinating look into the budding cat fancy in India. With only 2 different breeds there it looks like a lot of work has to be done to popularise other amazing cats that are better suited for hot weather countries such as the Bengal and Asiatic breeds. The Turkish cat called the Anatoli which is recoconised by the WCf would also manage quite well.. It was interesting to read about Petra Muller and her 325 Dubai cats. People criticise me for having 40 cats but you can’t have a successful conservation program with just a couple of cats.
I hope future shows will be better attended in India as the word gets around.
Danny is stunning. He’d win something at a cat show. I like hearing about India and their budding cat fancy. There is a lot of potential for pet food business in India. That is probably the main reason why these cat shows got off the ground.
Adorable little kitten with that Black tail 🙂
Rudolph. I have edited it a bit. If there is something you don’t like just tell me.
Thanks for reporting on the 2nd Indian cat show.