USA: Texas Cat Show
Just a straightforward photograph of a cat show in Texas, USA. It is not a digital photograph. High speed color negative film was used in a old fashioned 35mm camera that I still have. A local laboratory in Dallas, Texas processed the film and then digitalized the negatives. The images are stored on disk.
I like the picture because it has the flavor of a US cat show. They are rather functional and noisy places. They are noisy because they are often held in warehouse environments with lots of metal surfaces on the walls and ceiling and the floor is hard concrete. The sound reflects off these surfaces.
You can see the cats in cages waiting to be brought out by the judge (the man in the blue shirt). The people that you see in the foreground are spectators. They are the public and perhaps some of them are breeders and the people who own the cats (the breeders).
Without wishing to be unkind, the people could do with losing a bit of weight. The cats by contrast are an ideal weight. Strange that.
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Look at the decoration around the judges table; very cute. Cat shows are definitely a female world although you do see men at them. It is mainly a female event though.
The USA cat show is pretty well managed and organized. The people who attend know all about them and fit in well and know how to play their part.
I hate cat shows with a passion, have done ever since I had to go with the duty vet to one when I first started vet nursing.
Poor little cats shut in cages for hours after being primped and preened by their ‘owners’ and poked by vets, they have to sit there as a peep show amidst the noise of people ooohing and aahing !
Yes I know some say cats enjoy it, but do they? We all know cats accept everything that happens to them because they have no choice.
It’s not a cats ideal life, they don’t care about the glory of winning, only the ‘owners’ do that!
I don’t like seeing cats locked up in cages either – especially in rooms full of noise and people – it must be long and hard for them, and then they probably travelled a long way to get there – so they probably spend nights in hotel rooms and so on. This is not a viable lifestyle for a cat – it’s purely for the humans.
The mention of.-“I like the picture because it has the flavor of a US cat show. They are rather functional and noisy places. They are noisy because they are often held in warehouse environments with lots of metal surfaces on the walls and ceiling and the floor is hard concrete. The sound reflects off these surfaces.” reminds me of a cat show in Larnaca , Cyprus which contrasts very markedly. The Show hall was a magnificent place built in yellow Cyprus stone with massive wooden beams and decorated with historical photographs and drawings. The bar and the latte coffee were very good too.