Thursday, April 20, 2006

Show Cats

Good morning, my feline friends and upright human pets!

The Miss America Pageant has come and gone. Female human pets from each of the fifty states and Puerto Rico lined up to compete in this wonderful championship. They attempted to display style, grace, and poise admist a sea of adoring admirers and intense pressure, but in the end, only one, Miss Jennifer Berry, was the winner.

In the same respect as this American homo sapien tradition, felines have been competing for awards and titles for years. Just as the aforementioned fifty-one human females sought the elaborate, sparkling tiara of first place, there are those in the feline community who struggle for the ultimate prize of the flashy, blue-ribbon. Purebreeds and mixed breeds alike have aimed for sheer perfection, and the lengths to which they have gone are extraordinary!

In yesterday's New York Times, Anita Gates wrote a marvelous review on the PBS one hour program, "The Standard of Perfection: Show Cats":

The most interesting moment is when one cat freaks out in the middle of a competition and leaps into the audience. The film's best tip is for figuring out whether an animal has the right temperament to be a show cat: Turn on the vacuum cleaner. If the cat doesn't run away, it can probably handle audiences and spotlights.


Gales went on to remark that most felines command their human pets rigidly and gorge themselves on luxuries. She also believes there is a connection between human females and competitive cats: Most competitive cats have human female pets. Can this be validated? I cannot say. Read the article yourself, my feline friends, and see what you think!



Sincerely,

9 comments:

The Meezers said...

i fink that being in a cat show would be boring. I would never agree to sit in a cage all day. - Miles

Oreo said...

Hi Zeus! Nice to meet you. I love your pictures on your bloggie. In answer to your questions, the slender thingy in the leaves turned out to be a snakie...Mom tells me they are poisonous & that's why she freaked out. I thought it looked a lot like my favoritest toy...who knew! And no, I don't get bumps when I play with the big moths. I get to go outside whenever I want. I have my own door & effurything. Sorry dude. Hope you'll come see me again.

PrincessMia said...

Ooh I missed the show, but they are showing it again on 4/22. Beanmom says she will ti-faux it for me. I have no idea what that means but I think it means I get to watch the show.

PrincessMia said...

Hey Zeus, I just realized you're in Houston too. Hiya, neighbor!

Zeus said...

Miles: I completely agree. I'm too pompous to be subjected to that kind of ridicule.

Oreo: I'm insanely jealous. I'm hiring a trainer immediately for my human pet. I must get to Outside.

Princess Mia: Hello there! My human pet was very excited to see you lived here too! Don't you just love the heat? ;)

Kukka-Maria said...

That dreaded vacuum test was the reason I never made it on the pageant circuit.

That really sucks, since I'm considered the standard of perfection for overweight tabbies...

Buddy said...

Hey Zeus! Nice to meet you. Nice blog. When my mom brings the vacuum out I go into attack mode. I have nearly broken a paw trying to kick it's ass! I HATE (hiss) the big sucky thing. Oh and ask your mom to take you outside on a harness, it's much safer. :)

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Yeah, we do the harness thing. We are 3 gorgeous males here and yet would never pass the dreaded vacuum cleaner test either. Show Cats...bah humbug.

DEBRA said...

I accidentally stumbled onto this program wednesday night. I was interested because it was simply about poodins. But then I watched how these beans treated their poodins and I was SHOCKED and DISMAYED that any self respectin poodin would let themselves be handled that way. Kitty points to the one poodin who finally realized how undignfied the whole process was and acted like a REAL cat! Jumped out of the grip of that woman who was holdin' him like he was a piece of ham and tore through the audience. All the poodins should have revolted then! I think all them beans had their poodins on too much kittycrack!

**ABBY(the minature manx)