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!