184 do a different kind of catwalk

A section of Mid Valley Megamall Exhibition Centre was transformed into a different kind of catwalk when 184 felines, including 50 from overseas, converged there for the Malaysia International Cat Show 2006, or MiCatz ‘06, over the weekend.  

Persian, Maine Coon, American Curl ... a bevy of beauties from more than 20 breeds competed for attention with their looks, poise and languid charm at the two-day show.  

The showappeals to boththe young andthe old, like a yearold Dasha Kimfrom Uzbekistanwho seems to beattracted to aSphynx.

It is a licensed show by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, the world’s largest registry of pedigree cats.  

There were participants from the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, China and even as far as Ireland.  

Dr SaudiDismon givingsix-year-old Gilroya groom beforehe goes on stageunder the Exoticcategory.

“Only 10 of them are domestic cats, the rest are all pedigree cats with their own registration certificates,” said assistant show manager Dr Moonyza Akmal.  

She said the show, organised by the Feline Society of Malaysia, was not only the first international cat show held in the country, but also the first eight-ring show in Asia where there were eight foreign judges.  

Also the biggest cat show held in the country, MiCatz ‘06 aimed to promote pedigree cats while instilling responsible ownership.  

Khalizi Razak, 36,is really fond ofhis Barie.

As such, it featured a unique programme called Junior Showmanship in which 12 students from Selangor and Singapore did brief presentations about their cats and grooming needs so that the idea could be inculcated among feline lovers at young age.  

The event is endorsed by the Tourism Ministry. “The show will be on the tourism calendar for the next four years,” said Dr Moonyza who also appealed for sponsorship.  

Noor Nizreen Osman can't take her eyes off Aboo who is competing in the Domesticcategory.

“The society is putting in more than RM150,000 to hold the show because many sponsors pulled out in the last minute as they did not know much about this show that is organised for the first time.  

“However, participation from both locals and foreigners is overwhelming. In fact, the Boulevard Hotel, the only hotel that allows cats, is fully booked. The show has proven to be a tourist puller,” she said, adding that the society hoped for more support from sponsors next year.  

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