Good evening felinity assembled, Nikita here. For those coming in late you can catch up by starting here: Houston Cat Club Charity Cat Show (Series Intro).
Using Daddy’s notes I am going to share his experience attending this event.
Once Daddy and his friend Laurence Simon got inside they began exploring, aisle by aisle. The event hall was full of contestants and their humans, as well as booths of all sorts of cat themed merchandise and services. Cat lovers from Houston and beyond were exploring the whole venue to their hearts content.
Everywhere they looked they saw cats; big cats, small cats, hefty cats, petite cats, hairy cats, and hairless cats.
There were also several Harris County shelters and rescues, as well as one from Galveston, on hand. The only no-kill shelter in Houston was also present. Daddy spent some time introducing himself, passing out Meowsings card, and collecting all the fliers, and information these organizations had to offer.
The first thing he noticed upon entering the hall was the utter silence. Oh, I don’t mean the humans, they were gabbing like there was no tomorrow. I mean the cats; Daddy said there was not a peep that was immediately audible. No loud complaints, no loud pleas to be un-caged, or for food, treats, toys, a belly rub, or for someone, anyone, to “clean my litter box, already!”
There was a distinct smell of professionalism, not too much litter box contents, in the air.
Seriously, compared to the busy, crowded, venues Daddy had visited in Southern California, Daddy said this place was open-spaced and the contestants low key voice-wise, their humans, and the vendors, easily accessible and open to chat with anyone who approached them.
The hall was set up in such a way that vendors were on the outside of the set-up, looking in, with all the shelters, and rescues, with adoptable kittens and cats, in one row all along a wall by themselves.
Within the “center” of all this were the stars of the event, their humans, and a collection of mini-stages, with spaces for those being judged to wait their turn in cages, and rows of seats for the humans to watch.
Every cat and their human had their own separate “home away from home” that the human would set up for the comfort of the cat, toys, kibble, litter, carpeted floors, and more in some cases. The humans often would even decorate the outside of the cages, and the rest of the space allotted to them and, most importantly, hang any ribbons the cat, or cats, in the space might have been awarded by the judges.
Talk about living the “Life of Riley”, this was it!
Here is Part 5 of the main story: