Good evening felinity assembled. For those coming in late you can catch up by starting here: Houston Cat Club Charity Cat Show (Series Intro).
We are in the home stretch with our story of the day Daddy spent at the show. He spent time observing the judging, watching the conduct of the contestants, the judges and the humans in the audience, sitting in several rows of chairs.
The audience quietly observed the proceedings, taking photos and listening to the judges explain about the breeds, what they were looking for as they put the cats through their paces, and how they came to their decisions in awarding ribbons, and choosing the ultimate champions.
Big cats, small cats, hairy cats, not so hairy cats, young cats and more mature cats all had their moment to shine.
There were humans there who had been bringing cats to shows for decades, and winning awards just as long. Some of the cats were following in the pawsteps of their ancestors.
The guy cats had to restrain their more "guy" impulses and the gals had to be at their most "lady-like" in order to properly perform, and look, good enough to impress the judges.
The judges were men and women, some with many years experience on the circuit. With a mix of seriousness and humor, they went about their job of examining and handling the cats as well as explaining things to the audience.
It seemed, to Daddy, that the cats, especially those who had been around the show circuit a few times, knew exactly how to go through their paces.
The other contestants, in nearby cages, watched intently, trying to glean anything that would help them make a better showing when their turn came to be judged.
Daddy says he knew that some of the humans in the audience had cats being judged, but he didn't notice anyone chewing their nails, or showing any other outward signs of nervousness.
I wondered if they got treats for good behavior after the judging was over, but he says he didn't notice if they did.