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Pretty purrfect pets
prepare for show
Natalie Patrick's cat Floyd will be shown at the Australian National Cats Swing of Spring Championship.
Picture: Elesa Lee
AFTER months of sadness
following the disappearance of her
two cats last year, Natalie Patrick
now has reason to smile.
Her nine-month-old Bengal,
Floyd, has been named best alter
kitten in two previous Canberra cat
shows and is about to make his
debut at the Australian National
Cats Swing of Spring
Championship All Breeds event
later this month.
Floyd's triumphs have helped
turn around a devastating end to
2010 for Mrs Patrick.
Her two ginger cats simply
vanished within months of each
other, leaving her heartbroken.
When she realised they weren't
coming back, Mrs Patrick discussed
with her husband the possibility of
buying a bengal, a cross between a
domestic feline and an asian leopard
cat. She contacted a breeder and
purchased Floyd, a seal lynx point
Bengal, and Zep, a part-pedigree
With his striking blue eyes and
white, faintly spotted fur, Mrs
Patrick said Floyd closely
resembled a snow leopard and she
decided to start entering him in
''I just do it because I love cats
and it's a chance to show him off,''
''It's to bring a little bit of
recognition and acknowledgement
to the Bengal breed.''
Mrs Patrick said Floyd was
anxious in his first show, but was
Floyd came first in the best alter
kitten category, and was named
second-best in show at another
event Mrs Patrick entered him in.
Now he will compete in the cat
category at the 15th annual Swing of
Spring show on October 29 at the
Croatia Football Club in Deakin.
The show will feature a variety of
breeds including Bengal, Siamese,
Burmese, Russian, Persian,
Balinese and rag doll, and
categories for pedigree and
companion cats, as well as desexed
and un-desexed cats, are available.
The cats will be judged against
the standard of their breed on head
shape, body shape, eye colour and
Mrs Patrick is realistic about
Floyd's chances in the upcoming
show. ''I don't expect him to go as
well as kitten [category],'' she said.
''It's anyone's guess.''
Entries are open for Australian
National Cats Swing of Spring
Championship All Breeds and will
close October 17.
For more information and entry
requirements, contact Australian
National Cats on 9544 1910, or visit
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