They were perched comfortably on spacious cages. Without a care in the world, they rolled and rolled — and purred, as a friendly crowd surrounding them went ‘awwww’.
India’s 6th International Cat Show, organised by the WorldCat Federation (WCF) and the Bangalore Veterinary College on Sunday, played host to an array of exotic breeds, with pedigree from around the world.
There was the Presian breed and the British Longhair. There was the Ragdoll breed and the Exotics, among others. And not just Bengaluru, participants came from Mysore, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
Once the cats were bored, they inspected the food and the water tray, suspiciously looking at visitors, especially children who were trying to catch their attention.
It was a serious business for two South African judges from the WCF. They judged every cat in various categories.
Awaiz Abrar, who is in the business of manufacturing garments, said he had to juggle between work and taking care for his five Persian cats, of which four participated in the event.
Abrar said he spent around Rs. 1,500 every month on each cat.
“I don’t really care about the awards. For me, they are the best,” he said.
One of the cats made Abrar proud in the show by winning in the ‘Best Male’ category.
Mohammed Usama said his one-year-old Azlan, a Himalayan Persian, was imported from Germany at a cost of Rs. 3 lakh.
Aniket Chorge of Mumbai was accompanied by the 13-month-old Stuffy, whose enormous size caught everyone’s attention.
Another showstopper was the 10-month-old Chubby, a British Longhair. Her owner claimed the cat “cannot stay without AC”.
“This is an annual event and our third year in Bangalore. The participants have to match the standards set by the WCF and they need to be well-groomed,” said Shree Nair, president of the Indian Cat Federation.
(The writer is based in Bengaluru)