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Purrfect day out at Castle Hill Showground
If you are a cat lover, then this is the place for you. On show will be a variety of breeds of the four legged kind.
Longhair Cat Breeds, Domestic cats, Persians, Exotic Cats, Birmans, Ragdolls, Maine Coons, Siberians and Norwegian Forest Cats. Breeders and exhibits will be on hand to educate with these exotic breeds of the animal world. Learn the cat lingo for example, the colours are called points or tickled (face, ears, legs and tails that have patchy colour), each breed obviously have different terminlogy.
Birmans are born pure white and the colour slowly shows as they mature in age. The lower the temperature the more pigment (or colour) shows. When shaven they are a lot lighter in colour. Birmans are normally a shade of pale cream to beige, depending on the point colouring. Birman eyes are blue, sapphire and some are paler. Learn about markings which are genetic.
They are a gentle natured feline and love company in a quiet household and are known to obtain a dull looking coat if not fed the right nutrious food.
Birman Cat - courtesy of Kristin Kokkersvold
Maine Coon are related to the folk tale of Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France who was excuted in 1793, where she fled prior to her death with her Turkish Angora cats, and while she didnt make it the cats did reach the shores of Wiscasset Maine, US, and they were bred with short-hair breeds creating the Maine Coon Breed. Other tales are Captain Charles Coon, from England kept long haired cats aboard his ships, and in New England ports the cats would mate with the English cats and were regarded as Coon Cats. Or the Maine Coon, mated with semi fereal domestic cats and racoons, and bobcats which would account for the common colour and bushy tail and fluffy ears, but is genetically impossible. Captain Coons tale seems the more likely though. The general preception is that the cat descended from short hair domestic and long hair breeds during the Viking period. The Norwegian Forest Cat is also linked to this era.
Early 20th Century Maine Coons started to decline as Persians from the Middle East became more popular by the long haired breeders and Maine Coons were considered extinct which obviously was a false statement. Today the Maine is considered the 3rd most popular breed, with the Exotic as second and Persian as first preference.
Maine Coon Cat - Courtesy of Wikimaster97 and SecretMaster101
The Norwegian Forest Cat is a domestic cat native to Nothern Europe and very adaptable to a extreme cold climate. The Norwegian cat has a glossy, long hair, water-shedding hair and a thick wooly undercoat. They say this feline either was from Norway brought by the Vikings around 1000AD and could be an ancestor to the Siberian and Turkish Angora felines. Just like the Maine Coon, the Norwegian Forest Cat almost became extinct during the WWII. Today this feline is very popular in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and France.
Norwegian Forest Cat - courtesy of Bfe
The Siberian is a domestic cat that is found in Russia, and is known as Siberian Forest Cat, Siberian Cat or Moscow Semi-longhair. The Siberian is believed to be the ancestor for all long haired cats of todays era. Its colour point is known by some cat registeries as the Neva Masquerade and is also known to be a hypoallergenic cat. Harrison Wier an author first mentioned the Siberian Forest Cat in England in 1871, and they arrived in the US in 1990 being imported from Russia. They have three layers of fur, Guard hairs, awn hairs and down, which protect them for the colder climate of Russia, and require twice a week grooming to keep their coat in conditon.