While I was travelling on a bus with Jerrick, I spotted a billboard.
Those were scratches on the glass on the bus I was taking if you were wondering.
I love cats, and thus, last weekend, I dragged Cartcart to take me to the exhibition hall, Nuova Fiera Roma to see the La Mostra Felina 2009.
It was such a pretty afternoon. With us being in Autumn, the leaves on trees were golden and red with many of the leaves fallen off.
Having already been to the Fiera di Roma some weeks ago, the exhibition didn’t look as cramped full of exhibition, but there were still a buzz of activity.
One of the first things that I saw was a demonstration for automated cat litter collector.
It looked very interesting at how inside turns around into a sort of filter which traps the cat litter. But it seems rather large and unsuitable for those with smaller houses.
And not too far away, there are several stalls selling a couple of cat trinkets from jewellery, cat printed bags, ceramics and others.
Initially when I was at the entrance of the the exhibition hall, I really wanted to get a cute cat balloon, but in the end, this cute cat scarf seems more practical. You like?
There were also other segments where you could take pictures of your cats, complete with a light box.
I couldn’t get a clear shot because of the crowd though.
And there was a segment where the cat tournament was held. But I wasn’t too interested in it though as it was mostly a beauty contest where the owners show off their cats.
There were a segment for kids to watch a Punch and Judy show.
I noticed quite a number of kids having their face painted with feline decorations. And I nearly kicked myself for not having worn my Cat Hat.
Anyway, the main attraction would have to be the cats itself. There were so many cats but there probably about five times the amount the visitors. I was surrounded by a lot of people. So it was rather claustrophobic for me and at the end of it, I felt dizzy and out of breath.
At the same time, because of that, I had a number of bad shots with people’s body part in the way. But what bothered me more was that there were a number of people who took pictures of the cats with FLASH! And some were even poking the cats.
The poor cats. Being in a cage for two days with loads of people staring at them the entire time and the bright lights from the flash and the poking. I’m sure some were traumatised and confused. In fact I saw a few which were shaking. Probably very stressed out.
Nevertheless, there were a number of owners who were happy to chat with the visitors and showing off their cats.
This little girl is so cute, she held her British Shorthair for me and patiently waited for me to take a picture
I’ve never seen a tri-coloured sphynx cat before.
I quite like this picture and how happy the owner looks
One of the rare men at the exhibition, showing off his cat
Here are several cats that I think I know the breeds. These are the Birman Cats.
Some Winston looking cats :
There were a number of Norwegian forest cats. They were really big and I reckon from what I saw, they are as large as a dog even.
Here are the British Shorthair. So cute!
And there were a number of interesting breeds, some of them I don’t even know their names. Can you help me out by naming them?
And I saved the cutest one for last
Isn’t she cute? I’m so in love with her.
All in all, going to my first cat exhibition was interesting – seeing all the different species of cats.
As much as I enjoyed myself though, after seeing all the cats behind the bars and coupled with the fact that there were the unthinking people with the poking and the flash makes me think “Poor things!” so I don’t think that I’d be visiting this exhibition again.