DIAMOND necklaces, mini fur coats and glittering thrones – these felines never have to hunt for their supper.
The contestants in the Special 60th Diamond Anniversary Cat Show were suitably gleaming – and more than a few were glittering – for the occasion.
Twenty pedigree breeds were on show at the Siamese and All Breeds Cat Club of Ireland (SABCCI) event in the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght, Dublin.
Louvane Stevenson, a judge who had flown in from Britain to choose the Best in Show, said: "The standard of cats is very good."
Propped up on an ivory cushion and with a diamond necklace for a collar was Paul Kelly's pride and joy, six-month-old hairless Russian Donskoy, Lexi.
"It's like a Sphynx," he said of the breed that feels like a peach to touch. "You couldn't let her out as they've no hair so they'd feel the cold, and in the sun they get burnt.
"She likes being in the bath. It's bizarre. Usually cats don't like getting their fur wet – but she has no fur. She's spoilt rotten."
Breeder Aimee Henson (24), from Galway, who was at the show with 10-month-old Donskoy, Luna, said neutered pets cost between €1,000 and €1,500 while those for breeding come in at around €2,000.
Avril McClurg was up at 6am to travel from Lisburn, near Belfast, with her 15-month-old Norwegian Forest cat, Snooks, who hadn't a hair out of place.
"It's just a hobby," said Avril. "I started with a Ragdoll cat and ended up with five Ragdolls, two Norwegians and two rescues, and I've a Siberian Forest coming in a fortnight.
"They're my babies – no children, no husband, just cats."
Show manager Veronica Brooks said: "In times of recession you'd expect interest to go down, but it seems to be going up. Perhaps people are spending money on shows rather than on holidays."