Friday 18 August 2017

Purr-fect 10: cat without a coat feline fine after her show victory

Gustas Dovainys with his Sphynx Cat 'Liala. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Gustas Dovainys with his Sphynx Cat 'Liala. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Gavin White

A hairless Sphynx cat was crowned Overall Supreme Winner in the country's national cat show.

Balinteer Community School in south Dublin played host to hundreds of cat lovers at the 26th Supreme Cat Show yesterday hosted by The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of Ireland.

Of the 74 cats on show yesterday, Lithuanian-born Gustas Dovainys (17) and his remarkable cat Liala won the Overall Supreme Exhibit prize.

Liala, who is one year old, "gets a lot of attention and loves to play" with Gustas and his little brother Matas (7).

The striking cat also won the Supreme Adult award.

Gustas, who lives in Cork, said "she has no hair so at least there's no hoovering up".

Gustas Dovainys and his brother Matas with his champion Sphynx cat Liala. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Gustas Dovainys and his brother Matas with his champion Sphynx cat Liala. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Despite the lack of hair he said "she goes outside of her own accord and always receives so much attention, everyone loves her.

"In the house we have to keep the heating at 18 degrees, otherwise she will just get too cold," he said.

Surprise

This was just Liala's second show ever, and Gustas said before receiving the prize he didn't expect to win anything.

Shauna Breslin from Swords and Ciara Delveen from the Navan Road, Dublin, with Persian
cat Kazbara at the 26th Supreme Cat Show in Ballinteer, Dublin. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Shauna Breslin from Swords and Ciara Delveen from the Navan Road, Dublin, with Persian cat Kazbara at the 26th Supreme Cat Show in Ballinteer, Dublin. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Denise Kernaghan, Newry, with her Exotic cat Marley. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Tatianna Michalek, Galway, with American Tail Sara. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Amber McCarthy, Portrane, with her Maine Coon cat Hero. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Quentan Cherry Land, a British Lilac, with his owner. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Keeping up the grooming is tough work though and he said Liala "gets a bath week to week" to keep her in great condition.

There were a number of cats on show with a variety of breeds including Persian, Birmans, Exotic, Maine Coons and Russian Blues.

Also on show was Hero in the Making, a one-year-old Maine Coon cat who was named after the 1916 Rising.

Owner Amber McCarthy (40), from Portrane, north Dublin, said she bought Hero, originally known as Katez, after attending the Easter 1916 celebrations. "I originally thought about naming her Pearse or Connolly or something like that, but I thought it would be apt to name her after all of them, so it was Hero," she said.

Ms McCarthy said Hero was "very relaxed and brilliant to have inside the house" even though she has two dogs.

Newry woman Denise Kernaghan (38) was in attendance to show off Marley, her Exotic cat who was on her third show.

Marley, also known as Kernakitz What a Charmer, "gets groomed every day" by Ms Kernaghan as well as bathed a week before every show.

"I clean her face every day as sometimes she can have some tears which need to be wiped away," she said.

Marley received a prize for second in her breed's class, but Ms Kernaghan said she was "delighted as it is her first adult show".

Irish Independent

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