Rare elf cat coming to Springwood Cat Show

Their coats will be clean and fluffy and their whiskers sparkling for the Springwood Cat Show on October 8.

Furry friends: Sue Yates with ragdoll Adorable Horacio, judge Sue Wye, Karole West with Smokey Bandit and judge Dick Wye with white maine coon Sir Richard.

Furry friends: Sue Yates with ragdoll Adorable Horacio, judge Sue Wye, Karole West with Smokey Bandit and judge Dick Wye with white maine coon Sir Richard.

About 50 cats from around the country will hop in the showrings at Springwood Sports Club under the critical eye of four judges.

All manner of cat will be on display, including a new breed called the elf cat.

Judge Dick Wye from Wallerawang, said there were only half a dozen of these cats in Australia, and was the product of crossing the hairless sphynx and an American curl, which has unusual ears.

A Wollongong cat lover will be bringing her young elf cat to the show, which was a spectacle not to be missed.

There will be competitions for junior handlers, categories for older cats and a large number of breeds on display – everything from burmese to Scottish folds, British short hair and orientals. 

“There is a lot of preparation in bathing and grooming the cats. On show day each cat will be judged out of 100 points,” Mr Wye said.

Karole West from Blaxland will be entering her cats Sir Richard, a white maine coon with a blue and a yellow eye, and Smokey Bandit who will compete in the companion cat section – for cats without papers or not quite the right colours in their coat.

Mrs West was introduced to cat showing at a young age as her mum liked to show Persians. As an adult Mrs West began showing Russian blues 35 years ago.

“You promote your breed and meet and make new friends,” she said.

The Springwood Cat Show is from 9.30am to 4pm, entry $5 or $10 per family.