I began the hobby of showing my Birmans with my very first seal point Birman female, who received her Champion title at the first show I attended. Despite the rigors of preparing for and traveling to cat shows, I immediately became hooked on showing after an enjoyable first experience! Showing my Birmans has helped me connect to a community of Birman breeders, a vital source of information about bloodlines, health issues, Birman rescue and many other topics.
One of the fun traditions CFA Birman exhibitors have involves the way we name our show cats. We begin their names with a particular letter of the alphabet, according to the year in which the cat was born. Each year, we go to the next letter of the alphabet. For example, the year 2013 was the letter "K" and in 2014 we will begin our show cats' names with the letter "L." Many pet owners also use this convention when registering their Birmans, although it's not required.
I generally show my cats in CFA, although I may occasionally go to a local TICA show. Points and titles are earned separately in each association. In CFA cat shows, the cats compete in the kitten class starting at four months of age. When they are eight months old, they begin competition in the adult classes. Following is a picture of one of my show cats, as a kitten. He is being presented for a finals award by a CFA judge. This show was particularly memorable for me, because it was the first time one of my cats made every final at the show!
A CFA judge presenting Silkencats Utopia. [June 1997]
CH Cheers Beauty's Tintarella Di Luna
newest Champion, Tinta, earned her title at the Dixieland Silver &
in Charlotte, NC on December 9, 2012. She is an irresistibly adorable Lilac-cream point girl,
and I'm thrilled to have her! Tinta made a long journey all the way from Italy to join my household and
breeding program. This is a dream come true for me, and I can't thank
Daniela Guermandi enough for this precious girl!
LoveofFame Nele of Silkencats
Nellie earned her Champion title at the Colonial Annapolis show in Parkville, MD on June 3, 2012. She is a stunning girl, and a rare color for Birmans in the U.S. More than one judge referred to her as "A Little Princess," when they laid their eyes on her fabulous coloring and coat, and her enchanting eyes! A big thank-you to Jacky Killian for this lovely girl; she really is a Princess!
GRC Silkencats Independence
had a lot of fun
showing Indy, a seal point male of my
own breeding, born in 2011. Indy achieved his Grand Champion title at just
8 months of age, on February 11, 2012 at the Carolina Sophisticats show in
Concord, NC. He picked up well over the 200 points needed on his way to
granding, earning two Best Allbreed Champion awards, a Third Best Allbreed
Champion Award, a Top-Ten final (7th Best Cat) award, and several Longhair
Champion awards. This beautiful, big boy with his flowing coat and sweet
personality is an absolute pleasure to show and groom!
GRC Russpurrz Zophianna of Silkencats
beautiful blue point female Zophia achieved her Grand Championship at the Southern Dixie show in
Richmond, VA on October 26, 2003 at only 10 months of age. Zophia
started her adult show career by first getting her Champion title at the Tropical Cats show in Deland,
Florida. I was absolutely thrilled when she was awarded a
10th Best Cat and Best Longhair Champion the following weekend at the Sacred Cat
of Burma Fanciers' show in Medina, Ohio.
At her next show in Winston-Salem, NC she was awarded a 3rd Best Cat and Best Longhair Champion! Being a little tired from all the traveling, we took a month off and then went all the way to Kentucky where Zophia made two finals at the Roses For Felines show. She then "granded" in style at her next show, picking up four finals which included a Best Allbreed Champion and a 3rd Best Allbreed Champion!
Following is a picture of Expy, one of my favorite showcats. Expy achieved his "Grand" title at the Huntsville show in Alabama on July 29, 2001. Expy is an extremely sweet boy and he was always the perfect gentleman in the show ring--a real joy to show! Most often the judges would comment on his incredibly expressive, deep blue eyes and perfect Roman nose. Following is a picture of him lounging at his benching area at a show. To see another picture of him that really shows off his eyes, take a look in my Cattery History section (or click here).
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