Cat king de­fends crown

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Wil­langi Nadal will need to have a shiny coat and be on his best be­hav­iour this Satur­day if he’s to reign supreme over the na­tion’s fe­lines.

The 15- month- old ex­otic short-haired per­sian cat is one of the lo­cal hopes in the New Zealand Cat of the Year com­pe­ti­tion, be­ing staged at Ngati­toa Do­main hall this Satur­day.

It is the first time Porirua has hosted the event for ‘‘ many, many years,’’ says or­gan­iser Sue Gor­don.

‘‘It’s very ex­cit­ing for lo­cal breed­ers and show cat own­ers . . . we hope to get plenty of mem­bers of the pub­lic com­ing along.’’

Many breeds of cats will be judged, in­clud­ing bir­mans, ex­otics – like Nadal – per­sians, maine coons, rag­dolls and Nor­we­gian for­est cats. Ms Gor­don says there are 86 en­tries, down on pre­vi­ous years.

Along with ‘‘ best in show’’ awards, points will be earned to­wards over­all na­tion­wide hon­ours.

Ms Gor­don says while Nadal is a dou­ble grand cham­pion, he is no cer­tainty.

‘‘He’s run­ning as one of the top in the coun­try but he could be eas­ily knocked off his perch.’’

The hall opens to the pub­lic from 9am, with the corona­tion from 4.30pm. It costs $4 for adults and $2 for chil­dren and se­niors.

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