Cat king defends crown
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.