Fame for fe­line

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Wil­langi Nadal may be the New Zealand Cat of the Year but owner Sue Gor­don says he will be keep­ing his paws on the ground.

The ex­otic short-haired per­sian cat did the busi­ness on his home turf on June 14, tak­ing a col­lec­tion of rib­bons at Ngati­toa Do­main hall in Mana.

But The Cat of the Year judg­ing was sep­a­rate to the other cat­e­gories, and Ms Gor­don says it came down to Nadal, a ‘‘beau­ti­ful’’ norwegian for­est cat and a well-pre­sented bur­man.

‘‘I was con­vinced the norwegian for­est cat had the edge, but the bur­man was very, very nice.

‘‘It was close but when she called Nadal’s name I was just so ex­cited. We [ Ms Gor­don’s grand­daugh­ter took care of Nadal on the big day] were just so sur­prised, it’s won­der­ful.’’

Ac­cord­ing to the judge, Nadal was stocky and round, just like his breed should be, had lovely mark­ings and an ex­cel­lent na­ture.

Ms Gor­don says de­spite foul weather out­side, the hall was ‘‘packed’’.

More than 80 cats were on dis­play and it was great to get the pub­lic’s sup­port, she says.

‘‘ We had all ages com­ing through, peo­ple were re­ally ex­cited and I had a num­ber come up to me to see Nadal.’’

A maine coon matched Nadal’s ac­com­plish­ments with four ‘‘best in show’’ prizes.

Along with rosettes and other prizes, Nadal won 19 kilo­grams worth of high-grade cat food, which ‘‘should sort him out for a while’’, Ms Gor­don says.

Ms Gor­don and Nadal have a com­pe­ti­tion com­ing up in Nel­son and plenty more this year to en­sure Nadal stays ahead of a ri­val rag­doll, who is very close to him on over­all points.

Glamour puss: Wil­langi Nadal, from Whitby, lived up to his top billing and took the Cat of the Year ti­tle.

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