Pedigree cats grin and bear the royal attention

ROSEMARY MCLENNAN
Last updated 10:32 24/07/2013
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PETER McDONALD
Grumpy cat: Harle, an exotic (a shorthaired version of a Persian coloured silver tabby harlequin) grins and bears the pomp and ceremony of a cat-sized coronation gown and crown on Saturday. He won the first-time companion cat category open to pedigrees that have minor faults that would otherwise rule them out of competition. Harle, 1, has a kink in his tail. Owner Judy Wereta, secretary-treasurer of the Pedigree Persian Cat Fanciers of New Zealand, looked after his mum and her kittens while their breeder was in hospital. Harle stole Mrs Wereta’s heart and his breeder gave him to her.

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While the royal family celebrates their newest arrival, a different form of royalty came to Upper Hutt on Saturday, complete with coronation ceremony for three cats and one kitten. It was the popular Pedigree Persian Cat Fanciers of New Zealand show at St Pat's.

Palmerston North's Denise Grace won the crown for the best kitten, a 9-month-old female Norwegian forest cat called Sonia.

Judy Wereta from Porirua won a new category for best companion cat with Harle and cat of the year went to Jan Gray from Paraparaumu with Pepperbox Pop Dancer.

The overall winner of the supreme title went to Samantha Pratt of Papakowhai with her cream silver tabby exotic, a one-year-old male called Windy Acres Sandstorm.

For the top four felines there was a quick, but often unwelcome, pose for photographs in a cape dating back 50 years and somewhat newer crowns.

Judges included two people from Australia.

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