The 8th INTERNATIONAL CATSHOW - DUBAI 2012
The 8th edition of The International Cat Show Dubai, the most prestigious feline show in the Middle East, was held with glitz and glamour at the Almas Tower Conference Centre, Jumeirah Lake Towers, on 23 & 24 November, 2012.
Organized by the Middle East Cat Society (MECATS) under the patronage of World Cat Society (WCF) the show was sponsored by PETME magazine, along with Petzone, Bonnington Hotel-JLT, Gulf Rider, JS-Active Bavaria, NMC Vet Dvn, Pets Plus, The City Vet Clinic, Alpha Pet Food, Synergy Labs, Butch and CityMax Hotels.
Visitors were able to witness the elegant display of well groomed felines exhibited in decorated cages by the proud owners of various breeds. There were many breeds of cats like the Arabian Mau, Persian, Himalayan, TurkishVan, Scottish Fold, Bengal, Sphinx, Thai, Siamese, and British Shorthair, to name a few. A total of 62 cats participated in the two day event and a large number of visitors arrived at the venue to see and cheer the winners.
The judging team from the World Cat Federation was led by the President of World Cat Federation, Mrs. Anneliese Hackmann (Germany) along with Dr. Johan Lamprecht from South Africa and Ms. Cornelia Hungerecker (Germany). Judges also advised the cat owners on important issues related to cat welfare and care. They also sometimes assigned the feline under examination to a distinct breed different from the one the owner believed it was, with the bewilderment of the attending people!
The Best of Best prize of 23rd Nov 2012, was won by the a male Bengal cat named Pipo owned by Ms. Yolanda Pohl Martinez and the Best Opposite Sex prize was given to Intrl. Champion Persian House Amber Rose, a color point (Himalayan) owned by Mrs. Sandra Al Sumait from Kuwait. The prize for the Best Kitten was won by an Arabian Mau cat owned by Ms. Julia Babach.
On the 2nd day, 24th Nov 2012 the Best of Best prize was won by Channel, a Highland Fold can owned by Mr. Omer from UAE, and the Bengal cat, Pipo won the Best Opposite Sex trophy. The Best Kitten was again won by another Arabian Mau "Savannah" owned by Ms. Julia Babach.
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World Cat Federation gives Life-time approval for the Arabian Mau Cats!
Animal Planet exposes the Arabian Mau Cats to the World!
Cats that are found near the homes and streets of the United Arab Emirates and the neighboring countries of the Arab peninsula are no more the ordinary Street cats anymore since they are internationally accepted as the breed called the ARABIAN MAU. The International governing body for Cats, the World Cat Federation (WCF), gave its final approval for the Arabian Mau Cats during its Annual General Assembly held in April 2012 at Germany.
To comprehend this ANIMAL PLANET the world renowned TV Channel for Animals, has broadcasted the episode on the Arabian Mau Cats, in their CAT-101 series ( a clip can be viewed at the Animal Planet, Cat-101 website). This has created a sensation in the USA and Europe for these local cats of Arabia. Many cat lovers and breeders from various countries are visiting the UAE, to see the Arabian Mau Cats and to take a pair with them for breeding in their country and to show at the Cat shows.
Ms. Petra Mueller, who was mainly responsible for the study of the Arabian Mau cats and presentation to the World Cat Federation (WCF) for their recognition has spent over ten years to prove their uniqueness to the WCF. She said, I am glad that WCF and the rest of the world have come to recognize our local cats, the Arabian Mau as an international breed. It was so sad for me to see them
neglected, abandoned and abused in the streets of the UAE and other Gulf States. I recognized that they were ignored as there was no awareness about them and people felt no value for them, since they were not a recognized breed like the Persian or Siamese cats. Therefore I wanted to create the awareness about these cats by getting them an international status and recognizable breed name. Even though it took around ten years and considerable amount of funds, it worth it.
Even though the Arabian Mau cats have received international acclaim, in the home countries they are not receiving the recognition that they deserve. We request the national and international communities of these countries to come forward to adopt more Arabian Mau cats. We hope the governmental authorities and animal welfare organizations of the Gulf countries will put more effort to protect and cherish the Arabian Mau Cats.
SUPPORT to SAVE the ARABIAN MAU CATS!
The Middle East Cat Society (MECATS),is preparing to set up a Homing & Care center for the Arabian Mau Cats, in the UAE. These native cats of the Arabian region, which has been approved by the World Cat Federation (WCF) in 2008 as an accepted international orginal breed, is diminishing in numbers as their natural habitats are replaced by development projects. This orginal breed needs to be cherished as they belong to this region.
We hereby request all those who care about animals, both individuals & organisations to come forward to help us to complete this task. We are in need of financial support and all other possible help from all of you. Kindly make your contributions, small or big to MECATS. Please contact us via email or just call us, to discuss your contribution and participation.
PETRA Mueller -
President - MECATS
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