By: Dr. Cris Bird
As we reach the end of 2012, some people may be concerned that we are about to reach the end of life on planet Earth. I’m referring, of course, to the Mayan Apocalypse that will allegely occur when the current Mayan calendar cycle (all 5,125 years of it) comes to an end on December 21st. Archeologists say that the Mayans as far as they can tell simply expected to start another calendar cycle on the 21st. But, what if they are wrong?
Cats to the rescue. You see, as great as the Mayan astronomers were, they had one very large handicap. They did not have any domestic cats. The Egyptians did have domestic cats, and they also had a head start on the Mayan civilization, about a one millennium head start.
And what do you see again and again in Egyptian murals and sculpture? Why, of course, you see a great big cat, and the cat is killing a nasty looking snake-like critter called Apep. Who the heck is Apep, you might ask?
Apep is apocalypse, a destructive force that forever will try to destroy the sun and presumably everything else.
The Egyptians knew all about Apep. But they also knew the big cat could handle Apep any day of the week and any old Mayan Long Cycle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Apep_2.jpg
The key is to keep worshipping those cats, which is something the Egyptians understood. And, of course, it’s what the fanciers website is all about.
Note from Lorraine: Did you survive the Mayan Apocalypse? Order your t-shirt here:
A group of Turkeys for the holidays... well, Turkish Angoras, that is. The cat fancy has so much to be grateful for this year. Despite the tough times with the economy, our shows go on, with the magnificent CFA International held last weekend reigning again as the largest cat show in North America with 633 beautiful cats traveling to Atlanta to be handled by the most popular CFA judges, as voted on by breeders. My husband, Michael, had the privilege of being invited to clerk at the show, so he had a front row seat for all the excitement.
The show held near you this weekend may be a bit smaller, a little less flashy, but is still guaranteed to bring a smile to your face as you see owners and judges handle beautiful pedigreed cats and kittens... as well as very special household pet contestants whose pedigrees may be known only to Mother Nature. To find a cat show near you, visit: http://www.tica.org or http://www.cfa.org
Make sure you share a bit of the Thanksgiving turkey (no bones, please!) with the special cat(s) of your family. Whether your cat came from a dedicated breeder or your local animal shelter or rescue group, give thanks that you found each other!
A truly unique experience in the cat fancy every year is the annual salute to the Bengal breed, called On Safari. Every Bengal breeder considers this show a "must attend" event. There are educational activities, special awards for the feline participants, an evening banquet, and so many spots before your eyes it will make you dizzy!
The most valuable part of this show is the interaction between the breeders as they honestly evaluate the current year's competitors. Breeders vote on which cats exhibit the best examples of prized traits such as pattern and head type. Every breeder goes home with renewed excitement for the future of their breeding program, new or reinforced friendships, and as a more knowledgeable Bengal breeder.
Shouldn't EVERY breed have an annual specialty show like this one?
If you are in the Portland Oregon area on October 31st or November 1st, don't miss this very special event. This exhibition is open to the public, so if you've ever wanted to learn more about the beautiful Bengal cat breed, come to the show and learn from the top breeders in the country. This show is an allbreed show, with over 250 cats of more than 30 different breeds, so even if Bengals aren't your favorite breed, you will have plenty of fabulous felines to admire. Household Pets are also welcome in competition. For more information on entering or visiting the show, follow this link: http://www.tncc.org/