Once a cat reaches adulthood, the stakes get higher. Adult cats
and alters compete for titles as well as regional awards. Gigis
career got off to a decent start; she made three finals at her first
show as an adult! I wondered why Andrée and Pauline said
it would be hard to grand her. She was halfway there after one show!
Then reality set in.
Gigi did shows in January, February, March and April, but came
home empty-pawed after every one. She was showing well and enjoying
it, and I thought my grooming was improving, but the competition
heightened and the hormones kicked in! At her last show in April,
she had breed competition in the form of a younger fawn, who beat
her in almost every ring. Sarena eventually went to live in Germany,
Im sure the result of a nefarious plot hatched by Her Fawnness,
to rid herself of unwanted competition. Abys and Somalis are master
plot-hatchers, especially spoiled pink ones. Its what they
do at night while the humans sleep.
Gigi finished the 1993-1994 season as TICAs 2nd best fawn
Somali of the Year, sandwiched between two of her cousins, Honeymoon
In May 1994 I did what I should have done back in December- I had
Gigi spayed. After five weeks recovery, she made her debut
in the alter class at the end of June. This was the first show where
she and Bo would compete against each other in the allbreed rings
and I was curious to see how it would work out. No judge finaled
them both- that didnt happen until Westchester- but they both
made finals. Bo made two, and Gigi made three. They were all Specialty
finals again, but they were just enough for Gigi to reach another
milestone- she became a Grand Champion Alter that weekend!
Six weeks after that, Gigi had her best show to date. She made
five finals, including, finally, an allbreed final! She had earned
so many points during those shows she did as a whole cat, where
she made no finals, that her first three rosettes meant three more
titles on her way to the top. She made Double Grand, Triple Grand
and Quadruple Grand all in the same day! Her next show was a trip
back to the scene of the crime- same club, same weekend, same show
hall, where this crazy adventure began.