So far in my show career, I seem to be doing better in the grown-up Premier (CFA) and Alter (TICA) categories than I did as a kitten. And if you look at early kitten photos of me, you can see why! It’s one thing to be small and cute — all kittens are — but how could anyone even guess how or if I was going to measure up to any sort of Somali breed standard? With some breeds, the quality is pretty clear even when they are kittens. We Somalis don’t look like much when we are youngsters. Plus I was spayed early on, and healing from that delayed my development. The above photo is from my spay day.
It was while I was healing and my tummy fur was growing back that my human got my show cage. Look how skinny my face is!
And here I am at one of the first shows I did after I came to live with my human. I was already a seasoned show kitten but really, I was pretty scrawny.
Here is a photo of me from the Las Vegas show in early October — I am all arms and legs. Plus the lighting in that hall was so bad my fur color was off. I was grateful when any judge put me in a final. I’m sure being sweet to them helped lots!
And here I am at last weekend’s Palm Springs show — big difference, right?