This is Hope, a retired CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) Persian show cat. She is what is called an Ambassador cat. Ambassador cats are sponsored by Iams cat food and agree to be present at a large number of cat shows in the US. They are there so that spectators can pet them and see the breeds up close. They are not there to be "shown". They are all retired from actual showing. If I remember correctly, Hope is 9-11 years old. She is a beautiful Persian and when she was being shown she was one of the top CFA cats in the world (CFA is world wide although it is headquartered in the US). At the shows it is not unusual to see Hope being pushed about by her owner, Shirley Peet, all over the show hall in her stroller. Shirley will stop and let people pet Hope, who loves all of the attention. At other times, Hope will be in her "benching" area and will be just laying there waiting for people to come up and pet her. She loves the attention and does not get at all upset with all of the people and the noise. She just loves it.
Photo taken at the Garden State Cat Club's Show in Somerset, New Jersey, USA 7-17-2011
Nikon D200 18-70mm lens f/4.5, 1/10, ISO 500, focal length 22mm, no flash, hand held, taken in an arena with lighting high overhead
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