THE Southern Highlands is just crazy about cats.
The Feline Association of New South Wales (TFA NSW) held its first cat show in Bowral yesterday and people from Albury to Sydney made their way to the Highlands to show and see cats.
Organiser Helen Toovey said the cat show was something different and a great event for the Highlands.
"There are many different breeds here and we had the vet here this morning doing health checks," Ms Toovey said.
"He had never seen some of the breeds we have here today, such as the pixie bob, which is a polydactyl (having many or several digits)."
With more than 300 people through the door, she said she was keen to have a Christmas in July Cat Show next year.
"I'm really happy with it all. We've had some great feedback and everyone thought the cats were gorgeous.
"Judges from the Queensland Feline Association came down for it, which was great, and we had more than 70 exhibits, which is very good for a new club. We're very pleased with the turnout.
"We've had a lot of local breeders on show today and it's good to show people that we have registered breeders here and you don't have to travel to Sydney for a cat show."
Ms Toovey said the Christmas hamper was won by Braemar resident Michelle Rendell.
"Her little boy was so excited to win the hamper, he just couldn't speak. It was the highlight of my day," she said.
Many were excited to see the cats at the show and Mittagong resident Peggy Thompson said it was a good thing for the area.
"It's a great thing to have here; it gets all the cat lovers together in one spot," she said.
Moss Vale resident Betty Taylor was excited about the cat show and was eager to cuddle a ragdoll kitten.
"I just love all the animals. My daughter, Julie, has come up for the day and we're having a lovely time," she said.
The Clark-Hayes family was showing their ragdoll cat, Kasper, for the first time and Lucy Clark-Hayes said the judging was her favourite part.
"Everyone gets to see Kasper and hear about him," she said.