Although only three cats won prizes, every cat is a winner. Courtesy of poster “Ein Sophistry”, heeeeeere’s Phoenix:
Meet Phoenix: Lilliputian of head, Brobdingnagian of belly, epic of tail. The contorted resting position and vacant expression seen here are entirely typical of this…eccentric feline (even without the reflection of the camera flash, his eyes always engender the impression—which his behavior seldom fails to reinforce—that there’s not a whole lot going on upstairs). We adopted him as a young kitten, tracking him down just a few weeks after we’d taken in his mother. We were hoping for a happy renewal of the parent-offspring bond, but they instead immediately set about vigorously trying to kill each other. The vet ultimately confessed that Phoenix was the only member of his mother’s litter she hadn’t eaten. Before he came into our care, he’d contracted a sinus infection, which left him with a permanently runny nose. Now, he sniffles and snuffles constantly, and snorts when he gets excited. This seems to have impaired his olfactory and gustatory senses as well, as he’ll eat anything he can fit into his mouth. He once swallowed a rubber door stopper, which had to be surgically removed to the tune of about $3,600 USD. Don’t let his innocuous appearance fool you; he’s given to run-by ankle bites and random attacks from above (though, fortunately, the sniffling tends to telegraph his strikes). He’s a handful to be sure, but he’s brought a great deal of fun into our lives. He’s one vereh speshul kitteh!