Felines put their best paws forward this weekend as they vied for top spots in the Rotorua Cat Show.

The show was hosted by the Geyserland Cat Club at the Rotorua Racecourse today.

There were 135 cats entered in the show, which were made up of 78 pedigree longhairs, 38 pedigree shorthairs, six domestics and 13 companion cats.

Geyserland Cat Club and show secretary Dianne LeBas said the show had been going pretty great.

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"This is our first show back in Rotorua in a long time it's great.

"If today goes well we will definitely continue - because we are a Rotorua-based club we would like to have it here."

Anne-Louise Fowlie said she had two cats entered in the show and had travelled from Auckland for the event.

She had been showing for about seven years, she said.

Her cats on show were an adult Norwegian Forest cat called Winston and a Norwegian Forest kitten called Humphrey.

It was a packed room during the Rotorua Cat Show at the Arawa Racecourse. Photo/Ben Fraser
It was a packed room during the Rotorua Cat Show at the Arawa Racecourse. Photo/Ben Fraser

Fowlie said it was a big crowd at the show, and it was great for people to come along and see the cats.

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"It's nice to compete and it's great if they do well, as long as they enjoy it.

"And the company is nice. We always support each other."

She said it was a close-knit community, as it was many of the same people who entered the cat shows.

Her kitten, Humphrey, had done well, getting a 'Best in Show' and a third place.

Ian Gray shows off his Orange-Eyed White Persian named Dancing on Ice. Photo/Ben Fraser
Ian Gray shows off his Orange-Eyed White Persian named Dancing on Ice. Photo/Ben Fraser

Former president of New Zealand Cat Fancy, Ian Gray, was at the cat show with his Orange-Eyed White Persian called Dancing on Ice.

He said he had been breeding for 25 years.

Gray said one of the things he enjoyed about cat shows was that it was trying to improve the breed, and said that you also wanted a cat to be friendly, easily handled and playful.