Look: Cats 'walk the ramp' in Bangladesh's largest feline show

At least 900 cats take part in the show that drew more than 15,000 admirers

By AFP

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A participant prepares her pet cat during a cat show in Dhaka. — AFP
A participant prepares her pet cat during a cat show in Dhaka. — AFP

Published: Fri 24 Feb 2023, 9:09 PM

Cats in velvet, cats in skirts, cats in sunglasses, cats in football kits: Hundreds of felines were dressed to the nines on Friday for Bangladesh's largest-ever cat show.

Owners sashayed down the catwalk carrying their furry friends, while others feasted in eating competitions or simply took cat-naps.


Sunglasses were a popular item, as were matching hats and jackets, along with Brazil and Argentina football shirts — the two South American giants have avid followings in the South Asian country.

A participant walks the ramp holding her pet cat during the cat show in Dhaka.
A participant walks the ramp holding her pet cat during the cat show in Dhaka.

Tabassum Akter adopted Z six months ago, and dressed him in a special collar for the event, at Dhaka's biggest shopping mall.


She regularly takes him out with her, but receives odd looks when she does so. "It's important to realise that these animals also want love, sympathy, and care," she said.

A participant displays her pet cat during the cat show in Dhaka.
A participant displays her pet cat during the cat show in Dhaka.

Domestic cats are common in Bangladesh, especially in rural areas, where they are used for vermin control.

Companion pets are largely the preserve of urban upper and middle classes, and felines dominate for religious reasons in the Muslim-majority country.

A pet cat attends the cat show in Dhaka.
A pet cat attends the cat show in Dhaka.

Organiser Rabi Hasan purred with satisfaction at the turnout for the event, saying at least 900 cats took part, drawing more than 15,000 admirers.

Nasif Ullah adorned his cat Poko with the features of a honeybee, and hoped the event would raise awareness among Bangladeshis of animal rights.

A participant walks the ramp holding her pet cat during a cat show in Dhaka. — AFP
A participant walks the ramp holding her pet cat during a cat show in Dhaka. — AFP

"There is a tendency to cause harm to cats everywhere," he said. "We often don't realise that these creatures also have some rights."



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