Kirsty Connell and Chino, left, Leeanne Pitman-Pryde and Huggie and Milena Gould and Anya. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

A four-hour blow-dry, five shampoos and a claw trim is the norm for Show veterans Huggie, Anya and Chino.

The pampered felines, who took out first, second and third places in the vintage cat competition at this year's Perth Royal Cat Show, have competed against each other for 11 years.

Kirsty Connell, who owns ragdoll Chino, said the cats were all aged about 12, which was the equivalent of being in their 80s.

Ms Connell said preparations began about a month ago.

"Cat shows are a beauty contest, so it's hard when they are that age," Ms Connell said.

"It's a fun hobby and we have all met through shows. Leeanne (Pitman-Pryde) and I have been showing together for almost 20 years.

"We are not here to see who wins but to celebrate that we've still got them here 12 years on."

Milena Gould, who owns Russian Anya, put her cat's long show life down to good food and hygiene.

"Her condition and teeth are better than those of some of the younger ones," Ms Gould said. "It really comes down to how well you look after them. She's a snob of a cat."

Judge Allan Raymond said a prizewinning cat needed to be well-rounded, with everything from a cat's eye shape to its coat considered.

The bumper crowds of the long weekend expectedly dropped off yesterday with about 50,000 filtering through the Claremont Showground gates.

At the wood chopping arena, Brett Reynolds' father and four sons watched as he competed in the WA tree pegging championship.

Mr Reynolds' 75-year-old father Bob, who was the WA champion in tree pegging in his heyday and has been chopping at the Show for more than half a century, said he was proud to have his son and three of his grandsons competing with him this year.

"My father chopped and people who are bred into it seem to keep with it," he said.

Bob's father, George Reynolds, was the forester who pegged the ladder into the 72m Gloucester Tree near Pemberton.

Saul's Mouse Mania, which features 40 mice riding a Ferris wheel, drew a large crowd of children.

Cody Cromb, 6, of Padbury, said the mice had done better tricks than he had learnt at the circus tent earlier in the morning.

"The mice are clever," he said.

The West Australian

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