CFA's 20th Best Cat 2017/2018
GC, BWR, NW Emau’s I Candy of Emauge (AKA “Sumo”) is a silver, female Egyptian Mau who started the season as a huge bowling ball. She delivered seven boys on Mother’s Day 2018. Three of those boys went on to grand in Championship, with one special boy earning a National kitten win.
But, let’s back up a little. Sumo was bred by Melanie Morgan of the famed Emau cattery. Her sire is GC, BW, NW Emauge De Beers (AKA “DB”) and her dam is GC, RW Emau’s Let’s Dance. Sumo earned her call name from a photo Melanie sent me at just a few days of a rolly-polly kitten and I responded “looks like a sumo wrestler!” That kitten went on to become the 4th highest scoring kitten in CFA’s regions 1-9 and Best kitten in the Southern Region in the 2016-2017 season.
She was also the first fifth generation Egyptian Mau to earn the National Winner title! Her lineage can be traced back from “DB” to “Dell” (GC, NW Emau’s Dancin InThe Dark of Mautrix, DM) and “Minuet” (GC, BW, NW Emau’s Minuet, DM) through GC, BW, NW Emau’s Diamonds R Forever of Emauge, DM (AKA “Dreamy”) and GC, BW, NW Emau’s So You Think You Can Dance (AKA “Tyce”).
After earning her Grand Championship title she was bred to GC, BWR, NW Emauge Forevermark (AKA “Markie”) expecting to retire from the show circuit. But, it wasn’t to be.
We had no plans to show Sumo this season but took her to the Global Egyptian Mau Society (GEMS) and Sternwheel Cat Fanciers shows at the end of July to be another Egyptian Mau entry. Although having mostly weaned her kittens she still had some milk and earned the nickname “milky girl” during the shows. Surprisingly, she was the best Egyptian Mau in Championship across the two shows.
In mid-September we started to show the kittens and one stand out was a beautiful smoke boy who went on to become GC, GP, NW Emauge Faracci. As Faracci succeeded at the shows, his mother started to come back into shape. During the fall I decided that it would be nice and possible to have her add the Breed Winner title and started to show her along with the kittens. Consistently judges would say “you know she would do better if you took the weight off” and I would respond “she’s still in recovery from having seven kittens, give her time.”
In January, a judge announced that Sumo was finally in “show shape!” By the end of February she had accumulated 3,000 points and Melanie and I first thought “she could reach the minimum of 4,300 and likely her second National win. Not only was she back in shape but she was a “professional” show cat. By the end of the season, judges were saying that she was in amazing shape for a two year old girl.
Sumo is a cat that knows who and what she is. She doesn’t get phased by anything. Who would have thought that the roly-poly kitten would become a double National Winner and quite probably the first dam in CFA to earn a National Winner title in the same season as one of her kittens.