Earlier this month, Russian cat enthusiasts filled the floor of a gymnasium in Siberia for the semi-annual Novosibirsk Cat Expo. Photographer Grant Slater picked his favorite cats and asked their owners to pose with them. These “cat Olympics” were 2,700 miles from Sochi in the middle of Siberia where it’s 60 degrees colder.
Viktor Strigin (left) and Sergey Kotov with Riolay Catrio-Kis, a British Shorthair.
Marina Degtyareva with Black Label’s Nevada, a Bombay.
Elizaveta Ustino with a Scottish Fold kitten that hasn’t been sold and given a name.
Elena Tereschenko with two unnamed Canadian Sphynx kittens.
Ivan with Tyson, a Kurilian Bobtail.
Katerina Mukha with Sonnenrad Runa, an Oriental Shorthair.
Elena Persiyanova with Ohara, a Cornish Rex.
Dmitri Afanasyev with Talisman Coon Kusha, a Maine Coon.
Tatyana Marks with De Silver Bars Only My, a Petersburg Sphynx.
Sonya with Shaina, a Petersburg Sphynx.
Sergei Shishov with Shashai Damon Sam-Yan, a Canadian Sphynx.
Kristiana Gorovikova with Manitu Damon Sam-yan, a Canadian Sphynx.
Alexei Krasilnikov with Iris Ustinya Toriya, a British Shorthair.