I forgot one thing.......
I'm sure that you have already realized how HARD it is to get a decent picture of a silver mau......no doubt you have. What I do is sometimes I use the tripod and the timer......when they will sit still long enough. I always try to utilize *natural light*.......if possible. And I try to NEVER use the flash....it ruins the natural color of their eyes. On occasion, I do get a *keeper* picture. Amaudeus is so darn photogenic that he will just almost pose for me sometimes......its just a matter of him posing in the right place.....with the right amount of light. Now, Echo......on the other hand is entirely to *busy* to stop long enough to pose for any pictures so it is much harder to get a decent picture of her.
Good luck on your entry into the picture contest.