See Felis Britannica site for details
Our small cattery is set in the
beautiful rolling countryside, at the foot of North Downs in Kent UK. I have
been breeding Maine Coons since 1995. I was a Registered Nurse for many years,
but now look after my cats full time, and a full time job it is!
My son and husband help
around the house, and sometimes come to shows with me, I enjoy showing my cats
off, at home, or a shows, and you can find a list of Felis Britannica shows that
we may attend here
About our cats
Our girls and neuters (and a couple of entire males too) all live indoors with
us, its pandemonium sometimes, but they are all individuals and much loved as
pets as well as breeding and show cats.
Our girls are not bred more than three times in two years; their kittens are
born in our bedroom. After three to four weeks they are becoming more active so
they go to our special kitten room, where they have space to play and grow, or
sometimes they stay in with us, and have lovely battles over the bed at 3am!.
After their full vaccination
program they come out into the house with the rest of us, and life becomes very
interesting as they get used to the other cats and our large house. They also
have a outdoor pen area attached to the side of the house for play and fresh
air. We love them all and often keep one or two against our better judgment!
All prospective owners are interviewed, vetted and the kittens delivered to
their homes. We prefer indoor homes with, perhaps, an outdoor enclosure. Safety
and love are our main concerns for our babies, of whom we are justly proud - and
new owners are encouraged to show their kittens at FIFe shows
Pet / show cats £550, registered, vet checked, vaccinated, and microchipped. All
pet cats/kittens are spayed/neutered before homing, as we have found that early
neutering has positive benefits, not least that growth is increased slightly,
and of course, you never have to worry that your female kitten may get out and
get pregnant, or that your male will display typical entire male behaviour, such
as spraying urine and dominance. This is a practice in which UK has lagged
behind the rest of the world for many years, and in USA, Canada, South Africa,
New Zealand and Australia early spay/neuter has been common for 20 years or
more, with no resulting health problems.
Females occasionally available for breeding £1,000
vaccinated, insured, blood tested, registered and delivered.
Males suitable as studs are
very rarely available, and are generally shown at least once before going to
their new, approved, homes, prices from £1,200
Kagoza from the air
ABOUT THE MAINE COON CAT
The origins of the Maine Coon cat, are lost
in time and myth. Certainly, to survive the harsh winters of Maine USA, the
resident cats had to develop all weather coats, that would serve to protect them
in winter, and not be too heavy in the warm summer, so, they developed a
slightly oily long winter coat, with a large neck ruff, shaggy belly fur, and
luxuriant plumy tail [this is where the myth took shape that they were related
to the racoon, as they too have magnificent tail fur] In reality this is an
In summer much of this coat is lost, as is
practical, but it still retains its semi waterproof quality. They needed also to
be large and strong to survive, so it evolved that the Maine Coon became the
largest natural domestic breed in the world.
Originally, used as barn cats in the
farming community of Maine, the farmers were justly proud of these large
handsome cats, which were then called Maine Shags, and were shown as early as
1895 at agricultural shows.
The most important part of the Maine Coon
though, is its temperament, not called the gentle giant for nothing. They enjoy
the company of humans and other animals alike, but have strong, intelligent
characters, and will soon teach their minion who is in charge, while giving
unconditional love and loyalty.
They enjoy kisses and headbutts, and being
involved with everything you do, especially if it includes water, which holds
enormous fascination for the Maine Coon, so be prepared to share your shower,
and provide a water fountain or similar, so they can enjoy the sight and sound
of moving water.
Maine Coons live happily indoors, but they
are not sedentary cats, so they need play and exercise, lots of interaction, and
places to climb and jump, and if you can provide a safe outdoor space, they will
enjoy that too, but, because they are gregarious creatures, be aware that if you
allow your Maine Coon to roam, he may well make new friends with your
neighbours, whether they like it or not, but also run the risk of coming to
harm, simply because they are pretty well fearless, and ultra friendly, and also
run the risk of being stolen. Many breeders therefore will only place kittens
where safety is paramount, after all they have taken the time and effort to
produce a wonderful companion for you, and what a waste that would be if he were
to be killed on the highway, shot at, poisoned, or stolen, so, take care of your
friend, and enjoy many happy hours of companionship and joy, with the beautiful
creature that is, Maine Coon !
Over the years breeding cats
have been selected for temperament, looks, health and pet qualities, not for
survival qualities in the wild, therefore we do not expect our kittens to be
left to fend for themselves outdoors, they are like any other domesticated pet,
bred for a purpose, which is not to go and dice with traffic, disease, human
cruelty, and other modern dangers facing feral creatures, but to be beautiful
Just as with a pedigree dog,
you would not allow free access to the wild, because they have been adapted over
the years for specific purposes, cats are no less valuable, and though
undoubtedly some would survive in 'the wild', is this what you really want for
your pet? If so please, go to a shelter and give your love to one of the
beautiful cats who has survived the selection process, is more capable of
looking after itself outdoors, and really needs a good, loving, indoor/outdoor
home. Please follow this link, or cut and paste into your browser to find some
wonderful cats needing loving homes
The risk of scraping your
Maine Coon off the highway is not an acceptable one for us, it is a high risk as
they are just not street smart cats, and as they are very human orientated there
is the added risk of theft, or maiming, our kittens are bred with dedication and
love, we expect the same commitment from their new owners.
See below for some great ideas on making your
garden safe for your precious coonpanions!.
Grand International Champion
Winner Cat of the Year Show GB 2002. Photo courtesy Robert Fox
White Maine Coon
There are very few people
breeding White Maine Coons, but there is nothing quite as graceful and
There is sadly and rarely a
white linked deafness (from birth), however in a safe environment their lives
are hardly affected and they often develop "hearing" through vibrations on their
paws too slight for you or I to pick up.
Obviously, they can not go
out alone, but then why should you want them to?
Pampushka Prairie Flower
Photo courtesy of Robert Fox 2006
Kagoza Ice Warrior :- now
living in Putney, a little charmer!
You can make your
garden safe, and beautiful for your cats, without sacrificing style. With thanks
to Laura Sillence, companion of Kagoza Lucy In the Sky, for photos of her lovely