...Wow it has been a while since I blogged...Sorry, things have been a little crazy around my house.
My mentor and friend Sue had a stroke in March, a Monday after we had spent the weekend at a CFA cat show. She needed me to take care of her cattery and begin re-homing her breeding cats to their retirement forever homes. So I have been quite busy. Sue is doing okay, but cannot operate a cattery at this time. I found homes for 10 Devon Rex adults. They are all happy in their new homes.
I have also become involved in the Devon Rex Breed Club's Rescue committee. I haven't re-homed a devon though this organization, but I am excited to get started.
I do have exciting new... I HAVE KITTENS DUE JUNE 18, 2017. I am so excited. I will begin talking to people interested, once the kittens are born and I can post photo's ...So get ready to see cuteness : )
Well a lot has happened since I last updated. On June 29, 2016 I flew to Canada to pick up Raya's Hot Stuff of Gaia, aka "Pepper". He will be the first stud that I will be allowed to use at my cattery. My mentor Sue Perkins got him from Yvette Hout's cattery Raya. He is a Red Mackerel Tabby with white.
I cannot wait until I am able to mate him with the female that I co-own with my mentor Sue Perkins. Her name is Gaia Indigo Moon of Kirleecoat, aka "Smurfette". She is a Blue Devon Rex. I have a feeling they are going to make beautiful kittens. I have already had inquires about when I will have kittens available. Of course that depends on many things. First I am waiting on Smurfette to be 18 months old (9/18/2016). That is the age that I have decided is appropriate to breed her. I also have to have her blood typed and checked for polycystic Kidney Disease and Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome, these are both genetic issues associated with the Devon Rex Breed. I then must wait on Pepper to reach sexual maturity. That is anywhere from 5 months to 10 months of age. He is currently 5 months old. Then I have to wait on mother nature to do her part.
I will update again at a later date.....Stay tuned : )
I cant believe it has been two months since I wrote on my blog. So much has happened since I last blogged.
on March 13, 2016, my lavender Devon Rex, Sterling became a Grand Premier at the Atlanta CFA cat show. It was so exciting. I was so proud of my first Grand Premier. People have told me that you never forget your first Grand.
Rhett Butler is slowly working his way up the Grand Premier ladder, but still has a way to go. My first Queen, Gaia Indigo Moon (Smurfette), finished her six rings to become a Champion. I will start showing her again in May, when the new CFA show season begins.
I hope to have more good news in the coming months. I am trying to get everything in order, so that I may begin breeding Smurfette. There is so much to get done before breeding begins. She must be tested for blood type and genetic diseases. We want all Devon Rex to be the best that they can be. Search for and purchasing a suitable male is a very hard process. You must go through pedigrees of possible candidates to ensure that you make a match that will work to the benefit of the breed. Finding someone who will sell you a breeding Devon Rex will only happen when you prove yourself in the show ring. I fortunately have a mentor, Sue Perkins, who has made this part a little easier. We will co-own a male, this will help me experience the breeding process with supervised help. I feel so fortunate for this opportunity. I will continue to show my Devon Rex even as I begin the breeding process.
Kirleecoat Devon Rex
Today is a holiday and very quite right now. All the kitties are sleeping. I'm sure they are getting rest, so they can keep me up tonight. lol I will be busy getting ready for the Birmingham CFA Cat show at the end of this month. It should be a lot of fun.
Sterling and Rhett Butler will be competing in the Premier class. This is a class of competition for altered cats that are registered with the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association). They must each have their nails trimmed, be freshly bathed, and have their ears squeaky clean. This can be quite entertaining . I have learned, through trial and error, that the best way to bathe them is in my enclosed shower. I place a plastic tub inside the shower. This gives me more control. If they jump out of the plastic tub, I still have them enclosed in the shower. One episode of chasing a wet cat though the house taught me this!
Well the Kitties are awake...so I will blog more later.