We are breeding cats
to improve the breed in personality, show conformation, and
health, and to keep the breed quality continuing, not just to produce more
kittens. We only have a few litters born here per year. If we don't have a kitten for you, you can contact one of our breeder friends to see if they have kittens available.
live in Northern California, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. You are welcome to drive here to get your kitty if you live
close enough. Or you can fly to Sacramento with Southwest Airlines and we can meet you at the airport with your kitty. We don't ship our kittens. Kittens can be hand delivered within California during our show route.
SPAY OR NEUTER
Our kittens will be spayed or neutered before you bring them home or they need to be spayed
or neutered before they are 8 months old. We don't sell kittens for breeding unless they are going to an established show home. We do this to keep people from breeding cats unknowlegably and having them end up in pet stores and shelters. Or having people breed our cats to poor quality cats that aren't health tested just because they're registered. There are too many unwanted cats in this world to produce more that aren't exemplary examples to carry on the breed. Most people who start breeding cats give up after a while because it is hard work and keeps you at home a lot. So we're just saving you the trouble! If
you think you want to get more involved with cats, you can start
by showing a neutered cat so you can learn all you can
about the breed.
THE BEST START
We love our kitties very much and lavish attention on them as soon as they are born in our spare bedroom. At first they stay in a nursery pen with their mom, to keep them safe from the bigger cats. When they are 4 weeks old they move to a playpen in the dining room. We pick them up and pet them a lot to make sure they grow up to be friendly and happy, litter trained
and eating kitten food. Once they climb out of their playpen they are running around the living room exploring all kinds of new things. During the very impressionable ages of 0-7 weeks of age we make sure they get extra attention and like being picked up, playing on their backs with our fingers tickling them, belly rubs all over, and letting them use us as a jungle gym to make sure they are bonding well with people and can adjust to many situations. They are all ready to be loved when they go to their new homes! We also make sure they are using their litter box consistently before letting them have the run of the house. When they start eating we give them an excellent home made diet of raw whole chicken with bones, pork shoulder, beef heart, liver, yogurt and eggs. They also have high quality dry food (Royal Canin Baby Cat) and canned so they get used to them in case you don't want to feed raw. We will give you samples of food, litter and toys to take with you when you pick up your kitten.
Your kitten should never be de clawed. A Grand
Champion 4 generation photo pedigree, without registration numbers,
is provided for each kitten after they are neutered. They are guaranteed healthy and
free of contagious diseases for 10 days. After that they are
guaranteed free of heritable disease. The new owner is responsible for any contagious disease contracted after the kitten leaves the breeder. All of our breeding cats
are negative for the infectious diseases FIV and FELV. The kittens will be vaccinated
before they go to their new homes. All
of our breeding cats are tested negative for Polycystic Kidney Disease
at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital or by DNA sample. Our male breeding cats are scanned for heart disease, including HCM by heart specialist Dr. Lori Siemens by echocardiogram every few years. Any queen who produces any kitten with heart problems is also scanned for heart disease &/or spayed. Not every kitten in a litter will be show quality, even if it has Champion parents. If you are looking for a kitten to show let us know so we can pick the most likely winner for you.
GETTING A KITTEN FROM US
If you are new to
getting a pure bred kitten we will describe our usual process
so you will know what to expect. You can tell us what your plans are for your kitty, about your family and what a great home
you have for a kitty! Not every kitten in a litter will be show quality, even if it has Champion parents. If you are looking for a kitten to show let us know so we can pick the most likely winner for you. Most kittens are born in the
springtime. If there is a particular color or gender you want, we suggest you send your deposit before they're born to avoid the rush after they arrive. After they're born you can tell us which kittens you are most interested in. When the kittens are 4 weeks old we can
tell more what they will look like when they are older and what
their personalities are like, to help us determine which homes
they would do best in. We will send you photos of your kitten about every 3 weeks. Keep in mind when they're small they have big eyeballs so their eyes may look like they're looking out to the sides till they get older. The kittens are born in our spare bedroom to make sure they are getting the best care possible. When they are 4 weeks old they move to a playpen in the dining room. We pick them up and pet them a lot to make sure they grow up to be friendly and happy, litter trained
and eating kitten food. Once they climb out of their playpen they are running around the living room exploring all kinds of new things. When they are 12-16 weeks old, you can
come get your kitten if we think s/he is ready to go. Then you can take
your kitty home and love it! We would love to hear how your
new kitty is doing & receive pictures of your baby growing up
AGE TO GET YOUR KITTEN
This is a breed that the whole family usually loves, because they grow up big and strong, but they're really love bugs.12-16 weeks old is a good age for them to go to their new homes. We will provide you with a packet of food and litter that they are used to and send them to their new home with some of their favorite toys. They love going to their new home with a sibling, because they will sleep together, which is hard for cats to do who haven't grown up together.
Your kitty's mature weight will be achieved at 3-4 years: Females 9-12 lbs, Males 12-18 lbs. British Shorthairs are generally larger, and Scottish Folds are sometimes smaller.
SCOTTISH FOLD EARS
Scottish Fold kittens need to be kept in air conditioning (under 80 degrees Fahrenheit) for their first summer if you want them to keep their ears down nice and tight. Their ears can loosen from stress, heat or coming in season, so that possibility needs to be ok with you if you're getting a fold eared kitten.
When you first bring your new kitten home, set him/er up in one room while they get used to their new surroundings. Don't chase your kitty! Some kittens are nervous in their new home at first. Let them hide under the bed for a while if they want to. Draw kitty out with a toy on stick, and at mealtimes sit near the kitty and talk quietly to them. See if he/she will lick some tuna juice off your finger. Taking the food away between mealtimes lets your kitty know that you are the one who is feeding them, and then they will look forward to mealtimes with you.
The best food for cats is raw meat. If you feed chicken with bones every other day, then in between those days feed beef, liver, heart, and an egg, your kitty will do really well. The best thing I've found for chopping chicken into 1" pieces is a mezzaluna (crescent shaped) blade. It goes right through the bone and then you can rock it back and forth to get through the skin and remaining meat. Kitties tend to carry the meat chunks off so you can put your kitty in a crate to eat if you don't want them eating off the floor. Feed them as much as they want as long as they're still eating it all. Usually about 4-5 oz per day for a full grown cat. If they're leaving bones, feed them less so they'll eat the bones too. On the days that you feed liver or heart, only feed those foods so they'll be sure to eat some. They have nutrients in them that they need. If they don't want to eat very much one time that's ok, put it back in the fridge as soon as they stop eating and they'll eat more at their next meal. Kittens can eat 2-3 times per day, gradually reducing to 1-2 times per day for grown cats. You can add variety by having a day you feed pork shoulder, cottage cheese, egg or other meat. You can find more information at ibdkitties.net. Many times raw food is less expensive than commercial foods. Feeding raw meat costs us about $1.50 per lb, getting everything we need from our local grocery store. That's about 40-50¢ per day for a cat. And it's a far superior diet. Feeding a raw diet also produces less stool, so less clean up in the litter box!
If you must feed a commercial food for your kitty, frozen raw meat mixtures are best. Otherwise canned food is better for them than dry. A good food has at least two meat sources listed first, at least one of them being a named meat meal.The best foods don't have any grain. Grains are filler to make the food cheaper for them to make but that doesn't mean it's less expensive for you to buy. Don't feed any food that has corn, wheat, soy, gluten, beat pulp, or byproduct.
We have been feeding your kitten raw food as described above. We also get them used to eating dry (Royal Canin Baby Cat) and canned (Wellness) food so you can feed those if you like. You should feed some or all of these foods exclusively for the first month and change gradually if you want to feed something else. Limit your kitten's canned food to one heaping tablespoon 3 times per day to keep them from getting tummy upsets. The dry food is only meant to be left out for your kitty if you need to be gone for one of it's meals. Raw meat or wet food is much better for them.
There are many contaminants in tap water that can harm you and your kitty. If you drink filtered water or mountain spring water you can give that to your kitty also.
I make a "pst" noise whenever my cats are doing something I don't like, like scratching furniture or they are on the counter. If they don't listen to that a spray bottle with water in it which sounds similar when you spray it teaches them quickly. You can trim your cats nails and there are also nail caps that can be glued over their nails that keeps them from scratching anything. Double sided tape can be put on the corners of couches and chairs.
We want to make sure you're not planning to de claw your kitty. Cats love to stretch and scratch their scratching post and it would deprive them of that pleasure. British Shorthair are one of the mellowest breeds and don't scratch nearly as much as others. They are easily taught to use a scratching post or throw rug. They like posts wrapped in rope best. You can trim your cats nails and there are also nail caps that can be glued over their nails that keeps them from scratching anything. Double sided tape can be put on corners of couches and chairs. A squirt bottle is a good tool for teaching them to stop doing anything you don't want them to do. First I warn them with a "pst" sound I make, then if they're not listening I get out the squirt bottle. It usually only takes one or two uses. The best thing I have found to keep them off counters is to feed them raw meat for their meals. They'll never find anything that good up on the counters so they don't even look anymore. They just wait for mealtime. They love having bar stools to sit on and watch you cook though!
A wire comb is best for combing your cat and its good to get your kitten used to it at a young age and give treats at the same time to associate grooming with something your kitty likes.
Also trimming their nails while giving treats is a good way to get them to enjoy the process.
In the spring your cat will shed, so giving a warm bath will make their fur come out faster. A bath is another thing thats good to get them used to as kittens. Fill the tub/sink first before bringing them in the room because they don't like the noise of the running faucet. Then bring your kitty in and get her/im wet all over, except for her/is nose, they don't like to breathe in water. If they have long fur then get the tangles out first or else their fur will shrink and matt when wet.