Almost as soon as I stopped updating yesterday on Peggy’s litter, Izzy went into labour!
We have:- Two red and white – could be male or female, tabby or solid (though both have nice tabby markings at present)
One tortie tabby and white girl
One brown tabby and white male.
It was a long and tiring labour, and she is being very protective of them, so pictures will follow in due course. If you are interested, then as with Peggy’ s kittens please email or pm me. I would prefer not phone calls if possible at present please.
Obviously, please also read what I put yesterday about current circumstances regarding Covid-19. Hopefully, all will be back to normal as soon as possible and at least I have lots of lovely fur babies to play with in the meantime, so not all bad!
For those of you who have been patiently waiting for news of our last two litters, I can tell you that Peggy has now delivered her babies (Saturday evening) and is proving herself to be an exemplary mum. Before I give news of the kittens (no photos yet as she is very protective of them) I want to raise some concerns and changes to the way we normally work, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
We take bio-security very seriously here, and never allow visits in any case until after the kittens have had their first vaccination at 9 weeks. However, depending on where we are in terms of lockdowns etc., this visit may not be possible to arrange – in fact, vaccinations may not be possible, this is unknown territory for everyone of course. So please do bear with us whilst we all have to wait and see how things develop. I would have not gone ahead with these two litters had I known what was in store for all of us by the time they were born, but here we are…..
so…. I will post weekly images on here, and will send to those with options on the kittens, and will try to master the art of video too, so you can follow their development. (looks like we will all have the time to learn new skills!).
Izzy has not as yet had her litter, though she may well have them a little earlier than her due date (tomorrow), as she is so large. But I can tell you that Peggy (who was mated to the gorgeous Gus, owned by Jackie Huddleston, Jakatta Maine Coons), has had 5 boys.
We have (some final decisions still to come so bear with us) 1. Red solid or red tabby boy. 2. Red solid or red tabby boy with white. 3. EITHER red smoke and white boy, or red silver tabby and white boy, just possibly, he could be cream rather than red. He is very pale. 4. Brown tabby with white boy (may possibly be silver tabby, but Im pretty sure he is brown) 5. Black smoke with white boy.
As explained to everyone who has asked, I will keep a careful list of all who contact me (please – by email or pm rather than by phone) and after two weeks will assess for allocating options. As always it will be in the following order – 1. people who have had kittens from me before. 2. people on my waiting list, who have filled in my kitten form, and again, in order of length of wait. 3. new enquiries, who will also be asked to fill in a form for me.
So, let me know if you are interested in any of these, and I will be updateing with photos as soon as I can. I will update a few days after Izzy has had her kittens too.
Keep safe everyone, and dont forget to hand-wash (mine are sore already).
We can now confirm that our next (and last!) two litters will be in March.
Peggy (Ch. Mabalakat Peggy Lee) has been mated to Jacky Huddleston’s lovely Gus, and will be due around 20th March.
Colours in this mating, could, literally, be any colour! Both cats are silver, both carry dilute and solid, so any of the following are possible:-
Solids – in Black, blue, tortie, red or cream (torties will be girls, and reds/creams males)
Smokes – in Black, blue, tortie, red or cream (as above re sexes)
Tabbies – Brown, Blue, Silver, Tortie, Silver tortie, red or cream, Red-silver, cream silver, blue silver (again, any torties will be female, reds or creams male).
All most likely with white.
Izzy (UK Imp Gr Ch Mabalakat Northern Lights) has been mated to George (UK Imp Gr Ch Alisika City-Slicker). Kittens expected around 24th March, and will be either solid or tabby, but no dilutes or silvers so likely colours are :-
solids – Black, or red or tortie
Tabbies – Brown, red, tortie
Again, all likely with white. In this instance, reds (either solid or tabby) can be of either sex.
Scroll down to see photos of all the above parents. Parents are all tested and are negative for HCM gene, SMA and PKDef genes.
If you think you might be interested in a kitten from either of these litters, I would remind how we work:
I will post details once the kittens are delivered after a few days to ensure all are doing well, and we know what we have.
I allow 2-3 weeks for people to check and let me know if they are interested in any of the kittens. After this time, I will place options on them, in the following order…
First to people who have had kittens from me previously.
People already on my waiting list, and if more on the list apply than we have kittens, will be in order of time they have spent on my list.
So it is advantageous to be on my waiting list, but I wont chase you – it is entirely up to you if you want to keep an eye on my website at the appropriate time or not. If you are not already on the list, and would like to join, then email or pm me via fb and I will send you the necessary form.
I would stress an Option means first refusal, it is not binding. People with options receive weekly updates, and are invited to come and meet their kitten after the 9 week vaccination. If at that point, they, or I am unhappy with the suitability of that kitten for them, the option will be withdrawn, and the kitten made available. If all is good, then at that point a small deposit is made and the kitten is Reserved for them. Kittens dont leave home until after they receive second vaccinations (12 weeks) and then are neutered at 13 weeks, so generally leave us around 14-15 weeks.
Made a very long journey to the Celtic show in Chepstow on Saturday. Jazz was her usual laid back self, and was awarded Reserve Olympian, and had a red card day with BOB and two firsts in side classes. She wasnt interested in posing for photos, being happy to lay on her back in the pen and paddle her paws in the air!
Eclipse behaved beautifully at what is still only her third show. First and BOB plus two thirds in side classes. She is doing really well, and I have high hopes for her show career.
Funny how the camera picks out her ghost markings, which in fact are impossible for the eye to see! Really loving her strong muzzle!
It is possible that we will have two litters (possibly our last litters ever) in March. A little too early to tell, as yet, but Peggy has been to visit Gus, and Izzy has been entertained by George (which will definitely be his last litter).
We will update on here as and when we have confirmation.
We have now done our final shows for the year. After her success at the Supreme, Jazz went out to try in Olympians at the Yorkshire double show, and was placed as Reserve, with a wonderful write up from her judge. She also gained BOB in one show. Our new baby, Eclipse, was out for the first time, and gained 1st and BOB in one show, and 2nd in the other, but was placed high in all her side classes. She is showing great promise, and we are pleased with her, she dealt with the travel and handling really well, considering she is only just 15 weeks old.
At the National double show in December, Jazz was awarded her first Olympian certificate, and both Best of Breeds. She also did really well in side classes. Satchmo didnt achieve a certificate, only gaining a third place in the Oly class, but did get both Best of Breeds, and also had some excellent side class results. He still hates travelling, and has shed quite a bit of his ruff so we are not entering him for a while, to give him a break. Eclipse again did us proud, with both 1st and BOBs and excellent side classes too. I have high hopes for this little girl.
A bit late, but we had a wonderful day at the Supreme show this year. We took brother and sister, Satchmo and Jazz. Satch was up for the UK Grand Premier certificate (his first – only awarded at the Supreme show annually, and two needed for the title). He was awarded the UK and kept back for the other cats in his colour group to be judged for Imperial, Grand, and PC before Best of Breed could be awarded. As each class was done, the winner was compared with him, then sent back to their own pens…. this was nail biting, but in the end, he was given the BOB, making him the best Silver Tabby series neuter present.
Then it was Jazz’s turn. Having had time out at the beginning of the year to have kittens, then recover, she was going for the Imperial Certificate. Again, she was awarded the certificate, then kept back and judged against the winners of the other classes. Didnt take so long in her case, as there werent so many cats in these classes, but she was up against some stunning boys, so it was very tense, and in the end, the judge awarded the Best of Breed certificate to her! To say I was pleased would be an understatement!
Later in the day, both were up against the Bests of all Semi-Longhair breeds for the Best of Variety award. In the case of the neuters, none of the Maine Coons were considered, and the award went to another breed. But in the entire cats, three maine coons, one male, another stunning female, and Jazz were up against the Siberian boy as the judge’s finalists. Back and forwards it went, with the judge admitting she was having trouble making up her mind. Back went the MC boy, leaving just the two MC girls and the Sibby. Then the other girl was put back, and it was down to the final two…… Jazz and the Siberian. I had everything crossed, but in the end, the judge went for the Siberian. (sigh)… though I have to admit, she said it was so hard, and he was stunning, so never mind being beaten by such a wonderful cat, but would have loved to have made it up on to the top stage with Jazz. Ah well, maybe next year!
Some photos of both being judged and in their pens….
Last year we mated Pascali to George’s son, Walter. These are two of the litter – red classic tabby and white, and red shaded and white. The red tabby is looking very like Grandad George. These two boys are just one year old, and showing how differently MC coats can develop, but wow, what muzzles and ear set. We look forward to seeing what the current mating to George will bring!
Apologies for no recent kitten updates. It is our club show next weekend and Ive been getting everything ready for it. It is at Garth Hill College, Bracknell, RG42 2AD for those who would like to visit on saturday 5th. Public entry from 1pm. After which, photo updates will continue.
However, Lalique is now more than ready to find her new home. She is a lovely affectionate girl, slightly shy until she gets to know you, but once she does you will have her with you everywhere! She is a beautiful green-eyed, very red tortie tabby, and her birthday is next month so she will be 3. The photo shows her in full coat. (She loves being groomed, so you wont have any problems with that massive coat), but at present she is in a shorter summer coat.
If you would be interested, please do get in touch. It would be far better for her to be in a loving pet home (ideally as the only pet), where she can have the attention she craves.
She is neutered, will be boostered prior to leaving, and is a very healthy lass. There will be a charge for homing of £250.
Finally – kitten news! We have recently mated Pascali to George, and although too early to confirm yet, we hope for kittens mid-november. This will be a totally red litter – could be tabbies, red silver tabby, red smoke, and red solid and shaded – that will be fun, sorting out that lot!!
Updates will be posted once we have more news on her progress. As always, people on my kitten list who get in touch after the birth announcement will be given priority for optioning kittens.