Now coming up to two and a half years old, Walter is proving to be a lovely gentle boy. His brother, Jesse, sadly proved not to be suitable for stud work so has been neutered and is now living in lincolnshire with a previous cat that we bred, where he is very happily settled.
Walter’s first litter were born last year, but sadly only one live kitten to Glori (Fats Waller who can be seen by scrolling down on our home page).
We have plans for him this year to mate both Pascali and Lalique, which should give us a range of colours and patterns. (Walter carries solid but not dilute, just like his dad, so no blues/creams yet).
We are really pleased with how he has matured, and are hoping that he will take over from his dad in stud work, as we hope to retire George in the not too distant future.
This is our new boy, Satchmo. He has enjoyed a lot of success on the show bench as a kitten and we are hoping to continue in this vein in the Premier/Alter sections now that he has been neutered. It was a hard decision, but we wanted a cat that we could show year-round, not dependant upon hormones! He is also very much a loving and much loved pet here, and related to several of our breeding cats, so whilst the decision to neuter him wasnt one that we took lightly, it was always going to happen. Weighing in at 5 kgs at 6 months we think he is going to be a large boy and will hopefully showcase our breeding when the girls are busy with babies!
Finally – this is Mabalakat All That Jazz (Jazz) who is out of IGRCH Coonberry Daddys Girl and UK&IGRCH Alisika City-Slicker (Poppy and George).
Continuing the high quality of kittens from this mating, we have decided to keep Jazz, even though she is related to both of our current boys and a full sister to Menemsha, so, like her, will until we find a new boy, be going out to stud.
Tortie tabby with white, Jazz is a gentle loving girl, who, together with her brother Satchmo, has been having very good results as a kitten, and we look forward to showing her as an adult.
We also welcomed to our cattery Lucifern Lalique from Jo and James Hastings at Lucifern Maine Coons. Lalique is a richly coloured and heavily coated tortie tabby, with beautiful green eyes. She has a very broad muzzle and the typical grumpy maine coon expression (even though she is a very gentle and friendly girl). She currently has 3 CC’s but hasnt yet achieved Champion status, as two are from the same judge! (My fault for not reading show schedules correctly!) We have taken her off the show bench for the time being so that she can have kittens, and we hope that she will for her first litter have babies by Walter.
In the spring of 2017 we welcomed two new girls to our future breeding program.
Welcome to Alisika Pascali. Pascali is out of our own bred Mabalakat Columbia who went to Ali Blades in Nottingham (Alisika Maine Coons). Ali bred Columbia to her huge imported boy who is a lovely pale cream silver shaded and white, as is Pascali. We have long wanted this colour so were very happy to bring her into our cattery. It is a shame that Pascali showed us pretty quickly that showing wasnt for her – as such a good example of both colour and breed type we really had hoped she would do well, but it wasnt to be. So now we are looking forward instead to her having kittens with our boys (she is an outcross to both).
In November, we welcomed a new addition to our breeding cats…. Zeta joined us from breeder Ewa Szczucka in Poland. Zeta is a huge long tortie tabby with a gentle nature who we hope will be a really great addition and welcome outcross to our breeding. Her first kittens will most likely be in the autumn or spring 2019.
Zeta has a fabulous profile, wide muzzle and tall ears. She also has a long body with tall legs and promises to be a very large girl when mature. She isnt very keen on being bathed however, so may not be able to be shown – we are currently working on that problem with her! These photos were done today, at 8 months old.
Menemsha is a brightly coloured solid tortie with white. Daughter of Ch. Coonberry Daddy’s girl (Poppy) and Imp Gr Ch Alisika City-Slicker (George). We hope to have some kittens from Menemsha this year. Massively boned girl, with the same gentle nature as both parents, she is one of our favourites.
Jack is the brother to our previous stud boy, Titus. He was neutered because he is heterozygous for the HCM gene, whilst his brother was negative. A massive silver classic tabby with white, Jack is a lovely gentle boy, who is a much loved family pet – I knew the minute he was born that he would be staying with us!
Georgie is from my friend Ali Blades of Alisika Maine Coons. He is a gentle, chunky, red classic tabby and white boy. Currently about to resume the Olympian Certificate trail after a huge autumn moult which saw him take a few months out. Now regrown, and back in his glory, as well as entertaining the ladies, he is coming back out once again onto the show bench.
George is a friendly and gentle lad, whose kittens all take after him in his wonderful temperament. Everyone who meets him comments upon his laidback nature, as he lolls in my lap greeting his adoring public!
George was best adult in show at the MCCC in 2014.
We have kept back two boys from George and Poppy’s last year’s litter. These two lads are now 10 months old, and will hopefully have their first kittens early next year.
Jesse is a massive black smoke and white, and is almost identical to his mum, with her wonderful well defined smoke colouration and white markings. He is incredibly gentle and loving, and we were thrilled when he was BIS Kitten at the Maine Coon Breed Society Show in October.
Walter is a classic brown tabby with white, and again is a large, gentle boy. He has lovely markings, and although not quite as big as his brother, still promises to be a large boy, with his Grandfather’s length of body.