Huge thanks to Neil Wiles for these lovely photos of George at last weekend’s double show (excuse the old hag holding him lol!) Olympian classes are so hard competing against the best of every breed. I just felt in full winter coat he looked so amazing had to give it a go, and was very pleased that he was placed 5th and 6th in such large classes of wonderful cats all in their prime. George is the father of most of my cats, and is grandfather to Jazz’s babies.
Here is judge Ms Bruin’s report on him from the Southern show: 5 CANNELL’S UK IGR CH ALISIKA CITY-SLICKER (MCO d 03 22). Large, rectangular; high on heavy legs. Voluminous muzzle that cld be a tiny bit longer for perfection. Lovely eyes for shape, size, placement and expression. Ears large, wide at the base, set at a slight slant as he was very relaxed; large tufts. Coat of good length; double structure a little too opulent. Red Blotched (pattern rather vague) and White Bi-Colour. Purring along when handled
As Menemsha is looking so lovely at the moment, we took a photo. Sadly, at 4 years she has only produced one (rather lovely) litter. She just doesnt call very often, but we have a handsome boy lined up for when she does! Hopefully it will be this year.
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.