I know that lots of you have been waiting for an update on Pascali’s kittens. Im sorry to say it is bad news. She had a prolonged labour, and gave birth to 8 live and one stillborn. Unfortunately, she has decided she wants nothing to do with them, and although we are doing our best to hand rear, I suspect that they suffered from the long labour, as we have lost three, and the remaining five look unlikely to make it through tonight. I am sure you can understand that this is a very upsetting experience. This is one of the awful downsides of breeding sadly, that occasionally (and thankfully it IS rare) the best of breeders do lose litters like this. This is only my second time in 30 years, so Im pretty devastated, Pascali was the best of mothers with her last litter last year.
I am unlikely now to have kittens until next year, so for those of you looking, I can recommend Ali Blades in Nottingham (Alisika Maine coons) who currently has kittens almost ready to leave; and Jackie Huddleston (Jakatta maine coons) in Cambridgeshire, who has new babies.
We are eagerly awaiting our “all red” litter from Pascali and George. Once they are born and we can make a stab at what we have, we will put a note on here. If interested in any of the kittens, remember that you need to let me know. Applications are made in the order – 1. People who have previously had kittens from me 2. People on my waiting list 3. New enquiries.
Likely colours (both sexes) are Red solid, Red Tabby, Red-silver tabby, Red Smoke, Red Shaded. Bearing in mind that ALL Reds exhibit some tabby markings, my assessment of colours may well change as they grow older!
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.
We attended the Maine Coon Cat Club show yesterday (7th) and took three of our own cats with us. There were lots of cats we had bred in competition too, and it was lovely to see them all.
We had a simply amazing day!
Kittens owned by Jacky Huddleston and Michelle Huddleston (Phoenix, Alleria and Shandris) all were placed 1st and also BOB and had red card days (all first places). Alleria went on to be Best Female kitten in the whole show which for one so young was amazing!
Izzy was awarded the Olympian certificate (her third) and also BOB and red card day. It wasnt Satchmo’s day as he was 3rd in the Olympian, but his sister had a rather better day – Awarded her third Imperial certificate, BOB, red card day, she was made Best in Show female adult, and then beat the boy to be Best Adult! This was her first show after having kittens on New Years Day so we were really happy with her success.
Huge thank you to Carole Morrison Jackson who kindly took the photos.
We have this week started to reduce our numbers in order to retire early next year from breeding. This week, Poppy and Lalique have been spayed. We will give them both time to recover and they will be ready for rehoming towards the end of September. Poppy is a large black smoke and white girl, aged 7 and Lalique is a tortie tabby aged 2 and a half. Both are gentle, affectionate girls who would benefit from being the only cat in quiet homes. Lalique is slightly nervous until she knows you, but would soon settle down, Poppy is a real in-your-face lap cat, but does have minor health issues, which Im happy to discuss with anyone interested in offering her a home. Both cats are sporting short coats after having kittens earlier this year, but these will grow back in during the next few months. There will be a charge for Lalique, but we would like a donation to the MCBS rescue and rehoming fund for Poppy. These are much loved cats and we will be wanting just the right home for each of them. Please email initially if interested.
Such an overcast day, I tried to set up a white blanket to get better photos, but they preferred the safety of their nest! All doing really well, and some very good weights. Menemsha is such a good mother. She is thankfully, happier for me to touch and hold them now.
Photos below. None of the kittens is currently available.