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CFA REGIONAL WINNER/GRAND CHAMPION & TICA REGIONAL WINNER/SUPREME GRAND CHAMPION
WINDRIFTER SIR RAJA OF HEAVNZSENT
CFA's 2009 - 2010 5th Best Siberian in the Nation
CFA's 2008 - 2009 3rd Best Siberian in the Nation
Raja did 14 CFA shows this season (2008-2009) and was awarded SEVEN Best Cat of Show Awards
CFA's Best of Breed ~Siberian ~ and Best of Color, Midwest Region 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010 & 2010-2011
CFA's 6th Best Siberian Champion and 8th Best Siberian Kitten in the Nation 2007 - 2008
TICA's 2010 Great Lakes Region 2nd Best Cat of the Year
TICA's 2010 Great Lakes Region 11th Best Longhair Cat of the Year
TICA's 2nd Best Brown Mackerel Tabby/White Siberian of the Year for 2008, 2009 and 2010
I have loved cats all my life. To my dismay, my husband developed adult onset cat allergies. We found even visiting my brother, who had a Siamese cat, to be extremely difficult. Within one-half hour of being in their house my husband's neck, face and eyes would start itching and burning and we would have to leave. When my daughter was six and was taking horse back riding lessons, she fell in love with a barn kitten and begged to bring it home. It was a beautiful little calico. We took my husband to see if he could tolerate this kitten and he immediately had a allergic reaction. My daughter was heartbroken.
I started doing research on the internet and I found the beautiful Birmans. I read that lots of people who had cat allergies could tolerate this breed and I was very excited. I found a breeder in my area and we went to visit. My husband had no reaction to the Birmans at all. Within weeks, we had our first Birman baby. The Birman breed was perfect as far as I was concerned. They were beautiful, smart, playful, very affectionate, there was no upkeep to their coat and they had minimal shedding. What more could you possibly want? One thing lead to another and my household of Birmans began to multiply. Soon I was fostering litters for my breeder friend and I found that there is nothing in the world I liked better than cuddling a kitten. I absolutely LOVED raising babies. I ended up getting a breeding girl and got hooked on going to cat shows. It was a great way for my daughter and me to spend time together and have fun.
After spending a lot of time at cat shows and seeing all the different breeds, I found myself in total awe of the Maine Coons. I loved their colors and size. I actually took in a Maine Coon rescue a few years back for one night and my husband had a horrible allergic reaction to him, so I knew there would be no way I could ever own one. The love of this look and more research on the internet led me straight to the Siberians. They had the look and colors of the Maine Coon, only their features are more rounded and they are a bit smaller, not much though. They have the same awesome personality that my Birmans have and they come in a very large variety of colors and patterns. I started researching this breed and found out that they were supposed to be hypo-allergenic also. To my delight, my husband had no allergic reaction to the Siberians and after a lot of research and planning, I purchased my first breeding girl. She is such a delight and I couldn't be happier with her. With the help from my wonderful friend, Siberian breeder and mentor, I am on my way to starting my Siberian breeding program. She is a true Godsend and I couldn't be doing this without her.
I am going to keep my cattery small so that each and every kitten I raise has an abundance of love and affection. My daughter and I handle the babies the minute they are born. I bottle feed and rock the babies each night, not because I have to, but because I WANT to. I like to give the moms a break and it is great bonding time for me and the babies. I wrap them up in little receiving blankets (we call this making a kitty burrito! LOL) and let the babies get used to my scent, touch and voice, even before they open their little eyes. I feel it is very important to socialize the babies from the minute they are born. When they get a little older, my husband and son are called on to help play with and cuddle the babies. In the evenings when my family is watching TV, I bring the babies into the family room and they spend the night with us. Even if they are too tired to play, we let them sleep on us. I have pictures of my husband sitting on the floor watching TV with a litter of kittens curled up and sleeping on his lap and legs. I want to spend as much time with the babies as I possibly can. It not only produces very well socialized and loving cats, but it is my therapy and keeps me grounded.
With that being said, I think it is fair to state that I am very picky about who I place kittens with. They are my babies and my love for them doesn't end the minute they leave my home. Since I brought them into this world, I feel they are my responsibility until they leave it and I take this responsibility seriously. Siberians and Birmans are very social cats and do not like being alone. It is very important that these cats have company. Human, feline, canine or other, it doesn't matter, just so they are not alone.
I find raising kittens not only to be gratifying and fulfilling, but it has given me some of the dearest friends I will ever have. My kitty friends have helped and encouraged me every step of the way in starting this cattery and I could not have done it without their love and support. Not only have they given my babies the best homes I could ever hope for, but they have added so much richness and joy to my life. A very special thank you to each and every one of you!