From the moment we met Flare, we knew she was special. With her flashy colouring and sweet but demanding personality, she’s won over judges and spectators alike at the shows. In one show year, from September to May, she blazed her way to fourth best kitten nationally, and then switched over and made it to ninth best champion nationally, also winning the top titles available from the CCA and a coveted double crown (two national wins). She had two litters of stunning kittens, several of whom have taken to the show ring, either as alters or as champions. Now she helps us as Nanny Flare, every kitten's surrogate mother even into their adulthood, because she LOVES kittens, irrespective of whose they are. She's also come back as an alter to enjoy the limelights again.
Flare is a seal tortie point colourpoint shorthair in CCA and CFA, and Siamese in TICA, GCCF and FIFE.
We have imported a number of cats from Europe and the US, and they’re all amazing, but none of them are as amazing as Balance. It’s hard to wrap up in words exactly how fantastic this cat is, but I’ll do my best. He is exceptionally people oriented and reaches out with his very very long legs to hug his friends. He’s got a fantastic head, with an extreme ear set, and a very, very, very long body… and even more importantly, he has passed that onto his kittens, helping to correct too high ear sets across the board.
After five litters with us and more with other breeders, just shy of his third birthday, Balance has been neutered and started his next role in life -- doting uncle to his offspring, show alter, and beloved pet.
Space Monkey is a chestnut solid Oriental shorthair (Havana in GCCF).
Jellylorum was the beginning of our relationship with Siam Jewels. Despite being a ridiculously small kitten, she terrorized our dogs into doing her will enough that she gained her other nickname, 'The Hater'. She is our first Grand Premier and a delightful cat to show, with a phenomenal long body, deep blue eyes, and a great head shape.
Jelly is a chocolate point.
Nemo is perhaps the most important cat in our cattery, despite the fact that he's neutered and does not show due to a tail injury. His job is kitten socializastion, and he is astonishing at it. He calms and befriends all the cats that he meets, encouraging kittens to explore and follow his lead, teaching them the rules of the house and how to play and interact with humans. Uncle Nemo is priceless.
Nemo is a cream mackerel tabby (dilute of red).
Youngsmile is the queen of the household, also originally bred from Bestcats in Germany. Stephanie fell in love with her from a picture and harassed JustOriamese to let us adopt her when she was done breeding -- possibly one of the best decisions we've ever made. Stripey is an astonishing cat, extraordinarily friendly, extremely cuddly, and absolutely loves going to cat shows, where she gets to show kittens the ropes.
Stripey is a chocolate lynx point.
"Growltiger was a Bravo Cat, who lived upon a barge;
In fact he was the roughest cat that ever roamed at large.
From Gravesend up to Oxford he pursued his evil aims,
Rejoicing in his title of "The Terror of the Thames."
Before we fell into the wonderful rabbit hole that is Oriental shorthairs, we considered a few different breeds of cats, and eventually narrowed it down to our beloved slinky cats and the amazingly spotty wild-looking Bengals. Obviously, we picked the Orientals… but sometimes life gives you a second chance. We met and became friends with the breeder of the most amazing Bengals, cats who are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and utterly confident and remarkably sweet, the full package all in one. And, after some convincing, Stephanie brought home one spotty, gloriously playful, ridiculously beautiful little leopard. Growltiger made his show debut early 2016, as first a kitten and then an alter, and is doing very well. He makes an amazing mascot for Practicalcats.
Growltiger is a brown spotted tabby.