Changing of the Guard

Yesterday we said Goodbye to Max, our stud male, and both of Sweetie’s little girls.  Max and the kittens went to a different breeder, Heather of  Worthwhile Persians.

 

Actually,  Heather used to own Max’s Grandpa, and she raised his Dad.  She’s thrilled to welcome Max home to her cattery, and to restore his lines in her breeding program.  She’s also added 3 of his daughters to her breeding program, to breed to her other males.

 

What does that leave us?  Frankincense — Max’s red son.    His first birthday is coming up in early December, and we hope he’ll breed for us come Spring.   At the moment, we only have Patches to breed him to, but we hope to gain some unrelated females next year.  I keep telling him, “Now, you’re the man in charge, Frank.”  He seems to like that news, though he’s looking at Snoopy from the corner of his eye, hoping that he leaves soon.

 

Sweetie has been an awesome queen in our cattery, but it’s time for her to resign and become the Queen Mum.  We’ll spay her and plan to keep her, because we are all attached to her.  She’s been a wonderful mother cat, caring for her kittens, and teaching them well.   But at 8.5 years old, we don’t think it’s wise for her to have any more litters.

 

I took some pictures of Sweetie’s kittens before they left, but our digital camera cord broke and the computer won’t read the SD card for me.  So we’ll have to get a new cord before I can post their pictures, as well as an updated photo of our new Stud King, Frank.

 

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A difficult week for ElCloud Cattery

Dreamy gave birth to kittens 2 weeks ago, but it was a long and difficult delivery.  We had to take her to the vet for a c-section to deliver her final 2 stillborn kittens.  When we brought her home, she had no interest in nursing her surviving kittens, so we’ve been bottle-feeding them from the beginning.

We’ve never had a cat need a c-section before, so the recovery process was all new to us.  We weren’t sure what to expect for a recovery period, but when a week had gone by and she still wasn’t herself, we called the vet.  We started giving her some high calorie food supplements to try to perk up her appetite, but over the weekend she didn’t seem to improve.

Monday we took her to the vet.  We left her there so he could observe her, give her some sub-q fluids, more antibiotics, and try to get her eating normally again.  Unfortunately, she died overnight.  In some ways, it was a surprise, but in other ways it wasn’t.  We knew she had grown weaker over the weekend.

We are all sad to have lost Dreamy.  She was such a sweet and beautiful cat, and a good mother.   Her kittens from last year went out to four families, who are being blessed by their sweet personalities, as well.

Dreamy

Goodbye, Dreamy! You will be missed.

April

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For Sale: 2 year old Tortoiseshell Persian

ElCloud Rings A Melody (called Melody) was born in August of 2007.  She’s a tortoiseshell Persian with a dark black background and patches of red here and there.  She is a beautiful flat-faced Persian.

Melody blinking

Melody's beautiful face, although we could NOT get a photo with her eyes fully open.

Melody’s  parents’ pedigrees can be viewed at Catpedigrees.com.  Some of the lines in her pedigree include Airlia, Prideomine, Kitty Charm, and Charmyr on her Mom’s side.  Her father’s lines include Worthwhile, Smoky Ridge, HighlandKatz, and Cattabury.  Although neither she nor her parents have been shown, there are Champions and Grand Champions in their bloodline.

We kept Melody to be a replacement for her mother as a breeding cat.  We love her, and have raised her as our pet all along.  But, with the addition of new cats this year, we’ve had to make a choice.  Melody doesn’t care for the new cats.  She prefers to spend much of her time in the bedroom with Max, away from the other cats.

Our oldest daughter isn’t happy with us, but we’ve decided that Melody would do better in a smaller cattery.  We’re also looking to retire her Mom Sweetie this year (most likely in the home) and her Dad Max in another year or so.  Although we bred Melody to Max this year, it isn’t ideal.  We’re thinking of keeping Frankincense to become our new male, and we do not want to breed Melody to him since they have the same parents.

Melody

Melody supervising the hallway, the traffic center of the home.

So, we’re looking for a small family cattery who would like to have a tortoiseshell Persian.  Melody had a litter of 5 kittens this year (2 tortie, 3 black), although one was a runt that did not survive.  She was a good Mama to the other 4 kittens, though.

Melody 4 months

Melody at 4 months, resting in an interesting nook.

We are asking $350.00 for her, with breeding rights.  If we can not find a small cattery (without too many cats) for her, we will consider spaying her and selling her as a pet.

If you’re interested in our Melody, please contact us at elcloudcattery *at* gmail (dot) com.

UPDATE: Melody has gone to a new cattery home!

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