I have had cats all
of my life most of them were shelter or barncats. We also had one russian blue
and a solid black persian. Alltogether my family has had about 20 cats during
the years, most of them left us when they were really old like 17, 18, 22 years
of age. We've also had a couple of litters and placed the kittens in homes where
they were well taken care of. It was only the last couple of years that I
started to develop an interest in purebred cats. I've allways had soft spot for
nature cats. So after having done some research into a couple of cat breeds I
ended up with the Maine coon and I bought my first Maine coon
After having thought
a lot about becoming a maine coon breeder we decided in the summer of 2003 to
apply for a cattery name. We sent in several names, but non of them were
available. We finally decided to use parts of the name of our first 3 Maine
coons. That is how the name Ashamta was born. The Ashamta cattery is registered
in the Fife registers.
Our cats live indoors
and only go outside in the 2 runs me and my father built in our garden and on
occasion we take some of them for a walk on a leash. The girls are able to go
outside whenever they want. The outside enclosure is connected to our living
room by means of a catdoor in the window.
Our breeding males
have a outdoor and indoor enclosure of their own. But when the girls are not in
heat they are also allowed in the house.
At night all cats are
brought inside and the girls sleep in our bedroom, and the boys sleep either in
their own indoor enclosure or in the studroom when it is too cold
We also got a
specially designed catroom that can function as a sickbay if any of my baby's
(god forbid) might get sick. We also use this room for any newcomers, I put them
in this room for about 2 weeks to reduce the stress level for both the already
present group as well as the newcomer. This way the cats are able to get used to
each other slowly.
We also monitor our
runs and catroom with several surveillance camera's that are equipped with night
vision and motion detectors all camera's are connected to our PC and whenever
something moves in one of the runs or the catroom it is automatically recorded.
The camera's are also connected to the Internet and I am able to look at my cats
anywhere in the world.