At Rickoons Cattery, we believe in quality, not quantity. Therefore, we only have three
to four litters a year; which ensures the health of our mother cats and their kittens. Keeping our cattery small enables us to spend more personal time with each and every kitten. Our kittens are loved and adored from the day they are born. To ensure a kitten has a good demeanor, we emphasize socialization. We handle the kittens from day-one, so that they become familiar with, and enjoy human contact. Our kittens are raised underfoot in our home. We breed our females only once a year so they can be at their best when they have kittens.
We do not over-vaccinate the kittens. The new protocol for distemper is for the vaccinations to be given at eight, twelve and sixteen weeks. All medical records accompany the kitten to their new home.
The kittens progress from the birthing room to the rest of our home, which gets them used to all the normal household sounds and activities. Once they are comfortable with their surroundings, our kittens spend their days playing and socializing with our other cats. They also become curious about us and they begin to seek us out and interact with us in our everyday life.
We want our kittens to be confident adult cats. Therefore, our kittens go to their new
homes after they are 12 weeks old. We believe that this is in the best interest of the kittens. In this way, it allows them to spend more time with their mother and siblings so that they become mature and confident. Maine Coon kittens continue to grow rapidly for the first year. They will fully mature in four to five years.
Our kittens go to approved homes with a sales contract, including a spay/neuter agreement and a health guarantee. We welcome inquiries from interested, responsible pet owners who will keep their kittens and cats safely indoors, protected from harm and undue stress. Owners who will provide regular veterinary care, will not de-claw and agree to spay or neuter their pet kittens after eight months of age. We will release the registration papers once we have received verification of the procedure from your veterinarian. We also sell kittens to verified breeders for their breeding programs. The restrictions are they must be registered and showing in a cat registry (TICA, CFA or ACFA), must have a mentor or must have more than 7 years of cattery experience.
Rickoons Cattery is a FeLV (Feline Leukemia) and FIV (Feline Aids) negative.
We also screen for HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) via ultrasound and genetic DNA testing. Screening for HCM is currently the recommended method to aid in reducing the incidence of this genetic condition.
Rickoons Cattery can guarantee that we are dedicated to screening our breeding cats in a continued effort to produce healthy Maine Coons.
Our breeders are also genetically screened for SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and PK Deficiency (Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency).
All of the cats are DNA tested through UC Davis in California.
We adopted our first Maine Coons, Samson and Buttons, in 1999 from Lijakae Cattery
owned by Linda and John Evans. After falling in love with this gentle, loving and playful
breed and with the mentoring of Linda and John, we decided to start our own breeding
program. Our first litter, from Tinker and Beau, was born in 2002. Tinker gave birth to
three perfect kittens. After experiencing the birth, nurturing and development of these
kittens, we were hooked.
From this beginning, our cattery expanded. Now, we have our breeding male – Phantom
(a black smoke) and our breeding females – Moonbeam and Embers. A new breeding
male and female will be arriving by the end of the year.
We are registered and active members of TICA (The International Cat Association). We have shown our cats for over 20 years in TICA and CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) sponsored cat shows.
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