this page we tell you a little something about the following:
I was born in 's Gravenhage. I've lived in Zoetermeer 'till
mid 1996. After that I moved to Rotterdam to study 'Health Care
policy and management' at the Erasmus Universiteit. Fall 2001 I
graduated and got my mastersdegree.
Here a little
something about me: Raymond Hovens, made in 1972. Next to cats I
love driving my bike, on the picture right of the text I'm standing
next to my pride and joy: my Honda Shadow VT600 '93. I also love to windsurf,
eventhough I lack time and wind most of the time! I work as a
productmanager at a medical devices company. I also love food (lots and
tasty) and an occasional drink (wine).
next section is about our cattery policy.
are fans and breeders of the British Shorthairs & Selkirk Rex
In 1999 we bought our first British Shorthair after saving up for a while.
After so many enthoustiastic
stories of other breeders we started showing
and started thinking about a first litter.
The British Shorthair virus caught on to us and we're never gonna get rid of
it. Because we wanted to breed in
a official matter we registered our cattery with
van Kattenliefhebbers Neocat' (the
dutch Cat Fanciers Society).
doesn't seem like a long time, but we believe that the amount of years one is
breeding doesn't equal the knowledge you gather or the intention with which
one breeds. There are enough
breeders who have been breeding for ages, but still don't know about genetics
or still don't test their cats on hereditary diseases.
Jenguari Joan of CurlyBurly
Selkirk Rex was in the
picture from the moment we were looking for British Shorthairs. This
breeds is comparable to the British Shorthair in looks and character.
But there are subtle differences in type. Next to that Selkirks are more
playfull and cuddlier than Brits. The main difference in looks is that
Selkirks have a curly/wavy coat and are aknowledged in both shorthair
and longhair. Unfortunately there were no Selkirk Rex in the Netherlands
at that time. And we were to inexperienced in the Catfancy to find out
how to get one abroad. We've been breeding British Shorthairs for
several years now and finding a beautifull Selkirk Rex
started itching again. Finally
in 2005 after
waiting almost 3
years we obtained our
first Selkirk Rex (Cassie).
Jenguari Joan of CurlyBurly
breed for character and good
health. And because health is very
important to us, we deflea, deworm our cats regularly, they are tested for Felv
and Fiv before mating, they are
tested for HCM yearly, and once
for PKD (both hereditary diseases),
they are vaccinated yearly and they are supervised by our vet drs. Emil Visnaric
always advise buyers to buy a kitten from tested parents (HCM,
PKD, Felv and Fiv).
always should ask to see the parents testresults.
A breeder who only breeds with (negative)
tested cats, won't have anything to hide! When one encounters a kitten from
not-tested parents, the only advise we will give is to 'walk away',
eventhough the kitten is 'SO Cute'.
not our goal to just breed showcats. Neither do all our cats/kittens
to become breeding cats. Our cats and kittens are first
always our beloved children and are part of our family.
If they qualify for breeding or showing is secudary.
For the British Shorthairs we don't make
price differences in show/breeding kittens or kittens who don't
qualify (usless there is a great fault). It's up to you whether or not you
want to show or breed or not. We will, on the other hand, be very honest with
you whether a kitten is (potentially) qualified to be shown or bred.
And off course we adjust our kitten prices to the country we ship to and
shipping costs aren't included in the kittenprice. With
the Selkirk Rex we do have different prices, the kittens who are sold as
house pets are sold for a different (lower) price than the ones who are sold
for showing and breeding. The
price depends on quality of type and curl.
What is stated above doesn't mean we're just doing something
while breeding. Every step we take is weight out and thought through.
Our goal is to contribute to the breeds we love. And if that will take years
to accomplish, then so be it. We rather take it slow, than fly the fast
Not a kittenmill
girls/queens are not used as kitten producing factories and only will give
birth to a litter once every one and half or 2 years (a litter is very
straining on the mother). That's
why most of the time we only have 1 to
3 litters a year.
a litter is not something to go lightely about.
It may happen that the first nights and days you have to bottlefeed the
babies every two hours. We both work, but it's no problem for us to take
leave for this. There's always some one home around the time we expect a
general you're up and about for several months for a litter. Finding a mate,
go take a look at him, waiting for the queen to go into heat, take the queen
to the chosen stud, getting her again. Making sure that she's pregnant
without problems. The delivery of the babies, rearing them for 13 to 14
weeks. Breeding is more than 'putting a stud with a queen, equals kittens'.
It's not all fun and games, it can go wrong. Sometimes people don't
people buy a kitten with us and want to start breeding, we are always
prepared to support them. We think this is important. It's not that we decide
for them, they have a mind of their own! Even people who don't have a kitten
from us, can ask us for advice. We have a lot of breeder friends behind us,
so we know how valuable they are. Together you know more than on your own.
Kittens and their new owners
kittens are allowed to leave our
house around 13-14 weeks old.
are dewormed three times,
with an identificationchip
and twice seen by our vet,
they are sold with contract of
testresults of parents/grandparents,
european animal passport
and ownerships form and
are delivered by ourselves (within reason)
together with lots of extra's
for kitten and new owner and
food for the first few weeks. We
do ship abroad (we have two girls in the United States - which we brought
there ourselves, we also have kittens in the UK, Sweden, Brazil
and Belgium), but not after really gotten to know the new owners. For
the girls in the US, we had been emailing for over two years!!!
In fact we don't have rather heavy
demands to which a new owner must apply. Off course you must be interested in
what is happining to your potential new familymember and therefore we prefer
you visiting us several times (from the time the kittens are 4 weeks old).
This way we can see if a chosen kittens likes you aswell. And off course we
have to think positive of you aswell. You're never obligated to take a kitten
after you've visited us (maybe
you just didn't like or connect with the kitten or maybe you didn't like
our British Shorthair kittens we don't ask for a deposit. For our Selkirk Rex
kittens we ask for a deposit of 1/3 of the sales price. When a British
Shorthair or Selkirk Rex kitten will be moving abroad we will ask
for a deposit of 1/3 of the
we have kittens that are
available, they will be mentioned as "available"
on our site. When you contact us
for an available kitten it will change to "option".
Then after you've visited us it
you have decided you want to give a forever home to that kitten or when a
deposit has been recieved the kitten is "sold".
understand you would like to visit several catteries in your search for a new
familymember. This is no problem for us. We (and other breeders) just don't
want you to visit us all on the same day. You never know what you bring to a
different cattery unintentionally.
we mainly breed the following colors:
Lilac, Black Silver Tabby and Black Golden Tabby.
Sometimes we will have other
colors in our litters. But we focus on the ones we mentioned.
the cats live
our cats (so even the boys) live inside our house. Our kittens are born and
raised inside our living room. We wouldn't want to see it any other way!
cats besides running around the house have their own run in our garden. It's
still not finished completely, but you can see some pictures below (for more
pictures, you can take a look here). They love
it and even with bad weather you can find them outside.
(sometimes often, sometimes
not) we show some of our cats. It's great if you win your titles, but
it's not the most important for us. We love chatting to breeder friends.
Most of us live scattered all over the country or even outside the
Netherlands. A show is a great way to get together and swap news.
Off course we are very proud
when we hear from a judge that we've bred a good example of the breed
and even prouder when we're on stage accepting an award. But as a good
breeder you know yourself what the good or bad points of your cats are.
And off course a cat with a lot of titles isn't worth more, than one
with none at all. Per judge the preffered look can be different. There
is a standard, but it's always
subjectable to personal interpretations.
We only show our cats who don't mind being shown. Nothing is more tiring
than showing a cat that's ill tempered. And the cat might end up sulking
Off course you're always welcome to visit our house/cattery in Spijkenisse,
The Netherlands, even when we don't have kittens.
Bye and maybe see you later,