The History of Kitty-Up Cattery
We are Meryle and Richard Weiss from Shirley, New York and in 1989 we set out to get a pet for our two young children, then ages 7 and 9. What we came home with was a stray cat who my children named Cindy, and a new hobby. A few months later we were introduced to a breeder who had recently had a “breeder’s accident.” Luckily, her accident resulted in our second pet, Rocky, a half Maine Coon and half Norwegian Forest cat with the most docile personality. Meeting this breeder was our first introduction to the “cat fancy world” and at that point our interest was piqued. We started visiting cat shows and were drawn to the look and disposition of the Maine Coons. This led us to get another cat, this time a purebred Maine Coon, who we intended to show and breed. We showed cats in the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) and The International Cat Association (TICA), as well as bred many award winning cats for 10 years before taking a 7 year break. During those 10 years we were members of the Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association (MCBFA) and had our cattery named “CFA Cattery of Excellence,” which indicates that our cattery was inspected by a veterinarian and deemed a healthy and clean living environment for animals. Seven years later, with a house full of all cats and no kids, we have entered into the world of showing and breeding cats once again and hope to be able to introduce others to the joys of being a pet owner.
Kitty-Up, The Name
When deciding on a cattery name, the only thing we could agree on was a western theme. After countless hours of brainstorming and arguing, we came up with Kitty-Up Cattery. Since then, all of our show cats have been given western names, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Cherokee, Jesse James, Bret Maverick, and Texas Ranger.
Description of the Maine Coon Cat
The Maine Coon cat is the largest of domestic cats. They are also referred to as the gentle giant of the cat fancy. The Maine Coon is a large, semi-longhaired cat with a shaggy coat, large ears, and an extremely long and full tail. Their body is rectangular and they have hair between their toes. The markings on their face are similar to those found on a Raccoon. Maine Coons are very slow to mature, not reaching full growth for 3-5 years. The average weight for males at maturity is 15-20 pounds, and the average weight for females at maturity is 8-12 pounds.
Generally, Maine Coons are inquisitive, laid-back, affectionate, and a delight to be around. They are very dog-like in that they like to follow you around the house. They enjoy your company and always like to be the center of attention. To achieve this goal, they are talkative and like to chirp. Maine Coons are family cats that get along well with children and other pets, including dogs.
Male and female kittens come in the following colors:
Brown Tabbies w/ and w/o White
Silver Tabbies w/ and w/o White
Black Smoke w/ and w/o White
Cameos, Shaded Cameos, and Reds w/ and w/o White
Females also come in:
Black Smoke Torties w/ and w/o White
Silver, Brown, and Blue-Silver Patched Tabbies w/ and w/o White
Meryle and Richard Weiss
Eastern Long Island, NY