About SpiritHill Maine Coon Cattery
SpiritHill is my small cattery in Elbert County, east of Denver. We have moved from the foothills to the plains, and are ready for whatever this new adventure will bring. SpiritHill is a home-based cattery that breeds and raises Maine Coon kittens and cats with good health and wonderful temperaments as major goals.
The Maine Coon breed is considered to be an American "native-bred" feline. My breeding practices try to maintain and promote the Maine Coon as Mother Nature intended.
I have taken a Feline Genetics course, and in most cases, work to keep inbreeding low and diversity high. While it is not possible to provide complete health guarantees, I am dedicated to screening for feline genetic diseases such as hip dysplasia, spinal muscular atrophy, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. My cats are tested for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and FeLV (feline leukemia) and the cattery is negative for these diseases. I do not use cats for breeding that have gingivitis or any type of gum disease.
I believe that good nutrition is the basis of good health. Therefore, SpiritHill cats are fed a natural, appropriate diet designed for true carnivores. This includes a diet rich in meat protein, so SpiritHill cats get the majority of their nutrition from the meat, bones, and organs of prey. Felines are hunters and Mother Nature has created an accomplished predator in the cat. They have muscular bodies, sharp pointed teeth, powerful jaws, and sharp claws. Intelligence is helped by great eyesight, smell, and hearing, along with quick reflexes. Even a short, acidic, digestive tract helps the cat eat its meat prey. And, Maine Coons are large, slow maturing cats so a proper diet is especially important for healthy growth and development. You can find more studies about the benefits of natural meat diets for cats (and dogs) on the Links page. No matter what you believe to be the reason for choosing a particular pet food, I hope the most important priority is what will give your cat a life full of health and vigor.
All SpiritHill cats are raised in my home, uncaged and underfoot. I am known for having "spoiled" cats which is the way I think it should be. I take great care and pride in my participation with mother-cat in the raising and socializing of the Maine Coon kittens born in my home. I want all kittens to grow up to be happy, confident family members and companions when they move to their forever home. I usually place kittens between 14 - 16 weeks of age. I know it may be hard to wait for your precious furrbaby, but I have found that kittens placed at about four months old adjust the best since their immune systems and personalities are more developed.
I also want to preserve the traditional look of the Maine Coon, and work to keep that style in at least some of my cats. It is my goal to continue the "original" Maine Cat form which drew me to the Maine Coon in the first place.
SpiritHill Maine Coon Cattery is registered with CFA (The Cat Fancier's Association) and TICA (The International Cat Association), and I actively show in both organizations. Perhaps you will find me with a SpiritHill Maine Coon at a show. Please stop and say hello!