We are probably best described as the mad cat folk down the road! Well at least that is out in the open!
Both of us are qualified adult and sick children’s nurses. John is currently still in practice however I have moved into the dark side of NHS IT management.
We both have kept a variety of pets however cats have always been the cornerstone of our lives. Our last two cats lived well into their 20s and after a short period of mourning we started to build a collection of mostly Norwegian Forest Cats. We have rescued some moggies from irresponsible owners and three from an elderly gentleman whose Alzheimer’s became too progressed to allow him to safely look after them. So, overall, we have a happy, furry, slightly mad household.
About Our Norwegian Forest Cats.
We started off with three purchased locally that were clearly either crossbreeds or cats not part of a breeding programme. We call these our Norwegian Lights. However, they had enough of the ‘personality’ and phenotype to pique our interest. As a consequence, we have purchased a number of full pedigree Norwegian kittens and as a lucky coincidence met our good friend and mentor Lorraine from Norgeskaukatt cattery – who is quoted throughout this site. Do please look at her site as there is a wealth of good information there developed from years of experience and research.
The Breeding Programme
We are both committed to supporting, Lorraine, and all the breeders round the world (Ann in Norway for starters) that are striving to maintain the traditional Norwegian Forest Cat. This means that every pairing of male and female is mapped out beforehand to ensure the kittens grow up to be healthy, happy, and fine specimens of the sanctioned breed description.
Unfortunately, the breed description is currently being challenged by some ‘cat show judges’ who feel that they have the right to impose their personal views on how the breed should look. This is changing fundamental aspects of the Norwegian Forest Cat such as the overall size, placement and size of ears, eye shape. Because of this although SaxiKatt cattery have a number of individuals highly suitable to show we will not attend them due to these changes being forced onto the breed. If you are wishing to purchase a kitten from any breeder please ensure that they don’t only provide you with the pedigree of the kitten but have a breeding programme or philosophy of what they are trying to achieve.