About Our Cattery
We chose to breed Kurilian Bobtails after years of searching for the perfect breed for us. Our first priorities were to breed a cat that is outgoing, smart, social, and lives a long, healthy life. We like that, for a long haired cat, many Kurilians can be easier to manage for folks with allergies. We love the look of naturally occurring Bobtails, but we wanted to find a breed that was healthier than some of the breeds trending in North America. We had adopted a rescue American Bobtail who we loved for many years. Sadly, many of her litter mates didn’t survive due to the very different mutation in the American Bobtail, which often causes cats to have painful short lives. When we discovered the Kurilian Bobtail, it seemed too good to be true. After many more months of researching the breed and learning about established catteries in 8 different countries, we finally got to meet our first Kurilian in person, and she did not disappoint! Her silky soft fur, little chirps and cute antics endeared her to us in minutes, and she quickly took to us, too.
Daeny T. Comandor Lynx
There’s good reason for our search far and wide for the right Kurilian cats; there are less registered Kurilians in North America than there are pet tigers! This is why we imported from Russia and Ukraine. Some have theorized that they are not common here because they do not reproduce as quickly as other cats, making them harder to turn a profit on. While there are other short tailed breeds that are easier to come by in North America, such as Manx and American Bobtails, they have a different kind of shortened tail and we didn’t want the health problems associated with the mutation for their tails. The Kurilian tail is completely different genetically and has no negative side effects.
A Solid Foundation
As a young cattery, we know we have a lot to learn. The one thing we heard time and again from experienced breeders is that they wished they had done more research before they started. In light of this, we networked with over 60 breeders in 8 different countries, asked a lot of questions, and did a lot of research in advance. We also signed up for mentorship through TICA. After deciding on breed and type, we took another 6 months choosing our foundation cats to ensure we started on the right foot with healthy foundation cats.
We want to give back
Raising Kurilian Bobtails is a privilege that we want to do right by. We know there are many cats in need of homes; we have a couple of adopted stray cats that we love dearly, as well. A rescue cat can make a wonderful addition to many families. But we also believe in the mission of responsible breeding, and we understand that a rescue isn’t an option for all families. To make sure that we have an overall positive impact on the pet population, a portion of proceeds for every kitten goes to spay and neuter charities for feral cats or low income homes and we help fund the rescue and adoption of stray cats. There are many reasons people consider a kitten from a responsible breeder. We also encourage people to consider a shelter cat. If you have the flexibility to adjust to the needs of an unknown mixed breed, and can give a second chance to a stray or abandoned kitty, there are cats for many different types of families waiting for homes out there. If you are looking for something really specific, you can rest assured that purchasing a kitten from us is supporting charities that are helping to decrease the stray population by homing, spaying and neutering.
Our Kitties have work to do
Kurilian Bobtails make great therapists. Outgoing and affectionate, these cats can make friends wherever they go. To help our already predisposed kitties to be friendly and self assured, we expose them to a variety of experiences during key developmental windows. As part of our kittens socialization, litters and adults are taken on day trips to schools and homes to help bring some joy and calm to the lives of folks who can’t keep companion animals regularly. Studies have shown the positive impacts of pet therapy for stress reduction and various conditions such as autism and Alzheimer’s. Our kitties are exposed to kids, other cats, dogs, and travel in various styles of carriers so that they will be well adjusted for whatever they encounter later on.
Uma from Ainu Island