Archive for January, 2010

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Still catching up …

10 January, 2010

So … why weren’t there more blog posts charting the progress of the 2009 litter of kittens?

I think part of the reason is that I felt I’d written it all before in previous years.  (After all, there’s only so many different ways you can describe the birth, the process of weaning, the litter tray training regime, the worry over getting potential kitten owners).  I didn’t want to bore readers with a rehash of what had already been said.

I could also plead work pressures and also the frenzy of having to run after seven kittens before and after work.  I’ve detailed all that sort of thing in my previous posts.

What has the 2009 litter of kittens brought?

I’ve been privileged in having wonderful kitten owners.  People who treat my kittens as members of the family.  One or two of them have even carried on feeding raw.  Most of them have sent me some wonderful photos of the kittens (check out http://www.liquidphoto.co.uk/blog/blog.html for some fantastic photos of the handsome Lucius).

When I first started writing this blog, it was meant in part meant to be educational (“lessons from an imperfect breeder”), and I think maybe that’s what I’ll focus on this year.

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2010 and a huge thank-you to everyone who’s read my blog

10 January, 2010

Time flies.  My last blog post was in August 2009.  That’s a whole 5 months’ ago. 

When I first started the blog in 2006 I never thought I’d still be writing in 2010.

In 2006 when I started cat breeding, I wanted a way to distinguish myself from the other cat breeder websites.  My web-designer (Denise Laurent of  The Painted Cat www.thepaintedcat.co.uk) cannily advised me to start not only a blog, but also a flickr photo album. 

The idea of a blog doesn’t seem very innovative now, but back in 2006, while waiting for my website to get up-and-running, I pleaded to be able to use the link to my flickr album in lieu of the website’s and was told in no uncertain terms by the cat association that it wasn’t allowed because a flickr album wasn’t like a website!

How times have changed!  Everyone has online photo albums, blogs and even facebook sites.

The benefits of the blog were brought to me last year when I had a litter of 7 kittens and was worried about being able to find good homes for them in this current economic climate.

For the first time ever I didn’t have to advertise on the cat association sites.  Potential cat owners e-mailed me for kittens.  I was overwhelmed by the number of responses – in the end I was placed in the novel and very flattering position of having more owners than kittens.  A first, but hopefully a trend that will continue.

It turns out that potential kitten owners like to find out about the breeder they are buying the kitten from.  I’ve tried to be honest about how I bring up my kittens, but it was unnerving at times when kitten owners visited and asked whether hubby minded not having as expensive a chicken as the cats got!  I was most impressed that they’d taken the time and effort to plough through years of cat musings.  I hope they weren’t disappointed:  I’m not sure whether I lived up to my persona of crazy cat lady up to her elbows in raw chicken mince and litter trays … .

The blog has been an ice-breaker and made it possible for me to get to know some wonderful cat lovers and kitten owners who have now become friends.

So to all those who’ve followed my blog all these years, a huge THANK YOU for your support, comments and encouragement.

(especial thanks to Den and Rob, Sonya, Fiona, Francesca and Andy)