Cattery is situated at Paparoa in Northland owned by Thelma Blythen.
cats and kittens are registered with the New Zealand Cat Fancy
which I have been breeding since 1985, are my first love, particularly ruddys
and sorrels. In
1994 my husband thought he would like a Burmese, and since that time we have always
had one or two Burmese queens and have recently bought our first Burmese stud.
I aim to breed healthy, sociable, quality cats and my kittens are all raised in
our home where they can adjust to visitors and normal household noises, and learn
acceptable etiquette before going to their new homes.
cats have been successful on the show bench with the high-light being in 2004
when my beautiful tawny stud, Gold Double Grand Champion Merindalee My Name's
Bond, was Best Shorthair Cat at the National Show and also won the Annual NZCF
Award for that year. Bondie continues to show well as an older cat and is passing
on both type and his wonderful temperament to his kittens.
As all my Abyssinians are dna tested for both Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency and
Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and the Burmese for Burmese Hypokalemia, I can guarantee that none of my kittens will be affected
by these conditions.
Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency
(PK Deficiency) causes an inherited hemolytic anemia. The anaemia is intermittent,
the age of onset is variable and clinical signs are also variable. Symptoms of
this anaemia can include: severe lethargy, weakness, weight loss, jaundice, and
abdominal enlargement. This condition is inherited as an autosomal recessive,
two copies of the mutation are present in affected cats. Carriers, cats that have
one copy of the mutation, are not affected.
Retinal Atrophy Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) causes an inherited late-onset
blindness. Cats affected by this condition have normal vision at birth, going
blind between ages 3 and 5 years. There is no treatment available. The disease
is inherited as an autosomal recessive; two copies of the mutation are present
in affected cats. Carriers, cats that have one copy of the mutation, are not affected
and have normal vision.
Burmese Hypokalemia Burmese Hypokalemia is characterised by episodes of low serum potassium levels and high CPK (an enzyme that indicates muscle damage). Clinical signs include skeletal muscle weakness, which is episodic in nature and can affect the whole animal or may be localised to certain muscles. It is an autosomal recessive disease caused by a mutated gene.