Our thanks to Claudia for another golden Neva Masquerade Siberian (golden tabby point).
We are hoping for a litter of colourpoints next year from this cutie and our 'HugeWolfie' - Witchfyre Lunar Wolf - golden lynx point Neva Masquerade Siberian (golden tabby point) early 2018. Watch this space.
Witchfyre Sergei (Blue Golden classic Siberian) and CH Witchfyre SilvaLaska (Silver tortie shaded Siberian) have been introduced and we are waiting to see if Laska is pregnant. Sergei is new at this game and they only had a couple of days together due to the wedding so will keep our fingers crossed and update as soon as we have some news....
As promised; some photos of our new outside cat-proof garden. It measures 50ft by 50ft! At the moment we have only grass (and a few weeds) but over the next twelve months we will be planting cat safe flora and fauna....
So far tested with British Shorthair neuters, Siberian neuters and Siberian females...no escapes to date.
View of our existing stud pen with mesh top fence attached.
View of the shelter from outside the enclosure.
View from the gate
Detail of fixings
View from the shelter inside the enclosure...oh and a cat!
View of detail of overhang netting and homemade brackets
View of shelter complete with ivy!
Temporary climbing frame made from old coffee table, planks, blocks and dead tree.
View from opposite corner towards shelter.
If you are interested in how we made the enclosure, drop us an email. The total cost for land clear with digger, grass, poles, netting, brackets and shelter came to around £3000 for 2500 square feet of space (approx £1.20 square foot).
The sun is out! It does make you feel good....It also shows the cobwebs; time for a spring clean!
After a pretty hectic year, things around here are changing. Time is now a factor in everything I do and with a election looming, I just hope we get a government who represents the many and not the few.
Our cattery is undergoing a revamp. Whilst we are not having kittens we are currently working on a huge cat proofed garden 50 feet x 50 feet (thank you hubby). I will post some pictures soon.
In addition we will be decorating our kitten room over the summer holidays.
I still cannot decide on who to re-home; I love all my cats. It's a very difficult decision, but I promise to make some adults available soon. Thank you all those who have made inquires.
We will be updating our website with more cat and kitty pictures soon. You will then be able to see our focus and join Witchfyre & Witchstorm TNG (the next generation!).
If the work goes well on developing our facilities we are hoping for one litter later in the year. Watch this space.
We will also have news about a couple of new recruits joining us in the summer.
Apologies for anyone trying to contact us at the moment. My mum has had a fall and broken her hip. Is manic here so not taking any emails or calls right now.
I will update here when normal service is resumed.....
The changeover to the new year provokes reflective thoughts and inspiration for the year ahead. 2016 was a very busy year for us with family commitments. It raised the question "Where does time go?" which is often answered in a whisper, "I haven't a clue, but the sand in the egg timer seems to be disappearing fast"
Rearing kittens with all the associated work is very time consuming; tending to the adult cats and meeting their needs is a labour of love. Both are becoming increasingly more expensive. The rewards, of course, are seeing healthy babies joining their happy families but on the downside there seems to be more and more time wasters - some don't even realise that they are doing it.
So the next question posed is "Do you have enough time?" and with this "When actually DO you stop?"
With some 'time out' much needed, increasing family commitments, a family visit from the other side of the world and a daughter's wedding, both in the summer, it is not practical to have kittens this year. On reflection we have had kittens every year since 2006 without a break. So with this knowledge we have decided to take a break from breeding in 2017.
We will also be reducing our cats and offering some older boys and girls up for adoption. Please note our criteria for adoption is at least the same as that for our kittens. Availability will be posted on here over the coming months. If you are looking for an older cat please contact us.
For those who have contacted me over the Christmas break; I will get to you over the next few days. Thanking you all for your continued interest in Witchfyre Siberians.