ABOUT OUR KITTENS
are able to move to their new homes at 12-14 weeks of
are FIV/FELV negative (all of our adults are)
are echocardiogram clear of HCM (starting at
1-2 yrs of age and re-tested bi-annually. "Clear at time of
breeding" means they are clear of HCM at the
time of the ultrasound - there is no guarantee that they
won't develop HCM in the future)
kittens are raised in our bedrooms and get run of
the house after they have had their first set of shots.
PICKING UP YOUR CAT OR
You must bring a carrier
to take your kitten home in.
Your kitten will come
with food to get you started. We
are currently feeding Orijen all life stages formula and Spots Stew
Salmon dry foods. We also feed Wellness Core canned food.
Additionally we feed Primal dehydrated raw food. You will want to mix
the dry food with the food you plan to feed so the kitten’s digestion
can get used of what you are feeding without stomach upset. *please
consider keeping your cat on this food or ask me for recommendations
for other high-quality pet foods
Toys - your kitten will
get a few of our cats favorites!
Record pamphlet (shots and de-worming), Health Certificate from our
vet, our Kitten Contract & Health Guarantee and our Kitten Care
Guide which contains information on bringing your kitten home and tips
to get your kitten acclimated.
PET KITTEN INQUIRIES
We do not ship pet
kittens, NO exceptions.
If you are interested in
a kitten and would like us to hold
it for you, we require a $100 deposit. Once a deposit
is received, we will turn away any future inquiries
on this kitten. We do not collect deposits on kittens until we
have a litter on the ground and we are sure there is a kitten for you.
We do not offer cattery
tours. This is our home and our
hobby. After our kittens have visited our vet and had their first
vaccinations at approximately 8 weeks of age, we will invite serious
buyers to see the kittens and they will have the
opportunity to meet us and our cats (and dog!) at that
We do not allow our
kittens to be declawed or let to roam outdoors.
Check the links below to find out why:
We have the option to keep a kitten who
has a deposit on it if we feel the kitten is
in our show/breeding program. While this
happen often sometimes we have to do this to
a certain pedigree or top show cat. Your deposit
either be refunded or put towards the next
kitten of your choice.
HEALTH ISSUES IN
NORWEGIAN FOREST CATS
(we have no control over
genetics, but we breed away from these issues and breed cats as healthy as
in Cats - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a terminal
condition where the heart muscle enlarges and thickens progressively
over time. It can be a cause of sudden death, and symptoms may be mild
or nonexistent. Any cat
regardless of breed can be afflicted with the disease.
HCM has been diagnosed in cats as young as 4 months old
and as old as 16 years old. Right now
regular echocardiogram screening is our best defense against HCM. Also see
GSD-IV (DNA Test
available for Norwegian Forest Cats)
Norwegian Forest cats can inherit a defective glycogen branching
enzyme (GBE) that causes a severe error in glycogen (sugar) storage in
cells. Abnormal glycogen accumulates in muscle, liver and neurons
causing progressive organ dysfunctions. The disease is inherited as an
autosomal recessive trait. Affected kittens may die at or soon after
birth, but a few can appear clinically normal till about 5 months of
age. These juveniles develop a persistent fever and later show signs
of muscle tremors. The signs progress to generalized muscle atrophy
and eventual death. All of our breeding cats are GSD-IV free.
More information can be found here.
BAER (Brainstem Auditory
Evoked Response) Deafness is a trait that can appear in homozygous
white cats of all breeds. All of
our white kittens will be BAER tested at Tufts in North Grafton, MA
prior to moving to their new homes. All white cats used in our
breeding program are confirmed to be hearing via BAER testing.
PK Deficiency (DNA Test available for
Norwegian Forest Cats)
Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PK Deficiency) is an inherited
hemolytic anemia caused by insufficient activity of this regulatory
enzyme which results in instability and loss of red blood cells. The
anemia is intermittent, the age of onset is variable and clinical
signs are also variable. Symptoms of this anemia can include: severe
lethargy, weakness, weight loss, jaundice, and abdominal enlargement.
This condition is inherited as an autosomal recessive.
More information can be found
BREEDER/SHOW KITTEN OR
STUD SERVICE INQUIRIES
We occasionally sell
show or breeder kittens to established catteries only. Must have 3
breeder references, test for HCM via ultrasound regularly, breeding cats must
not be kept caged and must live in your household as part of the
family. We may also request images of your home and cattery.
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE