Wakey, wakey!

“Why did you wake us?”

Tiger Lily’s kittens were napping in my seat when I wanted to sit down for lunch, so I had wake them.

They were not pleased with me.

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Her name is Lola, and she has kittens

It’s another Weekend in New England, and Loa’s kittens are doing great. Even Now, after a tiring photography session they are as rambunctious as ever, and It’s a Miracle that we got any good pictures at all. Fezzik, the father, is Ready to Take a Chance Again with Lola, but this is her last litter and she is not interested in Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again. Sure, she’s a Flashy Lady and once they sang with One Voice, but now he’s just Some Kind of Friend.

Lola was named after the character in the song “Copacabana” (Her name was Lola, she was a show cat). We thought it only fitting that her last litter be named after some Barry Manilow songs (which may also explain that first paragraph if you haven’t figured it out already).

All of these kittens are reserved.

Copacabana (boy)

I Can’t Smile Without You (boy) – Smile for short

Mandy (girl)

I Write the Songs (boy) – Songs for short

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The Windy Litter blows into town

Lilly’s kittens are doing great! They’re eating solid food and easily mastered the litter box. Early on they did some amazing stunts that led to questions like, “How did they get a turd THERE?” Thankfully, they’ve settled into a more normal location.

The kittens were born on a windy night, so we decided name them after winds from around the world. True to their names, you can almost feel the breeze as they zoom around the room.

The smallest of the litter, Briza, is thriving. She isn’t as big as the boys, but that’s normal for a girl.

All of these kittens are reserved. 

Levanto (boy)

Briza (girl)

Pampero (boy)

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Clyde has retired and is (not) available

Hello.

UPDATE: Clyde will be moving to his forever home soon!

Clyde is two years old, but despite our best efforts he never became interested in girls. We decided to have him neutered so he can retire to his forever home.

He likes to play rough, so we think the best fit for him will be a home without children or other pets. Clyde is a love muffin and will happily cuddle with you on the bed, but he also doesn’t know his own strength if he is overstimulated or wants something from you.

If you are interested in Clyde, please send an email to atlastcats@gmail.com to tell us a bit about yourself and why Clyde might be a good fit for you, and we’ll send you the online application.

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Kittens overnight

Lola gave birth to four kittens on November 25th. They are all growing very fast. Because Lola enjoys making things hard on us, she delivered the first kitten around 11:00PM and took her time between kittens, finishing up around 3:00AM.

Lola, as ever, is a very protective mama and gives a low growl when we approach to check on the kittens . She’s also very food focused, and it’s funny to hear her growl while she eats and we weigh her babies.

All of these kittens are available and we will will be contacting people with approved applications.

“Why are you disturbing my babies?”

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Early, as usual

Tiger Lily gave birth to three kittens on November 12th (two days early). All are doing well and starting to walk. The last kitten (“Tiny”) was very small and we weren’t sure if she was going to make it, but between supplementing her diet with formula and an attentive mama, she is thriving, if not as big as her two older brothers just yet.

All of these kittens are available and we will be contacting people with approved applications. Since Tiny was born so small we are going to hold off on taking a deposit on her for a few weeks to be sure she is developing normally.

Hungry babies!

Lily was consistent with her behavior last year, in which she refused to use the litter box after her kittens were born. And we don’t mean that she went outside the litter box. She just held it all in, and needed trips to the vet to have her bladder expressed and such. Luckily, we figured out that if we put her in a carrier with a litter box she would do her thing within a couple of miles. Yes, she’s a weirdo. We’re not sure if it was the motion of the car or being away from the kittens that made her feel like it was okay to go, but we’re glad we figured it our because it’s a lot cheaper than a trip to the vet.

Anyway, she did the same thing this year, so we just started taking her for quick daily car trips so she could relieve herself, dubbing the car the Pooper Uber. She just started using the box in her room today (similar to last year, about when the kittens started walking) so hopefully that’s the end of it.

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It’s official!

Violet is now a TICA Supreme Grand Champion!  She got Best Cat from one of the judges at the Quebec City show, which the last thing she needed to cross the threshold from Quadruple to Supreme.

We’re especially thrilled because it’s very hard for a female Maine Coon to reach Supreme, as the breed standard favors boys. And while we’ve had other cats reach Supreme before, they were cats we got from other breeders we added our lines. Violet is the first Supreme of our own breeding!

As for Violet, while she could continue to show and earn points for a regional title, she’s happy to retire from showing, go on dates with some boys, and make some kittens.

Congratulations, Violet!

Supreme Grand Champion Atlastcats Violet

It’s official!

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Eye see what you did there

Mariah and Fezzik’s kids are doing great! They’ve graduated to solid food and have mostly mastered the litter box. It’s always entertaining when you walk in the room and they all come running up to your feet to check you out.

We chose an “Eye” theme for the litter because they were born a just a few days before Chris had eye surgery.

Since they all look so similar we’ve had to put velcro collars on them to tell them apart. Side-by-side you can see differences: Iris, Retina, and Cornea are darker than Pupil and Macula (Iris is probably the darkest and Pupil the lightest) but that doesn’t register on the pictures unless you look closely.  Hopefully, as they get older and slightly less squirmy we can identify markings so the collars won’t be necessary.

All of these kittens are reserved.

Retina (boy) purple collar

Pupil (boy) green collar

Macula (boy) red collar

Iris (girl) pink collar

Cornea (boy) blue collar

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Mariah’s first and last

Mariah gave birth to five beautiful kittens on September 3rd. All of the kittens are healthy and growing like crazy. Mariah took to being a mother very well, and the kittens took to nursing with no issues. The kittens are just starting to walk and explore beyond their nest a little.

Apologies for the long delay in posting this, but it’s been quite the time. Although we got as many kittens as expected and counted all of the placentas (and then some) there was still an extra placenta inside Mariah that we didn’t know about. She developed a serious infection and had to be spayed. Plus another visit to the vet a few days later for stronger antibiotics.

This hasn’t prevented Mariah from nursing the kittens and being a good mama (though the e-collar after surgery certainly frustrated her).

There are four boys and one girl, all of which are reserved. We’re keeping the girl to replace Mariah.  Mariah came to us with very good genetics from another breeder, and we definitely want to keep those in the mix for future litters.

Fezzik, the father, was pleased that the kids all have his red silver color (though it could have come from Mariah just as easily). We are having a very hard time telling all of the kittens apart!

We’re considering an “eye” theme for the litter, since I had cataract surgery a few days after the birth. Possible temporary names are Iris, Cornea, Pupil, Retina, and Lens. Marie vetoed Vitreous Body, Sclera, and Optic Nerve, for some reason.

Five cuties

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Logan, Violet, and a Cat Show

First things first! We’re incredibly happy to welcome Logan to our home as a show cat and future kitten daddy. He comes to us from Coons’Kin Maine Coon Cats in San Diego, California. Besides being a beautiful boy, Logan is was super friendly from the moment we picked him up a the airport (hence the name). When he isn’t playing, eating, or sleeping, he seeks out our laps.

Yes, he will grow into those ears!

This past weekend we brought our girl Violet to a cat show in Auburn Massachusetts. Although Logan is too young to show, we brought him along so he could get used to the sounds and smells of the show hall and staying in a hotel. He handled it all like a pro.

Meanwhile, Violet had a great show! She earned her Champion title at her first show a few months ago, and we’re pretty sure she earned enough finals and points to be a Triple Grand Champion. (Maybe a Quadruple. We haven’t done all of the math yet).

Violet is judged

Violet did well!

After the first day of the show, Violet and Logan relaxed with us in the hotel. Being a show cat is tiring!

Sleepy Violet

Sleepy boy

Buddies

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