Welcome to the homepage of
My name is Maartje
Schoenmaker and I've been involved with this beautiful old breed
since 2004, when I purchased my first Russian Blue cat as a pet.
These cats would spark a flame in me that isn't likely to ever
I started to bury myself in reading material on cat genetics
I didn't just like the idea of having kittens around every year,
I really set out to make a contribution to the breed from the
start, with my focus being on health, temperament and plenty
genetic variety to help guarantee the breed a bright future.
I had so many questions which often experienced breeders couldn't
even answer - thankfully, I was fortunate enough to find a few who could and did,
and pride myself in the fact that they are still my breeder
friends today. You'll find these special people's catteries
in my 'links' section.
See, as a breeder you can never work alone, you need people with
the same views around you who are willing to help and exchange
cats with you.
You also need the knowledge of a collective about the ancestors
of all the cats you plan to use in your breeding. Unless you've
personally met all these cats, that knowledge has to come from
other breeders, since a pedigree in itself doesn't offer
information about health or temperament. And finally, you also
need a shoulder to cry on when things don't go as you had hoped
for - breeding isn't always easy and does involve some
Meanwhile, renewed insight in pedigree registering made me
change my affix to a prefix.
I hope you enjoy your
visit to my website and getting to know more about the Russian
Blue breed, my cattery and my cats.
I am located in Weesp, a
small town close to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
on how to get in touch with me, please have a look at my
"contact" page. Thank you for visiting.
Updates this month:
Update: 23-05-2011: "Kittens" page updated with information
sheets about nutrition.
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