My name is Pamela and I breed British Shorthair cats from my home in Perth, Western Australia. I fell in love with the British Shorthair a long time ago and I knew I would eventually own my very own British Blue. I had no idea I would join the cat fancy and start showing and breeding though. I can't tell you how much joy it brings me and the wonderful people we have met.
It all began after I lost my dear friend Pookie, a grey and white companion cat, to FIV. It is a terrible disease in cats and the equivalent to AIDS in people. It was a very traumatic time and something I wish no cat owner had to go through.
We still had our big domestic girl Minky who was tested and thankfully negative for the disease. She was showing signs of missing having a furry companion so I decided the time was right to bring a new kitty into our family.
Unfortunately for me British are seasonal cats breeding only in the warmer months and I was trying to find a kitten in July!
I searched high and low until I found our precious Poppy who was all the way down south in Albany, Western Australia. We waited for her to grow up and be old enough to come live with us. She flew up to meet us and we fell in love at first sight.
Well that was it, I was hooked. We started to show Poppy and then arranged with her breeder to use her as our foundation breeding queen.
Poppy lived inside the house with us and her best friend Minky, our Calico (Tortie & White) longhair companion cat. Minky was a show girl too in the Companion class which is open to any cat that has not been shown in pedigree classes.
In 2005 Poppy had her first litter. She was a very good mummy and all of the babies were plump little puddings.
The daddy was a blue boy. Poppy had flown back to Albany to meet him then flown home to have her babies.
From this litter we kept the very lovely Cuddleton Miss Susannah (Suzy). Suzy is a gorgeous cuddly girl who has a nice plush face and squeaky little purr. Her sister Penelope went to live with my sister in law and her brother Bono with a lovely couple who spoil him rotten. So Suzy was our first home grown Cuddleton to be shown and bred. She made it to Diamond Grand Champion at the age of two. Not bad for a competitive colour class!
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Suzy was then joined by our stunning bicolour stud boy Cyclard Jack Flash (Jackie). They grew up together. Jackie is did exceptionally well at show as an entire and we are so proud of him. He has took a supreme as a five month old kitten and was second best group three adult in his first grown up show. He has been interstate to nine Nationals taking some amazing placings including Best Group Three Entire Adult in one ring at the 2009 CCCA National Show. He has been Supreme several times in local shows too. Now that he is desexed just like Suzy he sometimes competes in the desexed class. Both Suzy and Jackie have high titles as entire and as desexed cats which is very unusual and testiment to their long show career of over ten years each.
Esden Rosie our lilac girl joined us next mated from Qld and gave us two beautiful kittens, Cuddleton Lady Katherine and Cuddleton Lord Richard. They are blues carrying chocolate and both made it to Champion before their first birthday. Both are desexed and still with us. They are gorgoeus, plump cats.
Baleaburra Chintz Twinkle Toes was next to arrive. She is a beautiful blue tortoiseshell and was bred by Betty Munro. At 81 Betty had decided to retire from breeding but kept Twinkie entire in the hope that we would keep on breeding the creams. We jumped at the chance! She is from Baleaburra McKenna arguably the best cat Betty ever bred and Baleaburra Chintz Sabrina. They were eight and ten years old respectively so Twinkie has cats in her first and second generation that other cats have in their tenth! Unfortunately we were never able to breed with her and she is now a spoiled pet girl.
In 2007 our exciting imported cats arrived into Australia from the UK. Catbalu Cuddleton and Catbalu Cinnamon Cinders are the first cinnamon based British Shorthairs in the country. Henry is a Fawn and white and Cindy a black carrying cinnamon. From them we have made some exciting progress breeding cinnamon and fawns. They are both now desexed but we have two cinnamon carrying lines from them and we hope that in the next two or three years we will see the colour really make progress.
Fast forward a few years and we have been able to breed some wonderful cats to breed forward from. We were lucky to be able to do a mating from our Katie to a Norsong stud boy Norsong Azure Sam. He is an older but still very active boy. He takes us right back to the lines we could not keep with Twinkie which is nice. He was bred by Lorna Thomas who passed away in the late nineties. She made a big contribution to British Shorthairs in WA as well as the local cat fancy so to have that link is very special.
We have also been extrememly lucky to have adopted not one but two Ambritt British Shorthairs from our great friends Julie and Aaron. Ralphie joined us first from Qld followed a year later by his neice Kelly. Both have amazing looks and temprements and we are delighted to have them with us.
I have been active in my association and at cat shows since Poppy first came to us. In the years following I have taken on various roles including stewarding, show manager and show secretary. I was fortunate to be the 2009 CCCA National Show Secretary which was a lot of work but so much fun. I was also absolutely honoured to have been asked to perform that role again for the 2010 CCCA National being held in conjunction with the World Cat Congress in Melbourne and again in 2015 at the ACF National Show here in Perth. I have run many, many local shows and stewarded at countless others.
Cuddleton is my breeding prefix and I am registered with the Feline Control Council of Western Australia, better known as CatsWA. I am also a judge for our association currently qualified in Group Three and working towards Group two.