Cat lovers in for a treat

Above: Cat breeder Noeline Cullum

Above: Cat breeder Noeline Cullum

Felines of all descriptions will be on show at the CATZ Inc 15th birthday show on Saturday, February 27

Helen Reardon
The event will be held at the Bombay School hall, and all cat lovers are welcome to go along and see the wide variety being judged in six Specialty and All Breeds rings.
Among the keen competitors will be Noeline Cullum, of Glenbrook Beach, who owns Dixykatz Persians and has won the coveted Breeder of the Year title three years running, as well as national titles, with her stunning Persians and Exotics. Noeline has four entries in this year’s show from her breeding stock that includes imported males and females from Germany and Australia.
“I specialise in Van and Harlequin Persians and aim to breed nice looking cats with a friendly disposition.” Noeline keeps a maximum of 10 to 12 breeding cats which are penned in large cages and handled and groomed regularly.
At times it can be labour intensive, with new kittens often being hand fed several times night and day until the mother’s milk comes in. The babies are introduced to runny solids at about five weeks, and are eagerly sought by buyers from all over New Zealand and in other countries. The cats are usually bred from for about three years and then spayed and sold to good homes. “Many of the new owners successfully show their cats and keep me in touch with how they are doing.”

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