Many years ago I hunted wild game with my husband and the only cats I came in contact were feral, therefore, I didn't pay much attention to them. In my opinion they were just predators that hunted the same wild game I was hunting.
One day one of my daughters found a basket of baby kittens that had been abandon in a basket in a ditch along side of the road. She brought them home and I let her raise them providing she would find homes for them. I became particularly attached to a little male and decided that he could stay with us. One morning I found him dead in the garage. There were no marks on him and I figured that he had possibly been poisoned. My heart was broken.
My husband got tired of me crying over the little boy and he suggested I go and purchase a pedigree kitten and be sure to get one that was a breed. Not knowing anything about registered cats my husband said the only breed he knew of were Siamese. So that is what I bought. A big old applehead male. He was lonely so the next week I went out and bought a mate for him. I didn't think anything about spaying or neutering at the time so guess what? We had a litter of kittens. I ran an ad in the local paper and sold them.
By running the ad I met my first person who raised and showed pedigreed Siamese. She, Anna Franick, was very pleasant and told me a lot about the breed. She did not say anything about type, etc., regarding the two cats I had. She invited me to her house to show me what the breed was supposed to look like. I felt so sorry for her skinny cats and felt that Anna didn't have enough food for them. I asked her what she was feeding them. She just laughed at me and told me they were not too skinny and were really quite muscular. She had me hold them and explained their body style and their type to me. I still had my doubts so the next day I went and bought her the biggest bag of her type food I could carry and took it to her to help her fatten her skinny cats up.
Anna suggested if I wanted to raise Siamese I needed to spay and neuter the two I had and she would help me find the registered breed. She also suggested that I go to a cat show and look at all the different breeds. What a learning experience I had. I had my boy and girl neutered and spayed.
Several years later I had lost contact with Anna but approached another lady about purchasing a Siamese from her. She agreed to sell me one providing I would show it and at least get it championed. She went to the show with me and by time the show was over I was hooked. I continued to learn and show. I am still learning and showing.
I have always raised and shown the Siamese, however, I branched out an added the Colorpoint Shorthairs. My daughter Luanne, has also began showing with me and has done so for about the last ten years. The showing bug also bit her. I have added her name to my cattery Nianguaview and together we go to CFA Cat Shows and raise these wonderful cats.
You may view a copy of Nianguaview's contract my clicking on the document.