We're a small-scale Russian Blue cattery in Helsinki, Finland, registered under FIFe and intending to breed healthy, happy and confident cats of the classic Scandinavian type. Our first litter was born in September 2017.
I got my first Russian Blue, Kasper, early in 2002, and had the privilege of living with him until early spring of 2017. My breeding queen Isla is a distant descendant of Kasper's, although you wouldn't know it from looking at them! These very different cats came to care for each other deeply before Kasper's passing. Isla still shares her home with two other cats, the senior-aged blue Emil and the two-year-old domestic shorthair tabby Vilma.
My aim is to keep the number of cats I have at home pretty low, but get a start on breeding these beautiful cats with leased cats placed in trusted homes where they can get all the attention they deserve both before, during, and after their breeding careers.
Aside from breeding, my main hobby is actually rescue work - I've served as a foster home for Rekku Rescue since 2010 and will continue to do so whenver we don't have kittens of our own. I keep a blog about everything cat related here, although it is only in Finnish - but hey, there are lots (and lots and lots) of pictures to look at. If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer in either English or Swedish.
Miimii is part of my breeding program and will have a Kiamin litter once she's grown. She lives in Vantaa with two other cats and four people.
The parents of this litter are both super friendly, but very different in both personality and looks. Dam Isla is a tiny and excitable whirlwind whose speed while playing sometimes makes me fear for her safety, while sire Frasse is a very robust-bodied and level-headed lovebug who's happiest cuddling up beside you for pets. I can't wait to see what their offspring will be like as grownups!
Our cattery consists of the breeding queen Isla, neuters Emil ja Vilma, and fond memories of the departed Kasper ja Kira. All of our cats live a normal family life in a household of two adults. When we don't have Russian Blue breeding plans, the downstairs of our apartment is dedicated to foster cats. Except in a very few special cases, I keep the fosters and permanent residents separated since I don't want to stress them out with a constantly changing "flock."
In addition to the cats living with us, I'll place some breeding cats in trusted homes to avoid overcrowding and to make sure both neuters and intact cats have the best possible home lives. If you live in the greater Helsinki area and are interested in having a Kiamin litter born in your home, feel free to contact me for more information.
Isla is a teeny-tiny, active and funny little girl whose default expression is a little silly and whose heart is pure gold. Isla looooooves other cats, and whenever she's not busy running around at breakneck speed you can usually find her cuddled up to one or both of our other cats. In the morning before breakfast she will usually ask to be let in under my blanket for an intense purring session, and meal times are incomplete without her begging for her food to be "seasoned" with freeze dried chicken!
Isla's build is a little bit too slight for my taste, but she has beautiful ear placement and a decent profile. Eye color is still developing. but I feel like the shape and general look has improved immensely from when she was a bug-eyed youngster :D
You can see Isla's pedigree and official information here.
Vilma is my first and hitherto only foster failure, a cheerful, beautiful shorthaired tabby who was born just a few days after her mother (and presumed father) came to me to be fostered. At home Vilma will answer the doorbell by running to greet any arrivals, sometimes with such enthusiasm that she collides with the window beside the door!
Vilma is very self-reliant in the best of ways: a foodoholic who never begs (but steals any and every kind of food, from scraps of meat to broccoli and spinach, if the opportunity presents itself), a toy-fetcher who will entertain herself if she can't find anyone to play with, and above all a very sociable lovey who will flop down to purr right under your chin - usually about 0.5 seconds before it's time to get out of bed...
Emil stayed at home to serve as Kasper's partner for play-wrestling when it turned out that Kira wasn't into rough play with her giant-sized brother. The two boys spent twelve happy years wrestling and sleeping together until Kasper's passing in 2017.
Emil has had several kinds of health worries in his comparatively brief life, the worst of them being arthritis and hip problems that he gets regular physiotherapy for. His great joys in life include guests coming to our home, since they're a lot more fun to get pettings from than boring old family members, and food - which is sadly strictly regulated since any extra weight immediately makes his arthritis worse.
Kasper was my first Russian Blue, and although I didn't know it at the time, something of an oddity: in his muscular youth he weighed a whopping 7 kgs and was surely the biggest Russian Blue I've ever seen. He had a huge personality as well, and had a very commanding presence without actually being mean. To the other cats in the family he provided a warm and firm grooming service and a bedmate everyone wanted to cuddle up to, and to people he was a sometimes hilariously stubborn teddy bear. If I had my way I would breed Kaspers, even though he never was the elegant and slender type depicted in the breed standard.
Early in 2017 Kasper was diagnosed with several spinal troubles from arthritis of the hips to spondylosis, and despite our attempts to alleviate his pain with both painkillers and physiotherapy, in March we had to make the heartbreaking decision to let him go. We all miss him immensely.
Miimii is Isla's daughter from her first litter, and she is placed with breeding terms in a four-person, two-moggie household in Vantaa. In the future, she's going to become mother to a Kiamin litter.
Miimii's temperament seems to be a mix of her lovely parents, with a good dose of lapcat-ness from Frasse and mind-boggling speed from Isla... looks-wise I think it's too early to tell if she favors her father or her mother more, but I'm especially pleased with the shape of her head & eyes so far!
You can see Isla's pedigree and official information here
Kira was Kasper's half sister, who passed away from lymphoma very suddenly at the age of eleven in 2014. Kira's temperament combined everything that was wonderful and terrible about true Old School Russians: she was incredibly stubborn and refused to accept new people or cats into her heart. The living things she loved were Kasper (as long as he didn't try to play with her), my brother, and myself, and everyone else was either deeply dangerous, disgusting, or both. Despite her neuroticism, my foremost memories of Kira are of her lying curled up by my pillow and rolling over so I could pet her tummy, or pushing against Kasper's head with a look of bliss as he groomed her, and her soft, sweet face, and silky-soft coat.