“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France
Hi and welcome to my website, Rocky Mountain Persians, Himalayan & Exotic Shorthair, I'm Susan. I reside with my family in the beautiful state of Colorado.
We have spent quite a bit of time developing a website that we feel is fun to visit, functional as well as educational. I hope you enjoy your visit to our website and searching for your next companion. When we developed our website, we felt that if we could answer just one question someone had about their Persian and Exotic Shorthair cat, it was well worth the time we spent to build it. We have included information about the difference between doll faced Persians and extreme faced Persians, information on how to distinguish between a reputable and responsible Persian cat breeder from a backyard (for profit only) Persian cat breeder, grooming your Persian cat, stages of Persian kitten development, as well as information on poisonous plants and household toxins.
As a child my parents owned a pet store. I remember our Siamese cat had kittens and those kittens were placed for adoption when they were old enough to leave momma. This was my first experience with breeding kittens. Although I was still very young, I helped out taking care of these kitties.
My whole life I have loved animals and have held an extra special place in my heart for kitties. We got started breeding Persian cats after I received a Persian kitten for my birthday. I instantly fell in love with her, she was a little bundle of fur. I started reading everything I could find about Persian kitten development and the stages of growth.
Although our first Persian didn't exactly meet the CFA (Cat Fancier's Association) show standard of the breed with her doll faced facial structure, I loved her dearly. As she grew into a darling Persian cat and matured, I considered breeding her, but I found it was impossible to find a breeder willing to offer stud service. I eventually gave up the idea of breeding our first Persian cat, Ms. Wiggles and had her spayed a short time later.
My mom who was also a cat lover fell in love with my girlfriends Ragdoll cat and decided she just had to have one in her life. After a lengthy search for a Ragdoll kitten for my mom, we chose to purchase one with breeding rights for the possibility of breeding her when she matured. Both my mom and I thought it would be great to have matching hobbies that we could do together; so, I started the search for my first Persian cat for breeding. I found an ad in the Denver Post newspaper advertising a solid black Persian male for sale and I made the phone call to inquire about him. The woman I found was Lisa of Jordanalisa Persians Cattery. Not only was she wonderful to work with but she was very informative, and I trusted working with her. Lisa has been a wonderful mentor and is someone I am proud to call my friend.
Eventually I got up the courage to get involved with showing Persian cats. My first show kitty was so wonderful to work with. We were buddies and trusted each other so that helped ease my fears of showing in a cat show. Cheyenne was a black & white bi-color Persian female. Our first show was the Colorado Cat Fanciers 4th of July, Sixteenth Anniversary Cat Show which was held in Longmont, Colorado in July of 2003. Since that first cat show the fear of showing has gotten less as our experience has grown. I still get the stomach butterflies on the opening day of cat shows but have grown to enjoy the competition involved in showing. I have met so many wonderful people in our hobby of breeding and showing Persians and thank the ones who have taken the time out of their busy lives to help us.
I took a short break from breeding and showing our beloved babies to care for my Mom when she became ill. After my Mom passed we felt the urge to start again with breeding and showing Persians, Himalayan and Exotic Shorthair kitties.
We hope you enjoy our website. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read about our story.