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We are a small hobby breeder of Maine Coon Cats located in the Columbus, Ohio area.


  All of our cats are tested FIV/FELV negative, HCM DNA N/N, PK Def N/N, and SMA N/N.  We have a dedicated cardiologist and we echocardiogram our breeding cats yearly for signs of HCM.  We also screen our cats for Hip Dysplasia.  Our cats live in our home as pets.  We never cage our cats and they are treated with respect and love.  They are a part of our family.  All of our babies are hand raised for optimal socialization.  We take great care to ensure any baby you adopt from us is raised with love.  We have been breeding and a part of the cat fancy since 1997 and offer our special babies to approved loving homes.  You can contact us at any time via phone or e-mail with questions or to reserve a special baby from us.

We attend cat shows often and are a part of the RESPONSIBLE breeding community.  This is to ensure we stay on top of any issues for our breed and we work closely to preserve these wonderful animals through careful breeding and selection of our males and females.   I can provide references from my vet and cardiologist about the sound breeding practices we use.  Their statements are on our site under ?Vet Referrals?.  Below are a few pictures of us at awards ceremonies celebrating the success of our cats in the show ring.  This is an important part of our breeding program to ensure we are breeding to the standard.  We have been very successful which translates into the best kitten for you with type, temperament, and health.
 
I have a new love in this hobby.   I am currently an approved Cat Fanciers Association Judge.  This is quite an honor for me and it has been years of dedicated breeding, showing and training to reach this level of honor.  I love judging cat shows on weekends and it is a great progression for my love of this hobby. 
 
We would love to hear from you and discuss our wonderful hobby and breed. 
 

 

 

 

 

THE 10 Commandments of Breeding
by Teresa Sweeney

1. Breed toward your ideal cat. Don't be swayed by the voices of others. If you have done your homework, in time others will appreciate what you have accomplished.

2. Recognize that you are breeding Maine Coons and stay within your interpretation of the breed standards.

3. Breed equally for Maine Coon type, qualities, disposition and health.

4. Never forget: No temperament, no cat in your program.

5. Always strive toward a cat of great disposition, plus beauty. Neither is good without the other. However, if forced to make a choice, I'd keep the great disposition.

6. Follow the lead your cats set for you. The next generation need not be similar in phenotype to the generation before, but each generation must be consistent in overall quality.

7. Breed forward. Look ahead. Wonderful new surprises may be awaiting you. Recognize them when they occur.

8. It is not difficult to improve the product of a poor quality cat in one generation. It is not even difficult to improve the product of an average cat in one generation. What is difficult is to improve the product of an exceptional cat generation after generation. That takes real skill, knowledge, gut instinct, and vision.

9. Don't be afraid to appreciate the qualities of other's. Breeding is a competition with yourself, not with others.

10. Consider your cat's attributes before you consider his/her negatives. All cats have both. It is for you to determine how positive his/her good qualities are before you dwell on the negatives.
 

Warmest Wishes,
Teresa & Edwin
  Highlander Maine Coon Cats

 



Highlander Maine Coon Cats

Teresa & Edwin Sweeney
(with the help of Joann & Tina Patrone)
Columbus, Ohio
614 266 3502 – Call or Text For Information
tsignore@att.net



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