Glistening Cats, Iridescent, Shimmering Cats !!
Join Us on Our Adventure of Founding Glistening Cats!!
Hello, and Welcome to our site "Glistening Cats". In 2019 I had two litters of "Glistening Kittens" born. These kittens literally glowed with iridescence on each hair shaft. I was AMAZED!! I felt I'd been BLESSED to have these special kittens. I was recouping from the death of my first husband in late 2018, (sadness had nearly overwhelmed me) and the arrival of these sparkling babies renewed my heart and helped me "Believe" again!! These kittens were wavy furred and "Glistening" !! Was this a new mutation I wondered? Had anyone seen anything like this before? Quite honestly ... NO... they had not!!
GLISTENING CATS, OUR HUMBLE BEGINNING
Before 2019, we had an indoor / outdoor small "colony" of cats.
They all begin in 2014 with a pale silvery blue long haired kitten that neighbors didn't want, and she choose US as her home. She was also semi wavy furred, with individual hairs being kinky, and "shimmered" in the sunlight as if she'd been sprinkled with glowing fairy dust! I named her "Puff Puff" and she was another of the great animal loves of my life! Her eyes were pale clear green. I remember always, and still miss her deeply.
Puff Puff mated with a short haired black male cat from another neighbor (he exhibited a shimming coat also). This pregnancy produced only three kittens.... a pale blue short haired male, and a black short haired female, and a long haired blue male. Her three babies "shimmered" in sunlight. She was a wonderful mother. (The long haired kitten disappeared at about 5 weeks old. We think perhaps from a roaming raccoon.) Mother and Kittens stayed on the patio under a roof among walk in bunny pens. (Puff Puff was the sweetest natured calm girl.) Her remaining two babies grew and were super healthy. The son grew large and large framed, probably 14 pounds way passing his sister at maturity. The daughter was smaller and more slender at about eight and a half pounds. I named them Blue Puff and Black Puff, respectively. (He also had some wavy kinky fur although he was short haired.)
These cats knew the difference in new born baby bunnies and mice/rats. Black Puff and Blue Puff were great "ratters" but would never harm a baby rabbit. Once they both guarded newborn baby bunnies until I found them. (The kits had fallen out of the hutch cage because the new mommy bunny didn't have them in her nest box.) I found three baby rabbits being "guarded" by the two cats. They where lying one each on either side of the rabbit kits about a foot from them until I found them! I was amazed and "thanked" them, gratefully!
Her two kittens interbred at about one year (12-14 months) old and produced a small litter of all black and pale blue babies. We kept one black daughter... "Little Black Puff Puff".
Black Puff (Puff's daughter) had a second litter from a neighbor's long haired, blue eyed snow shoe booted male (he had white feet). This litter produced, a black kitten, two gray brown tabbies (the girl was booted with a white stripe on her face), and a snow shoe marked blue eyed male, who was another great love, and which I named "Pretty Puff".
I was astounded, amazed... by the "Glistening", "Shimmering" "Iridescent" hair of these cats and kittens. It was as if their individual hairs were sprinkled or sprayed with iridescent glitter...
Today (July 2022) I'm very blessed to be remarried for the last
2 1/2 years, have an 8 1/2 acre farm in the country, and have several Glistening, Shimmering, Iridescent, Sparkling Cats and Kittens. I'm still searching for information on this phenomenon of Nature!! I am extremely BLESSED, and Grateful to have these Wonderful "Magical" Cats and a second chance to continue these special "Glistening" genes, along with my new life!!
I had joined online fb cat groups / genetics groups, etc... three
years ago. I will say I wasn't met with the warmest of welcome in several groups. It seemed back then, a few cat breeders trying to establish breeds with what they were calling "satin genes" were less than kind. It was as if someone new and unknown was intruding and they were afraid that someone may have something as unique or more so, than they did. I was excited to join the TN rex cat group to learn what I could, and was met with downright meanness from several breeders. I think they were fearful my Glistening Kittens were special and they felt threatened somehow? I was banned from the group?? (They said I was forming an association to register cats without proof of lineage, because I wanted to form an association for cats.) (It boggles my mind how the tn rex came from a stray cat and they were concerned about proving lineage?) Still to this day, after being a member of a cat genetics group for three plus years, my post still must be approved before I'm allowed to post? Why?
I was not new to animals or new to genetics yet I felt shunned. No wonder new cat owners or people new to cat breeding say many cat show people are snobs... I don't think this, but I can definitely understand why one would! I can also see exactly why people new to many of the groups just leave them... One goes in excited to be around cat people and learn, and then they are treated badly... which is very sad... I used to bred and show pedigreed rabbits in several breeds, and I was raised around horses. I never remember rabbit show people or horse show people being snobby!! (And I rubbed shoulders with some of the BEST!!)
Hence, OUR OWN WEBSITE for GLISTENING CATS... WHERE WE are not censured and can post without "permission"... I should have made this site at least 3 1/2 years ago!!
Please look around and see all our photos and write Us with your comments, opinions, etc. (BE NICE!) Thank you kindly, Rett
Is this satin cats? I think it's more!! Perhaps new genes?
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