Update July 21, 2014: Mimi is expecting kittens in mid September!
Welcome to Gambades Cattery--Traditional Applehead Balinese cats. A "gambade" is a low leap of a horse in which all four feet leave the ground. It also means a caper or antic. Gambades are my favorite things to watch cats do. They make me smile every day.
My name is Marcia Kahler. I love being a Balinese cat breeder and owner of this delightful cat breed.
Why Balinese? Balinese cats are the result of a recessive gene of Siamese cats. This creates long-haired Siamese kittens. However, they do not have the undercoat that is prone to matting, so the cats are very low maintenance. The cats I live with are very family-oriented. Mimi and her son, Giacomo Puffini aka Puffy, are constantly with me. They follow me from room to room. They sit on my desk while I am working. They greet me at the door when I get home. And Puffy even fetches toys. They are active and curious, and their voices are soft. They like affection and need attention, but they are not always sitting on my lap getting in the way. They have bunny-soft fur and shed much less than other cats I have had. My friends who are allergic to cats seem to have less reaction to these cats compared to other breeds. This breed does not do well if they are alone for long periods of time. If you are gone most of the day, I would recommend getting two kittens to keep each other company. My cats are sweet and entertaining, just the sort of pet I want to have as a companion.
Why Gambades Cattery: Gambades cattery is a small home-based cattery located in Rapid City, South Dakota. Our kittens are handled daily and raised "under-foot" after they are litter box trained. They are never caged, only contained as their ages dictate. We take socializing our kittens seriously because we want the best pets for you. My cattery and cats are registered with CFA (Cat Fanciers Association). My cattery is closed to other cats, and all my cats are not allowed outside. The kittens will be examined by a licensed vet twice when they receive their first two vaccinations before they go to their new homes at around twelve weeks old. I will ship kittens within the United States, or new owners may come pick them up. I require a contract stating the kittens must be spayed or neutered by the new owners. I do not support declawing cats. I will guarantee the health of my kittens 72 hours after they leave the cattery, and they are guaranteed to be free of congenital defects for one year. All my cats see my veterinarian for regular exams, testing as needed, and vaccinations at least once a year.