How to contact me: Telephone 605.341.3500
My name is Marcia Kahler. I have lived in Rapid City in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota since 1987. I am married to a very indulgent, dog-loving husband named Rick. Don't let him fool you; I have converted him to being a cat lover. I have him to thank for agreeing to let me breed kittens, which he knew had always been a dream of mine. We have two young adult children and are recently empty nesters because of Covid 19. Both of our kids are living on their own in Rapid City and going to college. They mask up and come see us and play with the kittens, but it is better for their social life that they don't still live with us.
Before I became a breeder, my professional work included travel agent, college teacher (AA & BA Tourism majors), and later I edited commercial appraisals for my husband when we started a family. My kids are in college now but still live in Rapid City. I stay busy with volunteer work for local theater and schools, and doing whatever needs to be done for my husband's business. My other passions in life are acting when I can squeeze out the time, cooking, and traveling.
My first litter of Balinese kittens were born in 2012. My breeding goal is to focus on quality not quantity so that I can pass on perfectly healthy, beautiful, and well-socialized kittens that will be the kind of pets I personally would want. I have been a true cat lover all my life. Growing up I had many domestic cats as my cherished companions, but it wasn't until I was in my twenties that I was able to buy a purebred cat and begin to learn about the differences in the breeds. Since then I have learned so much about why it is helpful to know what the personality of a cat will likely be. Besides the beauty of the purebred cats, I really value and enjoy not having to guess what my new kitten will be like and whether he/she will likely fit into my family and lifestyle. I should say I am referring to indoor cats. Over the years I have adopted strays and cared for feral cats, but I do not mix my purebred cats with my outdoor cats due to the risk of diseases.
My first purebred cats were a Himalayan and a Persian that I purchased a week apart from different breeders. My flame-point Himalayan was from a home breeder and was well-socialized by a family. He was a lap cat who was my faithful companion for almost 20 years. My Persian was from a breeder who kept her cats in cages and let them out for exercise. Venus was so loving and sweet, but I suspect she would have been better off in a home with no other cats. She began peeing on my carpets in protest. My kind parents adopted her and she was happier. In the meantime, when my daughter decided she wanted a cat, I knew this time I had to be careful mixing in a new breed. So I began researching and educating myself. I learned so much about the previous mistakes I had made in choosing and introducing my cats.
We chose a Tonkinese because they are a social breed. We carefully introduced her to my Himalayan and they lived well together. Our Tonk, Delilah, was a vocal, mischievous cat who fit her breed description perfectly. She was a constant source of amusement. We lost her in 2020 and miss her terribly. After my Himalayan died, it was two years before I was ready to get another kitten. Again I researched and settled on the Balinese breed. I have always loved long-haired cats, but I did not enjoy the matting undercoat of the Himalayan and Persian. I wanted an active, playful cat that interacts with the family but was more low maintenance. And that is what I got. I chose the Traditional Applehead style of Balinese rather than the Wedge because my husband said no to getting "one of those bat-eared cats"! I think they are sleek, but I love the adorable faces of the Applehead also. Let's face it; I love cats, period.
I don't show cats currently at CFA shows because of time and distance. I also prefer to keep my cats isolated so I don't have to worry about exposure to diseases or stress. I am a member of CFA and TICA.
I will hand deliver your kitten via air or by car. Delivery charges depend on current conditions. Or you may come to Rapid City to pick up your kitten. Maybe you haven't seen Mt, Rushmore, Deadwood, Crazy Horse Monument, or the Badlands yet. Delta has suspended shipping due to Covid, but I prefer to not ship anyway. Delta has taken very good care of kittens I have shipped in the past though. I wouldn't use any other airline out of Rapid City.