Sunday, April 19, 2009

Siberian Kittens - 3 weeks old!

We have the 3 week old photos of the Siberian kittens up now! 

Godava - The mostly white Siberian kitten is developing nicely.  We have decided to keep her at least long enough to get her evaluated by some judges.  If she gets a good evaluation then we will keep her on for showing (unless a suitable show home would like her).

Galina - The lovely silver torbie is going to be so beautiful and will make someone a wonderful pet.  She is a doll who loves to sleep on my feet on the ottoman.  She could possibly be shown but her type isn't quite what I look for in a show cat.  She is a striking girl and will have a bright and clear silver color to her.  She is still available.

Gertruda - The warm brown tabby, with the flame of red on half her face is now reserved!  She is a gorgeous girl also and has very good type.  I wouldn't mind having her evaluated either but she will probably leave for her loving home before that.  We are so grateful to her new Mom for providing a future home of love and happiness for her.

We are very pleased with this litter of Siberian kittens!  Thank you to Zoya the wonderful mom for taking such awesome care of her babies.  We've never had kittens so huge and fat.  It's wonderful.

Zoya's going to retire to her new home in August after the babies leave.  We are going to miss her but she has a very wonderful new Mom waiting for her. =)

Love to you and yours!

Dawn, Doug & Gabriel plus Our Siberian Cat Family and Connor our ASD!
Pendraig Siberian Cats

Monday, April 13, 2009

Siberian Kittens - new Photos at 2 weeks up!

We finally have our photos of the flashy calico litter of Siberian kittens up on our website.  Please visit soon and take a peek!  We are planning to take photos again on Wednesday as they change so much ever day and they will be 3 weeks that day.

The brown torbie and white, Gertruda is on hold pending a deposit.  The lovely silver torbie and white girl, Galina is available to a pet home and the striking van patterened Siberian kitten Godava is available to a show home only.

We hope you all had a happy and blessed Easter!  Those in Russia, or following the Russian orthodox calender, we wish you a joyous Easter. =)

Love to you and yours,

Dawn, Doug and Gabriel Campbell
Siberian Cat Breeders in Texas

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Raw Diet Research - good thing?

We are interested to see that the Winn Feline Foundation agreed to support a study on raw diets in cats.  We do have concerns however as even a raw diet can be bad if not balanced properly and many times these studies are useless because of the approach.  They are then used to vilify the raw diets... much like the faulty science behind the lipid hypothesis.

We look forward to reading the results of this study and the full proposal.  This is a sign of good things to come we hope with more people embracing raw and natural diets for superior health in their cats and dogs.

Best wishes,

Dawn Campbell
Healthy and Raw Fed Siberian Cats
#09-002: Nutritional adequacy and performance of raw food diets in kittens
Beth Hamper, DVM; Claudia Kirk, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVIM; Joseph Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVIM; University of Tennessee; $14,878
There are many benefits claimed for feeding raw food diets to cats, including improved immune function. Although 4% of U.S. cat owners feed raw diets as all or part of their cat's diet, there are no published studies examining whether these diets are complete and balanced for feeding cats or whether immune function is improved in cats on a raw food diet. The goal of this study is to determine whether a commercially produced raw food diet and a homemade raw diet are nutritionally adequate for feedings kittens and whether these diets enhance immune function and improve digestibility. The outcomes to be measured include growth rate, feed efficiency, digestibility, and various blood and immune status parameters. The long term goal is to evaluate ways of improving feline immune function through diet.

Winn Feline Foundation

P.O. Box 1005,

Manasquan, NJ 08736-0805

Phone: 732-528-9797

Saturday, April 4, 2009

HCM Screening on our Boys!

We have excellent news so far in that they received a preliminary "clear" or "good".  Both our boys behaved well though Aslan was a bit scared and squirmed.

We will get the official results in a few weeks and it is a great relief to have our first HCM health screenings done with such a good preliminary result.  We were hoping to take Lily as well but unfortunately didn't have enough room in the truck with our son as well.

At the next screening we will take Dica and Lily if they are not pregnant or caring for kittens.  It is our goal to have all of our breeding stock scanned regularly once they are 1 or 2 years of age.

It is important to us as breeders, and stewards of the Siberian Cat Breed to help prevent major health problems within our breed by screening our cats and maintaining healthy lines.  We also donate money to the research fund to find a DNA marker but even if one is discovered we will continue to have the screenings performed.

Thank you to wonderful CFA Region 3 who helped us get our boys screened for HCM.  Thank you to Christie for organizing it and helping us get a good time for our appointment to accomodate our drive from Austin and our 19 month old son.  Thank you also to Darlene Thomas for letting us use her store Cats Unlimited and for letting our son run amok among the cat toys.  He had a blast.

Have a great weekend!


Dawn Campbell
Siberian Cat Breeder @ Pendraig Siberian Cats

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Siberian Cat Updates!

We hope you all have had a wonderful week!  It's nearly Friday and we cannot wait for the weekend.  We will be working on our raised bed gardens and getting ready to build our chicken tractors!

But enough of the farm updates... onto the Siberian Cats!

We are happy to announce that Dica was put with Grisha, again and this time it *seems* like they successfully mated.  We are hoping that she takes this time as it is our 3rd try with the two of them.  If she does not we have a dear friend who has offered her male to us and we will try them.  Thank you so much for the kitten buyers on her waiting list who have been so patient with this unusual situation.

Also, Lily was due for her next mating so we put her with Grisha a few days later.  He's been busy the last two weeks!  We are hoping that mother and daughter can have their babies around the same time and Lily can help show her the ropes.

If these girls took we are expecting kittens around May 28th for Dica and June 2nd for Lily.

And of course we still have 3 of Zoya's kittens available to loving homes.  See their photos on our Siberian kittens for Sale page.

Have a wonderful week.  Bless you!


Dawn Campbell

Siberian Cat Breeder
Pendraig Siberian Cats