This is a slightly shorter version about me & my cattery in English. 🙂
My name is Emma and I’m a breeder of Selkirk Rex. I’m the owner of the cattery name Emenheim, associated with the cat federation WCF. I live with my partner Marcus in an apartment in Knivsta, a community south of Uppsala and about 25 minutes by car from Arlanda airport.
I first came in contact with the breed over the Internet and a few years later I became the happy owner of a wonderful shorthair boy. Ever since then I’ve been quite invested in the breed and in 2014 a couple of enthusiasts and me established the breed club Nordic Selkirk Rex (NSR). I was a member of the board until spring 2018, but NSR is still very dear to my heart.
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Vision & goals
I consider my cats primarily as family members and I plan to have 1-2 litters per year. I don’t want to keep too many cats together at the same time, as the risk for contagions (& of stress) increase in larger groups of cats.
The breed is available in two different coat lengths and three different coat types; longhair & shorthair, heterozygous rex (one copy of the rex gene), homozygous rex (double copies of the rex gene) and straight (no copy of the rex gene). I will be breeding both the longhair and the shorthair and sometimes there will be straight coated offspring for sale.
My goal is to have nice tempered cats with breed-typical behaviour and good health. In the exterior I wish for a compact square body, a rounded head and big rounded eyes accompanied by a wonderful soft coat in luscious curls. Because the Selkirk Rex is few in numbers, even internationally, it’s important to keep the genetic variation (even if the breed currently do not suffer from imperative inbreeding or inbreeding depression). Because of this I will use outcrossing as an alternative, following my cat club’s (SNRF) current rules.
I follow the health guidelines set by Nordic Selkirk Rex, which include:
- HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) through echocardiography &
- PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) through DNA-tests & random samples on cats after DNA-negative parents.
Additionally I will also test my cats for:
- Giardia Intestinalis & Tritrichomonas Foetus – by taking stool samples & sending them to SVA (Statens Veterinärmedicinska Anstalt/National Veterinary Institute). Primarily to prohibit infection of others.
- Blood group – through DNA samples, except when it would be unnecessary.
- If I deem it necessary I will also test for FiV/FelV.
Please note that the health tests that are done on the cats before breeding are not signs of purebred cats being sick or unhealthy, on the contrary the tests guarantee that the cats are being in good health at the time of the examination. Cats rarely show symptoms of being ill and can because of this appear to be healthy, even when they’re not.