about our Maine Coon cats

 

Dracoonfly Maine Coon Cattery is located in Ledyard, Connecticut, near Mystic and New London and about two-and-a-half hours from New York City. Our goal is to improve, preserve and protect the Maine Coon Cat. Our motto is: "Beautiful Cats, Inside and Out." We have found the Maine Coon breed to be a beautiful addition to our family, one that will greet you at the door, follow you around the house, and provide constant companionship. Our cats are an integral part of the family that includes human children and two dogs. 

Each litter has a theme used to give the kittens call names so we have a personal way to identify them for the 3 months they live with us. Maine Coon kittens are born in the bedroom and run amuck in the house (under supervision) after first vaccinations. Kittens are never kept in cages.

We successfully show our Maine  Coon cats and kittens in both The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA). Make sure you check out the Show Cats page to see current and past winners.

We utilize the latest medical screening methods in the Dracoonfly breeding program to prevent knowingly passing on unhealthy genes in our lines. As ultrasound is still the most effective method of screening for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), we have the hearts of our breeding cats echoed every 1-2 years by a Board Certified Cardiologist as well as utilize DNA test to check for one of the genetic mutations found to be responsible for causing HCM. For most of our kittens, not only are the sire and dam screened normal, but so are the grandparents, great-grandparents, and other relatives. Documentation of the parents' heart screenings is provided to each kitten buyer. No breeder can absolutely guarantee a cat's heart won't develop heart disease, but we are more comfortable knowing that our breeding cats have normal, healthy hearts. 

Although Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency is historically more common in the Abyssinian and Somali cats, the disease has been found in our breed as well as others. Beginning in May 2014, we began testing our breeding cats for PK Deficiency at UC Davis to determine if any were carriers. Results are posted with the other test information under each cat's picture. We now have the knowledge to prevent inadvertently breeding a carrier to another carrier. 

In most cases, kittens will be spayed or neutered before leaving us at the age of 12 weeks. Micro-chipping is recommended at the time of the kitten's surgery. We do not ship kittens.  

We take pride in having earned CFA's Cattery of Excellence and TICA's Outstanding Cattery designations every year since 2005 as well as being breeder members of MCBFA (Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association). Sharon is the Northeast Regional Director of MCBFA and also serves on the CFA Maine Coon Breed Council.

 

Our theme is fly-fishing and the cats that remain with us are named after New England fishing flies. This was one way to keep the fly-fishing husband, Jay, involved in the cat fancy. If Jay gives up a fishing weekend to attend a cat show, he can often be found tying flies (and cat toys) at the grooming space next to our cats.

 

We take pride in producing and raising Maine Coons as well as maintaining contact with the owners of our precious babies. Please check our Pictures pages to see past litters and how they look as adults. This is the only place you'll find kitten pictures that are from the past. One of Sharon's pet peeves is outdated websites, so she works on this site regularly, updating the Kittens page weekly when we have kittens on the ground. The Dracoonfly Facebook page is an even more current site if you'd like to follow the cattery activity there.



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