Two months ago I decided to surprise my wife with a new kitten after we tragically lost one of our two Exotic Shorthair female cats (age 13) earlier this summer in a sudden and totally unexpected mishap.
I initially chose the Mon Chéri Cattery for two reasons, first because of its relative proximity in Arkansas to our home near Memphis, but, more important, because it was deemed a “Cattery of Excellence” by the Cat Fanciers Association, and now that our new Tortie kitten has been home with us for more than two weeks, it’s easy to understand why.
From start to finish the entire adoption process was a genuine delight. Owner Nancy Christie and her husband, Ted, are both very gracious, down-to-earth folks, and the energy and expertise they use to maintain their remarkably picturesque farm near the Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas is reflected in their cattery as well. As we expected with any Exotic, our kitten is very affectionate and extraordinarily personable, so much so that my wife has nicknamed her “Miss Pizzazz” and often describes her as a “genuine snuggle baby”. No lap remains empty for long in our home if our kitten is nearby, though I’ve come to suspect that there something much more dynamic in her DNA, as she is incredibly intelligent and as stealthily agile as a panther whenever she frolics around the house. Moreover, her light chocolate tortoiseshell coloring is like nothing we’ve ever seen — it is truly rare and unique.
When we asked Nancy how she manages to breed and raise such beautiful, healthy kittens, she replied: “I want pretty and sweet and smart and healthy. It’s not easy to get all those qualities.” While this may be true, after viewing the galleries of Kitten and Newborn photographs on the Mon Chéri website, we’d say Nancy is very successful at what she does.
For anyone who might raise an eyebrow at the price one might pay for a kitten from the Mon Chéri Cattery, we simply say, consider the pet you will be getting and what it took to place that kitten into your hands. As billionaire investor Warren Buffet, the Oracle of Omaha, once famously remarked: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” Believe us, if you become fortunate enough to adopt a kitten from this cattery, you will not be disappointed.
– Doug & Kathleen Strodtbeck, Collierville, Tennessee
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See Doug surprise his wife Kathleen with a new Mon Chéri Cattery kitten.
Pop the popcorn or should we say open the can of tuna!… It’s movie time for Doug and Kathleen Strodtbeck’s new Mon Chéri Cattery tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair Fanny as she enjoys a good flick.