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ABOUT US


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ABOUT US



MetatronEyes Cattery is the family passion of Christina (myself), Monica (my sister), Eva (our mother) and Lee (my husband). 

My mother grew up with animals and she showed us how to care for them, take care of them, to love them and to respect them as well. She has history with medical and veterinary experience, so this lends our cattery a lot of safety and stability. We are very thankful for that. 

Growing up, my sister and I shared our knowledge and love for animals; especially cats. We would rescue many strays and find homes for them, or keep the ones that we absolutely couldn’t give away. So one day we heard about this cat exhibition taking place in Athens and after visiting it, we saw those magnificent big cats and were completely fascinated! They were called Maine Coons. 

I started researching about Maine Coon history, learning about their personality, characteristics, lines, genetic disorders, grooming, showing, breeding. I started talking with Maine Coon breeders all over the world. It was very important to me to educate myself as much as possible about this fascinating breed. 

 

It wasn’t very long until we were blessed with our very first registered Maine Coon kitten, Arthur. 

We were absolutely in love with him. We felt very special to be Maine Coon owners. 

We also attended our very first cat exhibition and learnt a lot about the world of showing and grooming. 

One night, we had a very serious talk about starting a cattery together. We were feeling confident enough about it, since we had educated ourselves about the Maine Coon breed and their standards. With our combined medical knowledge and feline experience and most important, our unconditional love for this breed, we were ready. We decided to start a Maine Coon cattery. 

MetatronEyes is just a hobby - not a business.

Therefore, we think it’s important for you to know what we do for a living. We ask you the same question, so it is only fair for us to be transparent as well. 

Unfortunately, there are far too many breeders who live exclusively from their cattery’s income -which inherently means that they cannot practice breeding in a fully ethical way, nor can they justify spending money for all of the required health examinations, high quality food, and the list goes on. 

Not to mention the high output and terrible living conditions they ask of their breeding stock. Long story short, "business catteries" cut corners in ways that are so unethical it would make your skin crawl. 

So, for more information about us and what we do, feel free to continue here: 


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HOW WE LIVE


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HOW WE LIVE


Our cats live freely with us in our house. You won't find any cages and we do not allow our offspring kittens to live in a cattery where there will be cages. We want a cage-free environment and we want our cats to have as much room as they want. They live with us because they are part of our family.  In this way, we succeed to raise up the most lovable coons with the most calm temper, non aggressive behavior and always ready to cuddle with you!

Our active males have their own big space, separated from all the females. They do not spray and do not fight.  They live together peacefully and very harmonic.  Same goes for our females.

Our cattery is based in Greece and slowly is moving to USA. Our houses have big spaces, filled up with cat-trees and all necessities for a cat to be happy in it's daily environment.


We have 5 acres of fenced land, next to the forest, in USA. Our cats love to walk on a leash right by it and of course spend the day in the fenced cat-run. 

We always like to give you an idea of either the way our cats look live, the way we live, etc, so here you can find plenty of videos and pictures that will prove to you all the above.


 
Simone in her cat run <3

<3 Simone checking out her cat run :)

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Friday, April 3, 2015

Lee Browning Ezell building that deck ^^

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Friday, April 4, 2014

"Durv do not look at me"

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Simone enjoying Mother Nature :P

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Tuesday, March 3, 2015
USA*MTNest Simone <3 <3

Watch in HD! USA*MTNest Simone <3 <3 hahahah just a teaser. You know I love videography so this is just a quick video, didn't mess much with it since I don't have much time lately :P Enjoy!!! Soon the real deal :P Note, this is the second day she wears the harness, zero problems.

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Monday, March 30, 2015

Durv outside :)

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Monday, May 5, 2014

LB and US*MTNest Simone <3 Building the female deck

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Thursday, July 16, 2015
DE* CH Elcontra Le Baron Lady Mix

Goodnight from our sweetheart, Foxy <3 ( DE* CH Elcontra Le Baron Lady Mix)

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Friday, May 22, 2015

Talkative Simone. She's so happy when she's out here

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Friday, April 10, 2015

Ultra loving it outside :)

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Friday, May 9, 2014

Durv testing out the catrun walkway :D

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Friday, June 13, 2014

Helping my mom to clean. :P

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Saturday, May 16, 2015


Maine Coons are known as the "gentle giants"and possess above-average intelligence, making them relatively easy to train. They are known for being loyal to their family and cautious—but not mean—around strangers, but are independent and not clingy. The Maine Coon is generally not known for being a "lap cat" but their gentle disposition makes the breed relaxed around dogs, other cats, and children. They are playful throughout their lives, with males tending to be more clownish and females generally possessing more dignity, yet both are equally affectionate. Many Maine Coons have a fascination with water and some theorize that this personality trait comes from their ancestors, who were aboard ships for much of their lives. Maine Coons are also well known for being very vocal cats. They are known for their frequent yowling, chattering, chirping, "talking" (especially "talking back" to their owners), and making other loud vocalizations. 
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Cuddles <3

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Soichi's way to tell me good morning :) am I in love? Uh..yes? Haha

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Her coat color is getting darker and her patterns are showing more <3 I love her so much! She's so beautiful to me.. Thank you David and Judy!

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Friday, March 6, 2015

whenever everything is bad, I just need to play with my kittens and this is the best therapy in the whole world <3 Ikkena tomorrow 5 months old and 10+lbs / 4,7kgs

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Friday, June 12, 2015

Get used to that look :P Jennifer Patrick

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Saturday, October 3, 2015

MTNest Simone!! Some weeks ago <3 she has grown so much !!! I love her! So energetic ! <3

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Monday, February 16, 2015

Me in my pajamas with Atla in my arms besides that my sister in the background asking me "what's Odelina doing again?" Haha The point is Atla is very very sweet <3 and is still available

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Sunday, December 14, 2014

Just Jack xD

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Not enough words to describe her <3 !!

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Our happy neuter Raven <3

Our happy neuter Raven <3 in his new family :) As you can see he lives like a prince and is not afraid of anything hahahahah. He is best friends with two big dogs :) Thank you Enrico !

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Naffy <3 who said cats are not smart, again?

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lick that belly fat, Sapphire Julie Evaddhia Dumas

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Thursday, May 21, 2015

Daddy's girl :) <3 love them both #mainecoon #metatroneyes #derwi

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Saturday, March 22, 2014

Rainfall Avelin playing fetch only with her boyfriend :D haha

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ikkena dragging his toy to the litterbox. He does that every time uahahahah I don't know why.

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Good morning from the love of my life <3 Mobs Mobs <3

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Saturday, May 30, 2015

We love this boy <3 he is like a mini panda bear <3

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Sunday, July 26, 2015
MetatronEyes Innocence <3

MetatronEyes Innocence <3 <3 Our little badass being cuddly ;) haha

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Good morning from Leaena Ultraviolet or Ultra nugget haha. She does this every day <3 love this girl so much and love her development. Elena Vignato

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My babies <3 my poopers <3 god I miss them so so much!!!!! Thank you mom and Nathalie for the video <3333 and of course Danai for keeping them busy :D

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Monday, November 2, 2015

Sick with fever today! Impy and LB have been taking good care of me.

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Sunday, October 11, 2015

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MAINE COON STANDARD


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MAINE COON STANDARD



HEAD

Medium in length and width, with a squareness to the muzzle. Allowance should be made for broadening in males. Cheek bones high. Nose medium in length with a gentle, concave curve and no break or bump. Chin firm and in line with upper lip and nose.


EYES

Large, wide set, slightly oblique setting. Eye color can be shades of green, gold, or copper, though white cats may be blue or odd-eyed. There is no relationship between eye color and coat color. Clarity of eye color is desirable.


BODY

Muscular, medium to large in size, broad chested. Body is long, with all parts in proportion, creating a rectangular appearance. When viewed from the rear, there is a definite squareness to the rump. Neck medium-long.


COAT

Fur on shoulders is short, gradually increasing in length along back and sides, ending in full britches and long, shaggy belly fur. Fur is soft but has body, falls smoothly, and lies close to the body. A slight undercoat is carried. A full ruff is not expected; however, there should be a frontal ruff beginning at the base of the ears.

Coat Colors:
All recognized colors. White trim around the chin and lip permitted except in solid color cats.

EARS

Large, wide at base, moderately pointed and well tufted. Set high on head approximately an ear's width apart. Lynx-like tipping is desirable.

 



LEGS AND PAWS

Legs substantial, wide set, medium in length, contributing to a rectangular appearance. Paws large, round, well-tufted (five toes in front, four toes in back).
 


TAIL

Long, equal to body in length (distance from end of rump to shoulders), wide at base and tapering. Fur full, long, and flowing.


DISQUALIFICATIONS

Buttons, lockets, spots, overall even coat, short cobby body, crossed eyes, kinked tail, incorrect number of toes.

Penalties:
Delicate bone structures, untufted paws, poor condition, nose break or bump, undershot chin, short rounded muzzle.

Cat in pictures : Our beloved USA* IW TGC MTNest Soichiro of MetatronEyes. 

We strive to accomplish this in the following ways:

 

  • Years of obsession and study of their characteristics and lines.
  • Attending shows and heeding the critique of judges.
  • Bringing in our Maine Coons from the best catteries around the world.

    A balanced appearance following the Maine Coon standard is very important to us. Our goal is to fulfill the ideal of the Maine Coon breed.Also, one of our highest priorities is to breed cats with a loving, calm, playful temperament.

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MAINE COON HEALTH


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MAINE COON HEALTH


As wonderful as breeding is, there are many genetic disorders that can be detrimental to a cat’s quality of life and the quality of the cattery itself.

Therefore, we are consistently screening our cats for HD, HCM, PKD and SMA disorders via x-ray, ultrasound, and DNA testing. 

 

HEREDITARY DISEASES


  • Hip Displasia - HD : 

    Hip Dysplasia is a hereditary defect in the socket joint (in the pelvis) which implies that the socket is not as deep as it normally should be. Because of this the ball does not fit exactly in the socket joint and the surfaces begin to rub against each other, causing the cartilage to degenerate. The result is then that the joint surface remains solely made up of bone (the cartilage having been worn away) leaving a bone-against-bone joint surface which is painful for the cat. The problem is, that the body cannot renew the cartilage, and the body tries to repair the damage by increasing bone production which only serves to make the problem worse. Cats in general are very good at not showing pain and can suffer from HD without limping at all. Instead they may move more carefully or less than cats normally do, and may also avoid jumping. Cats with a mild degree of HD may not suffer at all.

     Feline HD is an inherited trait involving multiple gene pairs, which means that two cats with no sign of HD together can produce offspring that develop HD. Also, two cats having HD can together produce kittens that do not develop HD, but the odds for normal hips in the kittens are of course higher if the parents have good, normal hips.



  • HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY - HCM :

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – HCM for short – is the most common heart disease in cats. The disease, that also is found in humans, causes the heart walls of the affected animal to thicken. The disease can not be seen from birth as it develops progressively. Some cats will succumb to the disease already when they are young, but usually the cat will be without symptoms for a number of years. Most cases, but not all, can be found by ultrasound before the cat is about five years old. That is if the examining veterinarian has good equipment and is experienced in doing such examinations. However, an affected cat has a normal lifespan despite being affected. Often the cat has no symptoms until it dies suddenly because of a severe disturbance of the heart rhythm, by a blood clot most commonly lodged near to or in the hind legs or by heart failure. A possible medical treatment can only serve to ease the symptoms of the disease, there is no cure.

In the Maine Coon, Ragdoll, American Shorthair, and the British Shorthair, the disease seems to be inherited mainly as a single autosomal dominant gene. Other breeds have not been studied in this aspect, but there are reasons to believe that the inheritance is similar. How the disease does develop varies though within different breeds. There seem to be several different mutations that cause the disease, also in different families. This is the case in humans.



 


 

  • POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE – PKD :

    Cats that are affected by PKD (polycystic kidney disease), do progressively get more and larger cysts (look like empty bubbles) in their kidneys. These cysts reduce the kidney tissue and thus the kidneys’ ability to function properly. Gradually the cat starts being unwell, gets thinner, loses appetite. The cat does also drink more than usual. It is possible to help the kidneys in giving the cat a special kidney diet, but there is no cure for the disease.

    PKD is inherited as a single autosomal dominant gene. Experienced veterinarians with good equipment do find most of the cases, but not all, when the cats are about one year old.

    There is a genetic test for the mutation, that above all causes most of the PKD cases in the Persian and in breeds that are related to the Persian. The test is done by sending a swab from inside the cheeks (buccal swab) to one of the accredited laboratories.



     


  • SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY - SMA :

SMA is an inherited disorder affecting the skeletal muscles of the trunk and limbs. Loss of neurons in the first few months of life leads to muscle weakness and atrophy that first becomes apparent at 3-4 months of age. Affected kittens develop an odd gait with a sway of the hindquarters and stand with the hocks nearly touching. They may also stand with toes out in the front. By 5-6 months of age they are too weak in the hindquarters to readily jump up on furniture and often have a clumsy landing when jumping down. The long hair Maine Coon may hide it, but careful feeling of the limbs will reveal reduced muscle mass. Affected kittens are not in pain, they eat and play avidly, they are not incontinent, and most live very comfortably as indoor cats for many years. Known affected kittens have occurred in breeding programs across the United States, and, in retrospect, likely carriers have been exported widely.
ONSET OF CLINICAL SIGNS IS OBSERVED BETWEEN 15 AND 17 WEEKS OF AGE. INITIAL ABNORMALITIES ARE HIND LIMB WEAKNESS AND A FINE GENERALIZED TREMOR. AFFECTED KITTENS LOSE THE ABILITY TO JUMP STRONGLY BY FIVE MONTHS AND WALK THEREAFTER WITH A SWAY OF THE HINDQUARTERS. ABNORMAL SENSITIVITY TO TOUCH OVER THE BACK, EXERCISE INTOLERANCE, AND LABORED BREATHING ARE VARIABLY OBSERVED. AFTER AN INITIAL PERIOD OF RAPID LOSS OF FUNCTION, THE PROGRESSION OF THE DISORDER SLOWS OR PLATEAUS WITH VARIABLE MUSCLE ATROPHY, WEAKNESS AND MOBILITY.
This disorder is inherited as a simple autosomal recessive trait. For a kitten to have the SMA disorder, it must receive the mutated copy (allele) of the disease gene from both parents, and male and female kittens are equally affected. The parents of affected kittens show no outward signs of disease, but they are obligate carriers.
 


HOW WE ARE TESTING


Breeding healthy cats should be for every responsible breeder, the top goal and priority. 

Our specialized veterinary clinic for screening is Vet Imaging in Greece. 

 

In USA, our specialized veterinary clinic for screening is South Arkansas Veterinary Hospital. 


for DNA examinations, Biofocus. 


  
Since we are obsessed with breeding top quality of white Maine Coons and have white Maine Coons in our breeding program, we perform BAER tests as well, not only for shows but for their well-being. 
Here's a link of our specialized veterinarian for BAER test. 

 

In Arkansas, Faithful Friends Animal Clinic is the only clinic that specializes in BAER testing. 


Many breeders prefer to sedate or anesthetize their kittens during the BAER test but it is really not necessary and anesthesia can cause more harm than good to the cat. Read here why. 
So, we do not sedate or anesthetize our kittens during the examination, not only because it is not necessary since it doesn't hurt but also because our kittens have a great temper and accept it. 

Here you can see a couple of examples. 

When we went for our cats' BAER test :)) everything was fine <3 and they were behaving perfect(MetatronEyes Ivory)

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Thursday, May 28, 2015

MetatronEyes Morgan <3 3,5 months old BAER test. Of course she hears ;)

Posted by Christina Maraziotis on Monday, October 20, 2014

And of course, our primary veterinarian in Greece. 

 

And in USA. 


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REGISTERED


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REGISTERED


We are registered in the TICA cat organization in the United States of America. All of our offspring kittens that live in USA are registered with TICA and are shown in TICA exhibitions, as well as our imported cats from USA. We also show in TICA in USA. 

 "This cattery has NOT been inspected by and is not endorsed by The International Cat Association, Inc. " 


We are registered in the CFA cat organization in the United States of America as well. Some of our offspring kittens show under CFA in USA but most of them in TICA., in the ICW cat organization in Germany and in the Fife (EOG) cat organization in Greece.


We are also registered in the FIFe (EOG) cat organization in Greece. All our kittens that are born in Greece, will have FIFe registration papers. The ones that are born in USA, will have TICA registration papers. 
However, even when we show in Europe, we mostly show in TICA Shows.


Our very first registry in 2012 was with the ICW cat organization in Germany. Since then we have made many friends in that club so even if we won't use it to register our kittens, we would like to stay connected with it. 


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NUTRITION


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NUTRITION


Nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy and happy Maine Coon cat. Many breeders don't realize this and prefer to feed their cats low quality of food which is of course much more economical. 
However, this is not the case with us. Our cats are our children and the same way we want our children to have the best nutrition possible, so we want our cats to have it as well. 


For dry food, we choose to give them grain free Orijen. 


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Also, we include B.A.R.F in their diet from the best company (Voldog) in Greece. 


Most important part of their diet though, is raw food. Our kittens grow up eating raw chicken parts as well as beef. 


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LINKS


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LINKS


Stay connected with us on Facebook! There you will find daily updates about our Maine Coons. 


We have graduated the PawPeds G1 and G2 courses and are currently on the waiting list for the last course "G3". You can find our names listed here  for G1 course and here for G2 course.


Safety for our cats is a priority, so we use products that are known for their high quality and that we feel that they will protect our cats the most. 
We use only "Sturdi Products" for our cat carriers, show cages and for different accessories. 


When you own a cat, you need to take care of it. Grooming is part of it. We choose the Chris Christensen grooming products for our cats. 


We are very particular about the cat litter we decide to use for our four-legged kids. We have tested almost every cat litter there is on the market and "sWheat Scoop" it is! 
Unfortunately you cannot get sWheat Scoop in Europe, so we use it in USA only. 
sWheat Scoop clumps fast, stops odors, is biodegradable and most important, it is chemical-free. 

"Traditional litter is made of clay that is processed through strip mining. This involves the removal of trees, shrubs, and wildlife to access buried deposits of the profitable materials underneath. So, you guessed it, strip mining is incredibly disruptive to plant and animal life in the area, and pollution issues are prevalent. Also, traditional litter contains hazardous chemicals like sodium bentonite and crystalline silica. Conversely, sWheat Scoop is farmer grown, ground up and then bagged for purchase. It’s that simple." 


So, in Europe we use again organic and chemical-free cat litter - pellets! "Cat's Best Universal! 

"CAT’S BEST Universal is made from natural, clean organic fibre without additives. For the production of CAT’S BEST Universal, only the finest organic fibre is used. This fibre comes from untreated, domestic spruce and fir timber. This timber accumulates continuously.
The use of this timber leads to the preservation of natural, healthy forests. At the same time, our plant fiber products are subject to the environmentally compatible natural biological cycle from the plant seedling to the rotting biological decomposition product.


Everybody in Europe loves Drapaki cat trees! So do we! We strongly recommend this cat trees to you! We surely are very excited about our latest addition from them! 

In USA however, we make our own from scratch! 


On our very first cat exhibition in Austria, we met a gentleman who was building and selling cat trees. Of course we ordered immediately one and have been ordering from him ever since! Our very first cat tree from him is still in our living room, looking like new after so many years! 


As you can understand cats love toys and teasers. We recently discovered "Catlovin" teasers and we absolutely love them! You can personalize them with your cats name on them and they have very unique and colorful designs. We also give the new owners a personalized teaser for their kitten from us.


We would like to thank our friends, David and Judy Bernbaum of MTNest maine coon cattery, for all the support and help they have given us and most of all for entrusting MTNest Simone and IW TGC MTNest Soichiro to us. They have been for us like mentors and we appreciate all their years of experience and knowledge in breeding and showing.
Most importantly, they are like family to us and we feel to honored to have met them.