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, to 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 in Greece, 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 attending, we saw these magnificent cats and were completely fascinated...you guessed it, they were called Maine Coons.
I started researching about Maine Coon history, learning about their personality, characteristics, bloodlines, genetic disorders, grooming, showing, and of course breeding. I started talking with Maine Coon breeders all over the world. It was very important to me, obsessive I suppose you could say, to educate myself as much and in depth 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 participated in our very first cat exhibition, and learned a lot about the world of showing and grooming.
One night, our family 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, feline experience, and most important - our unconditional love for this breed, we were ready. We decided to start a Maine Coon cattery.
We think you have a right 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, or believe they can somehow get rich from a cattery - 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 personally and what we do, feel free to continue here:
Our cats live freely with us, in our home. You won't find any cages, and we do not allow our offspring kittens to live in a cattery or home 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 in raising up incredibly lovable Maine Coons with the most calm temperament and non-aggressive behavior - 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 harmoniously. The same goes for our females, and they alternate their time with "run of the house".
Our cattery started within our home in Greece, and so it stays within our new home in the USA. Either way, our houses have always had big spaces - filled up with homemade cat-trees, and all the necessities (plus extras) for a cat to be happy in it's daily environment.
We have 17 acres of land, both open and hardwood, separated into sections by two crystal clear creeks that never run dry - all right next to the fully protected Ouachita Lake and Ouachita National Forest.
We feel it's very important to give you an idea of the way our cats live, and the way we live with them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All recognized colors. White trim around the chin and lip permitted except in solid color cats.
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 substantial, wide set, medium in length, contributing to a rectangular appearance. Paws large, round, well-tufted (five toes in front, four toes in back).
Long, equal to body in length (distance from end of rump to shoulders), wide at base and tapering. Fur full, long, and flowing.
Buttons, lockets, spots, overall even coat, short cobby body, crossed eyes, kinked tail, incorrect number of toes.
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:
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. This however does not guarantee that your Maine Coon won't EVER be affected by these. We do our very best by thorough screening before every mating generations after generations and repeat the examinations every two years. Wether you choose to adopt a kitten from us or from a different breeder, we cannot express enough the importance of asking the breeder of your kitten for proof of all the above testing records.
While DNA testing is important, the echo screenings are extremely necessary, because you can only DNA test for some genes of each hereditary disease, but with the screenings you can be certain every time that the heart or kidneys look healthy. Therefor, we strongly advise that you choose a breeder who does both.
Also, the echo screenings and x-rays are much more expensive than the DNA tests, and an ethical breeder should never cut corners.
Click on each button to find out more informations about each hereditary disease.
Breeding healthy cats should be for every responsible breeder, the top goal and priority.
Our specialized veterinary clinic for HCM & PKD ultrasound screening as well as HD x-raying is Hillcrest Animal Hospital.
We have contacted all animal clinics, hospitals and specialized vets in Arkansas and to us, the specialized Dr. Larry Nafe seemed the most professional and competent.
for DNA examinations, U.C Davis.
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.
And of course, our primary veterinarian in Arkansas.
We are registered in the TICA cat organization in the United States of America. We voluntarily abide by the Responsible Breeder Program Code of Ethics of TICA.
"This cattery has NOT been inspected by and is not endorsed by The International Cat Association, Inc. "
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.
Our Maine Coons are 100% on DIY (Do It Yourself) Raw Diet. However, we raise our kittens with both raw, wet, and dry kibble so they don't have any problems adjusting in their future homes. Therefor, we use Instinct kibble.
Speaking of raw diet. If you want to know more about the way we " DIY " click here:
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 exclusively use "Sturdi Products" for our cat carriers, show cages, and various 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! 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."
As you can imagine, when you have an active cattery and you try to keep it clean 24/7, it can truly become challenge! Therefore, our two great heroes that save the day are Dyson and Miele vacuum systems - we have tried every other product out there, but these two truly get the job done!
What type of cat trees are you gonna see at MetatronEyes? Homemade of course! Here in the States we have 17 acres filled up with beautiful oak trees, ironwood and pine trees. We cut them down by ourselves, and quite frankly, build them to be one of the most stable, strong and "eye sore-less" cat trees ever made! See for yourselves!
Many of you have asked us which camera we use for our cat photography.
While the camera does not make the photographer, having the right tools for the job is important too. For our profession as photographers - and for our cats - we chose the Leica S Typ 007 medium format camera body and Leica's incredible S system of lenses.
We are also the only cat breeders (that we are aware of) who are crazy enough to use a medium format camera - in manual focus mode - to photograph cats!
We also use high quality strobes for our lighting needs; a set of battery powered Profoto B1s. This allows us to photograph our cats in a creative manner under a great variety of conditions, and is an essential tool in creating a compelling environmental portrait.