Hi, my name is Barbara Lydiate. I
live in a small town about fifteen miles north of Montgomery, Alabama,
with my husband Eric, and our two dogs Millie, a blonde Labrador,
and Max, a Chihuahua. I
started breeding and showing Russian Blues about 20 years ago. They
were my first love, and today they are still my most loved breed.
The Russian Blue is a shy cat, but at home you could not ask for more
devoted pet. They are loving, they get along with children, and I
have found my Russians to get along with other cats as well. Most
breeders will say that you cannot let two stud boys live together.
Well, my Russian boy lived with my Singapura boy, and they loved
I have also been breeding Singapuras for 17 years, but stopped
breeding them for 3 years as there were too many health problems
within this breed. I had been collaborating with a few close breeders of Singapuras
and we worked very hard, even importing Singapuras from Europe in
the hopes to improve the health of these beautiful cats. But the
imports only added to their health problems, and there is no
outcross to work with. So, after losing a countless number of
kittens and mothers, most of us stopped with the breed. Some
persisted, however, and I am lucky to have a very good friend who
continued to work very hard over the last few years with her Singas.
Granted, not all of the health problems are gone, but she has been
able to breed great diversity into her lines. The Singapura is a
breed that I am very passionate about, along with my Russians. So
here I am, back with my little Singas too. It just wasn't the same
around here without them.
Here at Catera Cattery, Russian Blues and Singapura are raised with a
great deal of love and care. I am as concerned about their health
and personalities as I am with their beauty. My goal and reason for
breeding is to maintain and improve the breeds, and to provide you
with a delightful addition to your home for many years to come.
& Special Thanks
I'd like to acknowledge and extend a special thanks to the following
Dave and Karen Boyce
for giving me a very pretty Russian Blue girl, and to
Ed Manning, former TICA all breed judge and Southeast Regional Director,
for mentoring me in a difficult outcross program for my Singapuras. I could not have done this without his help.
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