Welcome to Aoi Neko Maine Coons

Aoi Neko is a small hobby cattery located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Washington State. My Maine Coon cattery is registered with both The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Cat Fancy Association (CFA).  Kittens are typically registered through TICA, simply because I show my cats in that particular cat fancy.

The cattery is named in honor of my mother, who was from Japan and my first Maine Coon, which was a blue silver mackerel tabby. As I think back even further, my very first cat ever, though not a Maine Coon, was a domestic long haired, solid blue boy, found in a shed. So my cattery name, is also in honor of my love of blue cats.

Aoi Neko (pronounced Owie Neck Oh) is Japanese for Blue Cat.

I strive to breed cats that are within the breed standard, are healthy, happy and hopefully in the dilute color of blue.  I do not compromise health and breed standard simply to achieve color.  Therefore you will see cats of a variety of colors.

I do the best that I can to ensure you will have a companion that is with you for well into their teens.  Obviously, no on can guarantee a lifespan, but as a breeder there are some things I can do to evaluate the health of my cattery.

Prior to breeding all cats are DNA tested to ensure they are free from the genetic defects of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the MYBPC3 gene associated with Hyertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and are not homozygous for Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PK-Def). 

Hip x-rays are taken and sent to PawPeds to evaluate potential hip dysplasia when age appropriate.  Those results are loaded directly to PawPeds webpage by their adminstrators.

Additionally,  cats in  the breeding program are continually screened by echocardiogram  by a board certified veterinary cardiologist to be clear of HCM, every 12- 18 months.  

Also, while my goal is to also have cats 100% clear for Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PK-Def), a carrie may be used on occassion.  PK-Def is a disease that will ONLY manifest if a cat is Homozygous for the gene.

I spend some time showing in the TICA Northwest Region.  Showing my cats helps me maintain my focus on the breed standard.  You may find me at a TICA show in Washington State and occasionally in Oregon or Canada. If you find yourself at a TICA show in the area, drop in and say hello.

There are many, many Maine Coon breeders and many more cropping up daily.  Some are doing the right things to ensure the health of their future kittens and preservation of the Maine Coon, which originates in the USA.  However, many others are simply importing from any cattery overseas willing to sell them a breeding cat without profound knowlege of the breed health, proper breed standard or understanding pedigrees and inbreeding coeffients.   

If I can leave you wth one bit of advice as you navigate through your search.

Please take the time to research the breed and the breeder to ensure you receive the best opportunity of a healthy, life long compantion. 

Breeders must be doing more than just DNA testing to screen fo genetic disorders.  In addition to DNA, a heart echocardiogram should be done prior to breed and they should continue to echo every 12-24 months, even if the cat is retired from breeding program.

When age appropriate all breeding cats shouldhave their  hips screend for hip dysplasia.  My personal preference is to use PawPeds, which uses the same doctor doing the evaluations and the results are  loaded into their database without bias.  In otherwords, they cannot be hidden.  Other breeders use OFA and some just allow their vets to screen.  Regardless of the method, screening should be done.

While doing all these things still cannot guarentee you will obtain a perfect kitty that will live until it’s late teens (they are sentient beings afterall), it is a breeder’s best attempt to make sure their program is healthy.

Thank you for stopping by my  page.  Since I only have 1 or 2 litters each year, I realize the wait is way too long for many. 

I hope you find the information here useful and that you find that purrfect Maine Coon to join your family.

You can also follow the cats on social media.  Photos are often posted on Instagram #aoinekomc and on Facebook.

 

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

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