Alchemist Siberian Cats

Alchemist Siberian Cats


About Alchemist

Our Philosophy

Poppy's 'fire' litter liked snuggle up warm in the living room curtains...
Poppy's 'fire' litter liked snuggle up warm in the living room curtains...

Our Siberian Cats are part of the family. We breed cats simply because we enjoy their company. Being only a small cattery means we have the time to lavish a great deal of love and attention on our furry companions.

Martin playing Poppy as a kitten
Martin playing Poppy as a kitten

All our cats live in the house with us; they like cuddling on the sofa, playing in the garden when it's sunny, leaving muddy paw prints on the kitchen floor when it's not and jumping on the bed in the morning when they think their breakfast is late! We are sure that being a part of the family directly contributes to the affectionate, loving temperament of our cats and kittens.

Having only a small number of litters each year means that all our kittens are very precious to us; we hold Mum’s paw as they are born, watch them take their first steps, play with them and teach them to love cuddles; all the time watching their individual personalities blossom. We believe this is particularly valuable when it comes to finding special homes for the little ones, as we can advise families of which kitten’s temperament will best suit their situation, and can give lots of ideas as to how to make the kitten feel happy and settled in its new home.

The health of our cats is very important to us. We chose the Siberian Cat breed because the standard of points extends from natural evolution (as opposed to excessive inbreeding); an ‘orgainic cat’ if you like!

Above all we aim to breed happy, healthy Siberian Cats, who will give you as much joy as our cats give us.

We are registered breeders with the GCCF and breeder members of The Siberian Cat Club.

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Future Plans

As our prefix, Alchemist, might imply we enjoy breeding Siberian Cats in a wide variety of patterns and colours; and every kitten is more precious than gold.

Three precious Alchemist kittens
Three precious Alchemist kittens

We have just two breeding queens, Poppy and her daughter Holly. Both these girls are incredibly special to us.

We aim to have just one litter from each queen per year so that they have a good break in between and have plenty of time to just relax and enjoy being beloved pampered pets. In general Poppy has her litter in the spring and we have a second litter in the autumn from Holly, however the timings do vary as sometimes the girls have plans of their own! If you are interested in providing a loving and permenant home to one of our future kittens please contact us to discuss going on our mailing list.

At this point in time we do not intend to get our own stud boy as we don't really have the space to keep him happy so it wouldn't be fair on him. However, that does mean we have much more choice when selecting potential daddy cats which will hopefully result in kittens that exemplify the Siberian breed and make devoted companions to their adopted families.

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Location

We are located in Higham Ferrers, near the Northamptonshire/Bedfordshire border.

Higham Ferrers is roughly 20 minutes drive from the M1 (Junction 15 - Northampton) and 25 minutes from the A1(M) at St Neots.

For those of you travelling from London (or without a car) we are about 15 minutes in a taxi from Wellingborough station which is on the mainline North and takes about 50 minutes from London St Pancras.


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History

Being brought up in a family that bred Persians I have always had a soft spot for cats. My first ever cat, Easa (short for Theresa), was actually born on the very same day as me and I was able to witness first hand the special bond that a cat builds with its human. I was quick to get involved with caring for the kittens that arrived each year, playing with them, feeding them and remember acting as midwife for the first time when I was about 7 years old.

My Darling Easa-Cat
My Darling Easa-Cat

I grew up and went to University, where I met my husband Martin. Luckily for me, despite having never having had a cat of his own (his mum being allergic), Martin is definitely a ‘cat man’.

I graduated from University in July 2008 and moved to Bedford with Martin and my blue persian Easa. I knew I wanted to start breeding cats but by this time Easa was getting old and I felt it would be unfair to bring a new kitten into the house – Easa was always there to care for me and I wanted to focus my all my love and attention on her in her final months.

Easa died on Remembrance Sunday in November 2008 and after mourning her death for a while I started to think about my own breeding programme early 2009.

I knew that I wanted to breed a long or semi-long haired breed, but had decided against Persians due to the many health problems associated with their extreme type. I considered many breeds, almost settling on Main Coons, before I happened across a Siberian Cat site and fell head over heels in love.

Visiting shows and going out to meet breeders, who taught me about their type and temperament, increased my conviction that this was the right breed for me. To me Siberian Cats are a show breed that represents a happy, healthy and, above all, natural cat.

Then started the hunt for ‘my girl’. I had an idea that I was looking for a golden tabby, but things never turn out the way we plan and after seeing dozens of kittens I finally found a blue-cream tortie tabby, at the MiaKira cattery. She stole my heart from day one with her pretty face, sweet nature and gentle purr and I named her 'Sweet Poppy'. After many weeks of impatient waiting she came to live with us in July 2009 as our foundation queen.

Is it any wonder I never seem to get any work done?
Is it any wonder I never seem to get any work done?

Since then we have kept two kittens from Poppy; a boy, Jack, from her first litter and a girl, Holly, from her second. Holly became our 2nd generation breeding queen and has now had several litters of her own. The five of us all live in the house together and the cats make sure that they are very much involved in our daily lives!

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