Changes In My Life

For more than 30 years I bred beautiful American Shorthair show cats. My husband Michael and I would travel across the country to show our cats. My reputation for breeding beautiful and healthy cats grew and breeders all over the world wanted my kittens in their breeding programs. Up to now we have sent them to Australia, China, England, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the Ukraine.

As my Parkinson’s made it more difficult to get to shows I have had to curtail my breeding program. I can’t get out to show my cats so I rely on Facebook programs to post photos and news of our expected litters. This makes me sad and I miss all of the friends I have made over the years at cat shows. My husband still helps with the everyday care and scoops litter boxes for me. I am still involved with producing a cat show in my town of St. Augustine, Florida but I am afraid that it may be my last. Off times are more frequent and I find it more difficult to get around. I try to be positive and my family support is vital and I am thankful for it. I know that the changes in my life are to be expected. I will be as positive as I can. This Thanksgiving will be one that I have much to be thankful for, my husband, my children, my family and my friends. Thank You!

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  • Chris H. moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Thanks so much for sharing, @carocats! I have two cats myself! This sounds like such an awesome experience. I’m hoping your cat show goes flawlessly! Hopefully, there will still be ways you can be involved even if you aren’t the one running the show. How was your Thanksgiving? – Chris, ParkinsonsDisease.net Team

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