It is said, that man domesticated the cat so he could pat the Tiger.
These notes reflect my journey to “pat the Tiger”
Following many years breeding, showing, working and judging dogs up to international level, I found a sneaking feeling that there was still something missing in my life then, over twenty years ago a lady gave me a tiny kitten she had rescued from drowning in a water race (kiwi for irrigation channel)As I took this wet shivering bundle in my hands, she opened her amazing green eyes and regarded me without fear but with an astute acceptance that this meeting was “Kismet” I was entranced by this little feline who “knew” me at a glance.
I called her Koko, she was obviously not a “moggy” with her sharply angled features, soft short coat of Havana brown with patches of white and those eyes! As she grew she became a point of conversation amongst cat breeders I knew, so I was encouraged to register her with the New Zealand Cat Fancy on their AOV register which is one used to develop stability of breed type over five generations. Then with the interest and support of two special Siamese breeders I was required to register my own cattery name…. when my husband met Koko for the first time and said “she’s a Niceone” the name was chosen.
The rest is history, I went on to breed from Koko and her progeny to stud cats generously made available to me through friendships and trust. I incorporated both Siamese and Orientals over this development time in an effort to obtain full registration with cats and kittens I could feel proud of.