Spotlight Breeder/Cattery of the Month!
Interview with Carol Cloonan/ Irish Cottage Ragdoll
Name: Carol Cloonan
Why did you begin breeding cats?
Favorite things about breeding: Kittens, of course! From their first steps, their first cries, I am a mother, a playmate and a friend watching as they learn, as they grow and their own unique personalities emerge. I love seeing the faces of my customers as they hold their kitten for the very first time, watching their smiles, as they become of part our Irish family.
Least Favorite things you like about breeding: I am not too fond of scooping and sanitizing the litter pans throughout the house. It is a long and tiring job; though, thankfully, I have my grandchildren to help me. However, my least favorite part of breeding is the possibility of losing a kitten, of it being harmed or mistreated. This is a very heavy and painful fear, an unfortunate and inescapable part of this profession.
Your favorite things about Ragdolls: I love their personality, how human they are. They communicate and understand me. They love seemingly without limits and are always there to listen; a constant and loyal companion. Ragdolls are soft, gentle, and empathetic; they possess all the qualities that I treasure and admire within people.
Theme of cattery and why you picked that theme: My husband is Irish, always the lucky one; and the culture of his ancestry has become the foundation of our home. Friendship, loyalty and love - the Irish Clodagh. That is how we are, how our family is and how our kittens are. We are a part of one another, brought together by this Irish trinity.
Describe yourself and your cattery: I am a registered
nurse, recently retired so I am able to spend even more time with my cats.
I have been married to my husband, Buz, for seventeen years. He is an
amazing man and has been a constant support and help throughout this experience.
He was a barber, and is now recently retired, able to devote himself completely
to our family. We spend most of our days between our cats and our children.
We have seven (four girls and three boys); and fifteen grandchildren all
of whom live close by. The youngest, born just a few months ago, is baby
Ben and the eldest is Kristi, nineteen this month. Everyone has remained
close throughout the years, and we have all been a part of Irish cottage,
helping with the kittens since the beginning. Irish cottage is a cattery
founded upon family. We live in a brick ranch house in a country setting.
The male cats laze about on the porch, equipped with windows, toys, beds,
scratching posts and plenty of lounge room. Downstairs, we have the women
who spend their time in our family room. The room across the hall is our
'honeymoon suite.' Once a bedroom, it has been transformed into a breeding
room complete with a lion rug, a bed; all the necessities for kitties
comfort). The kitten room is upstairs. Once the guest bedroom, it has
now become a haven for our new additions. There are two walk-in birthing
cages, fitted with rugs, litter pans, food and water dishes and hanging
baskets that provide an intimate and relaxing atmosphere for mother and
her babies. There is also a space in the room reserved for our growing
kittens. There are scratching posts, toys, everything needed to keep our
kittens curious and playful as they grow and mature.
When did you start showing? I first began showing about two years after I bought my first Ragdoll.
What is your favorite thing about showing: Traveling, meeting new people and learning more about the cats I love.
Least favorite things about showing: I have grown to
detest flight delays, which keep my cats, in their carriers for unnecessarily
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