Mountain Fork Leo -photo by Kelly Sparkman©
Stated by our veterinarian to CFA, about our "Outstanding" Cattery of Excellence: "I have been Kelly's veterinarian for many years. She is the most conscientious breeder I have ever worked with". Dr Sherman G Hadley, DVM
Our MAINE goal is geared towards producing healthy, friendly, family oriented companions with the European look & size and to place them in homes where they will receive the love, care and attention that they are so willing to give to their new family. We spend endless hours socializing our kittens, caring for them, cleaning our home & their environment. All of our cats and kittens receive attention and love from our family on a daily basis.
FeLions from Mountain Fork are handled from birth to familiarize them with human contact and foster along socialization skills necessary for them once they leave their mommy kitty, littermates and us. Most people do not really understand the critical importance of the window of socialization that only lasts from 2 to 7 weeks of age. The following quote is from Robert Tabor’s Cat Behavior: A complete guide to understanding how your cat works: “Eileen Karsh established that the window of the sensitive period for habituating kittens to people is from two weeks to seven weeks. Cats handled regularly during this time were prepared, when older, to stay on someone’s lap longer and approach people more readily. Cats that were handled after this period, that is from weaning onwards, behaved no differently from cats that had not been handled at all. All too often, as young kittens they will not have been handled regularly. Brought into new homes where they are the focus of attention they receive lots of handling, yet it seems this will not socialize them as well as the little time spent each day before weaning.” From the day they are born, usually only moments after their birth, our Maine Coon kittens are handled. This has paid off well for us, as evidenced by our long list of testimonials; many of which are from repeat Buyers. You will find that our Mountain Fork Maine Coon kittens are an absolute joy, from the moment they get adjusted to their new home, environment and surroundings.
I meet all Buyers in a public place, at Pratt Veterinarian Services, located at 2668 South Park Drive -Broken Bow, Oklahoma 74728. All kittens are vet checked prior to leaving us, for their new homes and come with a copy of their vet issued Health Certificate. Kittens leave us, their mommy and littermates after being fully weaned, beginning at 10 weeks of age. If not finished with the weaning process, they may stay until 12 weeks. All Mountain Fork European kittens are sold as family pets, without breeding rights.
Many potential buyers imagine our home cattery similar to a petting zoo; where one can tour, touch and handle our cats, kittens and view their surroundings. However; our cattery is our home and due to past security experiences as well as requesting respect for our free time at home, we do not accommodate what some buyers think of as appropriate. We do not carry commercial liability insurance for our home/property. Our insurance agent prohibits buyers accepting their kitten on our property/conducting "cattery tours" inside our home. We have our routine work and play schedule which allows us to incorporate a strictly maintained virus free environment. This policy is in place, in order to protect our kittens from various diseases that could be brought into our home by visitors, especially those who have "rescue" cats or kittens from other less knowledgeable breeders, already in their home. Our veterinarian comes to our home monthly (house call) during breeding season for each litter of kittens' vet check prior to leaving for their new homes. We care about the health of each kitten sold and want the very best possible for each one. We do not subject our newly vaccinated kittens to the vet clinic, where ill cats are brought in on a daily basis.
Our home as well as our 3 stud cats' environment (specially designed 2,160 square foot climate controlled shop) is annually veterinarian inspected and we are proud of our certification as a distinguished CFA "Cattery of Excellence". A level 4 is judged as "Outstanding" and we receive 4 out of 4 possible points in each and every category. Only catteries which maintain the highest environmental quality of cleanliness and cat care, can achieve this distinction!
If you understand our reasoning behind our policies, are interested in providing a loving home to our fur babies, you will be happy to follow our prevention protocols. We will not jeopardize safety or the health of our kittens, in order to please a Buyer.
Our cats and kittens are our favorite hobby and remain our greatest responsibility, which we feel very passionate about. We do everything possible, to give our fur babies a healthy start in life. Before a kitten leaves us, it will be dewormed three times as a preventive measure against internal parasites and given a series of two FVRCP core vaccinations. We do not vaccinate with the FeLV vaccine, since our cats are not allowed to roam outdoors. Nor do we vaccinate with either the FIV or FIP vaccines, since research has shown it may cause long term health conditions. It is up to the Buyer, to vaccinate additionally with the Rabies vaccine when the kitten is 12 weeks old or older. Our kittens are guaranteed FeLV & FIV negative at the time of purchase. Our breeding adults are all DNA tested for Hypertrophic Cardio Myopathy (HCM) by the Cardiac Genetics Lab at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) through the University of California, Davis is underway. We offer a 1 year Health Guarantee against hereditary/genetic defects that would end the kittens life. Should a Mountain Fork European Maine Coon cat not reach their expected life span, we would like to know about it. Feedback is essential in continuing to provide quality bred European Maine Coons! Our Maine Coon cats and kittens receive outstanding care by our compassionate veterinarians & staff. Our kittens receive a "house call" vet check prior to going to their forever homes.
Nutrition is an important aspect of caring for our Mountain Fork Maine Coons. Exceptional food plays a large role in developing a "Super" Maine Coon cat. We feed only premium grain-free foods; dry as well as wet. Please visit our "Cat/Kitten Food" page for details.
Buyers are provided a kitten kit, at the time of kitten pick up: Kitten's Health Record, Blue Buffalo Kitten Healthy Growth 2# bag of grain-free dry food, Blue Buffalo Indoor Freedom as well as Solid Gold wet canned food, toys, and Mountain Fork European Maine Coon Kitten Care & Training Tips.
We use World's Best Cat Litter® (red & black bag). As far as litters go, this is one of the best selling brands of biodegradable, earth friendly, natural litters. We feel this is the best choice, and safer than clay litter, since kittens/cats can ingest litter from licking their paws where it can clump in their bowels and cause an obstruction. Clay litters can contain silica & bentonite which can also be toxic if licked and ingested. This natural corn litter gives our home a light, pleasant aroma that is not too strong and it is also virtually dust free. It is a premium natural litter, therefore; somewhat more expensive than clay litter, but we feel our cats and kittens deserve the safest and best product available.
Monthly, during mosquito season, we apply Revolution ® topical to all our adult cats. This is applied to the back "scruff" of the cat's neck. Heartworms are caused by mosquitos who carry the disease, bites your kitten, and is transferred to them. Mosquitos can get into your home whenever you open your doors to go outside. Revolution ® also prevents ear mites, roundworms and hookworms. Kittens can start on this prevention @ 16 weeks of age. Also, fleas can be brought into the kittens environment from dogs allowed to go in and out.
Our European Brown Classic Tabby breeder boy, Maslow came to us from Poland. We imported him direct from a European cattery, with world winners who have perfected the XXL size. Our kittens have a European, fierce feral and wild look, while still possessing the sweetest personalities on the planet.
Our European Brown Classic Tabby breeder boy, Turner, as well as his littermate, Scarlet were also directly imported to us, from another World Class cattery in Poland!
Our European Blue Classic Tabby breeder boy, Milo comes directly imported to us here in the USA, from yet another World Class European cattery!
The parents of our adult breeding Maine Coons come from Champion, Grand Champion, International Grand Champion bloodlines. We allow our queens to breed twice each year, spring and late summer. In our efforts to continue to improve our Maine Coons, we typically retire our female adults by the time they reach 4-5 years of age. We love BIG cats! By that time, we have selectively chosen kittens that are the best of the best (best personality, breed standard/conformation/type and substantial size) to carry on their parent's bloodlines. We place our retired adults in pet homes, where they are still young enough to enjoy a long & full life. They are usually the the center of attention and what a conversation item!
Maine Coons need up to 3 years to reach their adult size. Our mature males have exceptional jowls and head widths are wider. Please be patient on weight expectations with your MC kitten.
We put great emphasis on the quality of the lives of our Mountain Fork European Maine Coons. Our cats and kittens expect a clean, loving, stimulating and stress free environment. They will give it back ten-fold in love, adoration and affection (not to mention entertainment)!
Raising European Maine Coons is our greatest reward. Breeding European Maine Coons remains our greatest responsibility. Once you have owned a Mountain Fork European Maine Coon, to have any other FeLion would be a compromise!