About Us Our Mission Statement: Upholding a breeder's oath "For the betterment of the breed"
This statement interpreted by us to mean, " promoting health, temperament, maintaining original size and type" with the wellbeing of each individual cat taken into prime consideration, within our breeding program and within our home. ******************************************
Featuring foundation outcross lines and show lines.
Dzcoonz is a small in-home cattery located in Sun Prairie Wisconsin, 8 miles from Madison. Our kittens are raised under foot, in our beds with humans and canines, to bring you the best of socialized personalities. We strive to breed healthy, large, shaggy coated Maine Coons with loving and gentle personalities.
Our cattery is registered with CFA (Cat Fanciers Association), ACFA ( American Cat Fanciers), TICA (The International Cat Association) and CFF (Cat Fancier Federation). We participate in the voluntary cattery inspection programs yearly, and have been certified yearly as a CFA Cattery of Excellence. We have chosen to be a closed cattery thus enabling us a continued health standard. This merely means that we rarely, if ever, bring in kitties from other catteries for outside breeding, other than for our own program. This practice contributes to health issues that arise in catteries . Cats in numbers, coupled with integrating others set up conditions for viral disease transmission, compromising immune systems. Though our adults immune systems are strong, our developing yet immature kitten immune systems cannot be expected to withstand some strains. We have chosen not to compromise the health standard we have been successfuly maintaining.
We feed a home made raw food diet of chicken and turkey. Our cats come from generations of raw fed cats, optimizing health by species appropriate nutrition which we are currently coming to understand may have more of an influence on genetics/mutation and predisposition to disease We believe in providing the best of medical care prior to your kittens coming home to you. They may have been examined by my veterinarian, and may have also been examined by specialists in their field should there be a question or need. Our cattery is microsporum canis negative (proven by continuous monitoring/testing of skin and hair) and FeLV negative.
Our Maine Coon adultmales average between 17-20 pounds,(many of our males have come to a mature healthy weight of 24 pounds or more) and the adult females between 10-16. The colors that we produce are blue, brown, cameo, red, with or without white. While our goal is to create healthy show quality kittens, we will usually have beautiful pet quality kittens available.All kittens will be a good representation of the breed. Depending upon each kitten's individual development, the average age at which a kitten can go to its new home is 12-14 weeks. We neither recommend or encourage the use of FeLV or FIP vaccine. Neither vaccine is necessary for indoor-only cats, and the FIP vaccine has not been proven to be preventative enough to warrant its usage.
Each kitten is sold with a contract to include spay/neuter agreement. Registration papers are provided upon written verification from your veterinarian that thesurgery has taken place. We do not allow declawing of our kittens.
Our breeding cats are screened annually for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). The HCM screening is performed by Dr. Hattie Bortnowski, DVM, Dipl ACVIM (internal Med.) Mobile Veterinary Diagnostics. We are so fortunate to have Dr. Bortnowski visit our home yearly for these cardiac screenings. Disclaimer: Screening for HCM is currently the recommended method to aid reducing the incidence of this genetic condition in our cats. Breeders can not guarantee that their cats will not have this condition. However, we can guarantee that we are dedicated to screening our breeding males and females in a continued effort to produce healthy and sound Maine Coons to the best of our ability. Verification of each cat's echo may be found by clicking on individual links to their specific page.
The current DNA test can identify only 1 pair of many genetic components that are known to be associated with the presence of HCM. This may or may not, in part, be responsible for developement of this heart condition. To date, there are many questions and concerns surrounding these findings. This is merely a tool, not a definitive test for HCM. We have done our DNA testing,(Washington State University) and shall continue on with yearly echos in order to maintain the integrity of our breed program.
We reserve the right to refuse placement of any cat or kitten at any time.