Anja & Thomas
Luxemburger Str. 41
© Anja von Koenen
We - Thomas and Anja von Koenen - were born 1957 and 1967.
Our first Norwegian Forestcat "Sparky" came to live with us as a pet - he doesn't represent the ideal NFO in all areas - in autumn 1995 and convinced us with his friendly temperament of this wonderful breed. (In the meantime, Sparky has found a loving and quiet home with Melanie, a very good friend of us, because he sometimes felt a bit stressed by the kittens running around in our house. An old man needs some more time to himself...)
Because we were so convinced of this breed, we felt the desire to breed these gorgeous cats and started our breeding program in 1996.
We live in a house with a fenced yard so that our cats are able to get some fresh air and get the feeling of "nature". Our cats live with us as full family members inside our house - we would never want any of them to live in any kind of outdoor cage because they couldn't move the way they want to in there and couldn't get the love and attention from us that they need so badly.
Our aim in breeding is to raise big, healthy and strongly built Norwegians with an adorable, cuddly temperament and this typical expression and look that they should have. We raise our kittens with all our love and much time in our living room. We have decided not to go on holidays anymore, we spend our complete time off from work with our cats and kittens - so our kittens get the best start into their lives and are "trained to love all humans" - may this deep trust in us never be destroyed!
We think that breeding also means selection and for this reason, we only want to breed with well-typed cats that have a typical NFO-look and temperament. And we have already experienced that a very promising youngster did not develop according to our expectations... We do not breed with such cats, but have them neutered and find good new homes for them. Of course, there are lots of different opinions about this issue but we think it is wrong to use cats in breeding that do not convince us - just because they have cost some money and therefore should "earn" some money again. This view is most likely common among cat-producers...
Health and wellbeing of our cats and kittens are very important to us, this is why all our cats are validly vaccinated against Feline Infectious Enteritis, Respiratory Viral Disease, Rabies and Felina Leukemia. And all our breeding cats have been scanned (or will be scanned when they are old enough) for HCM by Dr. Kresken (Fortunately, with negative (normal) results). Our breeding cats (or their ancestors) have also been tested for GSD IV. We only breed with cats that are GSD IV N/N.
The harmony in our house and peace among our cats is very important to us - unfortunately, we have made the sad experience that not every cat feels at ease in a household with more than one cat. For this reason, we had to part with some of our cats, but we have never made such a decision quickly or easily - we tried out other possibilities like homeopathic medicine and Bach-Remedy. We don't want to separate our cats from each other permanently (except the fertile boys from the girls that are not supposed to be mated of course). So we hope that our cats will agree to live with us in harmony, for now and in the future.... We have also learned that we will not be able to keep all our neutered cats in our house because we don't want it to get too crowded in here - this cannot be good for any of our cats. We want to give our cats as much love and attention as they need and deserve and we think that this is impossible with too many cats (there are surely huge differences regarding the number of cats that a breeder can take perfect care of which depends on many things) - so we think that we do what 's the best for our cats if we try to find a loving new home for those neuters that do not feel at ease in our group. And so far, we have always managed to find wonderful new homes for the neuters that had to be rehomed - and we are very happy to get regular reports about how they are doing.
You will always find all cats, that are currently living with us, on our website. Unfortunately, we have made the experience that some breeders (for whatever reason) don't present all cats, that live with them, on their website. We think that honesty is very important for cat breeders as well as for anybody else and we don't want to deceive people who visit our website regarding the number of the cats that we have - AND we also give information about our former breeding cats that don't live with us anymore. They have their own page in our gallery because we think they absolutely deserve being mentioned there as well. Furthermore, you will find all our previous litters in our gallery so that you can see which cat had how many litters and when.
In November 2004, our cattery was inspected by the official veterinary - it was our own wish and request to get the approval by the official veterinarian for our cattery and the way the cats live with us. We got the approval and permíssion for our cattery without any restrictions.
Anja & Thomas von Koenen
Luxemburger Str. 41
Tel.: +49-(0)2235 466930