A VERY IMPORTANT LADY
With various updates
I have been going through my breeding stock carefully, looking at
and cats, deciding which cats could be desexed and petted out, or might
go as vasectomised studs. I was assessing which lines have features
conserving, and which it might be better not to breed from any longer.
course, I found that there are many cats from the lines introducing the
marbled pattern which in themselves could do with improvement,
in head type (too long), but a bonus with the Ussi/Roundel marbled line
is a superb short, dense coat texture rather like silk velvet to the
and a truly grass green eye colour.
I considered the other main source of marbled, I made a very
discovery - Nintu Abagail Silk (Silkia), it turns out, is a very
lady. Not only is she the mother of the 1999 Exhibit of the Year (Nintu
Marmor Bezique), but she has a huge number of breeding descendants,
both studs and queens. In addition to carrying the marbled pattern, she
has a truly lovely head - rounded on top, nice nose break and well set
eyes and ears. She also has green eyes. Her weaknesses are lack of much
breadth in the muzzle, smallish ears, lack of warmth in the coat and
delicate markings on her single coat.
is, of course, only Generation 3, introducing a new Burmese (Thera
and a new domestic (Sprite) on her maternal (Nintu Bay Betony) line,
on her sire’s (Nintu Eve’s Temptation) side she brings the vigour of
Kitty S, Featherbed and Dormer line.
Silkia and kittens x Faramir, January 2000
I thought I was never going to breed with her - although born on
she didn’t have a litter (of 1, Dainty Helen), until/4/95. She appeared
never to call, though she lived with a boy, and seemed to be mated -
a silent caller, eventually, after trying the usual treatments, when
was over 2, Karen (Hedberg) had a look inside - she had endometriosis
cysts on her ovaries. After the cysts were broken, she was treated with
antiprolactin - an experimental amount of which Karen was able to
for me. It was a last ditch effort, but it worked, and after that first
litter of one, we rapidly moved on to litter number 2 ---- and now she
has litter number 9, and is still producing vigorous, quality kittens.
her litters is a very interesting exercise:
1 1/4/95 x Awatea Kohu Mushroom
Nintu Dainty Helen, lovely rich pinkish peach spotted with stunning
eyes and very prominent whisker pads. The mother of
Harvest from which Trabmakov Anneaboof, (Kelly Fletcher) is descended;
and of Nintu Guardian Daemon, a very vigorous gold stud.
2 4/11/95 x Nintu Boy Adam
Four kittens including a lilac classic (marbled)
3 19/1/96 x Nintu Bold Korrigan
Five kittens, including Evening Ode, and Easter Olive. This litter
at the Spotted Mist 10th Anniversary show.
4 13/8/97 x Nintu Excellent Fellow
This mating was done immediately the marbled pattern was approved -
parents were known to carry the gene --- the result was overwhelming -
5 kittens, of which 4 were marbled- Nintu Marmor Bezique Valerie
Hamilton’s top show winner and sire, Nintu Marmor Bee-Balm, who had a
of very important litters for me, then flew to Jeanette in WA to give
a stake in the marbled mist, and Nintu Marmor Bacchus, purchased by
Dorrell who showed him as a neuter - with much success, and much
for our new pattern.
5 28/11/97 x Nintu Bronze Oak
I was hoping Oak might have carried marbled (he had a marbled sister),
but all 8 were spotted. I kept Xenon as a stud, his first offspring
just reached the show bench, I am still hoping that he might carry
6 4/5/98 x Nintu Divine Wilfred
A scrumptious litter of 5, including 2 marbled, Daria and Dandy, with
green eyes, and I also kept Jemima, a chocolate spotty. These kittens
only had green eyes, but a much better coat texture than Mum.
Marmor Dandy with Jemima in the background, just on maturity,
7 5/1/99 x Nintu Dracon Xia
Four elegant, really well spotted lilacs. Green eyed Xenopus is about
start a show career, and his first litters are on the way. This
a new line descending from Allspice.
Orana, lilac marbled kitten
8 7/8/99 x Nintu Bonze Hakeem
Dad’s swan song - my final try to capture his beautiful colour without
his horrid head. 5 bonnie babies, but none of breeding quality, still
dark, heads not good enough, super temperament
9 11/1/00 x Nintu Marmor Faramir
An exciting mixed litter of marbled and spotted, some with both
mossy coat texture and promising heads. Nintu Marmor Rondoletia kept
breeding - also beautiful green eye colour.
10 1/7/00 x C Nintu Genial Quentin
peach and lilac - a peachboy, Ice Cherub, kept for breeding. Very good
body and colour - but a bit light on in the chin department!
11 24/12/00 x Nintu Even Roundel. Before he left to live with Gillian -
5 kittens; a very compact well marked boy, Nintu Marmor Yggdrasil
kept for breeding.
12 21/2/02 x Thera Amyntor. Full circle - back to the second generation
of the new blood line. Litter included a brown marbled mist to carry on
ODE. Ode has sired 9 litters, and breeding daughters include Figwen
Alyxia and Awatea Mapere Karauna and Nintu Marmor Latona. Awatea Mapere
Khalian is a young stud at the Trabmakov Cattery.
Litter 13 12/11/02 x Nintu Ionis Oceanus - none kept for
breeding, but a lilac daughter went to the USA as a spay pet.
Litter 14 19/11/03 x Nintu Family Idol - just 2 boys, Nintu
Justinus Nestor kept as a lilac spotted stud.
Alyxia herself has a Silkia great grand daughter, a
coloured, very pretty lilac marbled, Nintu Marmor Orana, who is staying
as a show and breeding girl. Orana has had one of the new line
litters ( x Pan) and on lease, the only litter for the Burrgan
BALM . While with me, Bee Balm had 2 litters, from the first of which 3
marbled girls, Eirene, Essyllt and Eunomia were kept. Eirene and
Eunomia both have future studs in their first litters.
has sired four litters to date, a litter to Polly , mixed in both
and colouring, and a litter to Essyllt, which were, of course, all
The Polly litter was good quality, but fairly variable, as it was a big
outcross, whereas the Essyllt litter is more uniform, and reinforces
Silkia influence, as she is on both sides of the pedigree.
Marmor Essyllt with half of her litter to Nintu Marmor Dandy - note the
lovely marbled pattern and good muzzle but very wrong gold eyes which
of these grand daughters have!
Bee Balm’s second litter ( X DAEMON, doubling up the Silkia
Harmon Fame, a delicious peach spotted boy was kept, and Holly Flower
to Victoria to join Pat Leane's new cattery. Jeanette’s first
(from Nintu Family Idol) also had a male worthy of being a stud (SATU
and he is staying with her. The BEAUTIFUL BEZIQUE (also to be
on the brown colours page)
a couple of litters from Nintu Marmor Aline, including the very well
Vavra Marmor Kai, who himself has breeding children. Bezique, Kai and
his neuter brother, took the top three places in the 1999 Exhibit of
year Awards. Bezique has not only the lovely rounded Silkia head, but
a marbled pattern so far unsurpassed by any other cat or kitten.
had one super natured litter of 3 marbled, to Faramir.
first litter of 5 to Epicure were truly superb - and include my first
to the City of the Computer Mouse (Seattle, USA), a scrumptious gold
neuter chosen and exported by a former customer’s daughter when home
Christmas. Jemima hada second litter (to Xenopus, reinforcing
influence) in early March, 2000.Her third and fourth litter were
both to Kouros, finally I managed to choose the right kitten to keep -
a show stopping brown marbled, Ana Cardi. We look forward to her
endeavours. Cardi is now herself a spay, after some sterling litters.
Amongst her progeny Cassiopea, mother to Doucette, start of the
Moonchaser Mists, Just Pete a splendid brown spotted boy now in NSW,
and several Kittykatz opffspring in Queensland. From her final
litter, a gold marbled girl, Kin Fair is now growing up.
first litter to Nintu Impromptu Rumba included Nintu Jaunty Hero, an
extremely handsome chocolate spotted stud with lovely eye colour. His
third litter was the first full register Thera litter, containing Thera
Marmor Astarte, a superb blue marbled girl and her brown spotted sister
Apollonia . Ygg also went travelling to Queensland during 2006 ... He
now lives the sybaritic life of a vasectomised stud, with the necessary
always on hand. Nintu Jaunty Hero has turned out to be one of
those studs who will remain entire their whole life - not only was he
the sire of one of the two first queens (Thera Linaria to Cassiopaea
another Silkia descendant) to be exported to the UK, every
litter he has sired produces beautiful quality kittens, he is a real
'improver' and unifier ... another trait passed down from the wondrous
Cardi, showing off her pattern, Feb 2002
shows no signs of wanting to give up breeding, so I expect that there
be more opportunities to try her with studs new and old. At the same
her breeding descendants both spotted and marbled have opened up a
new range of vigorous, good type cats, each, it is true, with features
which need improvement - but then, that is what breeding is all about!
Silkia did give up breeding, finally, after a litter of just
2 male kittens to Nintu Family Idol, in November 2003.
One, Nintu Justinus
Nestor, was kept as a stud. Silkia was
spayed in the middle of the next year, and joined the life of
leisure keeping the oldies in order. In early 2008 she became
very slow in her movements, and was obviously suffering from a heart
condition, so on the 29th April she made her final journey.
She now rests in the garden, which she so much enjoyed. A
truly wonderful queen.
April 2001 Further update May 2008, October 2009