We have a few retired Adult Peterbald cats available for sale as pets. There is also a retired adult Cornish Rex cat looking for his forever pet home. You can find information on our website at www.cowboyclaws.com
Be sure to pick up the June issue of Cat Fancy Magazine. It will probably come out at the end of May. You will want to have it for Summer vacation reading by the poolside. It will feature all the cool hairless breeds, including the Peterbald.
We have a box ad with a photo of my favorite boy, CH CowboyClaws Boot Hill Bandit, aka Walkie. The photo was taken by Helmi, who is the best cat photographer and who has her photos published throughout the world in books, magazines, online, etc for decades. We were so honored that she allowed our cats to come to her studio for photos.
This photo is by Helmi for our ad:
Then Helmi just told me yesterday that she has a full page photo inside the Cat Fancy Magazine for June of CH Gatika Codeli For Cowboy Claws, our import from Russia. We are so excited that Gatika will be a Pin Up Girl!! It's really awesome that the Peterbald is getting recognition in Cat Fancy Magazine.
Here is the Photo by Helmi for Cat Fancy in June:
Gatika's mother and sister/littermate are both top Award winning super stars in Russia with WCF cat association. So we are really happy for Gatika that she can be a Cat Fancy super star model as her achievement.
This is the best thing that has every happened for us! We will surely rip out the page and pin it on the wall so we can smile every time we walk by her photo! Okay, we do have the photo in a frame! Helmi has such a big heart to give Gatika this opportunity!!
The other hairless breeds will also be featured in the Magazine so it should be a very interesting issue about the most exotic and desired breeds. You will want to get your copy as soon as it hits the news stands because this will sell out fast for Summer vacation browsing. And I'm not getting paid for saying this either!!
Finally I've hit upon a great pair of stud pants for my Peterbald cat, Walkie, who methodically sprays down the room to attract the girls. He's already attractive so he doesn't need to leave all those calling cards. Also he hollers fabulously day and night whenever there is the slightest whif of a girl in heat. So they know what his intentions are, even without the smelly messages.
But we don't want Walkie to mate the wrong cat at the wrong time or to stink up the house. Sooo we finally decided on Pampers human baby diapers with a hole for the tail and duct tape around the top to keep him from pulling it off. Duct tape is good for everything it seems.
With his diaper on, he can move freely about the house and participate in more of the home activities. He was bottle raised as an only kitten, so he hasn't learned that he's a cat yet.
They all like to lay in the sun in front of the wall of windows facing the prairie and further out, the cows. Walkie has always loved laying on the shelves of the cat tree in the sun. See how pretty his blue eyes are? It's that deep blue color that the pointed cats have, not the light blue color. And the shape of his eyes are almost almond, as the Standard calls for, not the big round or oval eyes that you sometimes see. (Well, someone is always changing the Standard somehow so I'm referring to the original Standard that the breed group voted in when accepted to Championship status) Some Peterbald do not like to keep their eyes all the way open, but not Walkie, he doesn't want to miss a thing!!
Walkie was born with hair but had a really good hair losing property so that now he looks hairless except for his feet and muzzle. His body feels so soft and smooth, exactly the coat that I love the most. Walkie has many features that are hard to maintain in the Peterbald, and that differentiate the Peterbald from other breeds. He is really valuable to our Peterbald development as well as being our big baby!
He has not had a chance to mate because his younger half brother, Outlaw, has the girls fighting over him. You just never know what it is about a certain cat that makes the others think he is the top cat. Okay, I will admit that Outlaw is a beautiful boy also and I can see why the girls would fight over him!!
Walkie says "Can you take my diaper off now, Mom, so I can get in one of the litter boxes?" He likes to use the Litter Robot but if it's busy, there's a Rubbermaid Storage Box with a big hole cut out in the middle that is his second favorite litter box.
Alibi outgrew her old sweatshirt so I made her a new one. This one has feathers, ribbon and a spot of fake fur on the back. We like to watch her groom the feathers to try to make them lay down flat and she thinks she's special in this new sweatshirt. Already the feathers have broken halfway off but she will outgrow this sweatshirt soon and it's almost Springtime anyway.
Eventually I will get making sweatshirts and stud pants for long thin hairless cats figured out. But here's a sweatshirt I made way too big and gave to a neighbor's dog. I like these reversable sweatshirts that are boy colors on one side and girl colors on the other. That way they are more versatile.
Wow you can see how windy it is here when you live on the prarie and have no trees.
Here's the back of Outlaw's stud pants with the big mousie attached to them. Pretty funny to watch them play with the toys on their clothes.
Laura is just wearing flannel instead of fleece on this day that wasn't as cool. We probably have more flannel weather than fleece weather. Laura is so hairless that she often wears shirts year round.
Scrapper is probably going to be available after her first litter of kittens. It would be great if we could coordinate her spay with the end of the State year in August so that she will not count as one of our adult female cats next year. She is important to us because she is a unique bloodline on her mother's side that we otherwise would not have. Because the Peterbald are such a new breed, and significant inbreeding was required to start the breed from the one hair-losing cat found on the streets of Russia, it is important for the health and genetics to develop as wide a range of bloodlines as possible.
However, our program is also limited by the State laws so we are trying to develop the Peterbald within those restrictions. In the past,we usually waited until our cats were mature adults, around 18 months of age, before allowing them to breed. The State law counts female kittens as adult cats when they are 6 months old. Therefore we can't wait for our cats to achieve the level of maturity we feel is in their best interest. We must allow them to mate when they are younger so that our count stays below the limit. We also must pet out the cat as soon as she's had a litter instead of waiting to be sure her kitten is going to be able to actually replace her.
When you work with a new breed that has so much inbreeding to begin with and then has the Oriental Shorthair/Siamese as the outcross cat(a breed with significant problems with the deadly disease, amyloidosis), you can have kittens that look great but as adults end up to not be what you were hoping for. So you would normally keep the mother until you were sure the kitten worked out and if the kitten did not achieve expectations, you would pet the kitten out and keep the mother. So now I must make choices and decisions that are not in the best interest of developing the Peterbald breed.
There are not many Peterbald breeders who have been working to develop the breed here in the USA. Usually the Peterbald breeders like to sell kittens for profit or they like to show for awards as their main goal. The Peterbald breeders usually come and go within a few years anyway. So my goal, of breeding to preserve and develop the Peterbald, is really why I've been around for so long...the longest actually!! With a new breed, as complicated as this one is, it requires more attention to pedigrees and development, to continue to produce healthy kittens.
The brush coat Peterbald do not shed as much as a regular cat and they have the wonderful people-oriented personality the Peterbald are known for having. However, the brush coats do not have the hair-losing feature which is the unique trait of the Peterbald. There are other breeds of cats, such as the American Wirehair, that have the brush type coat. There are other breeds of cats that can have a suede coat, such as Cornish Rex.
I am pretty sure that Scrapper does not have the hair-losing feature to her coat, really just based on how bushy her tail is and the fact that her coat hasn't changed at all in any way since she first grew her brush coat.
Scrapper is used to being the only kitten within a group of adult cats. She is used to doing things for herself and figuring out how to get where she wants to go. Like a lot of Peterbald, she is stubborn and thinks she knows best. Well, we think that's so cute so we sort of encouraged her independence and we haven't really set a lot of rules for her to follow. She is really smart though so she makes a lot of great decisions anyway.
She has the long narrow eyes that are a really common trait among Peterbald. Often she will sit with her eyes seemingly closed although she somehow is watching everything. This gives her that more exotic look.
Sometimes Peterbald are sensitive and get their feelings hurt if you laugh at them or say something rude. But Scrapper enjoys being the center of attention even if you are laughing or talking about what she's doing.
Scrapper is a very loving lap-cat who thinks you are her mom. She bonds really close with her owner and doesn't like being far from your side.
She won't be available until this Fall though.
Today was a really sunny day even though it was windy and cold, so Ginger Codeli for CowboyClaws, our 1 year old male Peterbald future stud cat, was enjoying sitting in the cat tree in front of the back windows.
Right now he has a little bit of a brush coat but at other times he can be almost hairless on his body
He is a super healthy, strong boy which I credit to his breeder in Russia who gave him an excellent start with his diet and care.
We have big blackbirds that he likes to watch. They descend in a flock and walk methodically across the yard looking for food, then hop the fence to continue across the next yard.
There are black feral cats and kittens outside also but they usually only come out at night.
Ginger is a really intelligent cat who does a lot of thinking. He's very aware of everyone and everything around him. He is gentle with younger cats and gets along with all the cats.
He's pretty loud though especially if a cat is in heat. He likes to tell you about that all day and night. But otherwise he just talks to you like it's a conversation. He thinks I understand what he says but I don't. He's very outgoing and friendly and prefers people over cats.
He's a really great looking Peterbald with good type as well. We enjoy having him with us.
It's hard to remember what it was like without this big Personality in our home!! He is old enough to breed now so maybe he will have a chance to prove himself in the not too distant future. We would like to see how his kittens turn out!
CowboyClaws The Outlaw's Alibi, a.k.a. Alibi, outgrew her sweatshirt so I made her a new one and she's really proud of it. It's made of heavy no-pill fleece, pink on the underside and zebra print on the back with black knit ribbing around the neck and front leg openings.
On the back,there's a furry mouse complete with pink ears and a little sisal tail.
That;s her little pet mouse she takes everywhere with her.
It's pretty funny to see her walking around with a mouse riding piggyback.
On the front, there's a little red heart on the left side that you can see when she is sitting up.
Then she has a few fish where her tummy is. She gets so much attention for her new sweatshirt that she's starting to think she's special or something!
She IS special ... that's why we chose her to be the model for this new sweatshirt idea. It's not possible to find pet shirts that fit Peterbald appropriately because they are so long and thin. Well, I'm sure in Russia, where this breed originates, there are plenty of cat shirts. But the breed is really rare here still so you have to make your own shirts for them. Because they are hairless, they often need shirts year round to stay warm.
Really this outfit is pretty tame; if you've ever seen any of my other designs, like the cat carriers or play mats, then you know what I mean.
I don't know how this happened but CowboyClaws The Outlaw's Alibi aka Alibi has grown the most enormous set of whiskers. There's one whisker that must be 8 inches long. That may not seem like much for a regular cat, but she's only about 5 pounds of hairless kitten.
I've tried to take some photos of these whiskers she has, but I never realized how hard it can be to capture the essence of long, curly, bent whiskers. She has one that curls upward almost in a circular shape. Others droop down low and long. Still others grow horizontal with a gentle upward or downward curve on the end. The whiskers are very stiff, not soft and they stay in place when she turns her little head. That's probably the funniest part of it all.. to see her moving her little kitten head around with this monster set of out of control whiskers on either side like misplaced shredded angel wings.
So it's time for a little trim. Sometimes when the whiskers grow long, they scratch or infect the eyes. It's a good idea to trim the whiskers near the eyes at the same time you groom them and cut their nails.Alibi is a really sweet girl except when she sees clippers or scissors. She doesn't really appreciate grooming. It's important to get them used to regular grooming while they are young so that it's not as difficult later on. Peterbald like to smell everything to make sure it's okay and so it's good to let them inspect whatever tools you are using before you get started. That will help them to be more accepting of something new.
While you are triming stray whiskers and cutting nails, don't forget to check the ears. Because Peterbald have no hair protecting their ears, dirt and debris can easily accumulate. Your veterinarian can recommend an appropriate ear cleaner.
We went to Helmi's studio for the photo shoot after practicing for several weeks. Peterbald can sometimes be stubborn, strongwilled and have a mind of their own. They want to think about everything and decide whether they want to participate or not. That's why we had so much practice beforehand. I thought they would be really cooperative at the photo shoot after all the practice but I was wrong. A new situation requires a whole new thoughtful processing of information in the Peterbald mind!!
Even so, Helmi, as the experienced professional cat photographer that she is, was able to pull a cat trick out of the hat, along with her professional cat wrangler husband, and take really wonderful photos of them that show their best features and personalities.
We took our entire cattery of adult cats for the shoot so it was a little stinky with 3 adult male cats who think the day is for spraying and rolling in it afterwards. We gave them baths and wiped them up but they have a way about them of making the most of any situation including a car ride.
We used to have only 1 male cat but when they passed the Texas Law to limit breeders, we had to start keeping our breed lines in the males instead of females. Otherwise, with the extremely limited gene pool for Peterbald, and with the small number of catteries in the United States, if we did not keep extra bloodlines in our males, we would end up having to inbreed in a new breed that was only recently significantly inbred in order to get it started. Inbreeding causes genetic defects both internal and external, aggressive personalities and bad immune systems.
Anyway, so below are some of the professional photographs that Helmi took of our cats:
Chellenger del Iris, 2 year old male Peterbald cat that we imported from Russia. He is the father of our next generation of kittens. We are holding onto him until we are sure that one of the kittens will be able to fill his position. He is a very valuable cat to us because he represents everything we would want in a Peterbald breeder cat. We just don't like to keep male cats in our breeding program for any longer than necessary because they must be temproraily confined to keep them from breeding everything including the kitchen sink, not to mention maarking territory and fighting for top cat position. We want him to be able to go to a pet home and have a long normal home life in the future.
Below is Laura del Iris, a 2 year old female Peterbald cat that we imported at the same time as Chellenger. Laura is a beautiful example of a Peterbald and is everything we could ever want. However, she has not yet had kittens so we are holding onto her for another year in the hopes that she is just a late bloomer. Often Peterbald, especially the hairless ones, can take longer to mature than a domestic or wild cat. We don't push our girls into breeding, especially Peterbald who have a mind of their own and like to make thier own decisions. We wait until they are ready. However we don't want to hold her so long that she misses out too much of a loving permanent pet home life.
CowboyClaws Boot Hill Bandit is the only Peterbald adult cat that is my own breeding. Actually I only mated 2 cats that I got from other breeders so I don't really think of him as my own breeding. I usually think of my own breeding as being at least one parent from multiple generations out of my cattery lines. But since I handraised him from birth on a bottle, I think of him as my very own baby anyway. He's a real baby too but very gentle, mildmannered and loving. His father is del Iris Chellenger and his mother is from Magnoliachat Cattery in South Texas. He has an American look about him, more moderate and not so "show stopping" that he would overshadow another breed like say, for instance the Oriental Shorthair or the Sphynx. He has the perfect coat- it's not sticky and it's not hairy. It feels like soft nubuck leather. It's something you would want to pet all day and never get tired of it.
Gatika Codeli for CowboyClaws is a 1 year old female Peterbald cat that we imported from Russia She is really the latest top show look for Peterbald in Russia where these cats originate. She has super big ears, and super long lines. There is nothing moderate or non-descript about her. She is a major "show stopper" look with extreme perfection. She is the kind of cat that every breed is jealous of, not just the Oriental Shorthair or Sphynx. She has killer looks and spots to die for!! She's a very loving, gentle, mild mannered girl who everyone loves to spend time with.
Ginger Codeli for CowboyClaws is a 1 year old male Peterbald we imported from Russia. We think he represents the American show look. He's got a little bit of brush coat and a more moderate look. At home he is very outgoing, friendly and talkative. At the show he was very talkative which scared the judges. He was scared of the judges also, probably sensing their fear. He tried to swim through the air to safety on the judges stand when they picked him up, not trusting their intentions. He tried to walk backwards up the walls of the judges cages and scooted all around backwards inside the judges cages, looking for some exit. It's true he wasn't a "cage cat" and was used to more freedom but I don't think that was the problem. I think these Peterbald are so intelligent that they can sense more than the average cat. After all, his sister's ribbon was stolen from her by the judge after the final was over, in collusion with the ring clerk and 2 other exhibitors and who all else I don't know! But cats know what cats know and Peterbald know even more than that so really I trust his judgement. He is the most sincere, earnest boy with a very loving, gentle personality.
Sestrichka Alyonushka Fantasy Neaven is the baby of the family. She is only 10 months old but you would think she was the oldest one because she mothers everyone including me. She is very sweet, loving, and gentle with a wonderful, outgoing personality. She's very playful and gets along with everyone. She was given to me by a very special friend in Russia who I tried to help, although unsuccessfully, with an American cat issue.
And the only adult Cornish Rex cat I have is Cowboy Claws Daddy's Little Cowgirl who is 1 year old. She is out of at least 5 or 6 generations of my lines. I would show her but I already know she is top quality and the judges won't know whether she is or not. The Cornish Rex breed is really not shown in the United States even though it is one of the top most popular breeds. .
We have only had one litter of kittens in over a year's time and the kittens were given to people we already knew. We only breed to develop our lines in some ways. We are a hobby breeder not a business. We are not making money in our hobby. We only do this hobby because we enjoy our cats and want the breeds to be healthy, strong, with great personalities and good type. When we first started breeding over 13 years ago, we thought we would enjoy going to cat shows when we retired in the future. Over 20 years ago, we bought purebred cats for our kids to see which breeds we might enjoy the most since we were all cat lovers. But now after our experiences we know the show environment is the wrong place for us. It seems a lot of people are making that same decision though.
I was going to try to make this blog only about the photo shoot with Helmi but I just can't stop adding my personal commentary! Oh well, it IS my blog!!
My cats are not used to the structure of a professional photo shoot so we've been practicing being cooperative and posing.
I was really surprised to capture this photo of Alibi. Sometimes when you see your kittens everyday, you don't realize how much they've improved as they grow and develop.
CowboyClaws The Outlaws Alibi, 5 month old Seal Point Peterbald Female Kitten
She's still in the fuzzies but she's really young too. Over time, the hair lozing feature of the Peterbald gene will kick in and she should loze the fuzzies. I really never expected her to look this good but I'm glad that she does since her parents were retired when we decided to keep her.
Outlaw and Alibi have so many generations of outcrossing to Oriental Shorthair because their lines carry back to my first Peterbald over 12 years ago. So much time and work was invested in developing this line. It's nice to see something good finally come of it. Really impressed with the depth, clarity and intensity of their eye color.
Outlaw today didn't want to stand up but this is a good photo to compare to Walkie for figuring out who has the best head right now.
CowboyClaws An Unlikely Outlaw, 5 month old Seal Point Peterbald Male Kitten
He's still in the fuzzies too but pretty sure he's going to loze the fuzz.
Walkie is my bottle raised baby but neither of his parent's are from my lines. He carries a line that I don't have anywhere else. It's important to me to preserve the different lines because there are so few bloodlines out there and the breed required inbreeding to get started in the not to distant past. A variety of bloodlines are necessary to promote a good immune system, to revent genetic defects and to prevent bad personalities. Walkie is a real doll baby!
CowboyClaws Boot Hill Bandit, 14 month old Chocolate Point Peterbald Male Cat
Walkie has a coat to die for. It feels like the softest nubuck leather, very wonderful to run your hand across.
So looking at the two competitors, Walkie is very tall, long and lanky of a good size with the 2 planned profile, the long whippy tail, beautiful eyes in both shape and color. His ears are his weakest point in my opinion. They are just a little high and I think to be in proportion to the long nose, the ears should be just a little wider and longer. It's a picky point but I'm extremely particular
Then Outlaw still has the lower earset with a wider base and a little bit larger size which is his feature that beats out Walkie. However, since he's only 5 months, he is not through growing and developing. The ears could end up smaller and higher set than Walkies. It's possible that Outlaw has slightly better eyes than Walkie but it's such a small distinction that it's not worth considering.
Outlaw's coat, with the hairiness he has now, is not a good feature for a stud to have. Because a little bit of hair is better to have on the female breeder cat, if your male stud is also hairy, you can end up with litters after litters of nothing but extremely heavy brush coats. So I rarely keep a super hairy male unless I've got a really bald female around who is a super star looker. It's hard to find fault with Outlaw yet because we don't know if he will grow to be a larger sized Peterbald or if he will lose his coat. There are so many unknowns.
Look at how Sister poses so nicely for photos!! She is the smartest cat ever. She's very playful and always checking to make sure I'm okay throughout the night. Someone says maybe I snore and that's what she's checking. I won't admit to that!!
Fantasy Neaven Sestrichka Alyonushka, 9 Months, Lilac Point Female Peterbald Cat
Ginger is very good at posing for the camera but it's hard to get a photo of him with his mouth shut. He's usually talking the entire time. Here, his head looks bigger than it actually is, because it's closer to the camera than the rest of his body. Even though he was a really well behaved subject, I didn't get a very good photo of him.
Ginger Codeli for CowboyClaws, 11 months old, Red/White with Green eyes Peterbald Male Cat
Ginger is really the closest cat I have to the standard here because he's so much more moderate overall, has larger bones and body, the correct ear set and eyes. He's got a two planed profile and a long whippy tail. He doesn't have as blunt ended of a muzzle as some of the others have.
Gatika refused to play for the camera but I'm still including her photo here because it shows that she has finally lost the fuzzies and is basically a suede coat with fur points. She has the nicest texture to her coat.
Gatika Codeli for CowboyClaws, 11 month old chocolate tabby with green eyes, female Peterbald cat
A few of the cats didn't want to participate today. But we are going to work on photo protocol for a few weeks until we get used to standing around on a table posing for a camera. So Fun!!