After nearly two decades, my family are retiring from breeding. Our last babies will be available in early August. We are delighted to refer people to breeders with whom we are comfortable giving personal recommendations to.
A special thank you to Fiona Cooper and Sofia Fitri for some of the wonderful photographs they have taken that may be seen throughout our website. Thank you girls for your artistic flair!
Gradach is a small cattery located in the Blue Mountains about an hour west of Sydney. We are founding members of the United Maine Coon Fanciers of Australia.
Gradach was established in 1992 by Catherine Walker and Wendy Walker. We specialise solely in Maine Coon cats.
Gradach has proudly worked in partnership with our dear friend, Iris Selby of Diamantina Maine Coons since 2004 co-owning our two stud boys Rhett and Rogue.
We take great pride in the generally well being, health and happiness of all of our cats and, subsequently, our kittens available for placement into loving and permanent homes.
Disclaimer: Screening for HD and HCM is currently the recommended method to aid in reducing the occurence of these conditions in our breed. Breeders though cannot guarantee that their cats will not develop either of these conditions. Gradach can though, guarantee, that we are diligent in our screening of our breeding cats in a continued effort to produce healthy sound Maine Coons to the best of our ability.
As we maintain very small numbers of breeding cats, we ensure they are able to enjoy maximum attention and love as family members.
Our kittens spend their first six weeks in isolation in our bedrooms with their mothers. After their first vaccination they are slowly introduced to the household they are raised in. When our babies leave us they have been socialised with older cats and children and the usual noises of normal and busy households.
Our kittens are not forcibly separated from their mothers. They usually start to wean themselves between 4-6 weeks of age onto solids and water. We feel that this time spent with mum is a very important learning and socialising time for each kitten. Rarely do we have a mother who does not want her older kittens around her.
Exactly when a kitten is placed is variable and depends totally on when we feel it is ready to leave the "nest". This usually happens at around 13-16 weeks of age after it has been given its second vaccination and has been desexed but, sometimes at a slightly later date if we feel the kitten isn't ready. We assess each and every kitten's readiness for its journey into the big wide world.
We occasionally place kittens into breeding homes but it is much more common for us to place our babies into either pet and show homes as on many occasions, this lifestyle much better suits the individual kitten.
ship nationally and internationally to approved persons but will not
ship kittens internationally earlier than 4 - 5 months of age and
nationally, no earlier than 3 months of age. Gradach Maine Coons
cats can be found nationally in: New South Wales, Victoria, South
Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and
the Australian Capital Territory. We have exported cats also to
the USA, Hawaii, Austria, Singapore and Japan. We utilise the service of
two animal transport companies who are able to arrange very competitive
Please check out our pages "Kittens Available" for photographs and information on kittens currently ready for placement into suitable caring homes.
Please email or phone 0404 884 100 (before 8pm) us for any further information regarding the manner in which our babies are raised.
Our Cat of the Year Placings for 2009
TFA of NSW HIGHEST POINT SCORING CAT OF THE YEAR &
TFA of NSW BREEDER OF THE HIGHEST POINT SCORING CAT OF THE YEAR
Catherine & Wendy Walker & Ellen McCarthy
TFA of NSW BEST ENTIRE GROUP ONE CAT OF THE YEAR
TFA of NSW 3rd BEST ENTIRE GROUP ONE CAT OF THE YEAR
QGC, RW Woodpile The Rogue (Imp USA) bred by Jan Dell & owned in partnership with Iris Selby
TFA of NSW BEST DESEXED GROUP ONE CAT OF THE YEAR
GC, RW, TFA GC Nascat Race4TheChase (Imp USA) bred by Donna Hinton & owned in partnership with Iris Selby
TFA of NSW 4th BEST GROUP ONE KITTEN OF THE YEAR
Gradach Bernice - we're delighted with this result after only one ring at her first kitten show.
Our Cat of the Year Placings for 2008
Gradach Kettricken - Best Longhair Entire Kitten of the Year - TFA of NSW
GC, RW Nascat Race4TheChase (Imp USA) - Best Longhair Neuter of the Year - TFA of NSW
Our TFA of NSW Cat of the Year Placings for 2006-2007
Gradach Rhett Butler - Best Entire Longhair Kitten of the Year
Ch Gradach Thunda Downunder - Best Longhair Neuter of the Year
GC, RW Nascat Race4TheChase (Imp USA) - Best Entire Longhair of the Year
Updated 28th November, 2010
© Gradach Maine Coons 2006