History of litters
breeder names link to email addresses,
underlined cat names link to pedigrees and/or pictures,
underlined cattery names link to homepages)
Let's see... it all started with "rescuing" Kitty in 1992, GIC Sawat's Kirilin, from a boarding cattery, where she had been abandoned by her owners. I got to know her breeder, Anita Hem, Sawat's Korats, in Norway and Elfi Kleive, Pimai Korats - the pioneer of Korats in FIFe.
I had close contact with Anita and Elfi. Elfi wanted to import a stud from USA - IC Yang Chen Ma Hoo Who's, bred by Maureen Cray, but didn't want to put him through quarantine. The quarantine rules in Norway had just changed, so that if the cat stayed in EU for a year and passed the bloodtest for rabies antibodies, he could enter Norway without quarantine. Elfi asked me if I wanted to breed from Kitty. I wasn't sure at first. Then she made me an offer that was hard to refuse - if I kept Hoo for some months, I would be allowed to use him for Kitty once for the inconvenience. This was an interesting aspect, so I accepted.
Yang Chen Ma Hoo Who's
This litter in 1994 was a first in many ways - a first for Kitty, a first for Hoo, and a first for me! After a long period of Kitty hating Hoo, she finally gave in for his charms - for he is a charming boy! The result was 4 lovely kittens - 4 girls:
The success of this first litter gave me courage to have a second litter a year later. It had been difficult to sell the first kittens, the Korat being a new breed in Denmark and all, but the interest from breeders around Europe in these kittens was very encouraging. I decided to concentrate on breeding as high quality kittens as I could with the most diverse pedigrees I could find.
In the meantime news about GM (read more about GM here) had surfaced, but as there was no solution to the problem I decided to keep breeding carefully - no close matings...
So in 1995, the next stud came from Finland, IC Kattihovin Ou Vinh Cam-Ranh, bred by Plvi Niemi, owned by Outi Niemi. Kuppelli was also a "novice", so it would be very interesting to see how he performed as a stud. The result was 5 kittens - 3 girls and 2 boys:
Primprau's Blue Emerald
Selling this litter was easier. People were opening their eyes for the beauty of the Korat, so I decided Kitty should have one last litter, before it was Emmy's turn. In 1997, I decided to use Hoo again, as I regretted bitterly not having kept a kitten from the first litter. I was hoping for a girl for myself, but what did I get?? Two beautiful and enormous boys
Just around New Year 1998, the third GM case in Italy occurred. This indicated strongly that Kitty was a carrier of GM1, so the planned mating between Charlie and Emmy was postponed until there was a way to detect carriers.As it turned out, Charlie and Emmy took things into their own paws during this period of doubt and distress... This litter worried me, as I knew that both parents could be carriers and any resulting kittens could be affected.
Primprau's No Challenge Too Great
In February 1998, I took Emmy and Charlie to Italy to have them GMtested. Dr. Castagnaro had developed a DNAtest for GM2 and was working on one for GM1. After a very long wait for the results, it turned out that both Charlie and Emmy carried GM1. In the meantime, Dr. Baker in USA had been contacted. He had worked with GM1 in cats for many years and welcomed this opportunity to share his knowledge and help the Korat. Charlie's and Emmy's boys were tested by Dr. Baker - after a long wait, their results finally came when the kittens were 6 months old and getting to be mature! Emil was a GM1 carrier and was consequently neutered and moved in with Charlie. Chance was normal for both GMs - a result noone had dared dream of! (For a full list of Primprau's Korats and their GM1 & GM2 results click here. ) Chance was offered as a stud to breeders who were also testing their Korats - Jen Lacey in UK had just neutered her stud and was looking for a new one. Chance's pedigree was interesting to the UK lines, so we made arrangements to import him to UK through the Balai directive (read more about how we did that here).
When Charlie was 6,5 months old he sired his only litter of 2 boys:
Mayopun Chakotay of Kiriki
Emmy's first planned litter was a very international and well planned project. The chosen stud for my 1999 litter was CFA GRC Mayopun Chakotay of Kiriki, bred by Juanita Carlson, owned by Ann Segrest in US. Chakotay was chosen for his interesting lines and because he was normal for both GMs. This mating resulted in 4 kittens - one boy, three girls:
All Primprau's kittens are handled from birth and participate in the doings of the house. My queens often choose to give birth in a cat-bed placed in my bed. When the kittens are old enough we (my queen and I) agree to moving the cat-bed into the play pen in the living room, so the kittens can start to investigate the world around them in safe surroundings. They stay in the play pen till they can find the litter tray every time or till they figure out how to crawl out of it themselves...
Here are some pictures of the play pen and the kittens during their first days:
Primprau's Suay Kanchanaburi
Photo by Jim Brown
MORE RECENT FACTS - 2001
Chakotay/Emmy litter, I have had two litters with the same sire. Both Emmy and
Buri were mated to "Silver"- Anéas av Kalhammaren.
Emmy had a son and a daughter - they are both placed as neutered pets in Germany:
Buri had two beautiful sons:
Buri has since moved to Italy where she had a second litter by "Silver"- 4 kittens: 1 Korat male, 2 Korat females, and 1 bluepoint female. They are all placed as pets.
Silver Tamruat has sired his first litter with Chumaki
Thaiprincess March 3, 2002. 4 beautiful girls.
Two will be going for breeding, two will be going as pets.
Tamruat has since moved to UK to be testmated for carrying bluepoint and chocolate.
Camilla Baird ©