She decided to buy her husband a “lucky” black cat for his birthday and chose the moggy purely based on the colour of its fur but it turns out she was the one in luck as this was her first taste of the Asian cat breed.
A mixture of Chinchilla Persian and Burmese, these cats are known for their playful and loving personalities. As soon as Heather got to know Annas the cat, she immediately fell in love with both the cat and its breed.
The cats are classified as a rare and Heather and her husband work hard to keep the breed thriving.
They travel to regular cat shows, including Meet the Breeds at Supreme (the cat equivalent of Crufts) and even travelled 1,000 miles across Europe to Switzerland to deliver one of their cats safely to a breeder.
They make thousands of pounds worth of losses each year. Heather said,
“Most years, our losses are about £12,000. Responsible breeders do not make money, they do it because they love the breed and want it to survive…The Asian breed is our passion.”
We think if Heather keeps working as passionately as she does right now, this breed may become a whole lot less rare in years to come!