Proud to be a New Zealand Cat Fancy Registered Breeder of Norwegian Forest Cats
We are located on a lifestyle property at Tokomaru, south of Palmerston North in the North Island of New Zealand. We moved here in 1980 in order to have more room for the Rough Coated Collies that I was breeding and showing successfully at the time. I am a New Zealand Kennel Club approved Championship Show judge and it was on a judging trip to the South Island that I first met a Ragdoll Cat. Although I'd had cats all my life, they had always been beautiful moggies but on meeting that Ragdoll I decided that I had to have one and in the late 1990's I obtained my first pedigree cat, a Ragdoll neuter to show. It wasn't long before I decided that I'd like to breed these beautiful cats so a breeding female was purchased and I started to breed Ragdolls.
Whilst I wassearching for Ragdoll breeders from whom I might purchase breeding stock, I came across a Ragdoll breeder in Australia who also had a Norwegian Forest Cat as a pet. Never having seen or heard of such a cat, my interest was aroused and I started to do some research on this breed. The more I learnt, the more intrigued I became about what sounded to be a most incredible breed of cat and in 2002, whilst on a trip to Australia to judge a Collie show, I was able to visit two breeders of Norwegian Forest Cats. For me it was love at first sight of this fabulous breed and later in 2002 I was fortunate to be able to import the first breeding pair of Norwegian Forest Cats to be registered with the New Zealand Cat Fancy.
SnowStars Jamaica and SnowStars Isaac Mewton(Imp Australia 2002). Photo copyright Jaymlynkatz.
Such is my love for this incredible breed of cat that, in spite of having considerable success with my Ragdolls on the show bench, including breeding the NZCF Long Hair Entire Cat of the Year in 2006, it was not long before I decided to concentrate on breeding Norwegian Forest Cats only. During the ensuing years I have imported two cats from Norway and have been able to introduce new Scandinavian bloodlines through cats imported from Australia. I am very proud of the success I have had on the show bench with my Norwegian Forest Cats as, in the time that I have been showing and breeding them, there has rarely been a year when there has not been at least one of my cats placed in the Top Ten in the New Zealand Cat Fancy National Annual Awards.
GDGP & GDGC Jaymlyndols Aztec's Return. Best Long Hair Entire Cat of the Year NZCF Annual National Awards 2006
Not all kittens grow up to be show or breeding cats though so all my kittens are raised first and foremost to be wonderful, sociable, loving pets that will leave here to enrich other people's lives. Jaymlynkatz kittens are all born in my office where they spend the first few weeks of their lives and they then move to the kitten room until they have learnt to use the litter trays reliably. After that they have the run of the house where they learn all about washing machines, vacuum cleaners, dish washers and all the usual comings and goings of a normal household. By the time they leave here at around 13 to 14 weeks, Jaymlynkatz kittens are usually outgoing, social and ready to take on the World.