The Maine coon, an XXL cat, characterizes Amélie’s daily life

Amélie Kelen fell in love with the Maine Coon in 2007. Since then, she has raised them with great dedication. Last September, Pandora came to enlarge the tribe.

Article published in April 2022.

The main lady is the biggest cat in the world. Originally from the USA, it is easy to recognize. In addition to its impressive body, it has pointed ears surmounted by a plume called Lynx spikes, a powerful muzzle and a distinctive profile.
Amélie Kelen is a doctor. She was really in love with this animal and started breeding 14 years ago in Brignais in the suburbs of Lyon.

It all started in 2007 with a first copy, Chaman. ” We had a real crush. We chose this breed because it is an exceptional cat, extremely close and friendly. And he has this little wild animal side, very wild”. Amélie is very quickly invited to cat shows. On the spot, he is then advised to find a companion for “this very handsome breeder”. When the time comes for the first litter, everything comes together naturally.

Stone, Shadow, Kiss, Chandra… today 8 cats make up his pack. Last September, Pandora came to enlarge the tribe. Everyone lives in a safe room, located in the family home. A large site which represented a significant investment. No wonder when you see Kiss, one of the Maine Coons in the family. The pet of 5 years old is 1 m 10 long and weighs 11 kg 200. He needs space.

When she opened her cattery in 2008, the species was little known in the territory and cat breeding was very rare. Over the years, this breed, which originated in the United States, is gaining in popularity.

According to Official Book of Feline Origins, births in France have increased from 2600 in 2018 to 23549 in 2021. It monopolizes first place in the hearts of the French; long before the sacred Burmese. Their hypersocial nature, which contrasts with their impressive stature, has won over many families.
Amélie is very alert and this increase scares her. ” When a race is fashionable, it is unfortunately not in its interest. Who says fashion, says a lot of breeding (not necessarily seriously) and excessive breeding to meet demand that does not respect the criteria of the breed in terms of health“.

For her part, Amélie respects the natural birth cycle. A cat makes at most one litter per year between its 1 year and its 6 years. To date, Amélie does not earn anything from her breeding. She is balanced. The costs are compensated by selling the kittens.

Amélie confides in us hints that she is setting up a real casting to find a family for her cats. ” He is a cat that demands time, that needs prompting because he gets bored quickly. I encourage families who have another cat […] so he is never bored”. She also points out that due to her confident nature, her chances of survival in a hostile environment like a roadside are limited. “He’s a cat that we can’t let out because he steals or hurts himself a lot“. He must be able to live indoors or in a safe garden. On the budget side, you must also be aware that “like all purebred animals, he needs more veterinary care”.

The price for a kitten is 1,400 euros and the waiting list is 2 years.

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