We would like to introduce ourselves to you. We are John
and Paul and live in Spijkenisse, that's in the
south-west of Holland. In 2003 we decided to get a cat
and I (John) wanted a pedigree cat, Paul didn't want
this at all. He wanted to get a cat out of the
animalshelter, because there are a lot of cats who are
waiting for a new owner. I agreed to that, but I wanted
a tortie with white kitten. The next day I started to
contact all the petshelters in our district, but without
luck. But someone who works for the animalshelter in
Rotterdam gave me the phonenumber of the straycat
foundation of Rotterdam.
The volunteers of this foundation catch homeless
pregnant cats and bewildered kittens and then they place
them into fosterhomes. So we went to visit one of the
volunteers and to make a long story shorter, within 6
months we had 5 cats and number 5 was a tortie with
But still I wanted a pedigree cat and I already knew
which one. It had to be a Maine-Coon. Paul thought about
it and had to agree. We didn't have to look far, we
found a breeder right here in Spijkenisse. They had a
litter of kittens and so 2 months later our first
Maine-Coon came to live with us, a black tortie tabby
blotched - white girl named Diva.
In 2005 we started the cattery and joined a dutch
association. We had to think about a catteryname, and
after the name had been rejected a few times, we chose
Leather and Lace. They approved the name and our cattery
was born. Meanwhile we have joined CFF and TICA and a
few more Maine Coons have joined our household.
In the future our females will have kittens once in a
while. But before our cats enter the breeding program,
they will be tested on Fiv, Felv, Pl, HCM, PKD and HD.
By breeding in a responsible way we want to keep the
breed as healthy, strong and as beautiful as possible.
In order to improve our breed and to avoid a high
inbreeding, we are using mostly foundation and outcross
lines in our cattery. We also have a deep devotion for
the Polydactyl Maine Coons and we are doing our best to
carry on this beautifull trait.