Leo de Denderah was born on 22nd June 2015 in Mulhouse, France. His lineage is decorated with Champion, and Grand Champion statuses, and the phenotype is 'warm bronze' throughout the last four generations.
He was collected in person from Chatterie de Denderah after much fuss with a certain Swiss airline which unreliably informed me multiple times that cats are allowed in the cabin. Then with 22 hours remaining before I was to board the plane, they called me to say cats are not allowed on the plane no matter what their multiple trainees had told me before now, and that I was officially up the proverbial creek.
Thus commenced a 32 hour drive to collect our fabulous feline. I can't quite convey my enthusiasm for this task after having got up at 5am that morning in preparation for my 'non-flight'.
Anyway, it was a pleasure to meet the breeders, to see Leo was coming from a good home, and to pay my regards to his dam.
This non-French-speaking-Roast-beefeater then spent the best part of an hour chatting side-by-side to the very hospitable non-Anglais-parle-Froggies through the medium of Google translate, which really proved that wasting time in French and Russian lessons at school would've been time wasted even if I'd listened.
Thankfully, Leo doesn't get car sick, and was extremely well behaved throughout the return journey. Even more thankfully, I managed to stay awake!
He settled in immediately, made friends with the resident cat, the visiting dog, the kids, and the pair of us. (He's just entered the study and curled up on my lap while I finish his page.)
Immaculately well behaved, Leo loves to play, chasing balls, tiggle sticks, and laser pointers. His favourite time of day is the evening when we sit in the lounge and wind down before bed, when he has the opportunity to sit on our laps.
One day, when I returned from the shops, he dived into the shopping bag and emerged, not with chicken or fish, but with a soft toy penguin that I'd bought as a present for someone. Now it's one thing taking candy from a baby, but if you can take a cuddly toy from a kitten, you're probably the Bogeyman.
And so began Leo's collection of stuffed toys. Mr. Penguin, Horseradish, Scratchings, and Fluffy can all be seen pictured to the right. The baby chick is currently missing in action, presumed 'behind the sofa' or possibly 'stashed in the loft'.
Leo will regularly cuddly Mr. Penguin, rest a head on Fluffy, lick Scratchings, and beat seven shades out of Horseradish. Hey, we all have our favourites!
Leo is kept as an indoor cat, is taken out on a harness and lead so that he can experience the great outdoors, and has the freedom of the ground floor of the house. I will soon be building him an outside play pen as well.
It's extremely important to us that Leo remains a beloved household pet, not live the life of a typical stud cat, locked in a pen half-way down the garden. For that reason we have chosen to keep just one stud cat, construct a cat pen with access to limited rooms in the house, and operate a rotation system so that he continues to receive as much attention as the girls.
We're looking forward to taking him to cat shows, and hope to have him decorated with awards, which we will list on here as they come in.
P.S. He is the first of the Astartes Mau male lineage, and as Leo "The Lion", is appropriately named. ...You'll understand the reference if you are a geek along a similar vein to myself.
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What the GCCF Judges say:
S.Crow: Handsome masculine looking boy.... Long slender body is wellfilled and of very good weight and substance, feeling firm and muscular with gently rounded chest and slender elegant well-shaped limbs ending in compact rounded paws in proportion... Large lustrous warm gooseberry green eyes are shaped like rounded almonds and set wide apart under level brows to give typical “worried” expression. Fine, dense coat is close-lying with a good smooth resilient texture; shown in super condition with a gleaming shine. “M” and complex scarab on forehead and attractive facial markings. Shy boy, quiet and good natured and very easy to handle.
P.Cornish: Well grown boy, slightly rounded medium wedge, full cheeks, gentle curve nose to forehead... typical Egyptian Mau expression, medium body, long and graceful, hard and muscular, small almost round paws... medium length dense resilient coat, close lying, with luxurious sheen... very good temperament and condition.
D.Kaae: Excellent body, very tight and well-muscled body. Excellent slight rounded wedge with soft lines. Medium large ears, excellent almond shaped eyes - light green. Close lying short coat. Excellent spotted and nice bronze. Very sweet temperament