Welcome to Vanir Cattery specializing in Norwegian Forest Cats since 1995.

The cattery is named VANIR, the term for one branch of the ancient mythological Norsk gods.

Vanir has a select and careful breeding program and tries to bring together the ideals in type, size, coat, temperament and health, but just like most breeders, pet quality kittens are produced. The difference between a pet and show kitten may be so minor that only I can see or notice it; such as a slight bump on the profile, a less than equilateral triangle head, ears that are too large or high; something that would keep me from wanting to have the kitten shown as a representative of my cattery and reputation. Because I am quite particular, often I have a litter of kittens and donít decide on their quality until 12-16 weeks, sometimes longer. I know the wait can be hard on buyers, but I sometimes must keep kittens longer to ensure that a breeder wanting a show quality kitten is getting a kitten I can stand behind and be proud of in the show hall.

My pet/companion quality kittens are not released to their new homes until they are 12-16 weeks of age or older. All companion/pet quality kittens are sold as indoor-only kittens with a mandatory spay-neuter agreement. Declawing is forbidden. I do not sell breeder quality cats and I do not release breeding rights lightly. My pet and show kittens are reasonable and I screen prospective buyers extensively. These kittens are my babies; I have devoted a great deal of time, effort, expense and emotional involvement in raising them and I strive to find equally caring homes for them where they will provide a lifetime of joy, amusement and loving companionship.

For show quality kittens, I require references from prospective buyers and, in the case of breeders, pedigrees/photos of the cats with which they are already working. I have a flexible waiting list for show quality kittens and alters. I also refer to other breeders who might be able to help interested breeders.

I can provide references (show or pet) in return and often will cite my vet as a reference.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me; by phone or e mail. VanirCats@aol.com


CFA Certified Cattery of Excellence

Cheryl McConnell
PHONE: 515-249-0060
E-MAIL: VanirCats@aol.com