CFA has a wonderful group who have put together a program designed to assist new breeders and exhibitors
to link up with experienced CFA breeders and exhibitors.
They have developed a system that lists the new person requesting a Mentor, experienced with the
CFA Breed of their choice. Then it is up to the prospective Mentor to contact the Protégé. They can exchange ideas,
hopes & dreams to see if they are compatible. The ideal situation is when they live close enough to have a personal hands
on exchange of information.
But what I want to suggest is that the Manx Breeders take a look at the Mentoring program & take one or
two of your Manx buyers each year to Mentor.
Take the ideas from the CFA program and customize them to your life style.
Getting together to share ideas & experiences about our Manx is good for
Mentor & Protégé
To contact the CFA Mentor Program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For example I will tell about the couple that bought a pair of Manx kittens this summer. We had
emailed back & forth with our questions, getting to know each other. Then when the emails didn't seem to be clear enough
we would elucidate over the phone.
But the most information, that was a help for both of us, was the CFA Mentoring site that seems to address every aspect
of what Mentoring should be.
The couple both work and I was concerned whither they would spend enough time with the kittens. But I learned
that they worked a modified week of three days on two days off and their schedules were planned to offset each other.
So that assured me that the kittens would have quality time with both of them. I explained the agreement that spells
out the expectations of both the Seller & Buyer and they wanted to make some adjustments, which were fine ideas I
would continue to use. They wanted the kittens to be altered [as did I] and wanted to know if they were altered could they
still be shown? We talked about the advantages to the whole family with altering the kittens and assured them that there was
a Premier class for the altered adult Manx. They were not originally looking for two kittens...but when they traveled
down to our home to see the kittens and the rest of the crew....they fell in love with two littermates. I often suggest
that two kittens go together....Manx have such a affection for one another, especially littermates. One of the kittens was
a kitten that I had planned to show and I proceeded to explain how much fun we had at the shows, meeting new people and making
friends. How we had an extended family of other feline fanciers that would help & support in many ways. I didn't
have to convince them because they had been to see us show our Manx several times & had a great time helping,
So when it came time for the kittens to leave their mom and go to their new home, we agreed that we would meet at a local
show for them. We talked about grooming & nutrition & the accoutrements of showing and they were getting excited.
They got the travel crate big enough to hold a small litter tray & snuggle bed. And a small equipment case for their grooming
& clean up supplies. They were practicing bathing on their household pet who had never been so clean. They had gone
shopping for the new litter box, food & water bowls, soft toys and noisy toys. They were ready.
We agreed to meet at their home the night before the show & get settled in. They were so excited but we all got
to sleep early.
They had helped enough at other shows to know the routine and fell right to work getting their benching ready for the day.
Getting used to listening for those numbers among all the talking & laughing was hard. But we kept the second calls
to the ring to a minimum. They were so thrilled when their kitten was called to a final. And stood thanking the
judge with tears running down their cheeks. I know they are hooked.
Here is their last email:
> Sorry I haven't written in ages. There isn't a day that goes by
that I don't think of you...it can't be helped since I'm so very, very happy with my kitties!
> Their personalities
continue to evolve. Fred, who continues to grow quite stocky, can NOT get enough loving. He follows me around,
head up, begging to be picked up and held. And the kneading he does! Every night I'm awakened by his
loud purring and his little paws going after my head, my chest, my face.
> Mo is "the instigator" and full of
the devil. He plays well with both Omi and Fred and the three of them are inseparable. They LOVE their
run [MMQ note: they built a wonderful totally enclosed run outside their patio door] and Mo has taught them all to bring large
dead leaves & worms into the house. At first I couldn't figure out where they were all coming from...now
I know. I pick them up, they bring in more. It's what we all do. Gifts ! I love my kitty
gifts...you never know what it might be.
> Omi is still my love. She is so round and soft and girlish.
She looks for me to sit down and is the perfect lap kitty. She's the best snuggler as she doesn't knead
me to death...just snuggles and purrs and purrs. She has the cutest little meow and lets me know when she's
feeling neglected and then I pick her up and love her to pieces. Her favorite spot is her tummy. She loves
to get on her back and have me massage her--that's when her paws start to go and her eyes get glassy.
Yes indeed...I'm so very happy with my kitties!
> I know you sent me the address for the show schedule, but wanted to ask what
show you are going to next in our area, so we can get together again.
> I haven't sent my registration fees in for Fred yet but will soon.
> I'm having foot surgery on the 22nd, so I should have lots of time to do the things I've put
off for way too long.
So you see nothing more than what you already do with your Manx extended family when they have one of your
But we would like to hear about it.
I want to showcase one set of Mentors & Protégé in each edition of MANX TALES. I will interview
both members to get their evaluation of this program.
If you would like to join the CFA Mentoring Yahoo mail list:
Group Email Addresses
This e-mail group is provided for those actively participating in The CFA Mentor Program which
operates through the Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. The intent is to provide a "safe forum" for asking questions about CFA,
exhibiting and breeding cats in CFA, the CFA Mentoring Program and anything else related to the CFA Cat Fancy.
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Edited by Margaret