Sun O'er Sea Maine Coons

Sun O'er Sea's Pet Reservation Process

Part 1: 

Sun O'er Sea breeds for health.


The following contextualizes the disorders for which I test:

HCM: 
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Sun O'er Sea tests for hyper-trophic cardiomyopathy, which leads to an enlargement of                   the heart wall and causes the muscle to have difficulty pumping blood to and from the                   cat's body, resulting in a diminished lifespan; Sun O'er Sea uses the best technology                         available: annual echocardiogram on my breeding kings and queens. 
 

             All Sun O'er Sea breeding cats are negative for HCM; hearts are normal and are clear.

PK Deficiency: 

             Sun O'er Sea tests for pyruvate kinase deficiency, a genetic blood disorder that affects the               red blood cells and causes jaundice or anemia; a carrier must be bred to a carrier for PK                 Deficiency to manifest in a cat.

             All Sun O'er Sea breeding cats are negative for PK Deficiency via DNA test.

SMA:

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​Sun O'er Sea tests for spinal muscular atrophy, which is a rare neuromuscular disorder                  that results in a disfunction of motor neurons and progressive muscle waste; like PK                        Deficiency, the condition requires two carriers of the gene for the condition to manifest.

               All Sun O'er Sea breeding cats are negative for SMA via DNA test.

Hip Dysplasia:

               
Sun O'er Sea tests for hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip socket that causes                             dislocation, via radiographs.

               All Sun O'er Sea cats' hips are graded Normal. 

Sun O'er Sea breeds for structure.

The following breed standard is the one which I follow: 


CFA:
               Sun O'er Sea follows CFA Maine Coon Cat breed standard, the American standard for                     the Maine Coon Cat. We favor balance and sturdy boning with a sweet expression. We                   strive to maintain the structure inherent in our foundation pair and incorporate                               outcrosses to keep genetic diversity. All our kittens are sold as pet-only unless to                               approved breeders or show homes.


               All kings, queens, and litters are registered with the Cat Fanciers' Association of                               America.

Sun O'er Sea breeds for temperament.




Part II:

Sun O'er Sea places on personality & fit.