The Royal Castle

As a family hobby and lifestyle, RoyalLions is a small high quality Florida Maine Coon breeder that raises and shows Championship Maine Coons in TICA.  We are honored to have been mentored by “Broadsway Cats” who have 30 years of reputable experience in the Cat Fancy producing dozens of Regional and International Winners including OS, IW, SGC Redding who sired TICA’s 2007 #1 Cat in the World, “MTNest Midnight Cowboy”. We have now produced two INTERNATIONAL WINNERS ourselves. This is the  most difficult and highest distinction a cat can earn in the show world where they are objectively evaluated for breed conformation and disposition and have to be in the top 25 internationally out of 56 breeds at the conclusion of a show year. RoyalLions “Count Blackula and RoyalLions “Lunar Eclipse” of MTNest, a solid black male and female, obtained these prestigious titles. In addition, we have two Southeast Regional and #1/Best Maine Coon Cat Winners: CascadeMtn Love Shack of RoyalLions and RoyalLions Count Blackula. Other Regional Winners include: RoyalLions Jewel Thief of Tanstaafl and RoyalLions Victoria Secret of Broadsway. Our Broadsway Redford of RoyalLions is a two-time Southeast Regional Award Winner in the Alter Class, we have also produced a good number of Grand Champions too. We refrain from using growth hormones/ steroids to win shows or market our cats as excessive weight can stress the heart and joints, besides, it’s cheating! Health is a priority and the Maine Coon can take 5 years to totally develop so size can never be guaranteed. Sadly, we have seen many giant unhealthy, overfed , diabetic Maine Coons.

 

Despite achievements in the show world, our primary goal remains steadfast: though we live in a relatively modest home, our cats believe they live in a castle! With multiple cat trees and custom window perches in every room “the lions” occupy the best seats in the house and enjoy a special freedom many breeding cats are not afforded. We refrain from using outside kennels, garages, crates or isolation areas nor do we raise kittens “off-site” which is becoming common. Our sires roam free in their designated domain within our home and a secure outdoor play yard customized keep their muscularity and minds stimulated. They are included in family life yet appropriately segregated from breeding females. We agree with the philosophy of an exclusive indoor life because it prevents outdoor threats including: parasites, contagious diseases such as Feline Aids & Leukemia, wild/rabid predators, and vehicles. In addition, indoor life significantly enhances socialization and bonding leading to cats that become very childlike and emotionally  attached. Our Maine Coons join us in just about every activity we do including family vacations necessitating our permanent litter box in the back of our vehicles. They have freedom to all living areas and are full family members with nicknames, self-declared chill-out spots, and their own personal china. Our “Redford” in fact has his own stool at our dinner table. We feel a cat has a natural right to  the finer things in life and making these accommodations is a special privilege for in return they reward us with astounding and incomparable love and affection!  To meet us, scroll to the very bottom.

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats”

… Albert Schweitzer

“We asked  for the Grey Poupon!”

Nursery of Nine

The  Royal  Treatment,

Dallas’ Day Spa!

Belle of the Ball

First Date

I’m never jealous of an outdoor cat!

What kitty bed?

“ You might  just want to eat on your lap!”

“But we too are collectibles!”  CinderPaw

and her son Count Blackula

Visiting Queen’s Domain

“Mom, don’t be in a rush

to get me!”

Broadsway Somerset

and Hollis Visit

RoyalLions  “Scarlet O”Harris”

 “Choco’  Bear”

MTNest “Eliza”  Visiting

 

Visiting MTNest

“Riva Gauche”

Getting Hugs from

the Staff!

Secure Screen Porch, Kitties have access via  pet door.  No outside

exit for security.

Home Alone!

(Cooper & Maxwell)

“Santa, is that you?”

Maxwell, Ruskin, Cooper  12-25-10

We even have little stairs going

into our  sandboxes!

 (Baby Creature)

Attack of  the Bed Linens !

(RoyalLions Silver Bullet)

Mid-Day Movie

Tarz w/ kittens  Belle & Star

“While Your at Petsmart, Pick Me Up 

Some  More Toys!” (The Creature)

 

Attack of the Field Mouse!

(RoyalLions  Silver Star)

“Silver Star”  Steals the Scenery!

Creature Admiring  her Mother 

Tarzanna on  the Internet!

“The Creature”  Shopping for Shoes

& Demanding  a Credit Increase!

Text Box: Inside the RoyalLions Kitten Nursery

Suicidal  Maxwell and

“Velcro  Kitty”  Cooper

Two for  Tea

Interactive Television

Attack of the Vacuum!

(RoyalLions Thunder)

Kitten Nursery  1/2 of Room shown

Flower Children!

“Look Mommy, I can use the

big kitty potty now!”

3 Elves on Shelves

Sometimes it’s better to

have NO  friends!  (Maui Nix)

Playing House

~ Girl’s Night Out ~

 Victoria, Cream Puff, Nutter Butter,

Reese & BlueBelle

“Your chicken sandwich is gone?”

Surfs Up Crew— Maui Nix,

Ron Jon, Big Kahuna

The Stress Free Life at RoyalLions ~

Silver Bullet soliciting belly kisses!

Smokin’ in the Boys Room!

~Improving  the View~

Restyling  Daddy’s Hair

at Bedtime

(Colt with Allen)

 

 Allen: Background in  Commercial Construction, Pet Focused  Home Design &  Living  Solutions.

Schooling:  FSU , Florida A&M,  U.T.

Emphasis in Architecture.

Interest: “Fishing, Hunting, Boating,  Cat Shows, Eagle Scouts, & Refiguring our Home  for the  Cats. Reaction to my first Maine Coon as a Former Dog Person: “Who needs a Dog when you can have  a Maine Coon!?”

 

Janie: Background in Higher Education , FSU College of Engineering Administrator , now Full Time Lion Keeper and Forever Mother of  three daughters.

B.S. 1988  M.S. Degree 1992,  Florida State University

Interest: Cycling, Soccer,  Track & Field, the Ocean,  Showing & Raising  Maine Coon Kittens.

 

History: Adopted an MC Mix in College. “Maverick” was the best cat we ever encountered. It made us wonder how much better a pure bred Maine Coon might be. Years later we  attended a Cat Show and was mesmerized.  After doing much research for the right breeder, three months later we purchased our 1st pedigree Maine Coon. We were instantly hooked after his adjustment into our home. Then we purchased a few more! We spent several years studying the breed, the science behind  animal husbandry and  proper housing , and showing the breed in TICA. We were properly mentored by a very reputable breeder and paid our dues to begin a well educated breeding program. Our respect and love for the breed is shown through our commitment to provide a standard of life exceeding most of today’s catteries. We are enamoured by their  affectionate and entertaining dispositions, the unique character of each individual kitten much like children who are never identical, and the presence they provide in a home making it truly complete. We own several of our own rescues and still maintain a heart and involvement in cat rescue, locally and regionally.  We support  a good number of feline causes and research based foundations. We also have volunteered our Maine Coons to be used in test studies at the University of Florida (a  7 hour round trip) to aid in feline focused research benefiting the health of all cats. Our Popo Chan was just used in a study, donating blood, in research aimed at identifying  genetic markers for HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy).  Our  deep love for all felines  is the basis for what we do though we regard the Maine Coon breed as the KING of ALL CATS!  We love the fact that the breed is not a man-made breed or  fashion breed but one of native American descent. It is ordinarlity not cross bred (and should not be) with any other breed making it a truly beautiful domesticated  pure bred worthy of preservation. Our goal is providing  companions that have the greatest  potential  to  bring laughter and companionship, fill a void, and complete a family. Our hope is that our  kittens  impact lives in a very profound way and return the love a human provides! We are  forever connected in a very special way to  many incredible families all over the country by bloodlines and fur!

Beretta for President!

Where’s my  masseuse? 

The Eating Machines” (clockwise starting @ top left): WildFire, Hungry Jack, SunnyD,

Hamburglar, MooseTrax, CheeseFry

HersheyKiss, SweetTart, GummyBear

“King of his People”

RoyalLions CheeseFry

“Ooouch, he bit me!”

(The Hamburglar)

Text Box: “For a person deserving of  their Friendship, they pour out a really deep and 
beautiful affection!” 

Carl Van Vetches

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The Food Inspector insisting that we open it to check the contents

Text Box: A Little About the 
Lion Keepers

Showing one of our Kittens

Text Box: The Kings’ Sleeping Quarters & Play Area
Text Box: The Queens’ Sleeping Quarters

An integral part of our program, our  amazing Vet (on right)

Dr. Norm Girggs with Assistant Marie and  a Cougar cub,  resident of the Tallahassee Natural History Museum

Text Box: Trading Places:
Dr. Griggs on the Examining Table with  our “Popo Chan”….. A vet who really understands the perspective of a cat!