About Chorus Tonkinese Cats
Mike & Lizzi Smith are relatively new breeders of Tonkinese Cats. We love cats and the Tonkinese breed in particular. Lizzi’s parents owned their first Tonk 20 years ago – a wonderful first-generation brown boy called Feenix. After meeting him we were hooked – he had a wonderful personality and was unlike any cat we’d encountered before.
We’ve had cats in the family since we bought out first house together. Our first cats were Maddy – a petite tabby girl – and Jack – a very fluffy black boy. They were rescued from a litter born to a stray queen that had been adopted and cared for by a colleague. Feenix the Tonkinese was a major influence (as were all of the cats in our wider family) and after moving from town to country seventeen years ago we had our first Tonkinese boy – Jacob – who died in 2015. Find out more about each of our cats here.
For us, breeding was always something other people did. Although we have always been fascinated to see kittens grow up, we hadn’t contemplated taking on such a significant responsibility until some thoughtful advice and encouragement from an experienced breeder nearby set us to consider it in detail. It took some while and a lot of soul-searching to decide that with the support of an excellent mentor we could commit to the considerable time, learning and investment necessary to begin breeding. Jacob’s companionship was a very positive influence and his memory lives on in our kittens.
We started what we hope will be a long journey of discovery over many years but are under no false impressions – this is hard work; we don’t undertake it lightly, and are committed to breeding healthy, happy, well-adjusted kittens that love being with people and would thrive in family homes. We will only have one or two litters each year. We fully support the Tonkinese breed & follow the GCCF Breeding Policy & Code of Ethics.
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Lizzi trained as a nursery nurse and has since completed a BSc (Hons) in Biology with the Open University. Besides cats, hobbies include reading, knitting, crochet, and following cricket on the radio. All our cats are familiar with the dulcet tones of Geoffrey Boycott! Mike’s degree is in Music & Performance (Singing) – non-cat hobbies include singing in Oxford-based choirs and collecting classical CDs. Whilst at university Mike studied computing in his spare time – and has built a career delivering high-stakes software projects for
evil empires big companies. Music and cats are a wonderfully relaxing foil to this activity and our cats all enjoy a wide diet of “classical” music from very early works through to the 20th Century (except the really modern stuff without tunes).
We are lucky to live in a beautiful area of the country with our cats and two teenage daughters. Even in very rural locations, cats are still at significant risk, especially breeds where inquisitiveness outweighs caution. Jacob lived for years with only three legs after an altercation with a wild animal of some kind – and road accidents occur all-too frequently even in the quietest of locations.
A few years ago we decided to change our house about quite considerably to support having our cats indoors and outside in a large run, and we are currently extending our facilities to provide even more space for everyone.
Tonkinese are well suited to these accommodations – it’s in their nature to be with humans a great deal of the time, and so long as there’s room for everyone, this works well.
A house with cats will never be pristine – but a house without cats is a far worse prospect! If building runs is not for you, there are many ways to modify a garden to be escape-proof – read about one very effective and inexpensive method here.