Kioko was first founded in 2006 by Nicole Barratt and means “happy child” in Japanese. Situated in sunny Durban, South Africa and registered with CFSA, SACC and CASA (WCF), I aim to breed healthy, robust Oriental, Siamese and Peterbald kittens with sound temperaments, that conform to the CFSA and International standards. Kioko encourages a holistic approach to breeding, and my first and foremost goal is the health of my beautiful babies.
I currently work with a handful breeders and veterinarians, and have been in partnership with my dear friend, sister-breeder and mentor, Mariette Burger of LaMASKA Cattery, for over 10 years. I am actively involved with the show scene and Cat Clubs in KwaZulu Natal, and offer support to novice exhibitors and breeders who are starting out to give them firm foundations in the cat fancy.
I have bred many beautiful kittens over the years and have always preferred to keep the Kioko brood as manageable as possible so that each cat is able to get individual attention. For this reason, I occasionally pet out retired queens and studs to enable them to live out their lives in loving pet homes. Kioko aims to build mutually beneficial partnerships to grow the South African cat fancy and part of that is working with local rescue organisations to promote rescue-breeder cooperation. I participate in showing my cats in KwaZulu Natal and occasionally in Gauteng.
I wholeheartedly believe in building supportive immune systems for my cats and do not promote over-stimulation, inbreeding, over-vaccination or anything that puts kittens under unnecessary stress. My feeding, vaccination and medicating protocols have been researched and adjusted for balance and moderation – to not only be in line with legislation, but also to promote stronger immune systems and vitality in kittens and breeding lines.
I have extensive genetic knowledge regarding the breeds I work with and the many pattern and colour combinations I may encounter.
MEET THE TEAM
Founder, Breeder & Cat Slave
My breeding track record consists of over 10 years of learning curves, heartbreak, joy and loads of laughs! Breeding is no easy task and navigating the cat fancy can be somewhat challenging at times. I have served on various Club and Breed Group committees – the Provincial Cat Society (SACC, 2007 – 2011), KwaZulu Natal Cat Club (CFSA, 2014 – present) and the Siamese, Oriental & Peterbald Alliance (CFSA, Founding Member, 2014 – present) and serve on the CFSA Breed Council. My day job is running a freelance graphic and web design business and I am a student judge with CFSA, currently studying Persian Exotics & the Medium Hair Group. I am an avid knowledge sponge and I am also currently a graduate of the internationally recognised PawPeds G1 and G2 course, hoping to start G3 in 2018.
Cattery & Housekeeper
Angel is a gem. We originally hired her to look after Noah when he was just a baby and that role has developed and evolved. Angel is well known at KZN Cat Shows as a steward, and general helper. She manages setups, tea time, the door and is often requested by judges for her to steward for them. She works hard to make sure our home is in tip top shape, hygienic and that all our cats are happy and healthy. Angel has experience in birthing kittens and has done so many times in my absence. She knows each of our cats by name and personality. We are very lucky to have her on board.