Altaris Persians is the realization of a dream that started, and has grown, since 1995 when I
attended my first cat show.
At that very first show, I met Paul Solem and Larry Knight of Catzilla Persians. I was fifteen at
the time, and very excited to go to every local cat show. At each and every show, I would talk
with Paul and Larry. I remember vividly the thrill and excitement of the first time I took a cat up
to a judge's ring. Even now, I still feel that excitement every time I take up a cat to a ring.
I was mentored by Paul and Larry, and from them, I got my first show cat in 1996, GP Catzilla
Quicken Tree aka Qt, a blue and white bicolor neuter, who was a two show grand. In 1999, I got
my second show cat, a lovely female black Persian from Paul and Larry as a four month old
kitten. Her name was GC, GP, RW Catzilla Dusk. Dusk was a high kitten finalist, a two show
grand, and a regional winner in premiership. Paul and Larry also entrusted me to show their cats
as an agent a number of times with great success.
I am eternally grateful that Paul and Larry took the time to mentor and gave me a friendship that
has lasted beyond the cat fancy. I have been blessed to have made many wonderful friends in the
Showing Dusk introduced me to the elegance of the solid black Persian, and I have become
devoted to the black Persian. After six years of showing, I had finally decided on a cattery name,
I am very honored to be entrusted with the beautiful cats I have gotten from other breeders.
In my first litter was my first homebred Grand Champion. GC Altaris A Special Delivery imoC.
A special delivery indeed, Colin is a wonderful example of how important friendships are. Thank
you Sandy Merrill!
I have completed graduate school. As I start this new step in my life, I am keeping my numbers
of cats very low. I love and adore each of my cats, and I have always had a small number of cats
so each gets their own attention that they deserve. I do not show or breed every year due to my
low numbers, yet you can still find me at the shows as I am an active member of several local
show producing cat clubs.
* Colorado Cat Fanciers: member since 2000, President and Show Manager 2006 and 2007, and
Director at Large for 2008.
*Foot of the Rockies: member since 2006.
*Wild Blue Yonder Cat Club: member since 2007.
Altaris is a DNA PKD tested negative cattery.
I hope you enjoy your visit to my website, and please email me if you have any questions.
~ Mandie Fick.