Hi, My name is Sue Mackay, and I live near Gisborne, Turanganui-A Kiwa, Poverty Bay
I have been breeding Persian and Exotic cats for many years, but I have been a cat lover, and had at least 1 domestic pet cat for over 30 years. I currently work for St John Ambulance, which I love, I am also a qualified Vet Nurse, and I operate a grooming business called Groom-A-Pet, grooming mainly cats in the Gisborne area through VetEnt Gisborne. I enjoy grooming cats, and my aim has always to do it without sedation or anaesthetics. I believe that when animals are young and you can gain their trust, it is best for them. Once they are getting older it can become less safe to use medications, and its a lot harder to gain their trust then. If the animal is extremely stressed out, I can talk to the vets at the clinic I work in, and they can decide if its best for the cat, but so far I haven't needed to do this.
My husband, Alex and I used to run a dairy farm north of Napier, and more recently an orchard on the road between Gisborne and Rere. Our 3 boys are grown up and have left home to follow their own dreams. The animals are now are babies and we love having them around.
My first cat was a female tortie tabby who spent most of her time camped on my bed pretending she was a watch dog. She growled at any strange noises!! Her name was Tara (which forms the first part of my cattery name), and I was devastated when she was hit by a car and died at only 3 years of age. This was probably the only time since getting her that I didnt have a cat camped on my bed, as after that, I was always finding cats or kittens needing to be homed, and have been a multi-cat household since.
Years ago I met Chris Lowe, who bred Persians and Exotics, and is an NZCF and International Judge. Chris introduced me to Persians and Exotics, and to showing my domestics. Until then I was never very interested in breeding or showing, and funnily enough I vowed I would never have a flat-faced cat!! However, the awesome placid loving nature of the breed has won me over.
After around 15 years of breeding these cats, I was given a wonderful opportunity to dabble in British Shorthair. British Shorthair have a history with the Persian group, and have similar temperaments, although they often arent as cuddly as persians, they are usually with you, where ever you go.