by Karen Roderic
& Lilac Cat Information
"You have been searching through
websites and found chocolatecats.com, or someone
mentioned the wonderful chocolate & lilac
resources and information available here or
you came upon this site by pure luck. However
you landed here, you saw chocolate and lilac
kitties in so many color patterns and varieties
and you were absolutely awe-struck.
You just have to have a chocolate, or well,
maybe two. Oh, but what color pattern. Maybe
a lilac and a lilac lynx point. What are you
to do? So your search begins. But as you converse
with breeders, you realize just owning a chocolate
will not satisfy your appetite. You have to
breed those scrumptious colors.
One of this and one of that, Right? But, heck,
you dont want to keep all those lovely kitties
for you alone to look at. They are gorgeous
and you want everyone to see them. So now you
have decided to show.
Were you really ready when you made your first
purchase? Did you do enough homework or dive
right in spending years playing catch up? What
would you have done differently to get to that
show ring or would you have shown at all?
As as breeder, we all start somewhere, often
change directions and think about what we would
have done differently if only we had known then
what we know today. Ten years from today, we
will still be evaluating our breeding program
and working for improvements.
One is the absolute, positive limit to your
cat population for your home. Narrowing your
choices to one color, variety, pattern and sex
in the chocolate spectrum will take some forethought,
but will be well worth the time when you consider
the number of years your pet will be living
with you and your family. Choosing the breed
of cat will be your first approach. What will
fit into your lifestyle? How much time can you
devote to grooming? All breeds will require
grooming such as nails, combing, teeth brushing
and ear cleaning on a regular basis. Longer
haired breeds require additional grooming time
for coat maintenance, eye cleaning and bathing.
Will you do your own grooming, or budget for
a professional groomer every 6-8 weeks? Obtaining
professional services still require cat owners
to perform regular daily grooming services,
such as the teeth and combing on the longer
The size of your home or apartment and proximity
to neighbors will need to be taken into consideration.
Larger, active breeds will be happiest in a
home with several rooms to romp and play, whereas
a Persian with its quiet demeanor will be content
in a one bedroom apartment. You don't want to
wake up your normally friendly neighbor in your
condo with your cat's continuous vocalization
at night even if it is music to your ears. What
about personality? Does a busy, boisterous fellow
fit in perfectly to your active household or
is there enough confusion and a very laid back
personality needed to balance your already frayed
Talk to several breeders from catteries of different
breeds you may be interested in about special
care and personality traits unique to that breed.
Ok. So now you have decided on an easy going,
long haired breed like the Persian or Ragdoll.
You won't mind the extra grooming as it will
surely relax you during your daily combing ritual.
You can say, "Kids, come back later after
I finish grooming Fluffy." So what if it
took two hours to brush Fluffy when it was only
a fifteen minute workout. You deserved the quiet
With your breed selection made, you can begin
your search for a color and pattern to suit
your taste. Explore the many catteries found
on this site's world
and view all the varieties
available. When considering a color, keep in
mind if the cat may be shipped or if you will
be required to travel a distance for pick up.
The chocolate color is broken into several divisions,
depending on the breed. You may choose the dominant
chocolate or the dilute, subtle color of lilac.
The chocolate may be found in the solid (one
color-chocolate or lilac), pointed colors with
the expression of color on the points (face,
ears, tail and legs), particolor with the addition
of red to the chocolate or cream to the lilac.
The bicolor chocolate has the addition of white
with the chocolate or lilac and can be found
also in the van bicolor pattern. How about a
chocolate tabby? When the chocolate tabby gene
pairs up with the chocolate pointed gene-a gorgeous
chocolate lynx point is produced. Try to picture
a chocolate smoke. Add some red and you have
a chocolate tortie smoke. Add the bicolor gene
with the smoke and red and you have a tortie
smoke and white or chocolate calico smoke.
Combining the pointed gene with the bicolor
gene, Ragdoll breeders have produced lovely
chocolate/lilac mitted and bicolor varieties.
Choosing a color has become more difficult than
you thought. The easiest way to make a choice
is to find a breeder within a two hour drive
of your home and take a ride. Once in the breeder's
home, you can converse face to face, ask hundreds
of questions and then pick from whatever color
she has available or have your name added to
their waiting list. Shipping is quite popular,
but will cost about $200 & up for health
certificate, freight, carrier and insurance.
This cost is added onto the sale price of the
kitten. But, this way you have a better color
selection of your perfect pet. Well, on second
thought, perhaps two would make for a happier
home. They they would keep each other company
and be quite entertaining. One chocolate in
this pattern and one lilac in that variety would
go perfectly with your home decor or wardrobe.