Barbara Redalia, Tuleburg cattery, breeder
of Himalayan - Persians. Specializing in chocolate and lilac
varieties. Read more about how her interest in chocolates began.
We are a small cattery in Sebastopol, California, near Santa
Rosa. We have been breeding Himalayans for 20 years, and specializing
in chocolates/lilacs for the last 4 years. Our first chocolate
was Ch. Kissncats Chocoloco of Tuleburg. After Chocoloco we
received "Kissncats Chocolate on the Inside" from
Dorothy. Next we received as a replacement, for a cat that did
not breed, Ch. Foxy Touch-O-Blueberry, a bluepoint chocolate
carrier, who is the mother of our GC Tuleburg Lilac Totoro.
We also have a bicolor male that carries chocolate, Ch. Tuleburg
Fudge Baron, and a black smoke male, Ch. Tuleburg Baba Rebob
that carry chocolate. Some day we expect to see chocolate and
When did your love for these colors begin?
I tried to obtain chocolates many years ago, while we were living
in Stockton, but the "carrier" I purchased at that
time did not produce anything chocolate, and in retrospect,
may not have carried chocolate at all.
Do you have a mentor, if so who?
Dorothy Woofter (Kissncats) and Janet Tyra (Tyland) have been
influential and very helpful in planning my work with chocolates,
and in providing me with good quality chocolates with which
to begin my chocolate breeding program.
Do you remember your very first chocolate/lilac brought into
That would be Ch. Kissncats Chocoloco of Tuleburg. Her brother
is GC Kissncats Chocolate Hugs, owned by Dorothy Woofter.
Do you have a favorite color division? (bi-color, himalayan,
solid, parti-color, smoke, tabby)
I love all the chocolates and lilacs--perhaps the ones I have
not produced yet (smokes) are most intriguing.
Do you have any particular favorite cats in your program?
GC Tuleburg Lilac Totoro
Since all Himalayans are born white at birth, at what age do
you determine their color?
It can be very hard to distinguish the blue points from lilac
points until their "frosting" goes, and their paw
pads have a definite color. The chocolate and lilac points should
have the whiter body coats in addition to pinkish paw pads.
We make every effort to be sure before we ship any out!
Do you have any advice when determining a spoiled seal point
from a chocolate point?
The paw pads on a chocolate point must be mauve-pink.
Do you have any advice when distinguishing a pale blue from
a lilac Persian?
Solid lilacs have a pinkish cast to them. This can be easy to
miss in bad light or in a photo.
At what age do you determine their quality (pet,breed,show)?
We can sometimes, with unbridled enthusiasm, call them at birth,
as far as head and body type go, but there may be something
that turns up later, like a hernia, a missing testicle, or a
tail kink that converts that initial show kitten into a pet!
What is the most difficult part of working with these colors?
Breeding stock of good type is hard to obtain and expensive.
It can truly be difficult to tell lilac point from blue point
kittens with any degree of certainty. I have known some breeders
of chocolates and lilacs to say that one might not be sure until
the cat is bred.
Perhaps that is why some prefer to work mainly with the solid
lilacs and chocolates?
What is the most rewarding experience working with these
Sharing these beautiful colors with people who have never seen
them before and are enchanted is a lot of fun. We hardly have
What is your most important advice about these colors you'd
like to give?
Buy the best quality male kitten you can afford as a stud, even
if it is just a chocolate carrier, and breed it to a solid color
chocolate or lilac female. That way you will become able to
distinguish the colors from one another by (probably) seeing
kittens of different colors in the same litter, and the chances
are that half the litter will be chocolate or lilac.
Is working with these colors for everyone? Do you have any
advice to offer anyone just starting with these colors?
Any Himalayan breeder who wants to whiten the colors of their
pointed kittens should find them useful from this point of view,
even if they are not enchanted with the chocolate and lilac