LucianAurora Cattery in the capable hands of Svetlana Afanasyeva assisted by daughter Yana is one of the most competent breeders I have encountered.
I adopted Hollywood Star LucianAurora earlier this year after I saw a photo of the kitten in Facebook. She was exactly the mate I was looking for as a future bride for our stud, Yuventus. I mentioned the name of our stud in our Facebook Messenger-correspondence. Svetlana knew the Yuventus and his breeder from Minsk. This gave me a personal point of reference. With more photos to confirm that the kitten was silver and would be registered as such, we quickly agreed to close the contract and Svetlana soon sent a draft in Russian and English via e-Mail. I wired the down-payment to Svetlana.
There is, of course, a lot to be said for breeders who arrange shipping abroad. Svetlana offered to ship the kitten to Moscow, where I could have picked her up and returned to Berlin same day, but I decided to travel to Kazan myself. In my opinion It is always best to pick up the kitten personally and get a first-hand impression of the breeder and the environment in which the kitten was raised. However, I never expected the warm and friendly welcome Svetlana and her family provided for me.
Svetlana, her husband, and her daughter picked me up at the airport and, after a short tour of the city by night, drove me to my hotel where Svetlana and Yana met me again early next morning for a full day city tour of Kazan. A most impressive city indeed! Patience is not one of my virtues, but Svetlana promised to introduce me to my kitten before the family took me out to dinner for some delicious traditional food in a noble Kazan restaurant. Svetlana’s husband met us in the city center and we proceeded to tour the East and West banks of the Kazanka River and finally… Took me to their home, where I could meet not only my new protegée, Hollywood Star, but also dam WCH (WCF) Luciana Zhemchung Nevy and the other impressive felines all sharing a spacious flat near the city center. Holly, as she soon was affectionately called, was all she was promised to be, and more: a beautiful, well build, well behaved young lady with a silky white coat and deep blue eyes. I was very happy! Next morning the family took Holly and myself to the airport to ensure that all went smoothly with transportation of a kitten in cabin. Holly sat patiently in her SleepyPod carrier and never uttered a sound. She took the transfer in Moscow including a four hour wait in stride and even sat patiently on my lap nibbling some kitten kibble and purring during the stay-over at Moscow’s Scheremetjewo airport.
Thank you, Svetlana, for a most enjoyable experience and a beautiful kitten! This Hollywood Star will surely secure a place on the cats’ walk of fame!