Interplex: Uppervalley Breeders And The Tennessee Rex, AUGUST 2019 Tennessee Rex Kittens

Three month old Radium is now available
to a good home

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Angelique's first litter here at UpperValley Cattery

UpperValley Radium, one week old. The only kitten in thus litter.

Radium is a Tennessee Rex carrier. He is red with white socks that are a bit longer than his mom's. Long straight hair since he carries only one of the recessive Tennessee Rex genes. He has a rather unique tabby pattern that we will show in the next photograph. When he was outside on the way to the luncheon we notices a sparkle in his rather unusual fur. It shines like glitter in the sunlight. The fur is also fuzzy, not like the rest of the single gene carriers. Worth more investigation. There is also some waviness in his whiskers, an expected trait in rexed (curly hair) cats.
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We weigh each kitten and some adults each day. This is a good way to spot any health problems as well as the progress of a pregnancy.

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UpperValley Radium at his three day old weighing
With moma Angelique watching carefully
to see that her kitten is being well cared for
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UpperValley Radium

"Chairman" of the Board
and Chief Purring Officer

(even though he has not learned to purr yet)
UpperValley Allpurrs Cattery


This is our first litter out of Satindelight Angelique, a Tennessee Rex gene carrier from British Columbia, Canada. Her only kitten is a male by UpperValley Pippin.

In keeping with tradition his cattery name starts with R, the next letter in the alphabet following our previous "Q" litter. We renamed him Radium at the request if Angelique, his mom.


He assumed the "chair" at just two and a half weeks old. He already looks like he will be a steadfast leader of the outfit. He is just about five weeks old in this photograph He spends most of his waking hours running, chasing just about anything that will move and climbing, keeping mom busy keeping him out of trouble

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After a challenging first
day as Chaircat,
Radium is comforted by his
Mom, Angelique


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UpperValley Radium
at Six weeks old



Our second portrait is shown here. Radium now fills his post as chairman er... Chairkitten. This picture was taken on 20 September. Our next shot will be at about eight weeks of age when he gets is first shots (vaccinations), too.

He has now figured out the stairs and is exploring the new places like the kitchen, our "mud room"** and the shower.[/b]
This is UpperValley Radium's
weight chart


There is an absence of weight recording while I was in the hospital during the last part of November for a broken femur repair. It will be at least two months before activities return to about normal

Radium is a dark red long hair tabby male with very fine fuzz-like straight hair. He is a Tennessee Rex gene carrier having only one of the TR recessive genes. He will not have curly satin hair. However, when he was outside in the sunlight we noticed a glitter in his rather unusual fur It sparkled. His fur is also fuzzy, not like any previous single gene carrier. In early November the fuzzyness appears to be supplemented by more normal fur and guard hairs but he still has a very soft coat. Radar will not be used in our breed development program and is available as a Tennessee Rex carrier that could be shown as either a TR or HHPK after 9 December 2019.

Radium had his eight week old vaccinations, a major step in his protection from the cat diseases. One more shot was done at about 12 weeks. He is now fully protected but will require his one year Rabies shot when he moves to his new home. He has a rather unusual coat and would make an interesting cat to father a litter with a full Tennessee Rex queen next year but is offered as a pet because we have several other breeder cats with similar genetic make up. If anyone would want to join our development program we could arrange to locate a carrier female foe a litter next year.

He is so full of energy that he is difficult to cuddle. If he's awake he's on the go. He does have a favorite time to stay close to me -- when I'm asleep in bed he curls up next to my shoulder even though he sometimes gets pushed off the bed if I turn over. He has now learned to purr and is now at full volume. When he purrs on my bed I can feel the vibrations. A vert soothing way to fall asleep.
Radium's 13 week old pictures soon


Radium is for sale
as a Tennessee rex carrier kitten. He does not have the satin or curly hair that a cat that carries the special gene from both parents, Something that is necessary for the characteristics caused by a recessive gene require. He is considered a Tennessee Rex on the registry but can really be shown as a household pet.He will be registered with The International Cat Association in the name of the new owner. That will allow the owner to show the kitten (and as cat after he is 8 months old) in any of their cat shows world wide

For more information please contact me at EMAIL Gordon Pugh
** MUD ROOM. A common place in New England homes. Especially rural homes. We have an additional season here in the Northeast called the "Mud Season." It happens when the spring thaw begins and the ground below the surface is still frozen. The melt water has no place to go so the surface turns into mud, sometimes deep enough to eat a boot or get a car mired so deeply that a team of horses is needed to pull you out. The Mud Room is our place to remove the mud caked boots and let them dry out. Also good for drying our coats caked in snow after playing in the white stuff all day.
Page Revised 9 December 2019 @ 6pm
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