Sunday, December 2, 2007

Ashera GD

Ashera GD cat

I've just had really good look at the Allerca company and their "products". I criticized them in another article on this website for treating a cat like an inanimate product to buy and possess.

But I've changed my mind a bit. I built a page about Allerca Cats for my main website but I can say things differently here. I've also had a bit of time to think. Allerca cats are a part of LifeStyle Pets who develop dogs as well as cats (and perhaps other pets but I forgotten).

First I've got to say a thank you again to LifeStyle Pets for allowing me to use their superb photographs on their website, particularly of the Ashera GD, an absolutely stunning cat photographed extremely well.

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Since posting this I have written more about this cat and the following posts provide a fuller story:

Go to Allerca Cats on the Pictures of cats.org website
Go to 2 posts about importing the Ashera into the Netherlands
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The Ashera is a designer cat in the true sense and an extremely rare cat; in part because few people can afford her at $28,000. This is by far the most expensive domestic cat as far as I am aware. But she is a great cat and the entire "package", if I can call it that, is of a very high standard. A lot of things ancillary to the cat are bundled in.

The Ashera, some would say, is simply an F2 Savannah but unregistered with a cat association and with no breed standard and no background. But I think that is being unfair. We don't know exactly how she was bred except she is a cross between the wild African Serval and (I believe) the Bengal. So there is lots of wild blood in the Ashera and it shows.

She is a big cat at about 30lbs in weight. At that price it'll mean cages and runs in a large garden and leads if she wants to go for a walk. This cat will be assertive and take some management from her human carer.

Above all though she has been developed with the use of careful genetic research and control way beyond that which is normally exercised by cat breeders, which are usually small operations run by husband and wife. This has allowed Allerca cats to make her hypoallergenic by using genetic divergence. Basically in this instance it means genetic engineering to modify the gene that produces the protein in the cats saliva so that it is no longer an irritant to humans.

The people behind the Ashera GD clearly have some financial backing as it appears a lot of research went into developing this cat, which is not incidentally (formally) a new breed but a type of cat.

The corporate culture aspect of this operation unsettles me a bit. Can you mix corporate finances and profit when dealing with a living creature? I'm not sure. But if LifeStyle Pets do their bit and prioritize the cats' welfare (and charge accordingly) then they are no different to any other breeder and probably better than many.

Photograph of an Ashera GD cat copyright LifeStyle Pets Inc.

from Ashera GD to Toyger

4 comments:

  1. Please note that the "care and careful genetic research" you mention has been provided by any number of Savannah Breeders who have been duped into selling their kittens to individuals claiming to be pet owners...when in actuality, they are agents for LifeStyle Pets who upon receipt of the Savannah kitten, simply call it an Ashera and sell it for 4-6 times the acquistion price.

    A LifeStyle Pets shipment of "Ashera" kittens was CONFISCATED by the Dutch authorities attempting to enter The Netherlands just earlier this month. The three F1 SAVANNAH kittens have been identified by a Pennsylvania Savannah Breeder as from his own breeding. At present the kittens remain under seige while an international investigation continues by both Dutch and US Authorities. The kittens are to be DNA tested in the next two weeks and the truth behind LifeStyle Pets' large scale SCAM will be uncovered at last.

    For more on the subject please reference: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080205/news_1b5cats.html

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  2. Thanks for this comment. I have taken note. I was aware of the Netherlands matter and posted it on my site here:

    Allerca cats

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  3. It's bad for you go give a boost to the guy who's scamming people with these cats. Bad for buyers, bad for the cats, just bad all the way around. It would make you look better to remove the praise you gave him altogether.

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  4. "We don't know exactly how she was bred except she is a cross between the wild African Serval and (I believe) the Bengal."

    This is EXACTLY what a Savannah is! Most Savannah breeders use Bengals or Egyptian Maus in their crosses with the serval. An F2 simply means that the cat is 2 generations away from a serval.

    Please do your research before posting things like this. The man who runs LifeStyle Pets has scammed many people, and DNA tests proved that the Ashera is a Savannah.

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