GC, NW Toxicate Tinker Toy

BY TRACEY DALTON
Toxicate Cattery

Published July 2013

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My name is Tracey Dalton. My cattery name is Toxicate, a CFA registered cattery established in 2009 and located in San Diego, California. I specialize in raising quality Exotics and show exclusively in CFA. My homebred kitten, GC, NW Toxicate Tinker Toy was CFA's 17th Best Kitten for 2012-2013.

I call him "Tink" for short—and this is his story . . .


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GC, NW Toxicate Tinker Toy

In The Beginning

Tink's story actually begins long before his birth. You see, I never intended to be a cat breeder. I was just cat crazy from a young age and enjoyed going to shows to admire all the wonderful cats. When I was 18, I bought my first Persian—an adorable pet calico. When I moved to California, I eagerly attended the Del Mar Cat Show in San Diego. I will NEVER forget my first experience with an Exotic. I walked by a cat cage, saw this Persian that had a short coat—looked at the breeder—and freaked out asking, WHAT'S THAT?

That was my introduction to Jeanne Snyder Scholz of Purfurvid Cattery. I bought my first Exotics from Jeanne. Then I met Penni Richter of Parti Wai Ex and got a cat from her too. Knowing full well that these two breeders lived close to each other, I never told either that I was buying cats from the other. I didn't want to hurt their feelings. Little did I know that they were friends and talked about me being their 'groupy'. This went on for a few years, until one day, Penni said NO MORE. I will sell you NO MORE cats until you start showing. She told me that the quality of the kitty that I wanted was more than she was willing to sell me unless I started to show.

Showing? Why in the world would I want to do that? I just could not comprehend why any pet person would become involved in showing, but since I wanted more cats, I agreed to start showing.

In 2009, I granded my first show cat, GP Sunsoar David Dinky Dinkleman. It only took a few shows to grand him. I was hooked. I wondered, could I show a cat all the way to a national win?

National Winners

In 2009-2010, I showed my calico Exotic, GP, NW Parti Wai Ex Travagant to 8th Best Cat in Premiership. During that same season I also showed GC, NW Steeplechase Kaboodle to a national kitten win and GC, RW Candirand's Dream A'While to a regional win. What a year!


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GP, NW Parti Wai Ex Travagant


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GC, NW Steeplechase Kaboodle


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GC, RW Candirand's Dream A'While

Having campaigned all three kitties, I now had nothing to show for the next season . . .

At our regional show, Jeanne brought her Open cat to the show and he took Best of Breed in several of the rings.  I immediately pounced and told her that he was my next cat to show. I campaigned GC, NW Purfurvid Tommy Gun of Toxicate to 18th Best Cat in Championship. At the same time I showed my premiership cat, GC, NW Calivan's Panda Bear of Toxicate, to a national win too.  


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GC, NW Purfurvid Tommy Gun of Toxicate


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GC, NW Calivan's Panda Bear of Toxicate

Toxicate's First Homebred Grand

I knew that I was not going to be able to keep buying national quality cats to show indefinitely. I figured that I really needed to start producing my own show kitties. I discussed my situation with Jeanne and she agreed that if I wanted to start breeding, she would birth my cats while I was showing. Jeanne gave me Purfurvid Tick Tock of Toxicate and I bred her to my boy GC, NW Purfurvid Tommy Gun of Toxicate and got a dream baby—GC, RW Toxicate Nat Win Cho. "Natty Win" was Toxicate's first Regional Winner and my first homebred Grand Champion. I was a very proud momma.


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GC, RW Toxicate Nat Win Cho

A Little Box Car

It was my first year of breeding, so I had no idea what to expect when I next bred  Kissables Kiss Me Kate to GC Calivan’s Caesar.


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GC Calivan’s Caesar

As Kate went into labor, out popped this bug-eyed little boy that was so precious I spent most of my time watching with amazement as he grew up. He just kept getting better and better and better. I named him Tinker Toy, Tink for short. 

Because I have had so little experience as a breeder, I found it difficult to believe when Tink kept developing so nicely. I was waiting for him to fall apart. I kept thinking to myself, I wonder if “he” is going to be my next show cat?   

Six weeks . . . 8 weeks . . . 12 weeks . . . 14 weeks . . . and he stayed together like a little ‘box car’. 


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My little box car kitty, Tink

The time came when we were ready for our first show.  It was scary wondering if the judges would see the same thing in Tink that I saw.  We traveled to the Cat-a-Lina Cat Club show in Las Vegas and he made 3 finals!  Woo Hoo!  Not bad for his first show with 67 present!  I was so excited. 

Off to his next show, the Houston Cat Club in Texas, where Tink made 7 out of the 8 finals, 3rd highest scoring kitten in show with 60 kittens present.   

Lucky Tomcat was his next show where there were 80 kittens and he made 6 out of 8 finals.  That was it—I was sure I could get a regional win on this kitten. I was ecstatic!  


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Going To Church

Tink had a lot of personality. At one of his first shows, he positioned himself at the front of the cage with his front paws up in the air curled around the bars—sitting straight up.  Tink would sit there the entire time waiting for his turn to be judged.  It was so cute! He was definitely the talk of the ring. 

I just told everyone that the weekend was his time to go to church and he needed to pray for what he wanted the most.    And let’s not forget the Tink kisses.  He kissed everybody and everyone.  He kissed the judges the most.  He knew who to schmooze. Fun. Fun. Fun. 


Is Tink praying for a final?


How could any judge resist him?

Best In Show

The beginning of February, Tink had his first Best In Show at the Miami Cat Fanciers show, Lakeland, Florida. He went on to have 3 more Bests In Show in February.  Now the pressure was building. People were starting to talk. Could Tink be a national winner? 

It was almost season's end. The top kittens in the national standings had been there awhile. With kitten counts falling at the end of the season, most people assumed that it was too late for a new kitten to climb into the top 25. Could Tink make it? I didn’t think so. I felt like perhaps we were reaching too high.


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We continued to scout out the shows—hoping and praying for large kitten count. We were pleasantly surprised over and over again.  I will never forget telling judge Donna Jean Thompson, as she made Tink her Best Kitten, that her final gave him the points that moved him into the top 25.   I watched him continue to climb up the national standings,and was astounded that he was actually all mine!

A One Show Grand

On March 24, 2013 at the CFA Northshore Cat Club Show in Wheaton, IL, Tink became a one show Grand. He was immediately retired from the show ring . . . and took up stud cat duties.

Final Standings

By the end of the show season, Tink was CFA's 17th Best Kitten for 2012-2013. It was exciting . . . and nerve-racking. GC, NW Toxicate Tinker Toy was my first homebred national winning kitten! What an incredible time we had together—this chunky, flashy, incredible zot kitten and I. Of course, what I am going to remember most about the campaign is Tink praying for a final at every show. His prayers (and mine) were answered.


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Below are photos from the show career of

GC, NW Toxicate Tinker Toy
Black & White Male Exotic Shorthair

CFA's 17th Best Kitten 2012-2013
CFA Southwest Region's 6th Best Kitten 2012-2013
CFA's 2nd Best Exotic Kitten 2012-2013
Multiple Best Kitten In Show Winner
Multiple Best Kitten Winner
One Show Grand

Born July 10, 2012
Sire: GC Calivan’s Caesar of Peking
Dam: Kissables Kiss Me Kate
Breeder/Owner: Tracey Dalton


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