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R.I.P. Grand International Premier Kittycoonz Princess Rana

11 November 2001 - 31 December 2012

R.I.P. Grand International Premier Kittycoonz Princess Rana

11 November 2001 - 31 December 2012

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 Rana   photo courtesy Bob Fox.

Unlike her brothers who loved company she was a very independent cat and something of a loner except when she wanted to eat and then she would sit and meow very loudly until someone went with her to the kitchen where she waited to be stroked before eating. Nevertheless she enjoyed attention and purred very long and loud when stroked.

Kanati became her ‘special’ friend and she absolutely adored him - always wanting to lie next to him although he was a little more reticent as they grew older. Nevertheless they frequently sat and washed each other and would on occasions curl up next to each other to sleep. As kittens they also played together

It was her love of food that eventually led to her becoming somewhat overweight and curtailed a highly successful show career which saw her achieving a Premier, International Premier and Grand International Premier titles as well as going over half way to becoming a European Premier before as, should we say, Ladies of a certain age - particularly if they are Neuters - tending to develop a more generous figure.
So at the age of four with six of the ten certificates required for her ‘European’ title secured she retired from showing. During her four year career however she outdid both Taro and Rafiq winning 8 cups. Her full show record was 25 Shows [2 as a Kitten] 24 Wins [22 Certificates], Thirteen Nominations, one Best In Variety, six Best Opposite Sex Neuter Awards [and cups] and two Best Opposite Sex in Category Awards [and cups]

A lovely friendly cat who will be much missed by us and her ‘special’ companion Kanati.
R.I.P. Princess Rana


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Rana sharing a chair and wash late at night with Kanati - Feb 2004

 A few 'photos of her growing up:

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Above - [February 2002] aged 13 weeks and [March] aged 16 weeks and
Below - [March 2003] aged 16 months and [July 2003] aged 20 months
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  Rana’s show awards :

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[1] Garden of England Show [Tonbridge] September 2002 : Best in show, Opposite Sex Neuter
[2] Garden of England Show [Haywards Heath] March 2003 : Best in show, Opposite Sex Neuter
[3] CA International Show [Staines] May 2003 : Best in Category, Opposite Sex Neuter

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[4] Garden of England Show [Maidstone] 28 February 2004 : Best in Show, Opposite Sex Neuter
[5] Garden of England Show [Maidstone] 29 February 2004 : Best in Show, Opposite Sex Neuter
[6] Maine Coon Guild Show [Haywards Heath] March 2004 : Maine Coon Speciality, Best Opposite Sex Neuter
[7] Viking Cat Club Show [St Ives, Cambs.] 12 September 2004: Best Opposite Sex Neuter
[8] Felis Britannica Show [Worthing] 13 August 2005: Best Opposite Sex Neuter      [  All eight photos courtesy Robert Fox - photographer.       http://www.photopaws.co.uk  ]


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[9] Junior: One Ex1.   Adult: Three CAP's, two Nominations and one Best in Show Opposite Sex - Neuter, FIFe Premier;
[10] Five CAPIB's, three Nominations, one BIV, one Best in Category Opposite Sex - Neuter,
and one Best in Show Opposite Sex - Neuter, FIFe International Premier;
[11] Seven CAGPIB's, FIFe Grand International Premier;
[12] Four Nominations and three Best in Show Opposite Sex - Neuter;
Maine Coon Speciality: one Nomination and one Best Opposite Sex - Neuter .
[13] Six CAPE's, Three Nominations and one Best in Show Opposite Sex - Neuter

On the road to a Title:













At 28 months - Haywards Heath show March 2004 - Judging for Best Opposite Sex Neuter.
Mr Louis Coste [France] and Mrs Lesley Morgan-Blythe [Australia]

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Grand International Premier Kittycoonz Princess Rana, Rana for short [an Indian name meaning 'eye catching' or 'beautiful object'] was a blue tortie classic tabby with white was born on 11 November 2001 and twin sister to Rafiq. They both arrived with us on 29 January 2002 and like her brothers she grew rapidly into a very large and extremely pretty cat - far larger even than the average female Maine Coone.

In the early hours of Monday 31 December 2012 we found her lifeless on the floor in the bedroom having apparently suffered a heart attack. Prior to that she had been her normal self and earlier in the evening had as usual ‘asked’ Clive to go to the kitchen with her for some food.


Unlike her brothers who loved company she was a very independent cat and something of a loner except when she wanted to eat and then she would sit and meow very loudly until someone went with her to the kitchen where she waited to be stroked before eating. Nevertheless she enjoyed attention and purred very long and loud when stroked.

Maine Coon Cats … 'The gentle giants'

RANA