Innocentia Cattery | Breeder of Tonkinese Kittens & British Shorthair Kittens | CFA and TICA Registered

Innocentia Cattery
Innocentia Cattery | Tonkinese Cats & British Shorthair Cats | CFA and TICA Registered
Phone 1-734-731-6677 | Fax (734) 587-2548 | Email Us
Please limit your calls to 9AM-9PM EST, as our little babies are getting their beauty sleep!


My name is Laura Hunt, and I founded Innocentia Cattery in 1991.

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. I studied for 11 years in the arts of ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, Flamenco, and some ballroom dancing. I taught the dance arts for 17 years in Michigan, North Carolina, and in Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, I had my own school and taught servicemen's children, embassy children, as well as the local nationals. I worked for the German television channel ZDF, providing children for various programs.

I have a MA, plus 60 credits, in educational psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In 1999, I retired from teaching in the Detroit Public School System. Most of the years were spent teaching first and second grades.

When I retired from teaching, I decided to expand my hobby of showing and breeding Tonkinese and British Shorthairs. I have had a national Best of Color win, as well as regional winners.

My husband, Gary, and I are very proud of our work with the cats. It has given us great joy to not only raise these adorable kittens, but to also provide happiness to so many new pet owners.

I share my home with Gary and our 4 kitty girls: Shylo, a platinum point female; One Love, a platinum point female; Angel, a natural mink female; and the Jug, a champagne mink female. They are my personal pets. In addition, I have 2 adult children who now reside in California.

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This is my beloved husband, Gary. For the past 23 years, he has been my rock, my support, and my partner.

Sometimes, I am not quite sure whether Gary married me for me, or for my cats! But one thing is for sure, he sure does love his family and his cats.

In high school, he was voted "Most Popular" in his senior year. He works as a licensed FCC technician in communication.

Gary and I are fortunate in that our skills compliment one another. He is in charge of more physical tasks such as cleaning, supply ordering, medication, laundry, and supervision of mating. I, in turn, do more administrative type work, customer support, genealogy, birthing, socialization, and airport runs to name a few. But, more often than not, we take over each others jobs as necessary. It is not unusual for us to put in a 12 hour day or more. Raising kittens and taking care of the adults properly takes time and devotion. We are proud of our cattery, which has been deemed a CFA Cattery of Excellence.

Innocentia Cattery was featured in a four page article about the Tonkinese breed in the publication PetWorld. It is Asia's only magazine for all animals. (August 2001) Click here to view 4 page article...

Innocentia Cattery was also featured in the book, "New Legacy of the Cat" by Chronicle Books. The pictures were taken by the Japanese photographer Tetsu Yamazaki. The natural mink male on the page is currently one of the studs used by Innocentia Cattery. Click here to view page...

In 1944, the popular murder/mystery movie "Laura," starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price was at the movie theaters. It was directed by Otto Preminger and was nominated for 5 Academy Awards.

My mother was a young girl of 16, and after seeing the movie, decided that her first born daughter would be named Laura. Laura was a very successful, young, beautiful career woman who had an exquisite apartment, a country cottage, and lovely furnishings.

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In essence, she had it all, especially considering that World War II was ending, and our country was economically suffering. It was her hope that her Laura would have it all, too.

After I had been married to Mr. Hunt for a number of years, the movie "Laura" came out on VHS. To my complete surprise, her name was Laura Hunt in the movie. While I do not count my wealth by the number of possessions I have, I do feel I am most wealthy by the number of good friends I have made while raising my kittens. To all of you, I give you a most heartfelt "thank you."

Laura A Hunt
Innocentia Cattery
Carleton, Michigan

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Why consider an Innocentia Cattery British Shorthair kitten? An excellent companion, the British Shorthair is known for its plush "teddy-bear" look, even-tempered manner, affection and undying loyalty! Read what some of our clients have to say:

Shadow Marie and Baby Butter are highly intelligent, playful, social, and very well-mannered. It is our great delight to have them join our family. Hardly pets, they are our companions and friends, and we look forward to adopting a third kitten from Laura this spring! - Roy

Bea is an absolute doll! We couldn't be happier with her! We love her personality and sense of humor. What a sweet girl. Everything, and more, than you suggested she'd be! - Mark and Kathy

I just wanted you to know that Onslow has grown into a beautiful, clean, well-behaved and very affectionate kitty. He loves to be cuddled and carried around the house. He likes his face stroked, especially around his whiskers. He sleeps on the end of my bed, or my daughter’s, every night, and is always close by wherever we are. - Georgia

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