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About Us And How It All Began!

My name is Milla, welcome to my site and home. I grew up in a small town in Ukraine and as it is common with many poor countries, dogs and cats get very little care and many are homeless. I’ve always loved animals and over the years I would find stray dogs and would bring them home.

It wasn’t until one day that a kitten came looking for food that I began my love for cats. She was a feral cat and though a kitten was very wild, so my husband and I decided to rescue her, we named her Murzilska. She grew up to be a very healthy cat but she always maintained her distance and was often feisty, swatting at us while we walked past her. Nevertheless, she became my father’s shadow and followed him all waking hours of the day, always keeping her distance.

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Soon after arriving to the US, I fell in love with American Shorthair Cats and decided that these were the cats I would call my own. On a usual day you will find us playing with our cats and at local cat shows. We are in Southern California and are a small hobby breeder. We welcome you to visit our pages and learn about the wonderful world of the American Shorthair Cat.

A couple of years later, during a very cold winter night, we found a tiny feral kitten that came into our yard looking for food. She was weak, very sick and probably wouldn’t have survived the night. The next day we rushed her to the vet, she was blind on one eye and was severely malnourished, full of parasites and fleas. We didn’t have much hope for her but nevertheless we began a long process of nursing her back to health. She began recovering and soon we had a very active, energetic healthy girl. Because of her blind eye, we named her Mira(Spanish name for looking). She became an incredible hunter even with her handicap and today she is Murzilka’s best friend, they spend the days hunting mice and bringing them to my father.

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Spots day we found her

Fast forward a few years and one day we found a tiny little baby girl, probably six or seven weeks old, she was malnourished and very scared. We began feeding her and after about a couple of weeks she began to allow us to get close to her and as soon as we were able to hold her we took her to the vet for a full exam. Several vaccines and eventually spayed, this gorgeous girl because our mascot and we named her Spots, hence her markings. She loves to be held and loves the outdoors.

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Spots the Master Tree Climber
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A year after rescuing Spots, a young very shy gray boy began visiting our property. It took many months for him to get close to us and soon we were able to catch him so we could take him to the vet and be examined and micro-chipped. Being feral he was very aggressive but we managed to get him to the vet where he was vaccinated, tested for FLV/FIV and altered. We named him Ash, hence his gray color, and he soon began to trust us. He grew to be a very large cat and has become very affectionate, however, he is still very shy and when we have visitors in our home, he will run and hide inside the litter box. We call him a "gentle giant" because of his disposition towards us. Check back for an updated photo of him.

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Spots and Ash hanging out, they are the best of friends.
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Moon Cats

The "Moon Cats" was created and handmade by me. This is an artistic expression of my beloved cats and these fine art pieces are available for purchase in a number of sizes, no two are the same. Please visit my "ART" section to see more.

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Virginia B., M.D. with Carlo & Edoardo

To David and Milla – Thank you. You sent me two brothers from your cattery in California, and they have made my life complete. Carlo and Edoardo (sons of Sophia Loren) are the most affectionate, playful, and beautiful kittens. The experience of adopting from Milla’s Kats has been exceptional,...

Matt, Alisha, Daughters with Cosimo & Bianca

About a year and a half ago our 12-year-old decided that she needed to convince mom and dad that it was time to get some cats.  She spent hours and hours researching different breeds of cats and learned all about their histories, personalities, which ones were best with kids, etc.  She decided...

Erika C., DVM & Linus

I own a veterinary hospital in Arizona. We have always had a clinic cat here to love on between seeing patients and to help keep staff morale high. Our last clinic cat passed away in 2020 and it was very hard on all of us without him. We needed a very special cat not only to help fill the hole in...
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Nicole, Dart & Family

We live in Alaska, and getting a kitten delivered to Alaska, in the winter, during a pandemic turned out to be a very challenging thing to do. Every time we ran into a snag David did his very best to take care of it or correct it as soon as he could to get our kitten to us. He kept me well informed...
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Richard, Doretta & Sterling

Hello all! If you are thinking about adding a fur baby to your family, I highly recommend an American Shorthair Tabby. My husband and I just took delivery of a little silver tabby girl from Milla’s Kats in So Cal. David picked the perfect kitty girl based on our bio, he was right on the money!...
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Catherine & Bacio

Joy entered our lives this spring. His name is Bacio Magnifico, Italian for magnificent kiss and indeed he is! Bacio’s amazing personality shows he was raised in a loving home. You couldn’t ask for better care than what Milla’s Kats provides. Just like kids, you can tell what kind of home...
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