Thank you for visiting my website.

I hope you find Valnika to be a rewarding experience and you share in my love for the Russian Blue.

My name is Valarie Williamson. With my husband Hackel, I have a small cattery located in Houston, Texas.

Our cattery name is Valnika and we specialize in raising and showing our beloved Russian Blues.

My goal is to produce quality Russian Blues that conform to the highest show standards and combine beauty with personality and excellent health.

I show in the Gulf Shore Region of CFA.

Our cats are raised in a caring and healthy environment, receiving lots of love, attention, and top quality nutrition as a top priority. .

Routine health care includes annual vaccinations for rabies, feline leukemia, and FVRCP.


I was born in Pasadena, California, the oldest of 4 kids, while Hackel is a native born Texan. My parents just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. We moved around quite a bit as children because my Dad was a field engineer who worked for NASA. That meant we traveled back and forth between California and Florida for rocket launches and builds.

Despite the many moves, our cat, Susie, a Blue Point Siamese, always traveled with us. She lived for 16 years. She had a decorated life. She always accompanied us on our many camping trips - and would bring back hunting trophies to the campground... eek!

It was Susie who first introduced me to the love of a cat.

I have been happily married for 18 years to my husband, Hackel (rhymes with Michael). I was never able to have children, but my cats are my kids so I don't feel I have missed out too much... and it's a lot less stressful :-).

While I had been dreaming of owning a cattery for several years, it was not until early 2001 that Hackel and I started seriously looking for our foundation Russian Blue. We found wonderful breeders locally in Houston and so it was that we took our first steps of an exciting journey in the cat fancy.


Choosing a cattery name can be a difficult task... but exciting too.

I was totally intrigued while researching the heritage of Russian Blues. Finding that they originated from Archangelesk Island in Russia and migrated to Europe back in the 1800s inspired me to honor their history by choosing a Russian name for my cattery. Hackel agreed... and it was actually his idea to call it VALNIKA.

I loved the sound of the name. When I did further research on Russian names I found "Valerie & Valerius" were strong conquerors in 18th century Russia. So I liked the "strong" attribute. Nika or Nikita means unconquerable. So that was the foundation of naming our cattery - Valnika, strong and unconquerable. Boy, we have a lot to live up to. We better get to work!!!

In Loving Memory



1/5/10 - 9/9/10

His life was very short. But his memory will go on in our hearts. Willy referred to Jewel as his little buddy. He was special to both of us. He was shown in CFA for a short time as a kitten and did very well. He was playful and a charming little Russian Blue male. His sweetness melted our hearts over and over. We miss you Jewel and will never forget how you touched our lives in 2010!  

Thank You, Lee

This website was so much fun putting together.  What you see here is what you get, a Russian Blue from a very loved home.  I dedicate this website to Lee Harper, my friend and web designer in the cat fancy.  Without her wonderful talents and commitment to success in developing a cost effective website to exhibit my beloved Russian Blues this would not have been possible.

If you are needing a website or wanting a redesign, don't hesitate to contact Lee. Visit ShowCatsOnline Web Design for more information.

Man's fate is like that of the animals;
the same fate awaits them both;
As one dies, so dies the other.
All have the same breath,
man has no advantage over the animal.
All have the same breath,
all go to the same place;
all come from dust and to dust all return.
Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward
and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?

Ecclesiastes 3:19-21


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