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Buying a Kitten Guide

All of our kittens are TICA registered with full pedigree, vet checked, certified free of FeLV and FIV, ID micro chipped, fully inoculated, PetPlan medical insurance and a kitten pack.
Bringing a new pet into your family involves a long term commitment of time, energy, and money.

A responsible breeder?

Set off on the right foot, and buy your kitten from a responsible breeder. This ensures that your new companion has already had the best possible start in life. By the time they come into your world, they are health and happy souls and will integrate just perfectly as a NEW family member. While no one can guarantee that your kitten will never have a medical problem, a responsible breeders commitment to ethical, responsible breeding increases your chances of getting a good well-adjusted kitten. When you buy a kitten from a responsible breeder, you can expect the breeder to:

  1. Guarantee your kitten is in good health and free from Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
  2. Strongly urge you to have your own vet examination within a few days of purchase, to confirm its good health.
  3. Require neutering/spaying at the appropriate age.
  4. Provide a written sales agreement, that describes all terms of the sale. This agreement includes the breeders health guarantee and the neuter/spay agreement.
  5. Be intensely interested in the welfare of every kitten they produce, and encourage you to call whenever you have questions or concerns about your kitten.

Health & Wellbeing Check

  1. Physical Condition Handle the kitten. It should have good muscle tone, a clean coat, and bright, clear eyes. The kitten should not be sneezing or sniffling. Its eyes should be free from discharge and its ears should be clean and pink inside. There should be no bald patches or signs of dry, flaky skin. Check behind its ears and low on its back, at the base of the tail, for flea dirt (which looks like black sand).
  2. Psychological Condition Your kitten should be well-socialized. Play with the kitten using a non threatening toy, such as a feather or ribbon. After a period of normal caution toward strangers, the kitten should relax into a friendly, active and playful attitude. Many perfectly friendly kittens would rather play than be held; however, after becoming acquainted with you, the kitten should let you hold it for a short time.

Why is the breeder asking me questions?

Don't be offended if the breeder asks you questions. The breeder is not trying to embarrass or intimidate you; they are simply trying to determine whether their kitten will have the kind of home they want. Every kitten has its own individual personality, just like us humans. Remember, to a responsible breeder, a kitten is not a commodity; it is an individual to be loved. A responsible breeder strives to find the best possible home for each kitten, so ALL questions are good questions.

Can the Buyer Ask Questions too?

Of Course, the breeder would expect you to. A responsible breeder will be happy to discuss the breeds characteristics and special requirements with you.

  1. What are the characteristics of this breed? For example, some breeds require a lot of grooming; others typically have loud voices; and still others are relatively aloof. Be sure you discuss the breeds characteristics wit the breeder and decide whether they are right for your lifestyle and personal preferences.
  2. Do you provide a written sale agreement that includes a health guarantee? A responsible breeder sells a kitten only with a written contract that includes a health guarantee.
  3. What diseases and conditions does your health guarantee cover? A responsible breeder guarantees that the kitten is in good health and is free of Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
  4. What vaccinations has the kitten received? A responsible breeder will vaccinate the kitten at least twice against Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper), Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis.
  5. How are the kittens raised? A responsible breeder puts careful thought and much care into raising healthy, outgoing kittens, and will be happy to discuss their methods with you.
  6. Can you provide references from people who have purchased kittens from you? A responsible breeder will be able to provide references on request.
  7. When can I take the kitten home? Most responsible breeders allow their kittens to go to new homes at 12 weeks of age or older. If you're used to seeing barely-weaned kittens advertised, this might seem old; but its actually better to wait, and a good age to make the transition to a new home. At 12 weeks, a kitten is weaned, litter trained, and has been vaccinated at least twice. Also the best part is, you still have plenty of comical, lovable kitten-hood moments to enjoy.
  8. What should I do after I bring the kitten home?The Breeder will supply you with an information pack to help you when you bring your kitten home. Plus no doubt a lot of advise while you are visiting. Please ensure you follow the instructions carefully.
  9. Will I receive the kittens papers? When you get your kitten, you'll receive its health/vaccination record and a written sales agreement. After you have the kitten altered and send the breeder a veterinarians certificate of neutering or spaying, the breeder will send you the kittens TICA registration form. To register the kitten, you fill out the registration form, and send it with the proper fee to TICA. The TICA will process this and then send the paperwork to you. This is done for two reasons. One, breeding a cat with less than ideal show conformation adds to the pet overpopulation problem, and degrades the overall quality of the breed. A responsible breeder is acutely aware of the vast numbers of unwanted cats and kittens therefore they prevent (as best they can) any such practices that would exacerbate this. Two, breeding is hard-work and at times harrowing. It is not advised for anyone to consider, if they are not already a knowledgeable breeder that would know what to do when things don't run so smoothly. Therefore they will deter anyone from thinking they'll "giving it a go", to ensure the welfare of their placed kittens throughout their life.