USEFUL TIPS ON DETECTING A SCAMMER POSING AS A BREEDER
Look at the website very closely for clues. These scammers are stealing pictures from other websites and adding their own descriptions under them. This is why we mark all our original pictures with our cattery name and if this was removed using photoshop pr any other program the difference will be noticeable.
Ask to see more photos of the same kitten from different angles. Ask to see a picture of the same kitten when it was a few weeks younger. Can the breeder produce them?
Verify information about the cattery on the web site of the association the breeder belongs to ( TICA,CFA, etc.) Associations are advertising only catteries which are truly members of their association.
Check the references ( blog) which reliable breeders place on their web sites. Look for positive feed back.
Make sure there are pictures of cats/kittens in their new homes on the web site. normally, people are shearing these with the breeder.
There are a lot of back yard breeders who would may charge less than the real breeder but they also not going to give you any warranty if anything happen to your kitten and , of course, would not offer any replacement in any cases. They do not test their breeding stock and not obtaining any cats show. Ask if a breeder is offering paperwork for your kitten future registration in any of the association and in contract there is a language about it. Check your responsibilities and breeder's promisses regarding paperwork. Your contract is legal document which had power in any court. Also, keep e-mail conversation because this is all legal proof for both sides.
MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT SPAYING OR NEUTERING
The animal population is exploding. Each year millions of unwanted pets are born and most are treated like "living garbage" and disposed of. The primary causes of pet euthanasia are the failure of owners to have their pets spayed or neutered and animals that are abandoned or relinquished to shelters because of obedience problems. Only responsible breeder can give you a warranty that parents of your kitty genetically healthy which illuminates lot of health issues with your pet in the future, give you a warranty or replacement if such problems occurs and make sure your new kitten is properly raised and socialized. All of this is very important for your satisfaction and joy from you had purchased for your money spend.
FACTS ABOUT DECLAWING
Unlike most mammals who walk on the soles of the paws or feet, cats are digitigrades, which means they walk on their toes. Their back, shoulder, paw and leg joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves are naturally designed to support and distribute the cat's weight across its toes as it walks, runs and climbs. There is no such thing as "GENTLY DECLAWING". With declawing part of cat's fingers are being removed, not the claws only. Your breeder will help you with the information on how to help your kitty to find proper place for their natural needs without scarifying your furniture. With some of your help it is not hard to achieve. Treeming your kitty claws is something you should consider doing and this should be regular procedure with rewarding pleasant experience for your furry friend. There is no way around.
COMMON HEALTH CONCERNS IN AN OVERWEIGHT CAT
Concerned about how round your cat has become, or even notice your cat losing weight too quickly? It's easy for people to realize they've gained too much when their pants get a little snug. When it comes to a feline friend, however, it's up to you to watch for warning signs that she's a little too fluffy. These signs are decreasing activity level, when kitty get tired fast, hard to fill ribs due to fat ( not muscles) around them, etc. You need to manage your kitty weight yourself. Do not expect from your veterinarian to tell you that you kitty is overweight. They, normally, won't tell you.
Also, some breeds of cats tend to gain too much weight and British Shorthair is one of them. The gaining weight, normally, starts after your kitty altered and this is time when you should consider diet change, amount of food change to keep your kitty in perfect weight condition for the best health of your kitty.
PROBLEM OF KITTEN MORTALITY
Kitten mortality is a distressing, as well as an economic problem, which occurs to some extent in any breeding program. A study by Scott et al, 1976, of over 3,000 kittens in over 800 litters indicated 34.5% mortality between birth and one year, which is a considerable number.
New owner information
Your kitten will be vaccinated according to the veterinarian protocol based on the age of your kitten.
= Kitten starting kit
Starting kid include your contract, signed by the breeder, brochure with food and care recommendations, vaccination passport,disk with litter pictures by request, samples of dry and can food which your kitten get used to, toys and blanket. You need to have with you large pet carrier.
We do ship kittens and prefer nonstop flights. Shipping includes charges for carrier, vet certificate and transportation. Most of the time we are using Alaska Airlines.
Kitten leaves cattery when balance with shipping cost is received. =Registration papers
Registration papers for your kitten can be obtained from TICA upon your request and could be sent to you after breeder receive a proof ( copy of vet records) of altering.
=Just got home
Set limited space for your new kitten in your house. Let kitty get use to new smells, noises and people. When you got home with your new furry friend, place kitten in to litter box and leave it there. Make sure kitten is drinking, eating and using litter box while in new room. Slowly let kitten explore other areas after 3-4 days in limited space. Has litter box on each floor of your house. When it is comfortable with you, start slowly introducing your kitten to your other animals(dogs, cats) if your kitten is over 90 days old and already had rabies shot.
Make you home safe for your new family member. Take some tips on how to do this from web sites we listed in our Useful links column
=We do not cage kittens or cats. They raised under feet but adults and kittens are separated.
= We do not slip with all our cats in the same bed.
=We feed mixed diet - raw meat, raw goat milk , yogurt , queal eggs and meat, and processed food. We recommend to keep your kitten on the same diet.
=Our cats get used to alkaline water.
=Deposit for kitten is not refundable.
=If you are unable to pick up your cat/kitten due to vacation or any other circumstances and kittens would have to stay longer in our house, additional boarding fee will be charged for each day of delay may apply. So, please, plan accordingly.
=You kitten will be prepared to go to new home when it is around 10-12 weeks old.
=Our contrast is universal for any cases so, ignore statements which do not apply to your situation, please.
=We can screen your kitten for HCM per your request but in this case kitten's tummy will be shaved. Remember, HCM test reflects only current condition. Any other tests could be run on customer's request.
=Kitten will be microchipped.
=We are providing each kitten with the opportunity to get insurance with no waiting period within the US .Your paperwork would have certificate from Insurance company and ill information on how to purchase insurance, and phone number to call.
=Kittens leave cattery litter box and scratching post trained.
=Due to the fact that British Shorthair is slow matured breed your kitten is not going to be altered and this would be your responcibility according to the signed contract not earier than when your kitten at lest 6 months for girls and at least 8 months for boys.
=Kitten considered being "reserved" when breeder has signed contract and deposit on hands
=Please, make sure that you bring cash , money order or cashier check to your pickup meeting.
" People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life." Faith Resnick