A reputable Breeder

Looking for a Good Cat Breeder?

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Besides going to cat shows, many breeders now have their own websites. You may also want to look for a breeder through one of the major cat registration associations. Two of the largest, The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) and The International Cat Association ( TICA )are good ones to start with.

However, keep in mind that just because a breeder belongs to a cat club or one of the major cat associations can mean very little. Nearly anyone can do this, if they have registered/pedigree cats. We believe there are additional factors you should consider when adopting a pedigree cat, or researching a breeder

  • Consider every communication you have to/from the breeder.Your first contact with a breeder may be via phone, text, letter or e-mail. It is important to assess every communication you receive from the breeder. It can indicate more about them than you might think. Does the written communication evoke a feeling that they care about their animals, and would want to work with you? Does the breeder invite you to visit their home/cattery? While it is often ideal to purchase a pedigreed animal from a local breeder where you can actually go see their facilities and meet them and their animals face-to-face, you can also learn much more about a breeder by talking to other people. Don't be afraid to ask the breeder for references and check around with other breeders (maybe drop them an email) asking about the breeder you are considering. Ask other breeders if they would buy a pet from them.

  • Many reputable, established breeders don't have kittens available at all times. They might also have a waiting list. Do keep in mind that most reputable, established breeders do not have kittens available most of the year. They might also have waiting lists for their kittens. Be very careful about catteries which always seem to have lots of kittens available for sale -- chances are, this cattery is either having difficulty placing their kittens (this should be a red flag to prospective buyers) or they produce too many kittens, also a red flag. It's a good idea to ask outright about a cattery's waiting list, and about their deposit policies. Realize some breeders may have kittens only once a year so be patient, this isn't a bad sign.

  • How many cats are in their home, and were you able to see them all? Too many cats should be a red flag, regardless of the conditions. Too many cats means there is NO possible way all of the cats and kittens get individual attention on a regular basis. It is simply impossible. Regardless of how much affection you see them give the cats while visiting, your mind probably questions that too many cats seems a bit ridiculous. you're right. Realize that a breeders will always have more cats than the average person, but keep reality in perspective.

    Kittens should be raised around all the daily activities of people, in their bedrooms, kitchen, around TVs, etc...some cats may be confined (such as whole males), but good breeders have a large place/room for the boys.

    And, if their house is spotless consider how much time that takes, and what that takes away from the attention the cats get. We aren't saying that clean houses are not possible, but we believe it is just as important that the home is well kept/sanitary, has less than a few dozen cats and all the cats appear healthy. Runny noses and eyes are not typical of a good cattery, however any cattery can have a cold run through it too, just like your family can.

  • "Standard "things" a breeder should do:

    1. Not let kittens leave until at least 12 weeks of age
    2. Fully vaccinate all of their cats, not just the kittens
    3. Provide you with a contract, that guarantees the kittens' health for a period of time, has a no declawing policy and an indoor only agreement. Additionally, it should clearly state that at any time if you can no longer have the cat/kitten, they will take it back, or be involved in helpiing to rehome.
    4. Not let you take home a kitten who has any signs of illness, not even a runny nose!
    5. Test (and be able to show proof) both the mother and father of the kittens for standard conditions that can exist within the breed. Testing is essential and this is one corner breeders should not cut. Also be careful that the all of the breeding cats are being tested and not just a select few. Most breeding cats are tested once per year or every other year.
    6. Give you a pedigree and registration papers, even if the papers follow after the spay/neuter of the kitten
    7. Require you to spay/neuter the kitten if not done so previously.
    8. Want your information, or questions you, about various situations of your life. These kittens should be like family to the breeder and they should want to know about you as well. Remember, you aren't just buying a new car.

    Sometimes you just have to go with your gut! If you simply have a bad feeling about it....tell them thanks but no thanks. There are plenty of breeders out there to find a good relationship/cattery, and you aren't buying a new car, but a family member, so don't settle!

    Do realize these are just our opinions, based on our years of experience with good & bad breeders. Finally, just because you are purchasing a "pet" doesn't mean you shouldn't put great thought, care and investigation into the people from whom you are considering. Best of luck finding a new feline addition for your family!

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