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How to be the procedure for getting a cat from a breeder

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If you’re thinking of getting a pedigreed kitten from a breeder, the
a breeder will want to talk with you on the phone first. If the breeder lives
nearby, they will want you to visit, preferably with all the family, so the
the breeder can meet them all and see how your family members interact with one another and with the cats and kittens.
Breeders are friendly, not confrontational, but they will ask a lot of questions. Some breeders will ask potential kitten owners to fill out a
questionnaire. The purpose is to get to know the person or family to make sure they are the right owner for one of the kittens. The breeder is responsible for each of the kittens they have brought into the world,
and that responsibility extends to finding each of them the best, most loving, most responsible home possible.
While the breeder is checking you out, you should also check out the breeder. Ask to see the kittens’ parents; the queen, at least, should be there, although the father cat may not be. Ask about the health and genetic tests that were done on the parents before breeding. Ask about
socialization and the types of interactions the kittens have had.
The breeder’s home should look clean and smell clean. Ask to see where the kittens are kept in the house. Is it clean, tidy, orderly? Do the kittens have enough toys, food, water, litter boxes?
Ask about the warranty the breeder has. What is the policy if your vet finds your new kitten is sick? What if a genetic illness shows up later? How much of the vet bills will the breeder be responsible for, and for how long? The warranty should be for at least a year. Some breeders
will warranty genetic diseases for the life of the cat, but that’s unusual.Be aware that if the breeder does not have a contract, you will have no
legal recourse if the kitten is sick.
Does the breeder take cats back at any age if there’s a problem?
Sometimes a death in the family or loss of income can put owners into an untenable position. Will the breeder take the cat back? A responsible breeder will also take cats and kittens back if, for any reason, the owner can’t keep them. (Of course, in those circumstances you can’t expect to get a refund of your purchase price. You just want to know your cat will
be safe and cared for.)
Also, ask if the breeder will be available if you or your veterinarian have any questions.
A responsible cat breeder will keep kittens until they are about 4
months old. Sometimes they stay with the breeder for as long as 5 or 6months, or even till 7 months old, depending on the kitten. Each kitten is an individual, and they have to be fully confident before they are sent off to begin their new life. The more time they spend with their mother and siblings, the better since their littermates and mother teach them how to interact with other cats. The mother also teaches them to play skills that hearken back to hunting skills.
The kittens who are meant to a pet may be spayed and neutered before leaving the breeder, often at 16 weeks or four pounds—whichever comes first. Early spay and neuter can be done when a kitten weighs
two pounds, but that procedure is generally reserved for shelter pets.
It’s also preferable to have the kittens recover in the home they know,
where they’re comfortable. Cats do not respond well to stressful situations, so it’s important to make this procedure as easy and comfortable as possible for them. That said, kittens recover quickly from spay and neuter procedures.
If for whatever reason, your new kitten is not spayed or neutered, it will be your responsibility to get this done. It’s really important to have the surgery before the cat is 6 months old because many cats become sexually mature as early as that! There are free and low-cost spay and neuter programs all over the country. Ask your veterinarian if they participate in one of these programs. You can also call your local animal shelter, humane society, or rescue group to find out about low-cost spay
and neuter options in your area.

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