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How Do I choose the right breeder?

First of all do your research! It is very important that the kitten you decide on has a good breeder who loves and cares for their kittens and has socialized them and ensired their health and safety. A person of ethical means will not withhold information and give freely of themself to ensure you two are the right match up. They will take careful care in their breeding and make the effort to the best of their ability to raise genetically happy and healthy kittens. A good breeder will not let their kittens leave their home before 12 weeks. A kitten needs to be with it's mother for at least 10 weeks just to get those good mommy antibodies that are going to help it through out it's life. It's very important to kitten development.

A good breeder will make themselves available to you through out the kitten's life to the best of their ability to help with any questions that may come up. It's not about prices or colors but ethics and health.

If you feel sketchy about any situation, it might be best to move on and try a different breeder. I would recommend contacting several before making your ultimate decision so you can get a general feeling of what it's like to work with different people and who you might best get along with.

A lot of times we really want to believe the breeder even though what we see on their website doesn't match up. Do not be in a hurry, for this is a life decision for you and the cat/kitten. I have talked to breeders who say their cat's are the healthiest but upon further investigation I can see they lie about eye color (which is silly but people do that), they lie about diseases, or they don't have pedigrees available, or they inbreed for reasons that involve money and not genetics. Odd eyes or colors or whatever aren't going to mean jack if the kitten arrives at your door dead. Health first!

You'll know a good apple when you see it. Be patient. Bad things can happen to good breeders also, so don't be so harsh to judge someone either on that other end of the spectrum.

Ask lots of questions and if that bothers them they probably aren't worth your time either because in return expect them to ask about you. If they care about their cat's well being they will ask a lot of questions about you.

Also, be polite in your email queries and give signatures. Not everyone is your age or your best friend and they might consider it rude if you don't write to them with ettiquette and may ignore your emails or not consider you "worthy" of one of their pets as breeders have the option and should of being picky about who they choose to become new pet owners. You just don't know who is on the other side. It could be a little 80 year old lady and "sup?" isn't going to be on her vocab. So be as polite as possible.

Always give people the benefit of the doubt but don't be foolish or quick to decide either. Use your gut feelings and educated thinking. Research research research.

In regards to scams... usually if you see an ad advertising a kitten for $200 it's a scam. You send the money and never get the kitten. If a shelter sells unwanted, unpedigreed sphynx for $500 it is very unlikely that someone is selling one for really cheap. Ask them if you can come over and meet the kitten or pick it up in person. See what happens.

 

 
     

 


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