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When you do visit a cattery here are some things you should keep in mind.
- Most catteries do not approve of visiting more than one cattery per day. If there happened to be any “”health problems”" with a cattery that you just visited you could take that “health problem” into another cattery, putting those kings, queens and kittens at risk.
- Catteries may be unwilling to show you young kittens. The reason is that younger kittens may not have has their shots yet and to expose them is considered a health risk.
- You should definitely have an appointment when visiting a cattery. If you show up at a cattery unannounced you may be turned away.
- The handling of any cats or kittens in a cattery may or may not be allowed. Respect the breeder’s decision as they are only considering the cat’s health.
- A tour of the cattery may or may not be allowed. Again, this is usually a health driven decision a breeder makes. When you reduce the exposure of the cattery cats and kittens you also reduce the possibility of a future health problem.
- Ask Questions
Since the purchase of a kitten is serious commitment; ask the breeder any questions you may think of. The only stupid question is the one that is not asked. Here is a simplified list of questions you may wish to ask:
- Is the kitten litter trained? What type of litter are you using?
- Is the kitten eating completely on his / her own?
- What type of food is the kitten currently on?
- Can you tell me about the temperament of the mother and father?
- What is the temperament of the kitten like? Will it “fit in” with my home?
- When should I bring the kitten to its next vet appointment?
- Has the kitten had exposure to other cats, dogs, or pets in general to aid in socialization?
- Was this kitten raised in a caged environment?
- Do you have any children that my kitten was exposed to?
- What vaccination schedule do you adhere too?
- Will you be available to provide me with guidance/support if I need it?
- Is there a health guarantee?
Reprinted from Ragdoll Cats - Your Complete Pet Guide