Some guidelines when you will pick your breeder!
- A reputable breeder will not breed on cats younger then a year old. A reputable catbreeder will do (and can prove) health tests for the breed in question. And will also demand that the father of the litter also got those if they would rely on studservice: So make sure whats applies for the breed you are interested in.
- Watch out for breeders who mock testing and says their lines are without problems. There is not lines without problems, we can only do as much as we can by testing and make sure to evaluate generation for generation.
- A good breeder will explain the importance of neutering all cats who are not planned to go into a breeding program and will explain that they will be enjoy life best as neuters. Birthcontrol pill increase the risk of mammary tumors and the risk of uterus infection is big. Both of those are life threathening.
- A reputable breeder will sell the kitten with a written contract. What this looks like will vary a lot but it will contain the buyer and sellers obligations and rights, healthinformation and maybe repurchase policy.
- A reputable breeder shows passion, love and good knowledge about the breed. He or she cares about placing the kittens in good homes and will interview potential buyers well and can ask for referenses and also refuse to sell if the home is not considered appropriate.
- A reputable breeder will keep the kitens as long as it takes for them to find the kittens a good home.
- Most breeders will not sell a kitten that will be allowed to run outdoors freely. The will demand cat run or leash.
- Environment (usually a home) where the breeders cats lives will be clean. Do not accept to meet a breeder outside the home. Trust your instinct here!
- A reputable breeder is activly engaged in cats in general, including cat shows, breeding rings, or cat associations. Even if there is exceptions of course - an older retired breeder maybe already been going for shows for 20 years might not be that interested in going on the cat shows anymore. A person that got no contact at all with other breeders is more suspicious.
- A reputable breeder will give you guide you and give you answers on questions you might have, and can give you name on earlier buyers of kittens (of course after given consent from the earlier buyers).
- At a reputable breeder you can meet all the kittens and both parents IF the father is living there, if the father is not avalible pictures will be shown and give you information about how to contact the owner of the father in case of questions, if you are interested in that.
- A reputable breeder will do some followup of the kittens. He or she is interested to follow how the kittens will develop physical and in temper and would like to know if there are any trouble in the relation to the owner or with other cats or if there are any healthproblem.
- A reputable breeder will not let the kitten move until they are 12 weeks old and many times not before 12-16 weeks of age. This is for your own sake, so that you will get a kitten as confident and nice as possible.
By: Malin Sundqvist