Registered with the Feline Control Council of Western Australia since 1989
Guidelines on purchase of a genuine Ragdoll Kitten.
When looking for a Ragdoll kitten, or Pedigree kitten of any breed, there are a few things to check:
|1. Is the seller a Registered Breeder?||
A Registered Breeder means a cattery that is registered with a Controlling organisation such as the Feline Control Council of WA or the Cat Owner's Association of WA. These organisations are responsible for registering all pedigree cats and kittens. They have rules by which the members must abide. Some of these rules are to protect the animals, purchasers and the breeders themselves. For instance:
A kitten is not allowed to leave the mum before it is 10-12 weeks old.
The parents and lineage of the kitten are scrutinised through the organisation's records, to make sure that it is a pure breed and not mixed. Mixing breeds is only allowed under certain experimental circumstances.
|2. Will you get a Pedigree for your kitten?||
If you will not be able to get this document (usually available after the transfer paperwork from the breeder to the new owner, has been processed) it is certain that the seller has no record of the progeny OR DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW !
|3. Will you receive a written guarantee with your kitten?||
A reputable breeder will want to offer you a guarantee that the kitten is healthy and free of genetic defects. In the case of any problems associated with genetic disorders, a reputable breeder will give you a refund or replacement kitten, providing various terms and conditions have been met. (Such as verification by the Breeder's Vet.)
|4.Will your kitten have been treated against worms, mites and fleas before you pick it up?||
No reputable breeder would consider giving you a kitten that has mites, worms or fleas, so you should seek assurance in this regard prior to purchase. However, as in all young creatures, susceptibility to these nasties is increased and sometimes a few may slip the net. Kittens are not too good at ridding themselves from these. To increase the chance that your kitten will be free of these, make sure that the seller is committed to treating the kitten correctly.
|5. Will your kitten have been vaccinated?||
Reputable breeders will give the kittens two vaccinations for three diseases before they can be given to the new owners. (F3 vaccination). After this, the kitten, when it has become a cat, will require one booster every year. You should receive a card from the breeder's vet. showing what vaccinations have been given and when. If you do not receive this, do not continue with the purchase. Never take home a kitten that has watery eyes. Don't let the seller fob you off with suggesting it is a reaction to the vaccination. In over 27 years of breeding kittens we have never experienced a kitten having any reaction from a vaccination. If the kitten or cat has watery eyes, it is sick.
|6. Are you buying from an Auction or a Pet Shop?||
Registered Breeders are forbidden by the respective organisations, to sell kittens or cats through either of these. It is most unlikely that you will receive any verification of the lineage or pedigree of your kitten if you obtain it from these sources. In this case, you can not be sure that you are a getting a Ragdoll. In fact, it is misleading advertising to advertise a kitten as a Ragdoll if there is no proof that it is.
|7. Will your seller offer after-sales advice?||
Reputable breeders will be only too happy to know how the little kittens are progressing and will be interested in solving any problems you or the kitten may have!
|8. Are you paying less than the market price for your kitten?||
If you are, be careful. It could be that the seller has cut corners e.g. only one vaccination or none at all or maybe letting the kitten go to a new home before 10 weeks of age. Perhaps not having the animal micro-chipped.
RAGGIES IS A REGISTERED BREEDER WITH THE FELINE CONTROL COUNCIL OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (CATSWA)
Page updated 2nd October 2017