So You Want A Kitten?

First and foremost, every cat and kitten is our pet and we love them. We need them to go to a good home, so please forgive all the questions we will ask of you as we will certainly expect and respect the same from you.

 

What you know: –

  • Why you want a kitten?
  • Why you want a Norwegian Forest Cat?
  • What the temperament is of a Norwegian Forest Cat?
  • Basic welfare of a kitten
  • How to introduce a new kitten to a household

What is a breeder: –

  • Is honest, dedicated and reliable
  • Will allow you to see the kitten where it has been raised, both parents and the condition of all their cats
  • Loves their animals and they love them back (always go to see them)
  • Provides clean, non-pungent space with plenty of play opportunities for their cats
  • Provides a well-balanced healthy diet (see the welfare page)
  • Knows their pets, the history of the breed and the welfare required
  • Vaccinates against FELV and the other standard infectious diseases
  • Will not let a kitten leave before 13weeks of age (so up to date with vaccinations, has picked up immunity from mum and has been properly socialised to people and normal household noise)
  • Will be contactable for the life of your pet and beyond in many cases
  • Will test or can provide proof for the genetic diseases namely GSD4 (Glycogen Storage Disease) and PK Def (Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency)?
  • Will screen for HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)
  • Micro-chips all their kittens
  • Will provide 4weeks insurance cover

We will ask at least the following: –

  • Why do you want a kitten?
  • Have you previously owned a cat and a kitten?
  • What other pet(s) do you have? What is the pet(s) temperament?
  • Do you work full time? Cats and kittens thrive with company.
  • What are you expecting to feed them on? How often?
  • All cats will require Vetinary treatment from sometime or another. How will you manage this financially?
  • Are you planning an indoor life for your cat? If not how will you maintain their safety?

Environment visit: –

  • Are they kept in one room all the time or do they have access to the whole house?
  • Where is the mother of any kittens? With them or in another room? What condition is she in?
  • Are the adult cats grouped together living in rooms? If so, do these cats have good stimulating surroundings? Any amount of money can be invested in cat equipment but ask yourself, is this for the cats benefit? or just for show?
  • If the breeder has many cats ask to see them all and not just the one you are interested in.
  • When you visit and while you are going through the meeting process with the breeders notice first what the cats are doing – are they relaxed or curled up asleep, playing, running around and ambushing each other or a little wary because you are on their territory or are they looking like they are in an environment they are not used to being in. Are they slowly and cautiously slinking around the outer perimeters of the room, are they too easily spooked noises and by each other? Probably because they are not too familiar with their surroundings? Investigating things that they should be familiar with?
  • Do you get the feeling that these cats you are seeing have just been let out into this environment for your visit?

Basic kitten checks: –

  • Are the kitten’s eyes, nose and ears clean?
  • Do they have black wax in their ears?
  • Do they scratch themselves or their ears frequently?
  • Are there bottoms clean?
  • Do they have any flea dirt in their coats?
  • Do they have clean healthy mouths and gums?
  • Do they have red sore patches on their tongues?
  • Are they sneezing a lot?
  • Do they cough?
  • Do they have sore eyes?
  • Do they have Diarrhoea?
  • Do their tummies look round and bloated?
  • Do they feel too thin?
  • Feel under their throats for enlarged lymph glands.
  • Are their coats nice and clean and free from knots and tangles?
  • Do they have any fur missing or red sore patches?

 Adapted from the Norgeskaukatt website

Please Take Note

You have taken the steps to look on our site hopefully to obtain a kitten who will enrich your life and by osmosis you will do the same for them. We take pride in our self being an ethical breeder. However, there are many who are not. You will not always find a kitten you want from us however we do urge you to look at the websites of other professional breeders.

Do take care if you decide to purchase a kitten from newspaper adverts and especially from internet sale sites such as Pets 4 Homes and Gumtree. Although there are a few genuine breeders who use these sites on the whole they are populated by moggies, crossbreeds, battery breeders and people who let a kitten go without full vaccination.

If you do buy a kitten from us you will never get a kitten aged around 8weeks that has not been vaccinated and vet reviewed – come and visit us and we can show you some of our rescue cats that have been bred through these systems and the problems they cause. Vaccinations are at 9 and 12 weeks so an 8week old kitten will not be vaccinated.

From us you will get a kitten that has been socialised and loved; not mass produced to make a profit. We adhere to a breeding programme that is specifically for the enrichment of the breed and not the breeder. We work closely with another breeder (Norgeskaukatt) and breeders in Norway and in other countries to preserve the Norwegian Forest Cat not our bank balance. It is very true to say that if you feed and breed your cats correctly you will never be a rich man!

Crossbreeds are not pedigree and should not be sold to you at this price. Be suspicious of any Norwegian Forest Cat being sold for under £500. Demand to see the pedigree of the sire and the queen. Do not accept foreign pedigree registrations. If they are registered here they will have a UK registration if they are not avoid.

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