Choosing a kitten. Or how to buy a purebred kitten

Needless to say, buying a kitten is a responsible business and, at times, not easy Needless to say, buying a kitten is a responsible business and, at times, not easy. After all, a cute fluffy little ball will eventually grow into an adult animal that will live next to you for more than a decade. First of all, it is necessary to determine the purpose of purchase.

What are your hopes for your pet, whether you plan to engage in his show career or breeding.

The first thing that a potential owner of a cat faces is the choice of a breed.

The huge variety of cat shapes, sizes and colors can thoroughly confuse. It is best to keep yourself in hand and not to surrender immediately to the bewitching desire “I want a pedigreed cat !!!”. To start, go to the exhibition, look at the animals represented there. I am sure that if you didn’t have any preferences before going to the exhibition, then after leaving, there may even be too many of them. The main rule when buying a pedigree kitten, especially when it comes to the baby, with whom you plan to conquer the show peaks - do not rush! Be sure to note the breeds you like, talk to the breeders, take their coordinates.

The next step is to collect information on the breeds that interest you. This is important because there are groups of breeds that look like one another, and for a newbie in the cat world they look alike (say, a group of natural cat breeds - Maine Coon, Siberian, Norwegian Forest, etc.). However, these breeds may vary in temperament, may have their own characteristics of breeding and cultivation. All this is better to know in advance - before you purchase a kitten, so that later you will not have to be disappointed in the breed, and the kitten - to change owners. When the breed is selected, you need to decide on the floor of the kitten. This moment is also not unimportant.

If you buy a kitten just for the soul, it almost does not matter. Usually, kittens that are not intended for breeding and, accordingly, for show-career are given metrics with the appropriate mark. Usually such babies are completely healthy, they are simply not of interest for the further development of this breed, since they have deviations from the standard. This does not prevent them from being beautiful and pleasing their owners. There is an opinion that the cat should give birth at least once "for health". This is not true.

If your pet was assigned to a category of pet-class animals (without the right to further breeding), then it would be better for her and for you to sterilize. The same applies to seals. Currently, such operations are performed in each veterinary clinic. This will not in the least harm the health of your pet, on the contrary, it will relieve him of the painful and fruitless "searches" during the period of sexual hunting. If you decide to buy an animal brid- (intended for breeding) or a show class (an animal for exhibitions and breeding), then the sex of the kitten plays a role here. If we are talking about a cat, it is necessary to decide what interests you more - exhibition or breeding. If your plans do not include regular visits to exhibitions, but you want to see in your house charming kittens of your beauty, then you should not overpay for the show-animal. Stop your choice on the Breed class kitty.

The cost of a cat often depends on its breeding and exhibition value, on the rarity or prevalence of the color of the cat, on the spectrum of colors that the cat carries genetically. It is very possible that a breed-class cat will be offered to you by a breeder on interesting conditions if it is really interesting as a breeding animal to this kennel. Terms of sale can be very different. As a rule, this directly affects the cost of the animal. For example, you can sell a kitten for half the price, but with the condition that you give the breeder 1-2 kittens at the first choice from her litter. If the breed is rare or the color of the cat is unique, then the breeder can sell it for a whole litter. Usually, all sales conditions are negotiated individually between the owner and the breeder, after which both parties sign a contract for the sale and purchase of a kitten. All verbal agreements must be entered into the contract so that in future there will be no misunderstanding between the parties. It is very interesting for a beginner to remain under the wing of an experienced breeder and a famous nursery, because you will need the help of experienced felinologists more than once! If, in addition to breeding, you dream of winning first places at exhibitions, then the choice of a cat should be even more durable, thorough and deliberate. Ideally, the show animal is better to choose with an independent expert in this breed or with an expert. However, this condition for the beginner, as a rule, difficult.

Show the animal is best purchased in a well-established kennel. You can also buy a show kitten at the exhibition, especially if the kitten participated directly in it, received a rating and description, and possibly an award.

It is not advisable to buy very small kittens, especially slowly developing breeds. There is a chance that a pretty kitten with age will become easier in type and lose to his fellow litterman, who at one and a half months looked much worse. Today, many exhibition systems impose a ban on participation in the show of kittens up to 3 months. This is very reasonable because it will avoid the risk of infection with infectious diseases and will allow the expert to see more formed kittens. The situation with the acquisition of pedigree cat-producer is about the same.

However, the concept of "brid" in relation to the cat does not work. Cat-maker should be only a show class and only an excellent breed type. The fact is that cats are often breed improvers, because, unlike cats, they can leave more descendants. Experienced breeders often wait for a month for the birth of a decent cat, which can be taken to the nursery as a producer. When acquiring a cat, you must soberly assess your strength and capabilities. After all, the breeding cat should be regularly exhibited, thus advertising both itself and its children. You also have to take in cats that came to mating. If all this does not bother you at all, and your choice is correct, then you will not be disappointed. But we must remember that in addition to the beautiful type there are still many aspects that affect the value of the manufacturer - the uniqueness of the tribal lines, the rarity of color and the originality of genetics. Very often, newcomers to felinology are lost in colorful advertisements of nurseries, in an abundance of information on breeds. And in general, it is not always clear where to go for a cat. For most potential cat owners, the first thing that comes to mind is the Bird Market. I do not recommend. Breeders, as a rule, never carry their kittens to sell to the market. The danger of catching an infection and losing a grown litter with love will never overpower any economic benefit. Buying a "purebred" cat in the market you, in fact, buy a cat in a bag. A kitten, in addition to diseases and inconsistencies, may also prove to be fake documents to the high class. Currently, some pet stores began to sell pedigree kittens. Usually they are brought there in the morning, and taken in the evening, if they have not been sold. The situation here is somewhat better than the market. However, stress can also trigger the disease of babies. Most often, “private traders” bring kittens to the store for sale, that is, the chances to buy a truly interesting animal here are small, since they most likely sold interesting and promising animals before going to the pet store. In the pet store you can buy just a pet. It should be borne in mind that the price of a kitten will be quite high, as it includes a lot of additional costs - cell rental, veterinary and transportation costs. The next thought visiting a potential cat owner is to look for a kitten by ads in newspapers. Usually refer to newspapers with free ads. There are more chances to buy a decent kitten, because in addition to private announcements from individual breeders (people containing, for example, just one favorite pussy, from which litters are obtained from time to time) there may be ads from cattery owners. By newspaper advertisements, you can absolutely easily buy a pet and a Breed class animal. Chances to buy a cat, and even more so a cat of the show class is much less here, it will be rather an accident and an exception. Buying kittens on advertisements in specialized periodical cat publications is not devoid of meaning. Here you will be dealing with nursery owners, who, as a rule, are very responsible for breeding and selling kittens. However, there still remains a chance for error, since the magazines are not responsible for the advertising information published in them, and the breeder may turn out to be either a trivial second-hand dealer or the usual “breeding dog” - breeding kittens just for profit, not caring about the quality of the raised livestock. However, the chances of acquiring a decent pedigree animal are many.

You can also contact the club of cat lovers.

You must help with the selection of a kitten class of interest to you. This is probably the most reasonable way to buy both a purebred and a pet today. The huge virtual world of the Internet is also replete with bulletin boards - paid and free. Information on the sale of kittens are placed here as "private owners" and kennels. There are as many chances to get a healthy pet as a family and a breeder-animal than in print ads, or maybe a little more, because here you can not only see the parents and the child, but also imagine what he will grow up by looking at the photo. kittens from previous litters and learning about the show career of their ancestors. The Internet also provides an excellent opportunity to gather information on the breed of interest to you, get acquainted with the sites of nurseries and clubs, see photos of producers, chat in forums with breed experts, and find out their opinions and recommendations regarding currently born litters. Believe me, they are surely aware of all born promising kittens, even if they were not born in a competing nursery. Undoubtedly, one of the busiest forums for cat lovers is the forum on CATS - portal. ru.

Another common selling place for kittens is the exhibition.

It is quite convenient to buy a kitten at the exhibition, as you can immediately look at the producers, since the kittens are sold, as a rule, for them. Often, the kittens are exhibited in a literary class (a class where the quality of litters is assessed), or the breeder exposes the kitten of a show class individually, to confirm its high level. By purchasing such a kitten, you are least likely to make a wrong choice. If you buy a kitten at home from a breeder, be sure to pay attention to the conditions of the animals. It is important that not only kittens, but also adult cats have a well-groomed and healthy appearance. If you suspect the ill health of the baby you are offering, it is better to give up the purchase, especially when it comes to purchasing a show animal for a lot of money. It is better to leave a deposit and pick up the kitten at 3-4 months of age with all vaccinations. A breeder with a kitten must give you a veterinary passport with the indicated vaccinations given to the kitten in the mother's house. If you purchase an animal with documents, then you will be given a metric in your hands, where the baby’s parents, date of birth, breed, gender, color are indicated. Or already ready pedigree. Responsible breeder will certainly offer you to sign a contract of sale. Do not be alarmed and do not abandon this procedure prematurely. As a rule, such an agreement is drawn up very correctly and protects the interests of both parties. In the contract, all additional arrangements of the breeder and the new owner of the kitten are prescribed. Read the contract carefully, discuss with the breeder any points that are confusing or confusing you. Treat the signing of the contract responsibly and with understanding. Be sure to find out what the breeder fed the kitten, so as not to translate sharply It is quite convenient to buy a kitten at the exhibition, as you can immediately look at the producers, since the kittens are sold, as a rule, for them kitten on a new diet. This is guaranteed to save the baby from indigestion, and you from unnecessary trouble. Usually the breeder necessarily gives together with the kitten the food that the baby ate in his old home. And also a little cat litter, so that the kitten can easily find a tray in the house of the new owners.

Finally, the search for a pet is behind and in your house, gayly pawing, fluffy mince, or ... oh! such a naked miracle. Now you can be congratulated on joining the vast ranks of cat-lovers and cat-owners and wish you every success in your show career, breeding and simply in life.

Author: Svetlana Ponomareva (expert “all breed” of the International ICU category)

A source: http://www.zoosite.ru/ (website about animals)

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