Are the kitten’s parent certified?
Enquire if its parents have been evaluated, tested and certified healthy by a professional vet; request for a certificate if possible. Check its predecessors’ health history. Find out how long they lived and why they passed on. Take note of any potential illnesses that may occur as your cat ages.
Has it been socialized?
This is especially crucial for kittens between six and 16 weeks old as this period determines their temperaments and confidence levels. Ask if Kitty has had good experiences with other felines and people as good exposure often results in a better balanced cat.
Has it been dewormed?
Some kittens are naturally born with worms and therefore dewormed upon birth. Make sure your feline is not a host and fix appointments with a vet on a monthly basis to ensure a healthy kitten. The presence of these parasites makes your pet more prone to infection.
Has it been vaccinated?
A kitten’s immune system may not be strong enough to fend off diseases and infections. Common illnesses like the flu can be deadly. Remember to schedule Kitty’s vaccinations. If your feline was ill in the cattery, get details on its symptoms, treatment and the period of recovery.
Is there a guarantee?
Ask how confident he is with the litter you’re buying from-a dedicated breeder would explain and highlight points even if they are undesirable. Breeding is a challenging and expensive job to take on, so appreciate the earnestness when it comes to talking about sensitive issues such as your kitten’s lifespan. No one can give a 100 percent guarantee.
At what age are the kittens ready for introduction?
Most breeders sell their kittens at 12 weeks or older. Kittens go through an important period of mental and physical development, so 10 to 14 weeks is the optimal period for introducing them into homes.
How many breeds does a breeder carry?
A good breeder usually specializes in two to four specific breeds. One way to gauge his credibility is to check how many show cats he has from each breed. Winning show cats are proof that there is quality control.
How long has the breeder been in the business?
Breeding takes experience and lots of patience. Choices in pet grooming, vet consultancy and diets also come with learning. How well he manages the cattery is also another factor; ensuring the cats stay in a homely and loving environment requires in-depth knowledge and dedication.