Now that we’ve blogged about Ethical Breeders, which was a post from my own perspective and what I’ve learned, let’s turn our focus on how to be an ethical kitten/cat buyer.
Breeders really want to find the best homes and new owners for their kittens and cats they’ve raised so dear and near to their hearts. This is very important. So how do they find you and know if you’re being sincere or not?
We all get very excited and sometimes even impatient. I know I have done that in the past which has in turn hurt and affected my relationship with breeders. I can use my experiences to focus on what I could have done better from the beginning. Please be patient and take your time.
- References. You’ll need to provide references. Not only references of people who know you, but of other people not related to you, and possibly your work place, or landlord. They would like to know if you have a stable job and know you can afford to keep and own a kitten. They will also make sure your landlord approves of cats where you live.
- Research. Do your research and learn more about the breed and type of breeder you want to purchase from. Make sure you take your time to learn as much as you can beforehand. This saves the breeder a lot of time if you still aren’t sure about what you’d like or want in a new kitten. Most breeders are looking for serious buyers only.
- Serious. When you’re certain and very serious about adopting a purebred cat then approach breeders. Be clear what you’re looking for, and what you’re looking for in a breeder.
- Local. It might be better to look locally because this gives both you and the breeder to meet in person a few times before you adopt your kitten. Visit the breeder’s nursery/cattery before you decide.
- Deposit. Be prepared to leave a deposit. Your deposit is your word that you intend to purchase your kitten. If you decide not to and change your mind, be prepared to give up your deposit as deposits are non-refundable.
- Contract. You’ll also be asked to fill in a contract. A notarized contract is even better. Be sure to read through all the terms and understand what you’re agreeing to so as to not have any misunderstandings with the breeder down the road. The contract is a protection and understanding for both you, the buyer and the breeder, seller.
- Communication. Be clear with the breeder as to what you want, and to clear up any doubts directly with the breeder. Most breeders and people in general would prefer you communicate with them directly. It’s okay to also communicate with the breeders referrals or past clients.
- Questionnaire. You might have to fill in a questionnaire. Be sure to put in as much information as possible.
- Time. Take your time. Take your time. TAKE YOUR TIME!
- Cat Buying Guide. I found this online and it’s really great. Please read: Writing a Kitten Inquiry
Overall this should be a very pleasant and easy experience. Go with your gut and feelings in your heart to help you decide. Enjoy! You’re making the most beautiful lifetime commitment. These kitties are so special!