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    How to choose an experienced cat breeder?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 28 October 2011
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    Picking the right breeder is the first and most important step. Remember, a healthy cat is a beautiful cat. If your heart is set on a certain type of purebred cat, you have to deal with breeders. Picking out an experienced cat breeder is very important as kitten is a companion you'll have for many years to come. Choosing an ethical, reputable breeder is important. Read the article below to learn how to do it!

    You should start from creating a list of breeders who deal with the breed you're looking for. Do a little research to see what their reputations are. You might contact cat societies or your friends with cats. Vets are also good sources of information. Then it's as easy as crossing off breeders with bad reviews off your list. Does the breeder have a website or references online? Many people who buy from breeders will write about them on a blog or pet websites. If there are reviews, do they come with pictures and stories of the cats as adults? Sites that aren’t geared towards breeders are another wealth of knowledge. People will often post about both good and bad experiences through such sites. If a breeder is registered, you are more likely to get a healthy, well-conditioned cat with pure bloodlines.

    While most breeders love cats passionately, those merely in it for the money will often breed and keep their cats in squalid and inhumane conditions. So a visit to each breeder is highly recommended. You may also want to make sure the cats and kittens are kept in clean, comfy and safe surrounds. Otherwise, you may end up paying more than you bargained for in unforeseen vet bills. Often, you can get a quick impression by taking a look at the breeder's home or place of business, or by chatting with the breeder. But asking well thought out and pertinent questions are also essential. If by some chance the breeder seems cagey or does not want to give you a tour of the place, you should probably steer clear. Someone with nothing to hide will gladly talk or show you around. And a breeder who interviews you to make sure you can provide a good home is another good sign of a qualified breeder. Something worth remembering, however, is purebreds may have congenital defects.

    Research information about the chosen cat breed and become familiar with it before you arrive to interview the breeder. Ask about how they avoid or keep defects to a minimum. A good breeder will tell you about defects and faults in a breed. A kitten should not be taken away from its mother until it is at least 10 weeks of age. Any younger and you know the breeder is probably not someone you want to deal with. Also, check to see if the kittens and cats have been tested for infectious diseases, as well as defects. A reputable breeder will have records to prove this. Of course cats can become ill, no matter how well they’re looked after. But it’s a good idea to find out how the breeder handles sick cats, such as separating them from the healthy ones. A good breeder will allow you to take the kitten to an independent vet for a check up before you buy, too.

    It is also recommended that you ask the breeder about the food they use. It can tell you a lot. A good, high-quality diet means healthier cats.

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    Text source: petmd; image source: flickr.com

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