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    What to ask a cat breeder?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 18 November 2011

    If you have decided to purchase a pedigreed cat, you should take your time in order to find an experienced cat breeder of the feline breed you would like to have. Once you find the cat breeder you should make a research about your breed and ask him/her as many questions as possible in order to resolve all the doubts you might have. Remember that finding out as much information about your kitten as possible can ensure you both spend many happy years together. Read the article below on what questions ask a cat breeder.

    Breeders who raise kittens "underfoot" will allow the kittens to roam freely around their homes to better socialize them with people and other cats. Therefore it is important to ask the breeder to see the home or facility. It should appear neat and clean, with no foul smells or ill animals. Pay attention whether the breeder provides fresh food and water for the cats daily and make sure that he or she has a license to breed cats. Look around the facility and inquire about the number of cats the breeder has in his home or kennel. The breeder should have adequate space for the cats to comfortably move around and rest without being overcrowded.

    Ask the breeder about any health problems your cat might suffer from, any genetic diseases that run in the breed and whether the health guarantee covers the veterinary costs to treat these conditions. Make sure that the cat you purchase comes with a veterinary health certificate from the breeder's veterinarian. This item states that the cat is currently healthy and free of disease or parasites. Inquire with the breeder if the veterinarian has given the cat all of its vaccines and spayed or neutered the cat. Obtain all the necessary documentation and written records to prove this information.

    The breeder should also provide you with the cat's pedigree, listing the cat's ancestors and their titles. The pedigree should include cats from other catteries to prevent inbreeding. Inquire if the breeder regularly shows cats since breeders who participate in shows interact with other breeders regularly and encourage favorable characteristics in the cats she breeds. Keep in mind that you cannot register or show non-purebred or mixed-breed cats that do not come with a pedigree.

    Avoid breeders who will not provide you with pedigree paperwork or written health guarantees. If you see a facility or breeder who keeps cats in unhealthy or unhygienic conditions, report that breeder to your local animal control.

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