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A question about my new kitten!

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by EroyalB, Apr 29, 2017.


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  1. EroyalB

    EroyalB PetForums Junior

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    So, my girlfriend and I are getting a British Shorthair kitten from a breeder. Yes, I know we are buying from a breeder, but we couldn't find any British Shorthairs local to us to adopt. Anyway, the British Shorthair that we reserved was born on the 4th of April 2017, and we received a picture of him a few days after his birth, he looked adorable! About 10 days later we received an updated picture of him and his beautiful eyes were open!

    Now, the reason for creating this forum. We received a few pictures of our kitten a couple days ago and my girlfriend and I were concerned that it may not be the same kitten as the previous pictures. If you take a look and compare the photo of him laying down and the most recent photos we were sent they look different. The shading of the kitten looks different as well as the marking on his forehead. The one laying down has white marking while the most recent photos he as an "M" on his forehead indicating he's a tabby.

    If you guys could take a look at the photos below and give your opinion on whether or not you think it is the same kitten through all the photos we would greatly appreciate it! Thank you for taking the time to read this and respond! I wish the best to you and to your cats :).

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    Hi, i can't help but if you go into categories and click catchat you can post this there. I'll tag a moderator so they can possibly move it for you.

    There's more chance your going to get advice over at catchat - regarding this post :)
    I'll also tag a few people that I think will be able to help

    @lymorelynn
     
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    Okay, thanks for the heads up!
     
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    If you post in there yourself let me know :)
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  5. EroyalB

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    I posted it! :)
     
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    Hi and welcome.

    I can't comment on the colour issue - I can see what you mean, but not sure how the markings develop in BSH. I breed Siamese and know they are born white and the points show later, but not sure of colours in BSH. Have seen moggy kittens which are tabby from birth, but no expert on BSH.

    However, as a breeder, it amazes me that another breeder would allow a specific kitten to be reserved at only a few days old. The litter is only what, 3 1/2 weeks old now? I won't reserve kittens until seen in person, and that not until at least 6-7 weeks old, partly for disease control from visitors, partly to allow their personalities to develop. A timid little thing might not cope with boisterous children, a hooligan who climbs legs would be a poor choice for an elderly person prone to leg ulcers.

    When you say " breeder" do you mean someone who owns a pedigree cat and has mated it to another of the same breed, or do you mean someone with a queen ( unneutered female) who is not only registered with a body such as GCCF or TICA but is on the active register, I.e. their breeder thought them suitable in both conformation and temperament to carry forward their lines? Did the queen have a blood test for FIV / FeLV within 24 hours prior to mating? Can the breeder show you a mating certificate if an outside stud cat was used, or her own stud boy's active registration certificate and certificate of entirety if she has her own stud?

    Does the breeder keep the kittens a minimum of 13 weeks before homing, and send them home with both first and second vaccinations?

    Are kittens microchipped, and does the breeder provide a 4 week insurance cover note with a reputable company (eg Petplan)?

    Did they show any interest in why you wanted one of their kittens, or ask you questions about your family and home environment?

    Have they asked for a cash deposit up front, before viewing?

    Just a few things to consider, which should point you towards deciding if your kitten is being produced by a backyard breeder for profit, or a dedicated "proper" breeder who invests in the best quality, active, registered queen they can find, and mates to a stud who complements her, performs the necessary health tests and checks prior to mating, has time off work to be there a few days and after the expected birth due date, brings up healthy, well socialised kittens, and homes them fully weaned, fully vaccinated, probably microchipped and insured for vets bills, and to homes they have assured themselves are suitable for the babies they will have reared and loved to at least 3 months old?

    Any doubts at all, WALK AWAY, only lack of demand can stop more kittens being produced for a quick buck, to the detriment of the mother cat, and potential heartbreak for the owner when a poorly bred or sickly kitten homed too young dies or racks up huge vet bills shortly after arrival.
     
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    Closing this to avoid confusion as we have 2 threads running.
     
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