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Buying a kitten- 'half persian'? Hmm.... Help please!

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by sopsaw, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. sopsaw

    sopsaw PetForums Newbie

    Aug 24, 2013
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    Hi all,

    I am brand new to this forum; I have a wonderful ginger tom and my partner and I are dying to raise a kitten to be his pal.

    We come across a lot of ads online that say 'half persian kittens' but the kitten's faces don't look at all squished. Some of these kittens are ADORABLE and I really want to get them- though my partner (and I) are not fond of the general persian look, we're just looking for a long hair cat really but it seems a lot of the ads just shove in a 'relevant' breed to gain interest. Is this the case? Can a half persian kitten have a near regular face?

    For example, I find these kittens just adorable: Grey Half Persian kittens 6 weeks old | Dagenham, Essex | Pets4Homes
    They don't look quite like 'normal' kittens by their face shape, but it looks like a really nice face shape. I really want a long haired cat and I like the persian personality (especially that they often are lap cats!) but I feel like these people are probably just ripping me off with the price for a general long haired cat? Can't find any posts that just say 'long hair mixed breed', it's always 'bengal crossed maine coon' or something ridiculous :/

    Anyway, any answers would be appreciated! I know a lot of these ads are flat out lying but how about the one I've linked?
  2. spid

    spid PetForums VIP

    Nov 4, 2008
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    Not a jot of Persians in those that I can see - bog standard domestic long haired moggies - and at an appalling price £230! Another £120 will get you are fully registered, fully vaccinated, well socialised proper Persian.

    Just consider your extra costs! £50 for vacs, they will go young so another £5 a week for food and litter so lets say she doesn't let them go at 6 weeks but 8 - £25 in food, worming and flea treatment another £10, microchip £15. (That's already another £100)

    Why not look for a proper one?
    what about these ones -
    http://www.pets4homes.co.uk/classifieds/394671-4-kittens-for-sale-swanley.html first kitten looks long haired
    #2 spid, Aug 24, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013
  3. lymorelynn

    lymorelynn UN Peacekeeper in training
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    Oct 4, 2008
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    Of course you could look for a long haired kitten at your local rescue :)
    I understand about the personality and being more sure of what you are getting in that respect but if you are looking at cross breeds there is less chance of getting the laid back, lap cat you are looking for. And just as much chance of finding that in a rescue kitten.
    Welcome to PF by the way :)
  4. Jiskefet

    Jiskefet Slave to the Hairy Hikers

    May 15, 2011
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    Unfortunately, lots of so-called breeders count on people falling in love with the tiny bundles of fluff and being prepared to pay preposterous prices for kittens that are in essence just moggies.

    First of all, they do not really look like a persian cross to me....
    Besides, a 'half Persian' or persian cross is still a 100% moggy. Any cat that comes without full registration papers is a moggy, no matter who or what his parents are.
    The price is absolutely preposterous, too.
    A fully vaccinated, health checked 12-week old moggy kitten should cost you no more than ± £50 to £80, which is what you would also pay at a rescue.

    And most of all:
    Kittens should NOT be rehomed until 12 weeks old. These little babies need at least another 1½ month with their mother and siblings.

    This stinks of a back yard breeder of the very worst kind, they are not interested in the kittens' wellfare, but only in cashing in on them A.S.A.P, and my only advice would be to run a mile.

    I would not touch any kittens of a 'breeder' like that with a barge pole, unless they came to me through a rescue that had managed to save and neuter the poor mother, too.

    No way would I fund these practices.
  5. Jiskefet

    Jiskefet Slave to the Hairy Hikers

    May 15, 2011
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    Welcome to PF, and going by the way you stop and gather information first, instead of rushing in head over heels and getting this adorable little kitten straight away, I am sure you and your partner will be wonderful cat slaves.

    Don't hesitate to ask whatever you wish to know, there is no such thing as a stupid question, only possibly stupid actions like jumping in at the deep end without asking the questions that you feel should be answered first......
  6. Paddypaws

    Paddypaws PetForums VIP

    May 4, 2010
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    If you are able and willing to travel then this rescue, run by a member on here, has two adorable long haired kittens available right now.
    These kittens will be well socialised and vet checked which make them a much safer bet than the ones you posted.
  7. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

    Jan 26, 2012
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    They are far, far too young to leave their mum & each other, and £200 is outrageous for unregisterd, unvaccinated, un-neutered, un-wormed kittens that may well also have fleas. By the time you have paid for all of those items (OK they can't be registered) you will be paying as much for a pedigree kitten, quite possibly more in the longer run as that sort of background is often the precursor to long-term problems.

    I second looking round your local rescues - most of them are overwhelmed with kittens at present. You could also try specialist rescues - Rushden Persian Rescue comes to mind.

    I wonder if he wants a pal as much as you want to get him one?
  8. Figaro

    Figaro PetForums Member

    Jul 27, 2013
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    I was in your position about a month ago when I reserved Rocky, a supposed 'Birman Cross' when I was looking for a special one, locally, on the Internet. Since joining these forums i realise he was quite young, not Birman and I was dealing with a BYB, although not as bad as some I have read about.
    Anyway, Rocky's home now and all is well so I was lucky and so was he I'd like to think.

    Deffo ask around the shelters to see if any fluffy/long haired kittens looking for homes. You may fall for one completely different while you are there.
  9. carly87

    carly87 PetForums VIP

    Feb 11, 2011
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    Or you could always go to a Persian breeder. Best place to find the personality of the Persian that you so desperately want, and some breeders breed the open faces as well as the squishy ones. I do for starters.
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