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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Maria T, Jun 27, 2020.
ragdoll cross we were told, mum is ragdoll.
She ate, played used the litter box and sleeps lots
Aww, she looks very tiny. How old is she?
£100 at 8 weeks today according to the lady who posted the add.
She was really disappointed as last week a person bought 2 of her siblings (7weeks) and put them
for sale again for with 400% markup..
disappointing as they took away the chance for people like us who cannot pay so much just for a kitten.
We were lucky to get in touch as soon as the add was posted.
I know 8 weeks is young but we will do our best to nurture her.
Would have been "luckier" to research, not support a byb, go to a reputable rescue (or registered breeder) and get a kitten of appropriate age with all vet work done.
Byb's are dreadful and only exist because people continue to support them
8 weeks is not just a little young, shes missing out on crucial socialising skills and immune system development from her mother and littermates.
The byb also saves masses of money by not feeding them for another 4-6 weeks, litter costs, vaccines, neutering etc. Caring more about their pocket than the lives produced
I agree with every word of your post @spotty cats. I can't stand BYB's.
@Maria T - it's appalling to read that breeder had already sold two of the kittens at only 7 weeks old! Poor little mites being taken from their mum so young. Such callousness on the part of the so-called breeder. I wouldn't buy from someone like that with such low standards of welfare for their kittens.
If you knew she was too young to leave her mother, buying her for what you see to be a bargain price is not really the best thing for the kitten.
Most poor quality breeders, do not bother with waiting till the kittens are at a better age to leave their mothers + getting vaccines and other health related needs.
(I don't think cost of food really comes into it, as they will likely be feeding cheap dry such as GoCat or wet foods like Whiskas and Felix.)
She does look very small and people selling kittens are not always honest about the age. She may even be younger than eight weeks.
Better in future to go to a rescue, rather than giving money to a breeder such as this.
Lady said they were were their pets and had a very likely and believable story. We were, in hindsight, too excited and guidable to believe otherwise specially that the price did not reflect the prices these kind of kittens were selling for (we were looking for a while) even alt 8 weeks.
The deed is done and we can only move forward.
Hmm, she has been fed wet Felix kitten (chicken and fish)..maybe coincidence?
We have to feed her same food for a while now.
The kitten is playful and has eaten well and used the litter tray....
Next weekend she is going to the vet for vaccinations and maybe the vet can asses the age of the cat as we have no clue other than taking the lady at her word.
Yes, you are right, keep her on the same food for a little while, then change to good quality. Are you in the UK? Someone can suggest brands.
Yes we are in UK, London
I will be looking at the food/health section for advice.
If you can, try ordering from Zooplus UK.
Lots of good foods, Feringa, Rosie's Farm, Animonda and others.
I would probably transition her to Animonda baby pate initially, as she looks pretty young and it is gentle on the stomach.
My pair love Animonda Von Feinsten kitten and Lilys kitchen kitten
This may sound nasty, but it's meant as food for thought. If £400 planned spending is difficult, how will £400 at the vets - which won't be planned - be? You have over £100 at the vets coming up as she needs worming, vaccinating (when old enough) and spaying. It's also quite likely she's younger than stated, this is awfully common with this sort of 'breeder'.
They always do.
How much does she weigh?
We looked at costs and the vaccines 8/12 would be £100ish and we thought that splaying can be done up to 4months with no problem so is not a huge lump sum.
We did weigh her just now as we were getting worried reading and weighs 1.48lb which seems barely minimum for average cat let alone ragdoll cross breed..
We will try and introduce quality food asap...
8 weeks is 56 days. I haven't got records at that age for most of my OSH litters, but those I have where a little smaller at that age so maybe a bit small for her age but not hugely. However other breeders here might have other records suggesting she is very small for her age. Really, however, she seems small as she's only 8 weeks old.
I hope you are not planning to let her roam. That can be the route to not only big vet bills, but a lot of heartache.
indoor cat only as our garden is roamed by foxes and neighbours cats.
However we intend to keep up with vaccination schedule throughout her life
You might want to look at Vets4Pets, they do a Vac4Life program. It's £99 and when each vaccination is £30 it's really worth it!
They do a monthly one which isn't worth it as it only offers discounts on things (flea, wormers) that are cheaper online anyway.