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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Antaire, Feb 21, 2021.


  1. Antaire

    Antaire PetForums Junior

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    Hi all
    We have put a deposit down on a BSH kitten. Been doing our research for months but now our heads are a mush as we don’t know where to start as in asking what questions when we pick her up. What wet food is best, equipment, insurance, etc etc .
    Thank you
     
  2. Rlouise

    Rlouise PetForums Member

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    Since youve already put down a deposit i assume youve already asked the main ones and are happy that she is from a reputable breeder and has been well treated.
    When you pick her up it might be useful to know:

    What food is she on?

    Does she prefer wet or dry? (so you know shes got plenty of her favourite)

    What is her feeding routine?

    What type of litter does she use?

    Is she used to being shut in a room overnight or is she used to having the run of the house 24/7?

    Is she nervous or confident?

    When is she next due flea treatment?
     
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  3. Antaire

    Antaire PetForums Junior

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    Thank you . I believe she is being fed on RC dry but do plan to change this to wet.
    I never realised such a wet food market out there, any top recommendations for wet food ?
     
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    I'm new to cats having only got 2 rescue cats just before Xmas but I'm quickly realising they can be finickity little things! I think it's trial and error to see what they like, but for what it's worth our 2 are fed a combo of raw and wet. The raw being purrform/minced chicks and homemade and the wet being various bozita/wild freedom/simpsons/lilys kitchen on rotation.
     
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  5. Antaire

    Antaire PetForums Junior

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    I’m having a bad gut feeling. My wife put a deposit down , an ad on pets4homes last week.
     
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    You can request a video viewing, or a socially distanced veiwing with masks and gloves
     
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    Are the cats registered? If so and the breeder has their own prefix you can look this up as a starting point.
    I would say that does seem very young for a breeder to ask for a deposit but the breeders on here should be able to give more insight.
     
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  8. Antaire

    Antaire PetForums Junior

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    The kittens will be registered but she is not registered as a breeder if that makes sense.
     
  9. AstroKitties

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    Mum Misty who had 3 blues and a colourpoint?
     
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    Antaire PetForums Junior

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    Yes
     
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    Yes
     
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  12. Antaire

    Antaire PetForums Junior

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    All is fine now , it was just us being a first time internet buyer. The seller has put our minds at rest .
     
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    We put deposit on the colourpoint girl.

    It's hard to know if a breeder is genuine especially on that site as full of byb. I couldn't find her on the gccf find a breeder map but my other breeder just got a kitten from wasn't either.

    I had quite a good video chat with her. She seems genuine and particularly made sure at the start that we wouldn't be able to collect her until 13 weeks as she'd had plenty enquire that wanted them at 8 weeks.

    I got a text with her details and another with confirmation of deposit received. Only had a couple of photos since of them feeding from mummy cat but they are so young there's not much to share yet.
     
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  14. Antaire

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    Yes , we had a video call earlier. We have just read horror stories. We noticed your colourpoint , they all look wonderful.
     
  15. Antaire

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    I think the kittens will be registered on the GCCF but she is not registered as a breeder. I believe she will have paperwork for the parents linage .
     
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    By far, the majority of GCCF breeders do not belong to the Breeder scheme so that is not a concern. I would never have even put newborn kittens up for sale let alone taken a deposit before I had met the prospective owners. So much can go wrong in those early weeks even if it does not happen often so that is a little worrying. Will the deposit be returnable if you cannot have the kitten for any reason?

    As long as the parent cats are registered on the active register and the breeder of the queen is the owner, the kittens can be registered even if the breeder has not paid for a prefix. The GCCF registers the litter with an administrative prefix.

    BSH need certain DNA tests to ensure they have no underlying conditions. Breeders in the UK usually use Langford labs in Bristol.

    British Shorthair
    British Shorthair Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome (ALPS) Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
     
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  17. AstroKitties

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    I was the same with our first breeder. I kinda rushed into it as kittens were going fast once adverts were put up. Had chat, paid deposit then paranoia set in.

    Was all good and chatted and exchanged photos on WhatsApp but she also has a Facebook page and don't think this breeder does so be different for us this time round.

    Hopefully we'll get lots of cute updates before we can go get them xx
     
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  18. Antaire

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    Yes she said she will send updates. She was very accommodating.
     
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