RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Mon Sep 27, '10 7:24pm PST |
|Hi Lee! Welcome to Catster, we hope, when you find that special kitty, you and your wife will join our little Catster family, and, if ya follow pro football, I run the football pool, its just for fun, lol, but you and your wife are welcome to join us.
First, you need to decide weather you want a kitten or an adult cat. You also need to decide, how much time you want to put into the maintenance and care of the kitten or cat.
Kittens take longer to become used to the new household. They are very active, mine run thru the house like crazy boys at warp speed. They will knock things down, break things, and get into everything, you basicly, have to kitten proof your home, its kinda like having a young child. You also have to work with them, teach them and train them, and be very very very patient with them. An adult cat, what you see, is what you will get.
The LH (long haired) cats, Norweigans and Ragdolls, are higher maintenance, they have to be combed every few days, mine are combed every day, and you have to keep them matt free, or your looking at taking them to a groomer.
Norweigans are rare and expensive, ballpark $1500, and you can plan on filling out a 12 page questionare, and the breeder is not going to let them go, until they are 12 weeks, and, you pick out a kitten, from a picture.
Ragdolls are very dog like, they like to be where you are, follow you around, and will fetch.
SH (short haired) cats are less work, but they still have to be brushed, and they actually, beleive it or not, shed more, than a LH cat, especially in the spring, when they shed out their winter coat, and in the fall, when they grow their winter coat. I have no knowledge of the other breeds you mentioned.
Here is a link to the CFA breeds and some other links to help you.
Breeders also have what is called Pet Quality cats and kittens. These are kittens the breeder has determined are not show quality, weather it be because of their confirmation or they feel the kitten would not take to showng. They also have pet quality adult cats, these are cats that have completed their Championship and/or are retired, or just did not cut it in the show ring, but they want them to have a good home, as they need to make room, for new kittens.
Pet Quality kittens/cats are much less expensive than the show quality kittens/cats.
*If* you opt for a show quality kitten, even tho you are not going to show, the breeder will require you to have the kitten spayed/neutered. Whole kittens are only sold, to other breeders or show people, that, they know, they know what they are doing. You pay for the kitten, you take the kitten home, when you show proof of spay/neuter, they send you the papers.
Hope this helps, and please feel free to ask more questions, the others will also have some good suggestions for you.