RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Mon Feb 27, '12 4:07am PST |
|I picked out Bump, at 6 weeks, well rather, he picked me. I gave the breeder a cash deposit, and took him home at 8 weeks. When I told her that I was looking for a red kitten, with white paws and a white chest, long story, a yr later, she said I will call you when I get one. 2 yrs later, she called. She said he was just born, he is the only one in the litter, and I will hold him for you, until he is 8 weeks old, you have first refusal. She didn;t even want a deposit, she said he is yours if you want him. That was Cowboy, I took him home that day.
What Rory's mommy has described, is more for the show people that run heavy, looking for points and a championship kitty. They are familiar with that line, and want a kitten from that line, and will put a deposit on one, sight unseen.
I do see Rory's mommy;s point, but your not looking for a heavy duty show kitten. Suppose you don't like the kitten in person, or the kitten doesn't like you. I highly recommend, that if the breeder won't let you see the kitten in person first, and see both parents, and the house, per say, where the kittens are cared for, what their surroundings are, how they are treated and handled, that is a huge huge red flag. Like we discussed, being that they are MC's you absolutly want to see that the parents have been tested for HCM, and, see their registration papers.
Ask her, if the parents have been tested for HCM, if she says no, run run run. Ask her, what is her contingency plan, if the kitten develops HCM. If she don't know, or blows you off, run run run. The HCM, is not something Rory's mommy would be dealing with. I lived it first hand, can you imagine, being told, your 10 month old kitten, will not live past 1 yr old?
I would keep looking, for another breeder, that will let you look at the kittens first, that is not an unreasonable request, and they did an article in Cat Fancy, awhile back, and it gave red flags, of what to look out for. Not being able to see the kittens in person, before, you give a deposit, is a huge huge red flag, as the other poster said.