Ultimate Questions to Pose When Selecting a Cat Breeder

November 16, 2023

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In the realm of cat breeding, phrases such as “How much?”, “Price?”, and “What’s available?” are encountered by breeders on a daily basis. Curiously, many breeders opt not to respond to these seemingly straightforward questions. But why? Let us delve into the intricacies that lie beneath the surface.

cat breederBefore we embark on the exploration of proper manners and etiquette when engaging with a breeder, it is paramount to consider essential factors in the process of choosing your feline companion. In a previous article, we delved into the significance of aligning your choice with lifestyle and energy levels. By evaluating these aspects, you can ascertain which cat breed harmonizes best with your unique needs and daily routine.

  When expressing your enthusiasm for a particular kitten you’ve discovered on a breeder’s website, it’s essential to remember the importance of extending a warm greeting and introducing yourself. A simple “hello” can go a long way in establishing a positive connection. It’s disheartening for breeders to receive messages, emails, or inquiries devoid of a courteous introduction from a stranger. Understandably, such oversight may result in being overlooked.

Behind the scenes, many breeders are managing multiple responsibilities, often juggling their passion for breeding with a second job that sustains their endeavor. It’s crucial to acknowledge the dedication and hard work invested in breeding programs. Breeding is a labor-intensive process that demands countless hours, and unforeseen emergencies may arise, unseen by prospective clients.

Respect is the cornerstone of effective communication in this context. Avoid questioning the pricing without recognizing the history and effort behind it. Breeders have a story to tell, one that involves dedication, commitment, and a labor of love. Demonstrating respect, mindfulness, and kindness in your inquiries not only fosters a positive interaction but also reflects well on your genuine interest in the breeder’s work.

Remember, breeders, like anyone else, appreciate being addressed with respect and kindness. By approaching your inquiries with consideration, you not only enhance your chances of a fruitful conversation but also contribute to a mutually respectful and positive interaction.

Kindly undertake some preliminary research about the specific breed, kitten care, and fundamental cat-related information before reaching out to a breeder. I have encountered numerous clients who lack even the most basic knowledge, such as the understanding that cats naturally use litter boxes and do not eliminate waste wherever they please. Similarly, some are unaware of the inappropriate nature of feeding cats table food. It is disheartening to witness unprepared clients engaging in arguments about pricing and attempting to negotiate without possessing essential knowledge. This lack of awareness serves as a significant red flag for professional breeders, particularly those operating within reputable catteries. It’s important to distinguish these professionals from backyard breeders who may offer anything for any price. We will talk about how to separate real breeder from a back yard breeder in our next article. luxury kittens usa breeder

Environment. Let’s now delve into the essential inquiries to pose to your selected breeder. Initially, it is crucial to gain insight into the environment in which the breeder’s cats reside. Are they confined to cages, allowed to roam freely, or living separately with minimal human interaction? To ascertain this, consider asking questions such as: Do your cats have the freedom to roam around your home? Do they coexist with you on a daily basis? Could you provide details about the setup for kittens?

Equally important is ensuring that the kittens receive ample human interaction and affection. Given that kittens thrive on socialization, it is beneficial to inquire about the breeder’s efforts in this regard. If the breeder involves children in the socialization process, it can significantly contribute to the kittens’ well-being. Additionally, inquire about the provision of playtime and intentional socialization. You can tactfully pose these questions during your conversation with the breeder, and ask if visiting their cattery is an option. That is ok if breeder does not allow it due to safety reasons.

Remember, effective communication is a two-way street. While seeking information from the breeder, be prepared to share your plans for the kitten’s future living arrangements. Discuss how you envision the kitten integrating into your daily life and the specific environment you can provide.

 Food. Engage in a comprehensive discussion with the breeder regarding the dietary plan of the kittens, emphasizing their current food intake. Seek clarity on whether they are exclusively fed raw, consume only kibble, or follow a combination that includes canned food and supplements. This inquiry provides valuable insights into the breeder’s commitment to the well-being of their upcoming litters.

kitten guideRegistration. Additionally, it is imperative to address essential healthcare aspects. Inquire about the breeder’s vet checks, vaccination schedule, and whether the kittens are spayed/neutered. A crucial point to underscore is the registration status of the kittens. Insist that any kittens you invest in must be registered. Registration not only ensures the uniqueness of each feline but also distinguishes them from regular shelter cats.

When a breeder claims that registration is prohibitively expensive, exercise discernment. Registration fees typically amount to less than $20 per kitten, making it a nominal investment. Be cautious of explanations suggesting otherwise, as it may indicate either a deliberate misrepresentation or an inability to register due to the lack of registration for the kitten’s parents. Keep in mind that if the parents are not registered, their offspring cannot be registered either. Clarity on registration status ensures the authenticity and traceability of your future feline companion.

  Testing.  It’s crucial to inquire about the genetic testing of the parents, ensuring they have been screened for fundamental genetic issues like PKD. Additionally, confirm that the cattery is free of Felv/Fiv. Keep in mind that the extent of testing may vary among breeders and breeds.

When seeking proof of genetic testing or other documentation, be mindful that professional breeders typically refrain from sharing sensitive information via messaging to protect their cattery’s integrity. Instead, consider requesting to view these documents during a face time session with the breeder. This approach ensures a secure and private exchange, minimizing the risk of sensitive information being misused online.

Professional breeders are cautious about sharing sensitive details over the internet due to potential scams. Instances have occurred where information sent online was exploited to deceive others using the breeder’s identity. To safeguard the reputation of the cattery and prevent scams, breeders exercise prudence in sharing documentation openly and publicly.

  Contract. Every reputable breeder or company from which you’re acquiring a kitten should provide a comprehensive contract outlining all conditions. The absence of a contract should be a red flag. Ensure that the contract includes a clause indicating that the kitten is either already spayed/neutered or specifies that you commit to this procedure at an agreed-upon time. This reflects the breeder’s conscientious effort to preserve the uniqueness of their cattery’s bloodlines.

It is a common practice among backyard breeders to agree to various terms without due consideration for the welfare of the kitten. For instance, they might agree to release the kitten before the recommended age of 12 weeks. In the near future, we will delve into this issue in a separate article to shed light on the potential concerns associated with early kitten separation.

Character. Inquire about the temperament and character of the kitten, understanding that it may be influenced by the traits of its parents, though not always predictably so. Each kitten possesses a distinctive character, and no two are alike. However, it’s important to note that determining a kitten’s character before the age of 12 weeks can be challenging. Even after this age, factors such as circumstances and environment may contribute to changes in the kitten’s demeanor.


   In conclusion, embarking on the journey to welcome a new feline companion involves more than just selecting a breed and breeder. Thorough research, thoughtful questions, and a discerning eye are essential to ensuring the well-being of your future pet. From understanding the breeder’s practices and commitment to health checks, genetic testing, and socialization efforts, to carefully reviewing contracts and considering the unique character of each kitten, the process demands diligence. By approaching the acquisition of a new furry family member with this level of scrutiny and care, you not only enhance the likelihood of a harmonious match but also contribute to the promotion of responsible breeding practices in the larger feline community.