expect from Breeders
your Kitten home
a Semi Long Haired Cat
for a Stud Cat
facts about Fleas
Allergy in Cats
BUYING A KITTEN
Your first step is to give some thought to the breed of cat that would best fit into your home. To do this you will need to get
some information on the different breeds and talk to breeders. Some breeds require more grooming than others and some can be very vocal to mention just two characteristics of different breeds.
You would be
well advised to look for a reputable breeder.
The Semi Long Hair Cat Association and the individual breed clubs
have a list of breeders whom they can recommend and often a kitten
list is available. The breed clubs may be contacted through the
registering body. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF),
at 4-6 Penel Orlieu, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3PG.
Having chosen your breed, your next step is to visit a breeder
to discuss what you are looking for. Always ask lots of questions
and ask to see the entire litter and queen if possible. If they are
under thirteen weeks of age, they should still be with the breeder
as the GCCF insist that no kitten goes to it's new home without being
fully vaccinated and at least thirteen weeks of age. Watching the
kittens at play will highlight the characters in the litter, the shy, the
manic, the quiet and the inquisitive. You should also ask to see the
stud cat if he is at the breeders premises. Queens and kittens are
best if in the home, socialising and mixing with the family. The stud
cat will usually have his own stud accommodation which should be clean
and tidy. Seeing both will give you the opportunity to assess the temperament
of the parents.
You should carry out a
visual check by looking for these signs
of good health:
kitten should look clean and lively.
* The eyes should he
bright and clear of any discharge and the
third eyelid (known as the haw) should not protrude at the inner
* The ears should be
clean and free of wax or black grit-like
particles which would indicate the presence of ear mites.
* The nose should be
damp but clear of any discharge.
* In the mouth, the
gums should be firm, pink and free of any sores.
* The coat should be
clean and soft without any bare patches.
* The coat, when
parted along the back by the neck and at the
base of the tail, should be free of any black specks that might
indicate the presence of fleas.
should feel firm and muscular with the backbone and
hips well covered.
* Under the tail, the anus should be clean and free of any yellow
staining which could indicate diarrhoea.
If the kitten
passes all these checks,
then there should be no health problems when you get