Buying A Cat

Tips on how to find that special kitten or cat

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  • * Beware Of Photoshopped Images When Purchasing A Kitten
    In our digital age, a steadily growing number of kitten sales are made over the internet, with the buyer making their purchase decision based upon photos alone. It now appears that some sellers are manipulating a kitten's image in Photoshop to improve its appearance—and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Learn how to protect yourself from being taken in by an image that has been manipulated . . .
    August 2014

  • * Buyer Beware
    Learn how to be a smart shopper when looking for a new kitten...
    September 2018

  • * Buying A Proven Stud Cat
    Occasionally a breeder may need to find a proven stud cat for their breeding program. This article discusses what to look for, where to look, what questions to ask and how to introduce the proven male into your cattery to maximize his chances of integrating easily.
    June 2015

  • Cattery Listing Services
    A look at some of the sites online that have cattery listings
    August 2005

  • * Choosing A Cattery To Buy From
    You have decided you want to buy a special show kitten. Which cattery should you be purchasing from?
    June 2016

  • * Cost of a Show Cat
    Are you looking for new blood to add to your breeding program? Or maybe you are in the market for a new kitten to campaign this season. Perhaps you are just wondering what is a reasonable price for a show cat? This article has some things you should consider before answering that question...
    October 2018

  • * Deal-Breakers
    Every breeder needs to decide what might be a 'deal-breaker' in their breeding program — the line they are not willing to cross — the flaws in a cat that are unacceptable or the conditions in a contract that are non-negotiable.
    December 2021

  • * Evaluating A Cat And Its Pedigree
    Whether searching for a new cat to bring into your breeding program, or wondering which kitten to keep from the season`s `crop`, the decision-making process begins with evaluating the individual cat and its pedigree...
    August 2016

  • * Evaluating A Cat From Photos
    Whether you are buying or selling, knowing how to evaluate a cat`s structure from its photo is a valuable skill to develop.
    September 2013

  • * Evaluating A Pedigree By Titles
    Pedigrees are an important ingredient of every breeding program. Knowing how to evaluate different pedigrees is an essential skill that the smart cat breeder must learn. This article teaches you how...
    June 2012

  • * Finding Your First Show Cat
    When getting started in the cat fancy, the first steps will involve purchasing foundation stock for one`s breeding and showing program. This is the best advice a newcomer to the cat fancy will ever receive concerning how to buy a first show cat!
    March 2019

  • Good Owner's Pledge
    Read a pledge that outlines the basic responsibilities of a good cat owner...
    October 2010

  • * How To Quarantine A Cat
    Do you know the best way to quarantine a new addition to your cattery? How do you isolate a kitten that breaks with ringworm? Is home quarantine an effective way to prevent spread of disease?
    June 2022

  • * How To Write A Kitten Inquiry Email
    Learn how can you write a better inquiry letter and improve your odds of getting a reply when looking for that special kitten!
    March 2019

  • * Kitten Prices
    One of the most frequently asked questions of a cat breeder is how do you decide how much to ask for your pet kittens?
    August 2019

  • * Protect Yourself
    Exercise some common-sense precautions to protect yourself and your kitties from the possible dangers that some prospective `buyers` may present
    March 2006

  • * Proven Cat
    Purchasing a proven cat is often a good way to jump start your breeding program... but it is important to know what questions to ask the seller about the cat's breeding history before you make your purchase...
    July 2019

  • * Questions To Ask Regarding Paperwork Before Buying The Cat
    Caveat Emptor is Latin for "Let the buyer beware" . . . To avoid the possibility of future problems, the smart purchaser will make sure they have all the information and relevant paperwork for their new cat . . .
    July 2021

  • * Questions To Ask The Cat Breeder
    Have you ever thought about what questions you should ask when you are choosing a breeder from whom to purchase your next show cat? How about if the positions are reversed? Are you prepared to answer the inquiries from the typical kitten buyer?
    February 2020

  • * Red Flags or Buyer Beware
    Caveats every buyer should know about - the red flags when purchasing or selling a new kitten.
    May 2019

  • * Show? Breeder? Pet?
    Have you ever wondered exactly what `show quality` means? What`s the difference between a `show` kitten and a `top show` kitten? How is a show kitten different from a breeder/show kitten?
    June 2019

  • Special One
    Adia says goodbye to her last kitten - the special one...
    July 2015

  • * What To Check For When Picking Up Your New Kitten
    A simple check list can help you evaluate your new kitten purchase and avoid any disappointments.
    September 2017



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