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Adopting a kitten is not
something that should be taken lightly - Not by you, or by us.
The level of commitment required is very high and can easily
last up to 20 years. The fact that we have brought these
kittens into the world makes us responsible for their life and
the quality of the life it is going to have. We take that
responsibility very seriously. These are not "barn cats",
they are not wild (at least not from the birthing perspective),
they did not breed indiscriminately, they are pedigree'd cats, that were bred ONLY
because we saw traits in their mother and father that we thought
would result in excellent representatives of their breed - be
it Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest Cat.
In order to help insure
that the quality of their life is excellent, we have an adoption
process that every prospective adoptee must follow. Each
step in that process is intended to help us determine if an
individual, or family, is right for our kitten/cat and equally
important, to help determine which kitten/cat we have that best
fits in with the new family. Appearance is important, to be
sure, but it is the last item we look at. We know there
are other breeders out there who do not take this part as
seriously as we do and will give a kitten/cat to anyone who puts
money down on the table... We will not. No amount of
money is going to make us give anyone a kitten or cat that we do
not believe will be good for them - Period.
absolutely reserve the right to NOT adopt
out any kitten, or cat, to anyone,
at any time,
for whatever reason we may have.
The adoption process we
go through is as follows:
2) Cattery Visit
Should there ever be a time
when you can not
adequately care for the kitten/cat
you get from us, whether it
be next week, next month, next year, or ten years
from now, we will,
without question, and for any reason, take the kitten/cat back.
Some of you may have
noticed that we "try" to include a lot of pictures of our
kittens and cats on our web site. We do this because we
enjoy sharing the images of their life, their development and
the environment they grow up in. It (hopefully) gives you
a better idea of who we are, who they are and how they are
raised. The trouble is, it has also caused some problems
with people "falling in love" with a kitten, or cat, based
solely on their pictures only. While we all may have
particular preferences for color, pattern, a "look", etc, there
are two potential problems with getting too attached, too
the particular kitten / cat may not be suitable for your
household, or when you meet them, you and they may not "click".
The answers you provide us, on the Adoption Questionnaire, are
used as an initial screening, not just for whether we will let
you adopt a kitten / cat from us, but equally important, whether
the specific kitten / cat you are interested in, is compatible
with your household, expectations, etc.
until they are listed as "Available", on the "Available Kittens"
page, they may not be available for adoption. Not only do
we breed these cats, which in itself means that certain kittens
may stay for breeding purposes, but we also show some of our
kittens and cats. Many times the two go together, some
times they do not, but either way, we have to make this
The last thing we
ever want to do to someone, is to cause them any form of
disappointment. Either situation mentioned above, can
cause disappointment and while we will do all we can to avoid it
happening, we also still want to share our version of the world
of cats, with you, via the pictures we have on this site. Please
keep these things in mind as you look around our site and
realize that what we want, for our kittens / cats and for you,
is the best match possible, to help insure that both of you have
long, happy lives together.
When looking for a
pedigree'd kitten, or cat, how do you know where to go to get
one? There are numerous sources for finding breeders -
magazines, cat shows, the internet, even the newspaper.
One of the best and commonly used, is to ask your Vet.
Most Vets will tell you to find a "reputable breeder".
Good answer, but what does it mean? How do you know if you
are dealing with a "reputable breeder"?
CFA (Cat Fanciers'
Association) and TICA (The International Cat Association), as
well as other organizations, have quite a bit of information
available on how to determine whether a cattery is "reputable".
They give specifications on minimum requirements for various
aspects of catteries and provide questionnaires that you can use
when talking to a cattery owner. Use them!. Ask
the questions (and any others you may have) and if you feel you
are not getting straightforward answers, or answers that make
sense to you, look elsewhere. Insist on a visit before
you commit to taking a kitten or cat and ask about how the
kittens are handled, where are they birthed, where are the males
located (can you see them), look around you to see what
condition things are in. Many catteries are located within
the individuals home and this is just fine, but... how does it
look? Can you smell the litter boxes? Are things a
mess due to poor hygiene, or are things a mess because kittens,
like children, will explore? - there is a difference. Are
the kittens friendly? Do the adult cats come up to you to
investigate who you are? If they are not friendly, or at
least curious, what
will the kittens end up like?
You are getting a new member
of your family and no matter what price you are paying, you
want that new member to blend in well with your family and most
important, to be healthy. Do not get swayed by the "cute"
kitten and fail to look at how that kitten came into this world
and how it was treated and cared for
before you got there.
One of the principle reasons for working with a breeder and to
get a pedegree'd cat to begin with is so that you have some
choice about the breed, look and general temperament.
Though, other than "breed", there are no guarantees to the
process, or final outcome, the likelihood of getting what you
want is better. If you are going this route in getting
your new kitten / cat, make sure you do not skip any steps, or
miss any signs that may negatively affect the new family member
in the future.
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Questionnaire" is rather extensive, it is long (10 pages or so)
and covers a wide variety of topics that we feel are important. We do not wish to be
intrusive into a prospective adoptee's life just because we
enjoy it, but we do want to make sure our cats are going
to appropriate homes. We fully realize that simply
taking the time to fill out the questionnaire is not something
everyone will want to do, but without it, we will not discuss
things much further. You need to
remember, we have spent many years caring for our cats - the
parents and grandparents, etc. of the kitten you are looking at.
We have spent countless hours going through
the process with them, culminating with their mating,
weighing twice a day, sometimes hand feeding them, watching them grow, opening
their eyes, exploring our home, and developing into the cute
ball of fur you wish to take home with you. We have
fretted over every aspect of their early lives to make sure that
each and every one of them matures into a happy, healthy kitten
and cat. If you
keep these things in mind, you may understand why we ask some of the
questions we do. Letting a kitten/cat go is difficult, to be
sure, but it is obviously one of the purposes of being a breeder
- to share these cats we find so spectacular. We do so,
but with a great deal of care and concern over their
We have a
number of formats available for the Questionnaire - Choose the
one you would like to use.
You must complete the questionnaire, in it's entirety and return
it to us before any real discussions can take place over which
kitten, or cat you might like, or before a cattery visit will
be scheduled. We need a couple of days to review your
answers before we will schedule a visit. Please
understand, we want the time, alone, without you (or anyone
else) sitting over us, to make this decision.
If you do
not have Adobe Acrobat, you can go here to get a free
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The cattery visit is generally the
second step in our process. When this is scheduled, it
means that we have accepted the answers you have provided on the
questionnaire (and any follow-up discussions we may have had) and we would
like the opportunity to meet you, face to face. Whole
families are welcome, in fact, encouraged to come on this visit,
though we do ask that you let us know "who" will be visiting.
This visit is important, as we not only want to meet you, but have
you meet the cats and kittens we have (when possible) and to see
how you and they interact with each other. Depending on
the circumstances, we may make an exception to the cattery visit
requirement, but those are specific instances and handled on a
case by case basis.
visit does NOT mean you will automatically take home a kitten,
Individuals and families
are welcome to ask for and arrange a visit, at any time after
the questionnaire is accepted.
It is often "fun" for all involved to be a part of the process
of your kitten growing and you are welcome to come and visit
with them as they develop and time and conditions permit (after
6 weeks of age). None of our kittens will be
released before they are 12 - 14 weeks (or later) of age and
having the chance to play with them and get to know them before
hand, is always fun. We will provide you with pictures and
all sorts of information about your new kitten when you take
them home, but no matter how hard we try, we can not give you
the same feeling as you would get by actually being a part of it
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All individuals /
families wishing to adopt a kitten or cat will be required to
sign our Adoption Contract. We all know about contracts
and the paper they are written on, but it is our intent to give
you the minimum requirements we expect you will follow, in
writing and expect them to be followed, for the sake of the
kitten or cat you are adopting. In addition, we will go
over with you (and your family) any general items relating to
the care of your new kitten/cat, personalities, etc. at the time
you pick them up.
Adoption Contract - MC
one of the most important aspects of all of this is for you to
remember - That if, at any time, for any reason, you can not
adequately care for the cat you get from us, we will, without
question, take the cat back and care for it ourselves.
It is our firm belief
that there should never be a reason why any of our kittens/cats
are not loved and cared for as well, or better, than we do, for it's entire life. They deserve it,
we expect and we will do all we can to ensure that it happens,
each and every time.
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