Adoption Information

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General Information

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


We 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:

1) Adoption Questionnaire
2) Cattery Visit
3) Contract


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 quickly... 

One, 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.

Two, 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 decision...first.

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.


 
Reputable Breeders

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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CFA

FAQ's for New Cat Owners

The CFA Website
 

 
TICA

Are You Looking For a Kitten (pdf file)

The TICA Website
 


Adoption Questionnaire

The "Adoption 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, pregnancy, birth, 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 future. 

We have a number of formats available for the Questionnaire - Choose the one you would like to use.

Adoption Questionnaire
MS Word Document
Adoption Questionnaire
PDF File
To Print and Fill-Out by Hand
Adoption Questionnaire
PDF File
To Fill-Out using
Adobe Acrobat
Adoption Questionnaire
On-Line Submission Form

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 copy.

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Cattery Visit

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.

A cattery visit does NOT mean you will automatically take home a kitten, or cat. 

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 yourselves.

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Contract

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.

Sample Contracts
 

Adoption Contract - NFC          Adoption Contract - MC

Again, 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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Pricing

The pricing for our cats and kittens is somewhat "variable" and can depend on a number of factors.  No matter what anyone may say, "all" kittens / cats are not equal.  Some are physically better than others, at meeting their particular breed's "standards".  Some handle new and unique situations, better than others.  Some are just simply shy, or more reserved.  Some are boys, some are girls.  Some are solid colored, some are tabbys...  The "list" can go on and on.  Each item and what you and the breeder are looking at, will make up much of the determination in how much a kitten / cat will cost... 

Each breeder and prospective kitten / cat buyer, will make the determination, on an individual, case, by case basis...

In our case, there are some things to keep in mind...

- All our cats are seen by our Vet, at least once a year, no matter what.

- Our Vet visits our house / cattery, several times a year to see the cats in their "home"
  environment.

- All "mothers" are seen by our Vet during their pregnancy, to help make sure they are doing
  well.

- All kittens are seen by our Vet "at least" four times before they go to their new homes.
  This is for their routine shots, but during each visit, the kitten is carefully examined.  We
  are not veterinarians and though we are quite capable of giving the shots and doing
  general examinations ourselves, we feel that the extra examination(s) by our vet, helps to
  assure us, that they are doing well and will be healthy when they go to their new homes.

- The vast majority of our kittens / cats will be spayed, or neutered, before they go to
  their new homes.  The only exceptions to this would be for some type of "medical"
  situation, or (obviously) if they are going to another breeder, with breeding "rights".

Many other breeders have the same, or a similar, list of items that they do as well.

The above items, make up some of the "direct" costs associated with the "production" of your new kitten.  No one will ever get rich breeding cats, for that matter, few make any money at all, but at least some of the costs need to be recovered.  This helps to insure that a breeder can continue breeding and have happy, healthy and well adjusted cats and kittens available, for the people who want them.

In addition, there are quite a number of "incidental" expenses which can vary from litter to litter...

For another perspective on all of this, click here...
 


Note:  Over the years, there have been a couple of articles and comments made in some magazines by several "experts" on the subject of how to determine who is a reputable breeder.  One of the criteria put forward, is that the price of the kitten, or cat, must be approximately $500 (or higher), or the breeder could not be considered "reputable", as they could not have cared for the kitten properly, etc., for any amount less. 

We STRONGLY disagree with this sort of "generalized" statement.

Do not get me wrong, the price of our kittens / cats is usually equal to (and often exceeds), the stated minimum amount of $500, but we would like to point out, it is NOT the amount of money a breeder asks for, that determines whether a kitten / cat is "good", or the cattery is "reputable".  The question is actually answered by how they care for their cats, how they are treated, how their kittens are raised and how much concern they show towards the new home they will (possibly) be going to. 

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