1. What breeds do you specialize in?
Will help you determine if they have the type of kitten or cat that you're looking for. If the breeder specializes in a specific breed, they are likely experts in caring for and breeding that breed, which can be an advantage if you are looking for a purebred cat. It's also important to research the breed you are interested in and understand their unique characteristics to make an informed decision.
2. Can I see photos or videos of the available kittens/cats?
Seeing photos or videos of the available kittens or cats can give you an idea of what the breeder has to offer and what the kittens or cats look like.
This can be especially important if you are looking for a specific color, pattern, or size. In addition, it can be a good idea to ask for multiple photos or videos to get a better idea of the kittens' or cats’ appearance and behavior.
When I got my cat Mia I had the chance to:
- See the parents
- Se current pictures of cats from past litters
- See pictures of the kitties little after they were born
- Visit the breeder in person
3. What is the process for buying a kitten/cat?
Knowing the process for buying a kitten or cat can help you understand what to expect and what is expected of you. This includes information such as the availability of the kitten or cat, the price, payment options, and what is included in the purchase. Asking about the process can also help you avoid scams and ensure that you are dealing with a reputable breeder.
It is important to understand the terms of the sale, including any warranties or guarantees, and to have a clear agreement in writing before making any payments.
Problem is that in popular breeds like bengal cats, the breeders will ask for the money even before the litter is born. Try visiting the breeder and engaging in discussions before making any payment, even if your new kitten has not been born yet.
4. How are the kittens/cats raised and socialized?
The conditions under which the kittens or cats are raised and socialized can give you an idea of the kind of environment they have grown up in and the level of care they have received.
This information can be important in determining the health, temperament, and personality of the kitten or cat you are considering. A reputable breeder will have a clean and safe environment for the kittens or cats and will have taken steps to socialize them with people, other animals, and different environments.
5. Can I meet the kittens in person or with the parents?
Meeting the kittens or cats in person, or at least seeing the parents can give you an idea of what to expect in terms of size, appearance, and temperament. It is also an opportunity to see the kittens or cats in their natural environment and observe their behavior. This can give you a good idea of the health and well-being of the kittens or cats, and provide valuable information for making your decision.
6. What is your policy on genetic health testing?
Knowing the breeder’s policy on genetic health testing can help you understand the level of care they are providing for their kittens or cats. A reputable breeder will have conducted genetic health testing on the parents to ensure that they are free from any inherited health problems. This can give you peace of mind knowing that the kitten or cat you are considering is likely to be healthy.
7. Do you offer any guarantees with the kittens/cats?
Learning about the warranties or guarantees offered by a breeder can give you an idea of their level of commitment to their kittens or cats. A reputable breeder will offer a warranty or guarantee on the health of the kitten or cat and will stand behind their product. This can provide peace of mind knowing that you have some protection if something goes wrong.
What is your policy on returning a kitten/cat?
Knowing the policy on returning a kitten or cat can give you an idea of the level of support you can expect from the breeder. A reputable breeder will have a policy in place to ensure that if you are unable to keep the kitten or cat, they will be able to assist you in finding a new home. This can give you peace of mind knowing that you have a safety net in case something goes wrong.
8. What is your policy on spaying/neutering?
Knowing the breeder’s policy on spaying or neutering can give you an idea of their approach to responsible breeding. A reputable breeder will have the policy to ensure that all kittens or cats are spayed or neutered before being sold to new owners, to reduce the number of unwanted cats and prevent overpopulation.
9. Can you provide references or testimonials from previous customers?
Getting references or testimonials from previous customers can give you an idea of the level of satisfaction of the breeder's previous customers. Reputable breeders will have happy customers willing to provide references or testimonials and be transparent about their business practices. This can give you confidence in your decision and provide valuable information for making your decision.
How to Avoid Scams When Choosing a Cat Breeder
Unfortunately, there are many scams out there targeting people who are looking to buy a cat from a breeder. These scams can result in you paying a lot of money for a cat that is not healthy, well-bred, or even existent.
To avoid these scams, you should always do your research before making any payments or commitments. Be wary of breeders who offer kittens or cats at prices that are much lower than average, as this could be a red flag that they are not reputable.
Additionally, be sure to ask for references or testimonials from previous customers, and research the breeder online to see if there are any negative reviews or complaints.
Finally, always trust your instincts: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. By being cautious and doing your research, you can avoid scams and find a reputable breeder who will provide you with a healthy and well-behaved cat.
In conclusion, choosing a responsible cat breeder is a critical step in ensuring that you have a happy and healthy companion for many years to come.
By asking the right questions, doing your research, and being cautious, you can avoid potential health issues, scams, and disappointing experiences. A responsible breeder will provide you with a well-behaved and healthy cat, as well as support and guidance throughout the cat's life.
Stay wild, stay safe, and we'll see you outdoors!
Albert & Mia