Purchasing a Kitten

Choose kittens for health and personality.
The most important qualities to keep in mind while looking at kittens are health and social interaction. Genetic and infectious diseases lead to expensive vet bills and early deaths. Cats raised in cages, or poorly socialized are difficult to handle.

Siberians are often purchased for allergy reasons.
Many allergic individuals find they can snuggle with a Siberian without any problem. Most Siberians cause less allergic response than other cat breeds, but none are not fully hypoallergenic. If you are buying a Siberian for allergy reasons, visit the cattery if possible. We suggest reading our papers on feline allergens. Do not hesitate to ask the cattery if they test their adult cats for allergen levels.

Social interaction is critical for young kittens.
Cats imprint with people between two and eight weeks of age. During this period they need gentle physical contact with multiple people to become affectionate pets and lose their natural fears. Kittens raised in cages with minimal human contact are unpredictable and difficult to handle.

Siberians may have genetic and contagious diseases.
Before placing a kitten, the cattery should provide a veterinary exam and certify that the kitten is in good health, and free from contagious disease or parasites. Your own veterinarian should examine your kitten within three days of purchase and notify the cattery of any problem. Your kitten warranty should cover any health problems present at the time of purchase, and also cover genetic or congenital disorders. Request a sample contract before agreeing to purchase a kitten.

The stud and dam should have registration papers.
There are many associations that register cats, such as TICA, CFA and FIFe. Request copies of the registration papers of the sire and dam when  purchasing a purebred kitten. Your contract should certifying the authenticity of the kitten, although registration documents for the kitten are often held until neutering requirements are met.  Breeders should receive formal registration papers at the time of sale.

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 Tom Lundberg 2005