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| Information for the Informed Buyer
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Our kittens are raised and personally loved by us. They live with us, sleep with us and as a result, they are sociable and sweet companions. Our cats are treated like a regular house pet. No cages here unless for (1) Mother expecting ready to deliver (2) Mother dragging kittens all over! (3) Sick kitty to be isolated (3) Bad boys needing a time-out for facing off.
We do NOT shave the cats down for our convenience. If the cat has a nice coat, you will be handling the cat often to comb and wash faces and clip nails. How else are you going to know if your cat is suddenly feeling lighter etc if you do not handle him/her? I believe if you want the 'look' but no coat, then you should get an exotic.
Kittens will have at least their first vaccine, and will have had routine dewormings. We do not have fleas, mites or fungus. Our cats are all FelV negative and FIV negative. We do offer a replacement guarantee of a SIMILAR quality when available if something unexpected happens and the kitten should not survive. (This excludes any infectious issues or death due to lack of responsibility or proper treatment by owner) Read Contract
When someone sends us a deposit we assume it is in good faith and that the buyer has read our questionnaire and considered all the questions. We then modify the webpage to remove the kitten, update the record books, and transfer the funds. When the buyer changes his mind, the kitten has now lost 'exposure' as being available, the webpage needs to be modified and uploaded and funds need to be transferred back, as well as record books corrected.
***Personal checks are accepted, except for 'starter checks.' If a personal check is returned for Non Sufficient Fund you will be expected to pay the current bank fee***
For ANY check accepted as a deposit/payment, then there MUST be time enough for the check to clear before kitten is turned over to you. Let's say you send me a check when kitten is under 6 wks. That is plenty of time for it to clear before homecoming. However, if we have one still available and it is ready anytime, then a check would not be suitable unless we wait for homecoming an additional 10 days. It is a matter of the bank's timing.
We can accept paypal (there is a 3.7% fee involved), but simplest!!
US funds cashiers' checks or money orders also fine but also MUST clear.
Deposits are not accepted for unborn litters, as anything can happen and it would be a bookkeeping nightmare.
A kitten can be secured by a small
deposit of $150 on a first-come/best 'fit'basis.
Once a kitten arrives, to reserve a kitten, you will need to send a $150 (or more is OK) deposit
We will let you know when the deposit arrives via email. Our policy is that a kitten is NOT technically sold until the deposit arrives. In the event that two deposits arrive, we then go by the postmark and return the last deposit uncashed.
We will email you pictures on a weekly basis so you can see how the kitten is growing.
BALANCES are due in full before releasing the kitten. You can send payments at intervals until homecoming keeping in mind that there must be time for checks to clear, or you may pay the balance (must be cash) at pickup/delivery
REFUNDS BEFORE HOMECOMING:
Deposits are taken in good faith that you intend to purchase a kitten or cat. Be aware that 99% of all breeders don't do ANY refunds...we at least give you that cooling-down period in case you had a temporary lapse of sanity, LOL!!
If we have to cancel the sale for any reason, you get your FULL deposit back if we have no other kitten to offer you of similar quality at that time or within a reasonable amount of time (less than 6 mo). If deposit was a check, it must have cleared our bank in the first place. If we have offered you a similar kitten, and you decided you changed your mind, well, it is non-refundable. The deposit was taken in good faith that you wanted a kitten.
However, in the case that you change your mind our refund policy is as follows:
Within the first five (5) days after receipt of deposit, refund less 10% (for $150 deposit, you'd get back $135)
Between 5-10 days after receipt of
deposit, we may refund up to 50% of the deposit. (for
$150 deposit, you'd get back $75)
For checks/money orders, there is a 10 day to 3 wk waiting period to assure funds were good from the original instrument. Depends on the speed of the bank.
If you cannot keep the kitten, we WILL take it back ...or we will help you place it. It really depends on how far you are from us. DO NOT DUMP THIS PET AT THE SPCA ANY ANY OTHER SHELTER!! DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR AND TOSS OUTSIDE!! You will have signed a contract that specifically stated this will not occur
We may be able to refund you some of the money (less your initial deposit) ONCE we have re-sold the kitten, but the refund will be based on the new sale price. Be patient...it might take some to re-home with the economy as it is.
We do expect that you could provide vet references and your environment for cats being placed as breeders. Some restrictions apply for cats being placed as breeders.
Once you place your deposit, we will take pics weekly so you can see the kitten growing. You are welcome to visit if possible. We will keep in contact letting you know of each event (vaccines, vet visit, etc). Feel free to email us to chat about the kitten. I do not get home from work until after 6 PM, and then we have stuff to do and the kitty chores, but I usually check email by about 10:30 PM. This makes phone calls kind of difficult unless on weekends...which of course, are busy too with gardening!!
Our Persian and Himalayan kittens are able to go to their new homes between 11-14 wks, depending on their confidence level. How old should a kitten be when it goes to a new home? [Read More...]
They must be wholly independent and eating their kitten foods and faithfully using their litter before they leave. All kittens sold as pets will be spay/neutered prior to leaving.
Pediatric spay/neuter is much less traumatic for young kittens than it is for adults. In rare cases, some Persians have died during surgery when a vet isn't familiar with the breed, or if the cat has a lethal reaction. Better to have this all done before homecoming just in case! And of course, this prevents the accidental breeding of kittens sold as pets
When the baby is ready to go home, we deliver to New England, New York State, NJ/PA, NYC & vicinity and other places within a reasonable distance. We can meet part way..we do charge enough to cover gas & tolls. Shipping is an option to distances further away than an 6-8 hr drive.
When you get your homecoming date, you should make your vet appointment for that same week so your own vet can confirm the health of the kitten and give the 2nd vaccine. Your vet will probably then make another appointment for the 3rd vaccine and the rabies.
This is an INDOOR only kitten/cat! No need to do anything with the Feline leukemia (ours do NOT have it!!) unless you have a pet that already has it. All these 'extra' vaccines are just invasive.
We feed our kittens Iams KITTEN in the Purple Bag and/or Royal Canin. A treat of canned Fancy Feast never hurts! If you plan on using a different food, then make the transition slowly over 2 weeks by adding a little of the NEW food to the IAMS until the switch is done. No one wants diarrhea on a long-haired cat!
Fresh water daily (wash the dish too else slime happens!) May want to keep some distance between the food and the water
We use Tidy Cat Scoopable litter, but most will accept easily other types. Begin with more than one box placed throughout the home until the kitty is familiar and then, leave two if possible
Put about 1/2 tsp daily on some wet food. Probios is an excellent
system fortifier. I have had cats who have gotten loose stool who
have responded right away to probios. It adds a GOOD flora to the
body to fight against the stress of rehoming. I suggest you get some
and give a couple times a week on a regular basis.
The kittens are used to having some wet food each day. Here we always
have on hand Friskies canned. They also LOVE raw hamburg. This is
fine to give them. Put the Probios right on the meat or on a tablespoon
or so of Friskies. Wet food is important for male cats as part of
their regular diet.
If you switch, then in a couple weeks just keep adding the new food to this mix until it is gradually all the new stuff.
PREPARING TO GO HOME...the weeks before:
They have been bathed regularly and I am not saying they like it, but they are very good with the bathing and the rinsing. They don't care for the blow dryer, but hey...you gotta get dry!
they will have had 7 days of Albon, which is just a routine treatment
we do on every litter.
they had their first vaccine. Merial Purevax 3-way.
They will be due for their next vaccine when you take them to the vet for their incoming exam. I am not a fan of constant injections. I find them invasive on a cat that is going to be an indoor cat.
Keep in mind that this is just a little baby, so keep everything he needs all in one area so he doesn't have to go far to find anything. Eventually he will rule the house - or co-rule if there are other pets. Remember he will not know who you are, or where he is or where his mom went. She has been a FIERCE protector of her babies driving out any adult cat from even looking at her babies!
I will have all the CFA and medicals papers and contract ready at delivery. If you have any questions, let me know. Take some time in advance to read through all this as once the kitten comes home, there probably won't be time! We want an easy transition.
Remember, there are no dumb questions! We are always happy to answer your questions. If we don't know, we can refer you to other resources.
Got questions?? PLEASE visit our FAQ page!! Or.....
Thank you for your interest in getting a N.Y. Mews Persian or Himalayan kitten!