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Catteries: Hobby and Registry Breeders: What Should You Look For?

There are two different kinds of catteries. The first is a boarding cattery, which you may temporarily house your pet in when you plan to be gone and need to have your cat placed in a safe, warm, loving environment that's going to be intimately attuned to your cat's needs.

The second kind of cattery is a breeding cattery. If you're in the market for a cat and you want to adopt one from a good breeder, the condition of the cattery and the breeder's behavior, records, and certifications will tell you whether or not the cattery is a good one.

Visit catteries before you adopt your pet, or to research starting your own cattery.

What to look for in a good cattery – and what to copy in your own as applicable:

· Staff is friendly and accommodating

It's a big red flag if the cattery staff doesn't let you simply come in and walk around to take a look at the accommodations on short notice. If not, look elsewhere.

· The cattery has both indoor and outdoor areas

Accommodations should be made for both indoor and outdoor enclosures; outdoor enclosures are especially necessary for males who tend to spray. Outdoor areas should be clean and enclosed so that cats can safely play, with indoor areas also completely enclosed for sleeping and keeping warm.

· The cattery has happy, content cats

Although it's certainly true that many cats will have shy personalities, the cats that are currently in residence there should be happy, stimulated, well fed, and clearly very well take care of.

· Premises are very clean

This should be no strong "litter box odor" in the cattery, and the cattery units should all have clean bedding, litter boxes, feeding bowls, and water bowls.

· Breeder interactions with cats are frequent and relaxed

When you're looking at kittens, take note of the breeder's interactions. Does he or she easily pick up the kittens, playing and interacting with them as he or she shows them to you? Are the kittens comfortable and relaxed as they're handled? Does the breeder clearly know his/her cats and kittens very well? Remember, even kittens spend approximately 10 to 12 weeks with their mothers at the cattery before adoption, so familiarity and affection are a must.

· Veterinary records

If you've looked at litters and have chosen a kitten you like and want to adopt, make sure you ask for the parents' veterinary records (and pedigrees as applicable) before you agree to the adoption. Veterinary records will show that the cats have had proper vaccinations and have been seen by a vet as necessary, or at least within the last 12 months. It's important that parent cats have been tested for feline infectious peritonitis and feline leukemia even if they are completely indoor cats. Similarly, the parents should be tested for breed-specific problems like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (for Bengal cats), specific to the breed you are adopting.

Breeder necessities

· Code of ethics

The breeder you choose should follow the code of ethics for any professional organizations they belong to (such as The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc.). They should be able to show you documentation as proof.

· Health guarantee and certificate

If you adopt a kitten, make sure you're given a health certificate that guarantees replacement of any kitten with a genetic disorder.

· Veterinarian contact

You breeder should be willing to give you the name of his or her veterinarian, so that you can check in person with the veterinarian to make sure all records, shots, etc., are up-to-date for the kitten you plan to take home.

Your kitten

· Before you take home your kitten

Your breeder should give your kitten at least two sets of shots and two wormings before you take it home.

· When you take your kitten home

Your kitten should be at least 8 to 10 weeks old when you take it home or 12 weeks if you need to fly with it. It should be on a good quality kitten food and your breeder should send you home with enough to get you through about a week, until you can get your own.

If you want to breed cats
Hobby or registry breeder?

If you're starting your own cattery, you may be wondering whether you can do it as a hobby, and you certainly can. Regardless, you'll be required to follow any laws that affect breeders, including local ordinances, and you'll have to be up to date on the tax laws even if you only breed cats as a hobby. Consult a qualified accountant to make sure you file your taxes correctly.

Organizations that register purebred cats

The Traditional Cat Association, Inc. (TCA), and the North American Purebred Cat Registry are two organizations that recognize and register purebred cat breeds. The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) calls itself the "world's largest registry of pedigreed breeds." Registering your breeding cats and resultant litters of kittens will reassure potential buyers that you are indeed a reputable breeder and that the cats you produce are purebred.

Registries and pedigrees

Even if you only breed cats as a hobby, you should register your cattery with an organization such as CFA and only breed so called "papered" or pedigreed cats. Your cats' papers show that they are genuine, purebred members of their breed. It's not enough to breed cats that merely "look like" a particular breed.

Reputable breeders can always produce the appropriate documentation, and it's not expensive. CFA, for example, currently charges $75 to register a cattery for the initial five years, and then $25 for every five years thereafter.

The parents of any litter should both be pedigreed and duly registered. If they are, CFA or other registry organizations such as TCA will have records for them. Contact your cats' original breeder(s) to obtain them if necessary. Once the parents have the proper paperwork, you can register litters via online or paper application, with a cost of about $10 to register the entire litter.
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Catchat.org: Choosing a Cattery. http://www.catchat.org/catteries.html .
Cattery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattery .
Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB): Choosing a boarding cattery. http://www.fabcats.org/catteries/infosheets/choosing_a_boarding_cattery/choosing_boarding_cattery.html . Retrieved December 1, 2012.

How to Register a Purebred Cat. http://www.ehow.com/how_2156328_register-purebred-cat.html .

How to Register Your Cat for Breeding Rights With the CFA. http://www.ehow.com/how_7298846_register-cat-breeding-rights-cfa.html. Retrieved December 1, 2012.

Marechal Cattery. What to look for in a breeder. http://www.marechalcattery.com/Breeder_Shopping.htm . Retrieved December 1, 2012.

The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc.: Information retrieved December 1, 2012:
· CFA Cattery Standard Minimum Requirements. http://www.cfa.org/client/catterystandard.aspx .
· PEDIGREED BREEDS. http://www.cfa.org/client/home.aspx.
· Registering A Cattery Name, Cats and Kittens with CFA. http://www.cfa.org/client/orgregistration.aspx . Web M.D.: Healthy Pets: Pet Vaccines: Schedules for Cats and Dogs. http://pets.webmd.com/pet-vaccines-schedules-cats-dogs?page=2 . Retrieved December 1, 2012.

Current estimates by various animal rights and veterinary associations indicate that cats are the world's number one pet. More than 200, 000,000 felines are kept as house pets across the globe in fact, some guesstimates think the number is more like 500,000,000.

The American Veterinary Medical Association compiled the U.S. Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook in 2007; at that time, nearly 82,000,000 cats were pets in the USA alone, outnumbering all other pet choices. Using an average length of 21” per cat, if they were lined up nose to tail, those 82 million animals would completely circle the Earth!

Whatever the actual number may be, it's safe to say that cats are the favorite pet of human beings here on planet Earth today. That's quite an accomplishment for an ancient animal largely unchanged through the centuries. In 2004, archaeologist Denis Vigne (from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris) led a research team that discovered a human grave containing many precious objects, including a kitten. The site, located in Cyprus, has been dated as being 9,500 years old. The researchers wrote that, “the joint burial indicates a strong association between the human and cat, and that the kitten in the grave is possibly the world's oldest known pet cat . Read entire article: RANKING THE MOST POPULAR STANDARD PETS

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