ADOPTING A RIVENDOLL KITTEN THE WHYS AND THE WHEREFORES!!!

 We are a small family cattery dedicated to breeding healthy, happy, lovable ragdoll kittens completely content with living indoors. We are contacted frequently about the availability of our kittens and one question I am often asked, is why we won't let our kittens go earlier than 12 to 14 weeks. This, I hope will help you understand why registered breeders will not allow a kitten to leave their care until they are at least 12 to 14 plus weeks. I appreciate that many people love to see them as tiny balls of fluff and fun, but I tell anyone who will listen to try not to adopt a kitten less than 12 weeks of age. My 1st reason is that I am more confident that our kittens are going to stable homes, when the welfare of the kitten is the most important factor. I allow our kittens to wean themselves at their own pace, as the mother cat will set her own schedule for weaning her kittens. If weaning is accelerated, but the kitten has not adjusted to life without Mum, there is a potential for conflict or problems down the road. This does not guarantee there will never be any problems but offers the best possible start to life. My 2nd reason is that kittens become independent at their own pace. Kittens learn all their litter box training and general hygiene from Mum and this is an ongoing lesson. The kittens learn from watching her, as much as anything else. If a kitten is removed too early they don't benefit from the continuing lessons. My 3rd reason is that the kittens get passive immunity to illness from the mothers milk. This starts to decrease by about eight weeks and at this time we begin our vaccination schedule. By supervising these vaccinations, we feel much more confident about the health of our kittens when they are ready to leave for a new environment. They are also desexed and microchipped prior to adoption. It is the vet's advice that these procedures are not to be undertaken until the kitten is at least 12 weeks old. We believe that our kittens are extremely well socialised. That is, clean and tidy in their habits and well on the way to learning what is acceptable behaviour and what is not. All our kittens are born in their own bedroom and raised in our home along with our Clumber Spaniel, Tori. They are also socialised with our adult ragdolls, visitors and grandchildren. This all makes the transition from our house to yours so much easier for them and also ensures that they are completely content with living indoors. While the kittens learn to be social with each other at an early age, it is the period between 10 - 12 weeks that makes the biggest difference, as this is the time they individually bond with humans apart from their litter mates. Yet another reason to hang on to them a little longer.

Below are a few more answers to some frequently asked questions!!

CAN A RAGDOLL AND OUR DOG GET ON TOGETHER? Ragdolls get on extremely well with dogs and does not take them very long before they are socialising together. All our kittens are raised with our Clumber Spaniel and are often found cuddled up sleeping with her.

ARE FEMALES MORE AFFECTIONATE THAN MALES? No, we don't believe this to be the case based on the experience we have had . All cats have their own personalities. When the kittens are desexed at 12 weeks they really don't display any different hormonal gender behaviours.

WILL MALE KITTENS SPRAY? When male kittens are desexed at 12 weeks old they have not developed the hormones that would cause them to "mark" their territory and behave no differently than females.

WHAT ABOUT MY OTHER PET CAT? This can be a quick or sometimes a somewhat slower process, but will resolve itself over time. It really does depend on the personality of the older cat. Our kittens are accustomed to being with older cats and know where they stand in the pecking order. They will eventually accept each other with the less human interference the better.

WHEN CAN I TAKE MY KITTEN HOME? They will be desexed at 12 weeks and the boys can go within a few day whereas the girls must wait for stitches to be removed in ten days.

SHOULD I KEEP MY KITTEN INDOORS? Ragdolls are happy to stay indoors as they have been born and raised inside our home and this is all they know. They do harness train extremely easy. For such a special animal, care must be taken to ensure that they are protected from accidents, disease and also for the benefit of the native birds and animals. A responsible cat owner will keep their cat confined to the house or with an outdoor enclosure where they can enjoy both worlds safely.

CAN I HAVE A PHOTO OF MY KITTEN? Once you have chosen you kitten and paid your deposit we are happy to forward photos as your kittens grows. Of course you are welcome to visit your baby but we do prefer between 11.00a.m. and 2.00p.m. We would appreciate your assistance as we often have multiple appointments on these days. You just need to contact me to arrange a suitable time.

CAN I NAME MY KITTEN WHATEVER I LIKE? When the kittens are born we have to register them with The Cat Owners Association of Western Australia. We register all our kittens with "rose" names and you are more than welcome to choose one from the huge list available so that your Pedigree Registered name can match you pet name. A favourite name is also considered.

DO RAGDOLLS HAVE PROBLEMS WITH TANGLES AND MATS? The ragdoll coat is very manageable but requires a good brushing once a week which will keep the coat free of loose hair. This is a nice routine to follow and the raggies enjoy it. 

WHAT ABOUT DIET? We will give you a comprehensive diet sheet when you take your kitten home and all the information you will need. We always provide you with a Kitten Shopping List prior to your kitten coming home.

We do have a waiting list and you are more than welcome to ask to be added to this list. We are also happy if you would like to visit our Cattery and meet our raggies and us of course and allow us to meet you before considering reserving a kitten. When a litter is delivered we will contact you and do send courtesy emails to keep our waiting list up to date. Bearing in mind that all ragdoll kittens are born white and it takes around two weeks for the colours to come through. At the age 0f 4 weeks we will contact you and and let you know what we will have available from this litter. At this stage if you wish to reserve a kitten we ask for a non-refundable deposit of $100-00. This shows your intent to purchase and is once again in your best interest. We are happy for you to visit and meet the kittens when they are four to six weeks old and obviously you are welcome to wait until this time to reserve a baby. We offer a Genetic Health Guarantee for all our kittens. We are also willing to give references of homes where our kittens have been placed. The cost of our kittens is $1500.00 for pet or show quality and this includes their first two standard vaccinations at 8 weeks and 12 weeks, worming, flea treatment and they are also desexed and microchipped at 12 weeks before they leave for their new homes. All kittens are desexed without any exceptions. In compliance with the new Cat Laws they are also microchipped which is included in this price. All our kittens are registered with The Cat Owners Association of Western Australia and transferred into your name. We also offer full support after our kittens are settled in their new homes. All our kittens leave us with a copy of their Pedigree, an Information Folder, a Kitten Pack and a few fun extras to make them feel at home. We also have breeding cats available to suitable registered breeders. POA.

It isn't always easy to purchase something so special and you want to know the breeder as much as they wish to know you and for this reason we encourage you to visit our cattery to meet our raggies and of course us. We prefer between 11.00a.m. and 2.00p.m. Just contact us to arrange a convenient time.

We are just concerned with finding our fur-babies the very best home that we can as we are always the kitten's FIRST MUM !!

I hope that these explanations help you with your decision.

Regards,

Michele

Rivendoll Ragdolls

Email: rivendoll@bigpond.com

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