It doesn’t matter what class of animal you are going to buy, I call you for making this neither in the market nor in a subway station. I assure you that's not the place where you can buy a thoroughbred and healthy animal!
You should go to a specialized cattery where you'll get acquainted with the breeder, look with your own eyes in what conditions kittens are held, what adult animals are like, what atmosphere is in the house.
You should look through the kitten's pedigree and ask to show its sire and dame to you, if it is possible. There are 4 generations in the pedigree of a high-quality cat. It includes the items about parents, grandfathers, great-grandfathers and even great great-grandfathers. The complete names and titles of all close relatives of a kitten should be mentioned in a pedigree.
Choosing a thoroughbred animal, you should make sure that there should be a designation Bri, that is British, under each name in a pedigree. Such designations as Sfs (Scottish fold), Char (chartreuse), Exo (exotic), Per (Persian) etc. should not be there. In this case, a thoroughbred animal is out of question.
As a rule, the first contacts with a breeder are made over the phone or Internet, and you have a perfect opportunity to set a lot of questions.
However, it is necessary to remember that a good breeder will also set questions to you, as he is not indifferent to the conditions in which his pet will be kept, what hopes you pin on it, whether you can be happy with a kitten and make it happy either. The first dialogue is a serious job from both parties.
If the first contact has satisfied both parties, and you are invited to look at kittens, it is necessary to take an interest in their age. The age perfect for the first acquaintance is 5 weeks. Kittens already walk, their ears are straight, and the eyes are wide opened. They already became lovely fluffy creatures, so that is why at first you will simply open your mouth. There is no sense to look at younger kittens.
Follow the norms of hygiene, visiting catteries. You can expose the kittens to a fatal danger, having taken them in dirty hands or having clasped to dirty clothes.
Visit no more than one cattery per day. If you visit several catteries per day, you can bring infection on your clothes, footwear or hands. Remember, that kittens in this age are very susceptible to diseases. Please, respect breeders and kittens!
A thoroughbred British shorthaired kitten, what does it look like?
- Whatever small a kitten is it should have visible features typical for this breed: teddy bear-like appearance, short paws, round head, short neck, small ears and round set apart eyes.
- Hair should be short and dense, healthy by sight, not felted and not greasy, without traces of the parasites, scabs and dandruff.
- Clear eyes not running and not purulent, without a visible third eyelid.
- Clean mouth, pink gums. The unpleasant smell from a mouth indicating some disease is barred.
- The nose should also be clean without any scabs, chaps and egesta. Quiet and still breath without singing and rattles.
- Clean pink ears.
- It is important to pay attention to anus. It should also be clean without any traces of an inflammation and faeces remains.
Pay attention to the behavior of a kitten. It should feel at ease in the breeder's house, easy react to the members of a family, visitors and other animals. The scale of home sounds is familiar to it that is the telephone and doorbell, TV set, washing machine and that similar sounds common for any house. It is also accustomed to the sensation of a carpet, ceramics, and wooden floor under the paws. These kittens get used to the new house very quickly as since the first days of their life they have got used to a home surroundings.
It is very important to understand, whether a breeder loves a kitten, whether it is accustomed to hands, whether it loves to play with the owner. It is important not only for the future of a kitten in your house, but also for its further successful show-carrier.
Well brought up and happy kitten will get accustomed to the new house much faster and easier, than one that is not accustomed to hands and has got used to live in pack.
As a rule if your first visit didn't make you sure enough, kittens in 10 weeks can lose circularity and badly change for the worse. This is a normal change connected with its growth and evolution.
You should listen carefully to the breeder. He/ she will certainly tell you in details about the lines, will probably show photos of the previous litters. It is also possible to ask recommendations how to plan show - career of your future pet.
And the last - do not take a kitten younger than two months. Two months are the minimal time, which it should stay with the mum. An ideal age for sale - 2,5-3 months. At this age kittens already eat any food, are able to use a toilet, watch the hair to be clean, orient themselves in the environment.
If somebody offers you a kitten 5-8 months or age and even more don't be doubt, buy it. Cats at the age of two easily bear the change of a house.
So make your choice - and let it be successful, as a cat should bring only positive emotions to the house!