The basics you need to know
when purchasing a
1. The pet quality kitten males or
These kittens are registered on the Non Active
Register with GCCF which means the kitten is not to a high enough standard to be
bred from. There are a number of reasons for this the feet markings not
good enough, eye colour not quite perfect. The kitten may have either white or
dark spots in the wrong places. Breeders sometimes do test matings for one
reason or another and the kittens from these matings are not suitable to breed
from. Any of these can be
reasons why the kittens are sold as pets.
2. The Breeding Quality Kitten
This kitten will be registered on the Active
Register with GCCF This kitten has all that is required to be suitable for use
as a breeding queen. She may have some imperfections but she will be of sound
quality good enough for breeding. You will expect to pay more for a breeding
queen. Entire breeding queens can be very vocal when on call and they can
spray urine although it does not have as pungent a smell as a male.
3. Show /Breeding Quality Female
This kitten will again be registered on the
Active Register she will have the best possible type and be very close to what
the Breed Standard requirements are. She will be the most expensive kitten to
buy. Also if you are looking for a Show/ Breeding quality kitten you may have to
put your name down with a breeder of your choice to get one. You may have to
wait quite some time anything up to two years to obtain such a kitten.
4. Stud Cat
These are the most difficult to purchase. A
stud has to be as near perfect as possible as you want him to pass on the best
traits to his kittens. A stud cat needs special treatment as they can be very
vocal especially during the breeding season and some cats spray foul smelling
urine around to mark their territory. For this reason they usually need a
purpose built stud house and run. Most breeder will not sell a stud to anyone
until that person has been breeding cats for a number of years and has gained
5. Things you need to check
ask to see the mother of the kittens. Make sure the breeder gives you a copy of
the kittens pedigree. To make sure the kitten is registered as a pedigree kitten
you will need the GCCF transfer of ownership document ( pink slip). Never
purchase a kitten less than 12 weeks old. Make sure you get a proper veterinary
vaccination card and that the kitten has completed a course of 2 sets of
vaccinations. Make sure the kitten does not have either weeping eyes or a runny
nose. Make sure the rear end is clean with no sign of diarrhea.
Check to see that the ears are clean with no smell or dark brown discharge
inside the ear canal. Do not accept a kitten that
is on any kind of medication.
Most reputable breeders also give 6 weeks insurance with the kitten.
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