There is no
such thing....as the perfect Kitten. Most are wonderful, and
for those of us who love them, we can see the good in everyone ...but
researching about Ragdolls, you will find descriptions out there that
talk of the Ragdoll as being the "perfect" cat. They
describe the Ragdoll to be a floppy, loving, wonderful companion, that
loves everyone, and is the perfect family pet. Some descriptions
will say that the ragdoll doesn't feel pain, or is the perfect choice
for a family with young children because the Ragdoll is so tolerant.
While these descriptions do stem from the wonderful Ragdoll personality,
It MUST be kept in mind that Ragdolls are still cats, and they do feel
pain, they do have many normal cat behaviors, and there is
a margin of individuality amongst the kittens, that must be taken into
account when matching up the kittens with their new families. Some
kittens are all that we expect in a Ragdoll, a loving, affectionate
personality that is your constant shadow.....but many times these kittens need the family that is
home with them, or they need other social buddy's to keep them content,
because their "social" personality would get very lonely and very lost if
they were left alone all day or for long periods of time. There are also
the kittens that are very busy and playful, but are not as cuddly as
others, and need their "alone time". There are also the quieter
kittens that need some time to mature, or need some extra patience in
adjusting to change, and need a quieter home, but will make a very
strong and affectionate bond with their new family. There is a wide
variety of personality's found within the Ragdoll breed, and just as we
wouldn't expect every Collie to be "Lassie", we have to give respect to
the individual ness of each Ragdoll kitten.
want in our kitten, could be very different than which kitten would fit
best into our lifestyle. And as a breeder it's this "match up"
that I focus on constantly when placing my kittens into their new homes.
Understandably some families want a specific color or a specific pattern
in their kitten, but in my mind...this is not the most important quality
that we look to in choosing the right kitten. Yes, if we have
equally matched kittens in the right color/pattern...then great, but
many times as a small breeder I don't have every color/pattern
available, and the "right" kitten for your home and family may not be
your first choice for color. We also have to keep in mind
that just because Ragdolls are tolerant and loving of a child's
affection, doesn't mean that an unruly or undisciplined child can be
given a Ragdoll and all will be "ok". Just because my
kittens are raised with my children and my dog, does not mean that they
will warm up immediately to all children and other pets. Ragdolls can feel pain, and
they sometimes will defend themselves with biting or scratching if a
child or other pet is cruel to them. Ragdolls can be fearful of a
very noisy child, or another pet that is growling or hissing at them. But because the Ragdoll tends
to be more laid back and tolerant, it means they need our help MORE in a
situation where they might be endangered by a young child or other pet.
They have a trusting side that can get them into trouble, if they are
not in the midst of safe handling. Most Ragdolls do adjust to their new families, and do live up to the
breeds reputation for being sweet, loving, affectionate cats.....and
while this is what we all hope for, and what as a breeder we guide our
choices by....it must not be taken for granted. When raising our
kittens, we do our best to socialize them and give them the best start
in life, to help their personality's develop to their full potential.
kittens, I don't take deposits on kittens until they are born. At
that time I will accept $100 deposits from families interested in one of
those kittens. Because Ragdolls are born pure white, and develop
their color over the first few weeks of life, many times we don't know
what we will have in our litter for a few weeks, and even then, their
personality's and "type" (show/pet/breeder) does not emerge until they
are 6-8 weeks of age. So knowing which kittens will go to which
families isn't always decided until the kittens reach the age of 6-8
weeks. Usually around that time I invite families to come and meet
the kittens, and we seriously discuss which kittens will match up with
their family the best. In trying to make the reservation process
as fair as possible, we have the "first deposit-first choice" protocol,
so the line up of who gets first choice is set by whom sends in the
first deposit. But as a breeder, I do reserve the right to help in
that decision process to some degree, as living with the kittens, and
watching them develop is paramount to knowing them, and helping place
them appropriately. And sometimes a 30 minute visit just doesn't
give you the full picture of who that kitten is going to be. If a visit
is not possible, then at the age of 6-8 weeks I will send lots of
pictures, and discuss all that I am seeing in the kittens personality,
and ask that you take all of this into consideration, and then choose
which kitten will be yours, so then the families "after you" will be
able to know which kittens they have to choose from.
is non refundable, unless for some reason on my end, I am unable to get
you a kitten . Each commitment for a new kittens
placement is taken very seriously by me, so I give updates to the
waiting families with pictures and notes on how the kittens are
developing. If after going through this process, and your right
kitten does not come from the litter your waiting on, I will be happy to
give you the next "first available" spot
in the subsequent litters, until you've found the right kitten from me.
If you have questions on this process, please don't hesitate to ask me.
the popularity of the Ragdoll, we have a lot of requests for families to
just come and meet our cats and kittens. Because of time
constraints with our own family, as well as trying to limit our home and
our cats to constant exposure from those we don't know, we do limit
visitors to families that are interested in our current kittens/cats.
We also do not offer "open house" tours to everyone. We invite you
into our home, to meet our cats and kittens, and hope that you
understand our families privacy and our limiting the visit to just a few
rooms of our home. While I understand families wanting to meet
tiny kittens, or seeing all of the relatives to their prospective new
kitten....it must be kept in mind that we limit outside exposures to a minimum to protect the
health of our cats and this of utmost importance to us, as well as reminding
visitors that this is our home, and our children's privacy and security
is very important to us. We don't have a "cattery" or seperate
facility for our cats, they are raised in our home. The normal visit usually lasts anywhere
from 30-60 minutes, and is scheduled normally on weekends or evenings.
are very much a part of our family, so when visitors come, the cats
usually will come to meet and greet the strangers, and so meeting
several Ragdolls, including the mom and siblings to your kitten is
usually what happens. We don't cage our kittens or the moms, but
the boys/dad are confined to their own room of our home, which is
separate from the moms and the kittens for several reasons. So
usually we do not include them in your visit. If you want
references to help you feel confident in your decision process, my vet
is happy to speak with you, as well as other breeders in our area can
speak with you, and I do have pet owners that have purchased their
kitten from me, that would be happy to share their experiences.
to keep in mind when your price shopping for a kitten. Many times
the cheepest kitten has been cared for in the cheepest manner, and may
in the long run cost you far more in vet bills and expenses. A
breeder who puts a high priority on having the best quality breeding
cats, the best foods, the best litter, and veterinary care... spends
money, and for the breeders who cut corners and try to push kitten
sales, does not have the best interest of their kittens in mind, but
instead their own bottom line.
for our kittens varies from kitten to kitten. But for most
quality kittens our price is $650, and this includes them being spayed
or neutered by my vet, and two sets of kitten shots done by my vet. The pet
quality category is what 90% of my kittens fit into. Not that a
lot of them aren't "perfect".....but I prefer to place my kittens as
pets, so if the kitten is not going to be shown or bred, they are put
into this category. Pet kittens many times have a few mismarks or
cosmetic flaws, or have a quality that would not be suitable for the
show ring but make wonderful, loving, healthy pets.
Occasionally if a kitten is slower growing, and has not reached the
appropriate weight for altering surgery by 11 weeks of age, my vet will
ask that they be held off from surgery until they are bigger.
These kittens are then placed with their new family with a strict
altering agreement that the kitten will be spayed/neutered at the
appropriate weight. In this situation, the price of the kitten is
lowered by $100, which is approximately the cost of my vet doing the
I can accept Paypal for a small fee, or can take cash
or certified checks.
Occasionally I do place show or breeding quality kittens, but only with
the strictest scrutiny of the breeder or fancier purchasing the kitten.
My pricing for this category is dependant on the markings/pattern of the
specific kitten and can vary from $1000 - $1600. If you are interested
in a show kitten or a breeding kitten, please write me for availability...but
keep in mind that I am a small breeder, so getting a show kitten from me
sometimes needs patience :)
usually go home with you between 11-14 weeks of age, depending on their
altering surgery timing. You must bring a carrier with you to bring them
home in. They will go home with a small bag of food, and my
written sales agreement/guarantee. Their blue slip registrations
normally are ready to go home with them as well, but occasionally have
not been returned to us by that time, so will be forwarded to you when
they arrive, usually within a few weeks after the kitten goes home.
I do have a thorough instruction packet that I send to you a few weeks
before the kitten is ready to go home, so you can be prepared for the
homecoming with the right litter, food and supplies. I normally do
not ship my pet kittens, and prefer to place them locally.
In special circumstances I will consider shipping, but all related fee's
are the responsibility of the purchaser. I will
consider meeting someone part way for a small delivery fee.
available for updates and questions and support for you and your kitten.
Selling a kitten is not over when the kitten goes home with you, while
we hope that all goes well (and it usually does), occasionally there are
concerns or questions that pop up, and I will do what I can to help.
As the kitten grows, there is nothing better than getting wonderful
pictures and updates, as I never get tired of hearing how they are