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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
My hubby and i got 2 Maine Coon Kittens from a breeder 18 years in the business, well recomended etc! We love our kittens but one was ill.She told us after countless vets and attempts that he was a ill kitten and when she sold her next litter she would give us our money back we paid for him! We have waited with no refund .She now does not answer our e mails or calls! I have had it! I have no problem going to the press of her business ,etc or lack of class. Any suggestions would be great! Or do we just need to show up at thier next show yelling our heads off! In fort of her peers! I will also be filing in small claims court as well! And going for all our costs and damanges! As it is we have had to spent alomost 3,000.00 to find out what was wrong and another 1800.00 for surgery and we still do not know if he will surive.And the cost of 700.00 for his purchase cost. she said she would gladley pay it back but no word.Ive had enough !!!!!!!!!
post #2 of 10
My first question would be, Do you have a contract? I would make sure before you go yelling to press, ect that you have a contract. I am not sure how long its been since she contacted you last?

Without knowing the full story and time frame I cant be fast to judge lack of class ect. Sometimes things to take time in breeding.

I am sorry your sweet baby is ill. I know what thats like. My sweet Ares had a rare genetic issue, and we lost him just before he was a year old. That was in April.

We are getting another kitten from the breeder, and its taken time, sometimes I wanted to be impatient, but its been worth the wait for us. Our sweet Caesar is almost 4 weeks old now, 8 more weeks and he can come home.

If its been extended amount of time, I would suggest sending a certified letter first. Than contact the Regsitry they belong to, and go from there.
post #3 of 10
I'm sorry you are going through all of that with your baby I hope he will be ok, and am happy that you are doing all that you can for him

As for what I would do, in addition to the above advice, I would also contact the Humane Society in your area and have them check the location and make sure the animals are being properly looked after and have the proper medical care. The Humane Society here has closed down so many negligent "puppy farms" and "cat farms" where the animals were grossly neglected or living in squaller.
post #4 of 10
Sorry to hear about your situation. It will do no good to get angry and start yelling out in public (as much as its deserved) - it will only make YOU look like the fool.

I'd take her to small claims court on it. But like Scamper says - did you have a contract? If so, then you have a leg to stand on as contracts in most cases, do say the cat is healthy and if not, then compensation is justified.

Make sure you have all papers from the vet to back up your story. But as far as anything verbal about refunding, you can almost forget it (unless the judge is a kind one) - verbal means nothing in a court of law - has to be in writing.

Now if the contract mentions about refunds, then you are ok. If you have no contract of any kind, you are more/less out of luck.
post #5 of 10
They do have a contract with the breeder.
Here is a post made by the OP's husband.
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92560
post #6 of 10
One thing stands out in your post.
Your breeder has stated she will refund your money when she has sold her next litter.
So, has this event happened? Maybe she hasn't even had the next litter yet, let alone sold them.

On a side note, a breeder that has been around for 18 years, attends shows and has a good reputation (as you mentioned, well recommended), has to be doing something right. I can't imagine they would be willing to risk their rep for a mere $700.

I followed your husbands original thread. There was quite a bit of miscommunication between you folks and the breeder.

There are 2 sides to every story.......sure would be nice to know what the breeder has to say.
post #7 of 10
ok looking back at that other thread, and just browsing it..

the end said the little guy had a shunt (most likely) which is NOT the breeders fault. Its a genetic order. a rareity but it happens and its genetic. It happened to Ares, so I am fully personal with a shunt.

I just browsed and was not sure if there was a contract, but it was stated before the breeder said, they would replace the kitten or refund. I am fairly certainly in genetic issues kitten replacement is the general standard. If there is no contract. I hate to say it but there wont be a leg to stand on in a court of law.

And i agree with the poster who mentioned has the other litter been born and sold yet? Some breeders only breed once a year.

Good luck.,
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
WE DO HAVE A CONTRACT ! SHE ALSO SENT A E MAIL SAYING SHE WOULD REFUND WHEN HER NEXT LITTER SOLD, 1 I JUST CHECKED HER PAGE SHE CONTINUES TO UPDATE IT AND HAS SOLD OVER 12 KITTENS SINCE THIS HAS HAPPENED! WE HAVE ALSO KEPT HER UPDATED ON HIS CONDITION AND SENT PICTURE OF HIM WITH HIS SUERGON! ALL MEDICAL REPORTS HAVE ALSO BEEN FOWARDED TO HER VET AS WELL! THANKS TO THE PERSON WHO POSTED THE LINK TO MY HUBBY POST! THINS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE JULY, I VE ALSO SENT WORD TO THE CANADIAN CAT ASSOCATION BUT NO RESPONCE YET. WE LAST HEARD FROM HER 3 WEEKS AGO, BUT SHE CONTINUES TO UPDATE HER WEB PAGE DAILY! ANY MORE SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREAT!
BEST REGARDS MASTERCOLORIST
post #9 of 10
There is no need for All caps, thats considered yelling on the net.

I didnt know until that was posted that the two were related. And was merley stateing what I could.

The fact that 12 kittens have been sold since this happened is info that you just now gave. So yes Its not right.

Again I would suggest a Certified letter, that if you do not here by XXX of time you will be taking action on small claims. Good luck.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
We just received a e mail from the breeder, she has been out of town and I hastley over reacted,this has been a long over dragged out issue and I belive were were not communiating on the same level.We at no point blaimed her for the kittens condition we just simply wanted our money back to go towards his care and surgery, I have run my own business for 20 years and at any time if a consumer is not happy I kindly refund thier money and move on, not tell them they need to wait until I have my next businesss transaction.I have aploigized to her and also sent a aploigizey to the CCA for trying to involve them in the issue! Asking that they please disregard my last emotioal e mail and not hold any misgiving on the breeder and her business. As she does have beautifull kittens.I thank you all for your input and support and hope that we will be able to resolve the issue in Nov when she said she will reinburse us.Thanks again for taking the time to advise me and for being there.Best Regards Mastercolorist
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