Originally Posted by MyFirstRagdoll
I have a Ragdoll he loves going for walks on the leash. He never tries to go out by him self. Ragtimes how do you really know if your parents of you kittens dont take them out on leashes? I don't see the harm in letting them go for a walk.. I mean they are the parents of the kittens now, what gives you the right to say they can't?
I believe you are speaking to me, Familytimerags. This was not part of my contract when I began breeding, however, in the years I have been breeding, I do know of one of my own breedings running out when the door was opened by their child, and he didn't stop until a car hit him. I have heard VERY similar stories from other Ragdoll breeders, and I have changed my contract to state that I do not allow my kittens/cats outdoors for any reason. I do very thorough checks on anyone adopting one of our kittens, and while no breeder can be positive, I do feel that I do get honest answers from our adoptive families, and I do educate them as to the reasons of why I disagree with a cat being allowed outdoors. As far as the parents of the kitten keeping them inside, you are right, I can only keep in contact, and hope that they heed my warning. If I find out my kitten/cat is allowed out, it will void our 4 year warranty. There many Ragdoll breeders that I know of, that agree that the Ragdoll should be an indoor only cat. If an adoptive family is that opposed to anything in my contract, I feel they can find another breeder. I want to make sure the kittens that are my responsibilty for the first 12-14 weeks old, go to the best families I can find, which means turning away some people.
If you have any other questions about my opinions or my beliefs about raising my kittens, please feel free to ask.
I am not putting anyone down for letting their cat/kitten out with supervision, but with that does come more responsibility, and I shared my opinion regarding letting cats outdoors, and that I do believe a cat is more likely to get out unnoticed, once they begin to familiarize themselves with the sounds and smells of the outdoors. IMO.
I also do not allow declawing, or certain vaccinations to be given, and with any contract, no breeder can be certain that they will do what they have agreed, but that is why many breeders, ask many personal questions to pet buyers, in the hopes to get to know them, and hope they will stay in contact with us for the lifetime of their kitten/cat.
I haven't yet had anyone have problems with our contract, except for some BYB wanting an unaltered kitten to have one litter, and of course we also have to turn those away.