Originally Posted by SpaceCatSpiff
Hi all, I'm new to the forum. I'm getting a new cat right away and am thinking about going purebred. I was wondering if anyone had any personal experience with burmillas or burmese? The description the CFA gives sounds great, espically for a dowtown appartment.
Also I was at a local breeder's cattery and the kittens were very hard to handle. They seemed scared and unformliar with human contact, is this normal for kittens of about 8 weeks? If not will it be very easy to act like a loving companion?
Well thanks for taking the tiime to read this, looking forward to your responses!
Hi and welcome to TCS. I sincerely hope you will find your visits here both informative and fun!
I don't have any personal experience with either of the breeds you mentioned (never heard of a Burmilla until your post here - did a Google and read on it a bit) but I can address the concerns you had while visiting your local breeder ...
At 8 weeks old, kittens should not be hard to handle at all. They should be well familiar with a wide variety of situations, including new people. Kittens are naturally curious and should come over to investigate and explore new people - not run and hide from them. This tells me that the breeder may spend lots of time with them, however, she may not be exposing them to the normal, everyday things they will encounter once they leave her.
Also, I haven't read the Canadian Breeder Standards of Ethics for any of the registry organizations but here in the States, the earliest recommended age for a kitten to leave her Mother is 12 weeks. Of course, things may be different in other parts of the world. For me, it depends entirely on the individual kitten - there are those who are quite mature and ready to leave at 11 weeks and then there are those who need an extra bit of time here with Mom and me so I don't let them leave until I feel they are ready - sometimes 13 to 14 weeks.
You will want to choose a kitten (or it may be that a kitten chooses you!) that is bright, interested, curious and wants to come to you. It might be helpful to take a little toy (ask the breeder during the phone call to set up the appointment if she would mind) and try to engage the kittens. Look for a robust, healthy kitten whose eyes, ears and nose are all clean and free from debris, fur is clean and smells fresh, check his or her hiney to make certain that area looks clean, healthy and free from irritation.
Make certain the breeder offers a health guarantee and read her agreement carefully. Ask questions if you have them and know what the breeder expects of you as well as what to expect from the breeder in the event something goes wrong.
Please feel free to ask questions here if you have them - I am always happy to help.